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The World’s Best Driving Roads

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If you love driving and are not fortunate enough to live on the doorstep of the world’s best roads to drive on, what follows may inspire some driving destinations full of spectacular scenery, challenging twists and turns, and outstanding challenges.

The Big Sur, California
America has produced some of the most fabulous cars in automotive history, and it also boasts some of the best and most legendary driving experiences. Also known by its formal name of Highway 1 this road runs by the central Californian coast through Big Sur itself. This famous stretch from Carmel to San Simeon has the Pacific Ocean to its west and the Santa Lucia mountains to its east. The narrow road is only two lanes with winding turns and views of the spectacular coastline which is often shrouded in mist.

Norway’s Atlantic Road
This spectacular road is more of a bridge, spanning the 5.2 miles between the towns of Kristiansund and Molde. Part of Country Road 64, this remarkable roadway is built upon several islands, using no fewer than eight bridges and a number of viaducts and causeways.

Tianmen Mountain Road of China
For sheer drama of landscape and engineering, this road takes some beating. In the Tianmen Mountain National Park this 11 km road boasts no fewer than 99 bends. Built into the sides of the mountain, with spire-like peaks, the road ribbons against the green mountainside, giving views like no other.

Florida Keys Seven Mile Bridge
Actually it’s 6.765 miles, but that doesn’t make this two lane bridge in Monroe County, Florida any less impressive and unique. Around the centre the bridge rises to 65 feet to allow shipping to pass underneath, but the rest of it is much closer to the water, making it an exhilarating drive.

Australia’s Great Ocean Road
It stretches for 151 miles along the south-eastern Australian coast between Torquay and Warrnambool. The road was built between 1919 and 1932 by soldiers returned from the Great War and is the world’s largest war memorial, being dedicated to casualties of World War I. The road winds through varied terrain beside the coast giving a wide range of views.

Sani Pass, South Africa
Driving this road requires above average experience and skill, making it a true challenge. The 9km long Pass forms part of the road joining Underberg and Mokhotlong in Lesotho. Vehicles deemed unsuitable for the journey will be turned away by South African immigration at the bottom of the Pass. Lesotho border agents at the other end will usually, however, allow most to attempt to descend. Drivers can therefore make a choice between the type of vehicle they wish to use and from which end of the Pass to make an attempt.

 

Four-year MOT exemption for new cars proposed

The UK Government have proposed to change the law regarding MOT checks for cars and motorbikes.

Currently in the UK, vehicles undergo an MOT test on the third anniversary of their registration and every year after this period. This is a safety check, concerned with all aspects of the vehicle, including exhaust emissions, seat belts, lights, suspension, tyres and the condition of the bodywork. Anyone caught driving a vehicle without a valid MOT certificate could be fined up to £1000. However, the duration of time that you can drive a new car without getting an MOT could be changing, with the first test being necessary after four years instead of three.

MOTs were first introduced in 1960 for vehicles more than ten years old, before the exemption period was reduced to three years in 1967. There are, however, currently a few exceptions to the law: classic cars and motorcycles made before 1960 do not require an MOT certificate, nor do tractors or electric goods vehicles.

This is hardly a controversial proposal – many of the UK’s close neighbours throughout the European Union, and even Northern Ireland, already operate similar legislation. The reasoning behind the proposed move is simply to make the law consistent with the fact that the roads four decades ago were very different from what they are like now: vehicles stay roadworthy for longer due to the implementation of safer technology and better manufacturing. Referring to a vast body of statistics, those who advocate this change argue that the number of accidents which have been caused by vehicular defects have dropped drastically over the last decade.

With the cost of motoring rising every day because of insurance premiums, road tax and fuel prices, this will be largely welcomed by drivers who can pay up to £54.85 for an MOT test before any repairs are even carried out.

 

Tips on Keeping Your Van clean

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From bricklayers to gardeners, vans provide a mode of transport for people working in many types of industries. However, filling the van up with tools and equipment can often cause a built up of dust and dirt. If the van is not thoroughly cleaned then it can cause damage to the interiors, so it is essential that it is properly cleaned and maintained. Cleaning a van needn’t be a stressful or lengthy chore providing that you follow a few simple rules. Read on to find out how to clean your van in four simple steps.

Before you start, it’s a wise idea to grab all of the essential items you will need to clean your van. You’ll need a bowl, car cleaning solution, microfiber cloth, hoover, an old toothbrush, a hose and a sponge.

Start with the interior of the van; remove all of the mats and shake them outside of the car. Place them outside of the vehicle until you have finished cleaning the interiors.

