Some people champion them and want them reduced, while others hate them and would like to see them significantly increased. Of course, we're talking about speed limits here. Regardless of which camp we fall into, we can't ignore speed limits.
At least we can't if we want to keep our driving license that is.
How Well Do You Really Know the Rules of the Road?
We all know there are lots of rules, regulations and laws we have to abide by when we take to the road behind the wheel in a motor vehicle, but how well do we really know them and what about the detail?
Although our winters here in the UK aren't normally severe enough for us to have to consider going as far as changing over to specialist winter tyres, the cold weather still brings its fair share of challenges.
The best way by far to cope with these challenges is to be prepared for them rather than reacting to them when they happen, so here are a few things we can do to get ready for what winter might be preparing to throw at us.
Dashboard Warning Lights: What do They Mean and Shall I Ignore Them?
Warning lights on a dashboard mean different things to different people, but they shouldn't. While you're not expected as a vehicle owner to immediately know what every warning light that might be displayed off the top of your head, you should know enough to take notice.
If a warning light appears it's not necessarily the end of the world, but the first thing you should do is pull over as soon as it's safe and convenient to do so and look up what the light means.
Why Should I Check if a Car I'm Buying has Outstanding Finance?
If you're buying a car from a reputable main dealer, you won't have to carry out a check yourself to see if there's any outstanding finance or any other unpleasantness associated with it, and that's because it will have been done by the dealer before they bought the car themselves.
The two most common types of finance you're likely to be offered at a dealership when you're looking to buy a vehicle are PCP and HP, or personal contract purchase and hire purchase to give them their full designations.
Although they are different products, there are also a lot of similarities as they're a lot more similar to each other than they are to leases and contract hire agreements.
The question isn't which is best though. The question you need to ask before deciding to fund your vehicle purchase with one or the other is which one is the right one for you?
Many years ago, insurance groups used to be a common topic of conversation for anyone talking about buying or selling cars. Everyone seemed to have a pretty fair idea of where a car fell in the spectrum and the kind of effect that would have on the amount of money they'd be asked to cough up to insure it.
Today, it's not particularly unusual for even people involved in the motor industry to have very little idea of what insurance group a vehicle is likely to fall into,
When it comes to reducing the amount of money you spend fuelling your car, the obvious way to go about it is to buy a more economical model to start with.
For some time now, for many of us, that has meant choosing a diesel engine over a petrol one. But as diesel engines now appear to be in the cross hairs of councils, governments and environmentalists due to the harmful particulates they produce, they might not be less expensive to run for too much longer.
The amount of money it costs to have your vehicle on the road changes fairly frequently and there are some significant changes coming our way as of April 1st 2017.
However, although the rates change often, the name for what you're paying to drive on the road seems to change even more regularly. But whether you want to call it road tax, the road fund license (RFL) or vehicle excise duty (VED), there's no avoiding it, so here's a look at how things are changing after April 1st.
There are a lot of milestones we look towards in life, such as turning 16, 18 and then 21 years of age. For many though, seventeen has to be as big as any of those three as it's when we are legally allowed to drive a car.
But while passing your driving test appears to be getting increasingly difficult as time goes by, things don't get much easier once you've passed your all-important test either, especially when it comes to getting yourself insured.
Let's look at just why it is so expensive for someone young to insure a car.
One of the most important and volatile retail prices we have to worry about here in the UK is the cost of the petrol and diesel we put in our vehicles. It's one of those things we don't like paying what we feel is too much for, but there also doesn't seem to be a whole lot we can do about it either.
So here's an explanation of just how retailers arrive at the price you see on their forecourts.
Remember how we were all encouraged to buy diesel cars by the government not so long ago to help it hit its carbon dioxide emissions targets? Well, what they failed to take into account at the time was the fact there's a lot of much nastier stuff than carbon dioxide that comes out of the exhausts of diesel vehicles as well.
Now it's been brought to the government's attention diesel exhaust emissions are responsible for thousands or avoidable deaths in the UK each year, a complete about-turn has been done and diesels that were until recently seen as environmentally friendly are now the enemy.
It could be said that there's good news and bad news when it comes to the new fines for exceeding the speed limits here in the UK that came into force at midnight on 24th April this year; it depends entirely on your point of view, of course. What has changed significantly is how much the most serious offenders will have to pay.
But if you're one of those who accidentally strays a couple of mile per hour over the limit and gets caught by one of those friendly mobile speed traps at the side of the road, the consequences remain the same.