The ban on petrol and diesel cars

The announcement of a ban on sale of petrol or diesel powered cars from 2040 must rank right up there as one of the most momentous motoring announcements of recent years.

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Heading for the freeways of America?

It’s that time when many of us will be planning to escape the chill of spring and head to warmer, sunnier climes for a well-deserved break. A road trip in the USA is one of my favourite holiday pursuits, so if you are heading Stateside for the first time, here are some tips for drivers.

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Building confidence in driverless technology

Driverless cars have been big in the news for some time. But, recent news stories this month have brought renewed focus on the issues involved.

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Exceed speed limit by just 1 mph and you may be nicked

From this autumn Police Scotland, are planning to act against drivers exceeding speed limits, even by as little as 1 mph and police forces in other parts of the UK could be set to follow.

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Give us more noise!

It was perhaps an unfortunate juxtaposition of races. Sat near the start-finish line at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne’s Albert Park last month, our eardrums were severely battered by the V8 Supersaloon race, before the new Formula 1 cars with their 1.6-litre engines and electric motors made their debut.

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Small is beautiful when it comes to engines

In days gone by, our American cousins used to say “their ain’t no substitoot for cubic inches” (it sounds best with a Texan drawl). To get more performance, the formula was simple. Increase the size of the engine.

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Jaguar Land Rover Death Valley tests

Jaguar and Land Rover have been out this week conducting hot weather tests in Death Valley on Jaguar and Land Rover test mules.

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The clue is in its name

I’m sure we have all experienced the situation. We exit a roundabout and don’t notice that the indicator has not cancelled. It happened to me this morning and resulted in one of the closest calls I have had in recent years.

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We're fifth in the UK!

Well that was a surprise! We just got a tweet mention.

No, that’s not so unusual. But its content was. It was congratulating DriveBlog.co.uk for ranking in the top ten of UK automotive blogs.

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Europe wants to tell you what speed you can do

Imagine the scenario. You are driving on a single-carriageway (two-way) road. So, in the UK, the speed limit is 60 mph, if a lower limit isn’t posted. You are behind a vehicle doing 50 mph when you see an opportunity to overtake.

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Don't blindly accept insurance renewal

When your insurance renewal comes in, take the time to check it. Simply letting your policy renew could mean you lose out on quite significant savings.

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New tech to woo the buyers

It used to be that garages boasted when the cars on their used car lot had a heated rear window (HRW) or power assisted steering (PAS). But, now that almost every car has these, and much more, as standard the race is on to find technology to tease potential buyers.

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WRC takes a backward step on UK TV

What a disappointment! The DriveBlog household had become avid viewers of the WRC coverage on Dave, the TV channel. Now, as we start what could be one of the most interesting World Rally Championships for years, where do we turn?

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Audi press on with quattro for A1

Speaking with a motortrade insider about the benefits of four-wheel-drive in winter weather, like we have experienced in this country with a vengeance over the last couple of months.

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A Ford Focus, but not as we know it

When we headed out to the parking garage at the airport in Florida, we thought we knew what we were getting as our hire car. It was, after all, a Ford Focus – one of the most common cars on European roads.

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Roads still a transport priority in the USA

I’ve just returned from a two-week driving trip in the USA. Although faced by the same financial stringencies we face here in the UK – it was notable that investment in transport, and roads in particular, seems to be continuing apace.

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Panamera: Can it really be a four seater?

Ever since I first saw a Porsche Panamera lurking in San Francisco street, before the launch, I’ve been intrigued as to how practical the rear seats actually are.

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No, I did not crash the Pagani Zonda

For the umpteenth time, it was not me! I did not crash the Pagani Zonda. Yes, I know it crashed very near to where I live. Yes, I have been known to write road tests for magazines.

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Hidden danger of 'keyless entry'

At a convivial lunch last week, with fellow motoring writer friends, I was reminded of the occasion when we found that the downside of keyless entry systems. Read More...
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