Prepare a solution of detergent soap and warm water, or if you prefer, you can use a cleaning product wich is designed for use in vans and cars. Dip the microfiber cloth into the mixture, and use it to wipe down all of the dashboards, the door panels, gear stick and the steering wheel. If there are any hard to budge stains, you can use an old toothbrush to scrub them away. When you are done, rinse out the cloth and wipe down the same surfaces with clear water and then dry. Ensure that you have remove all traces of cleaning product, as it can corrode or stain the dashboard if it is not properly cleaned up.

Next, use the vacuum to hoover the interior of the car and the mats that you removed. When clean, place the mats back into the van.

Now you’re ready to move onto the exterior of the van. Always use cleaning products which have been designed for use on vehicles as liquid dish soap can erode the paintwork. Pour some of the cleaning product into a bucket of warm water, then use sponge to wash the entire vehicle. When you are done, use a hose to wash the car and make sure that all of the cleaning product is removed. You can use the microfiber cloth to clean lights and more harder to clean areas.

Follow the above tips and you will be well on your way to having a squeaky clean van.

How to Make Your Old Car Feel New Again

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Few things feel better than driving around in a brand new car. With accumulated years and miles, our vehicle loses some of that exciting new lustre. Rather than trading in a reliable ride and taking on the enormous expense of a new car, why not employ a few simple tricks to make your old car feel new again?

Firstly, give everything a thorough scrubbing. This will need to be much deeper than your regular cleaning. Get into every nook and cranny, give the carpet a good shampooing, scrub the boot, and clean the engine.

Once your vehicle is as clean as it can be, inspect the cockpit, as it may need a bit of a makeover. A new steering wheel or dashboard cover may be in order. Any broken or missing knobs and buttons need to be replaced. New or used pieces can be ordered, or located in a scrapyard.

Consider updating your current sound system. If your vehicle is more than a few years old, it’s likely your system is in need of an upgrade. Pop into your local electronics shop to have a look at new units and ask about installation costs.

Have a good look at your car’s headlamp covers. These often become dull with time due to natural wear and tear. A headlamp restoration kit will solve this easily, and are reasonably priced.

Air conditioning units are prone to mould and mildew build up. Changing the filters, or replacing them completely will go a long way in improving the smell and air quality of your car’s interior. Your nose will thank you!

Rubber tends to crack and break down as the years go by. This is normal. When this happens to the rubber stripping around the windows, it can lead to annoying sounds due to air leaking in, even more annoying when water drips inside on a rainy day. This rubber sealing can be easily replaced. Once this is done, you may notice a quieter ride.

Give your car’s braking system a once-over. Worn pads can not only have a detrimental effect on your vehicle’s performance, but is an important safety issue, as well.

In addition to the brake shoes and pads, the condition of the tyres is crucial. A new set of wheels and tyres can go a long way in improving the appearance and performance of any vehicle.

Top Tips to Help Maintain Your Van’s Tyres

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Choosing the correct type of tyres for your van is very important, as is regular maintenance. Below we share some tips on how to look after your van’s tyres.

The importance of choosing the correct tyres

The correct tyre is essential in helping the van cope with heavy loads, rigorous journeys and varying road conditions. Ultimately, van tyres need to be hard wearing and tough.

There are many things you should look for when choosing van tyres.

Tread

Tyre tread is very important. The tyre tread needs to be 1.6mm or more, as stipulated by UK law. Having the correct tyre tread for your van improves handling, responsiveness and overall safety when driving.

Pressure

When your van tyres are inflated to the correct pressure, then this greatly improves the safety of your vehicle. If tyres are inflated incorrectly, then this will result in more wear and tear of your tyres and ultimately cost you more money, as they will need to be changed more regularly. Your fuel consumption will also increase, resulting in yet more expense. Check your model of van to find out what the correct tyre pressure should be. The pressure of your tyres will also change depending on how heavy the load is, so always check tyre pressure once the van has been loaded. One great tip here is to check the tyres when they are cold, as you get an accurate result.

Condition of your van tyres

Your van’s tyres should be inspected at least every 4 weeks, or before embarking upon long journeys. Van tyres are subjected to a lot of use and can easily accumulate debris in the treads. You also need to be vigilant for any cracks or bulges in the sidewall of the tyre, as these can prove fatal.

Alignment of wheels

Vans have to navigate multiple road surfaces, busy streets and are on the road more often than cars. For this reason it is very easy for them to drive into pot holes on the road and to hit kerbs, both of which can misalign the wheels and damage tyres. If you find that you are having to correct your driving, due to the van veering off to one side; or if one side of the tyre is more worn, then you need to get your wheels checked to make sure that they are aligned correctly.

 

Best Places to Drive in the UK

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England’s roads offer a wealth of opportunities to enjoy the very best of the scenery the country has to offer. Starting with the Garden of England, Kent, a journey along the A258 between Dover and Deal offers stunning views of rolling countryside, fields beneath big skies and sea glimpses; historic buildings (three medieval and Tudor castles) and abundant greenery and trees make this a fine coastal drive with huge variation in elevation. For picturesque villages and towns the county of Suffolk offers a number of opportunities; focussing on the Suffolk Wool Towns will take the driver around Long Melford, Lavenham, Cavendish and Clare. For those who wish to drive through moorland country the A39 between Barnstaple, the oldest borough in the United Kingdom, and the coastal town of Minehead offers rolling, undulating countryside and sea views that combine to offer a wide ranging experience of views. This drive takes one through Exmoore National Park.

Those enjoying the Lake District and its scenery can take the A591 and A592 between Lake Windemere and Kirkstone Pass. The elevation of the pass, the highest in the Lake District, is 1,500 feet. The views are stunning and varied.
Loch Lomand in Scotland is by the A82, and the drive North from Dumbarton offers mountain views capped by heather and clouds. Queen Elizabeth Forest Park and Rowardennan Forest and the Trossachs National Park offer wonderful views during the drive. The A82 also links Loch Lomand and Loch Ness, offering stunning views across the Lochs, countryside and mountains.
For drivers seeking a demanding and challenging journey Cornwall offers the B3306 between St Ives and St Just and the road sits on the edge of the Celtic Sea. The road twists and turns repeatedly, and is often busy with pedestrians, cyclists and tourist buses. Cheddar Gorge in Somerset is the deepest in the country. 27 limestone cliffs climb 500 feet and boast an extensive cave system with two show caves available to visitors. The B3135 twists through the Gorge, offering spectacular views and there are opportunities for those who wish to go rock climbing or caving. The A303 on the way towards Taunton, Somerset, runs past historic Stonehenge, offering a fine view of the Neolithic circle of stones. Finally, Yorkshire boasts the Wensleydale to Swaledale road, described by Jeremy Clarkson as the ‘only truly spectacular’ road in Britain. The road runs through the Yorkshire Dales.

Top Ten Items We Should Always Keep in our Car

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Top Ten Items to Always Keep in Your Car

You never know when you might suffer a breakdown or run into other unexpected problems when you’re driving somewhere. Make sure you always have these items in your car, and you’ll be prepared for any eventuality.

1: Torch
Not only useful in case of night-time breakdowns, but a torch can also be used for signalling passing cars if you need help. Make sure you have working batteries, or get the wind-up kind to make sure you don’t get caught out.

2: Duct Tape
Surprisingly useful for quick fixes, a roll of duct tape is really versatile, lightweight and takes up very little space. A simple item, but one that can solve many problems.

3: First Aid Kit
Always useful to have in case of small injuries. Keep it fully stocked and check expiry dates where relevant.

4: In-Car Mobile Phone Charger
Keep your phone running as long as possible when you’re away from a charging point. Remember, phones are not just for making calls these days, but have many functions that could be useful in an emergency.

5: Bottled Water
Dehydration can set in quickly when you’re stuck somewhere, so ensure you have an emergency supply of water in the boot. Although it lasts a long time, bottled water does eventually expire, so make sure it’s in date.

6: Warm Clothing
A warm and jacket is important to have on hand if the weather catches you by surprise, or if you have to wait for assistance outside of your car at night. Make sure it’s also waterproof.

7: Candle and Matches
In cold weather with no heating, you might be surprised how much warmer a simple candle can make the inside of the car. Place it in a safe, fireproof container such as a tin can.

8: Energy Bars
If you break down and are stuck without food, an energy bar can give you a much-needed boost and keep you going.

9: Reflective Triangle
A vital item to ensure passing drivers can see you if you’re stranded at the side of the road without hazard lights. You can buy folding ones that take up very little space.

10: Multi-Tool
Investing in a good-quality multi-tool can safe space in the car while still giving you a range of useful functions for repairs.

Why you should choose us

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Pure Vans Limited (PVL) is among top companies that have been listed for offering van sales in Britain for more than 20 years, maintaining the right code of conduct and offering diverse choices. They deal in top of the range vans from leading companies like Citroen and all the vehicles listed for sale are inspected prior to approval for sale. Therefore, you are assured to receive a trouble-free van that will serve you for a long time.

David Greenhaf, Pure Vans Limited’s managing director, is an individual who has been in the motor trade market for more than 20 years, starting his career as a salesman in leading motor trade companies. This relationship has allowed him to get vans at favourable prizes, a benefit that is passed to buyers of the same vehicles. The company also works with other well experienced sales representatives and managers, who have ensured the vans procured meet the requisite criteria for approval to be sold.

 

Reporting
All information provided to the FCA is accurate and a reflection of Pure Vans Limited’s activities, so no item listed in the information is an imaginary creation meant to earn the company a reputation. Pure Vans Limited also invites external auditors to collect and interpret information about their products and transactions.

Treating customers fairly
PVL works in accordance with the regulations of the Financial Conduct Authority and are committed to applying the principles outlined by the FCA. This includes treating customers with fairness in all transactions and activities. Treating customers well, therefore, is a core policy in the culture of the company.

Citroen Dispatch 2016 Review

 

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Compared to the previous model, the 2016 Citroen Dispatch comes with significant improvements that will guarantee smooth cruise and strength not forgetting they have modified the van for comfort. The carrying capacity has been increased and the refinement is improved compared to the outgoing model. This has resulted in better performance at a lower running cost.

The new Citroen Dispatch will be one of the biggest rivals of Volkswagen Transporter, and will come with convincing features that can allow one to use the van even on snowy weather. It is designed to work as a town vehicle that is able to transport supplies for long hours.

Developed after a partnership was sealed between Peugeot, Toyota and Citroen, the 2016 Citroen Dispatch is made to carry a maximum of 1400kg, which is 200 kg more than what the previous release could do. It can also carry at as much as three Euro pallets and will be in a position to tow 2.5 tonnes (500 Kg more than the previous release).

Basically, the 2016 version of the Citroen Dispatch is an upgrade of the earlier release and is a promising competitor in the market. The Dispatch will come in three distinct sizes; the M, XL and XS. Its wheelbase is small and the average length will be 3.3 metres. This can increase to 4.0 metres for the XS version of the same vehicle.

When it comes to the engine, brilliant technology was applied to ensure fuel economy and power are all achieved all at once. The engineers chose to make more diesel engine versions due to the power needed when the vehicle is loaded. The engine line-up consists of seven powertrains, which are separate on 1.6 and 2.0 litre units.

With the 1.6 litre headliner, you are promised 55.3 mpg and 133g/km of carbon dioxide, which is an improvement if compared to the previous version. What is good is that most of these engines are installed with 6-speed manual transmission, with the 2.0 litre 180PS packing six-speed auto.

Among features upgraded on this version are the hands-free sliding doors that are easily accessible on a foot motion. The loadspace bulkhead has also been given a handy flap at its base, making it possible to use the full length of the vehicle after sliding pipes or a ladder beneath the passenger seats. All models of the Citroen Dispatch have been rated 5 stars by the NCAP and have autonomous braking system.

Tips for Saving Fuel When Driving a Van

 

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Tips for Saving Fuel When Driving a Van

Everyone who owns a car will have something to smile about when he/she finds a way to reduce fuel consumption. However, this seems like an impossible dream to many people. Surprisingly, any car can be tuned to save fuel yet offer the required power. There are different tricks one can apply to save on fuel that you may also want to learn. Below are few that will make your driving experience better.

Plan ahead
Before travelling to a destination, you need to review all possible routes that you can take. One of the things you should never ignore is the nature of the terrain and distractions along the way that can delay you. Even if shorter, a road that has potholes and rugged terrain will demand you step on the accelerator harder to give the car the required force to overcome the resistance. This will definitely cost more to fuel for the same route. Before travelling, choose a route that is not congested and ideal for smooth acceleration.

Use air conditioning sparingly
It may sound weird, but the minute you switch on the air conditioning you also activate fuel consumption to some extent. The air conditioning system will consume fuel; so if possible, you can keep it off especially when the conditions do not demand you use it. You can turn to alternatives like lowering your windows if there is a lot of heat.

Service the vehicle regularly
Servicing your vehicle in time will help to keep it efficient and reliable. If the car is kept in the right condition like changing ATF and engine oil in time, there will be no strain in performing different functions that help the car to move. Lack of servicing means the car will be struggling so as to attain its optimal performance, something that could mean going hard on the accelerator. The results are obvious: more fuel will be needed to give the power demanded.

Avoid unnecessary weight
Most people like adding modifications to their cars, maybe to make it look different, but all this is done without an ounce of knowledge that it would affect the performance of the vehicle. Adding weight to the car means the engine will be forced to push harder because it will now be working with weight that is more than it was made to carry. To compensate this power demand, you will be forced to press on the accelerator harder.