Category Archives: General motoring

Hooray For The Relay: Citroen


Panel vans have been popular for many years and the Citroen Relay has consistently ranked at the top of most lists. As of 2014, this model was redesigned and is can now keep pace with rivals such as the Ford Transit and the Volkswagen Crafter. What are some of the aspects that make the Relay a great option to consider?

Important Updates

It is first a good idea to mention a handful of the most noticeable updates which have taken place within this newer model. The Relay boasts a new grille, redesigned headlamps and even an optional LED strip to add a bit of extra flair. These amenities are then paired with updated brakes, an engine with lower emissions and an interior that offers technological gadgets such as satellite navigation and tyre pressure sensors.

Engine Power

All engines supplied within the Relay range offer a 2.2-litre diesel capacity and their horsepower will vary accordingly. This will range between 108 and 148 bhp. This is an excellent benefit in terms of flexibility, for drivers with varying needs will be able to choose the power level that suits them the best. On a final note, the Relay provides between 39 and 41 miles per gallon; ideal of you have been interested in purchasing an economy vehicle with muscle.

Interior Space

The Relay is considered to be one of the most practical panel vans currently on the market. This is largely due to the fact that there are no less than four different lengths and three different heights for you to select. So, some models are ideally suited for family transportation while others can be used for commercial needs. As the rear door is able to be opened to a maximum of 260 degrees, this van is a great option for those who are constantly loading and unloading freight.


The Relay has always scored high in terms of safety and this latest version is no different. ABS, hill assist and emergency braking systems are all included as standard features. Lane departure warnings and a driver-side airbag round out this category.

Those who are interested in a cost-effective and yet highly versatile panel van will not be disappointed with what the Citroen Relay has to offer. If you have been searching for these same qualities, you cannot go wrong with what these newer models have in store.

The 7 Most Luxurious Cars On Sale Today


Are you looking to exchange your car for something a little more luxurious? You should keep these 7 cars in mind when you go shopping:

1) Audi A7
The A7 has a unique feature in its five-door hatchback format. With a variety of engines, quattro four-wheel drive and all weather traction, it is certainly a car to beat on the luxury list.

2)Mercedes-Benz S Class
The classic Mercedes-Benz is considered to be the emblem of luxury vehicles. When it comes to refinement and comfort this car is unbeaten. Its engine allows for a speed of 62 mph in 4.6 seconds with no damage to the environment, and the driver benefits from complete control with safety features.

3) Jaguar XJ
One of the sportier luxury cars, the Jaguar XJ gives the driver a combination of speed and control. Although fast, the engine is still economical with 46.3 mpg along with a 510 ps.

4)BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe
A little more practical than other luxury cars, the BMW still manages to combine sport and luxury. This car has the full range of luxurious features climate control, navigation, heated seats and leather. The steering makes the driver feel in complete control even as the engine is capable of hitting 62 miles per hour in 4.6 seconds.

5)Audi A8
This car may not look like much, but the interior more than makes up for it. It also doesn’t lack in speed department, capable of hitting 0-62 mph in 4.9 seconds. It comes in both two-wheel and four-wheel drive form and both offer the driver responsive handling and secure road holding.

6) Bentley Flying Spur
It is another one of those classic luxury cars that combine sport with luxury. The performance and handling are second to none with a W12 engine that allows the car to hit 60 mph in 4.3 seconds and is capable of going up to 200 miles per hour.

7)Range Rover
The Range Rover has always been the trusted vehicle for off road driving. The driver benefits from secure handling and the car comes in four or five seater configurations. The engines are surprisingly efficient despite its large size (44 mpg) and is capable of driving on any rugged terrain.

The 10 Fastest Cars in Britain


The cars on this list are rated based on their top speed and nothing more. Some of the cars on this list are out of this world. They have been designed and built for speed, and you may be surprised to learn that two of the top-ten fastest cars are hybrids!

1. Koenigsegg Agera R – 273mph

The Koenigsegg Agera R can reach around 273mph, and is built for flat-out speed. It costs around £1.1 million and is built in Sweden. Every square centimetre is built to be aerodynamic–including the shape of the alloy wheels.

2. Hennessy Venom get – 270mph

This car could frighten the devil out of his furry underwear with its sheer acceleration speed. It can go from 0 – 60 in just 2.5 seconds, which is enough to give anybody a nosebleed.

3. Bugatti Veyron Super Sport – 268mph

This list wouldn’t be complete without a Bugatti. The Dubai police have one of these as a police car. It is worth committing a crime just for a ride in one of these. The original Veyron reached 250mph, and the Super Sport has out done it by 18mph.

4. RUF CTR3 – 233mph

The RUF CTR3 cuts an impressive figure, but in terms of sports cars, you wouldn’t pay it any special attention. However, this sports car with a Porsche engine can reach up to 233mph and go from 0-60mph in 3.1 seconds.

5. Noble M600 – 225mph

This British-designed car runs at 225mph, just like the Pagani Huayra, but this car has a twin turbocharged Volvo V8 engine, and it has handling abilities that are out of this world. It drives so naturally that it almost feels like an extension of your own body.

6. Pagani Huayra – 225mph

This is the sort of car you would expect Batman to drive around in. It has a twin-turbocharged Mercedes V12 engine with a carbon fibre body. It can reach 60mph in just in 3.2 seconds.

7. Ferrari LaFerrari – 217mph

The only reason this car is number seven on the list is because it runs at 217mph, which is slower than the previous six, but that is not to say the this car isn’t fantastic. This car is jaw-droppingly amazing. Not only does it look like it is worth ten million quid, it is also a hybrid car. It is truly an astounding piece of technology that looks like it fell from a spacecraft.

8. McLaren P1 – 217mph

This is the sort of car you figure you will only ever drive in computer games. It has a level of class and sophistication that is hard to find. It is sexy, sleek, and sophisticated. It even has an electric engine that allows you to drive seven miles without any fuel in the tank.

9. Lamborghini Aventador -217mph

It seems unfair putting the Lamborghini at the number nine spot, but it too only goes 217mph, and despite its amazing four-wheel drive, it just doesn’t compare to the McLaren and Ferrari. Also, who is going off road with Lambos?

10. Porsche 918 Spyder

When you make your millions, this is the car you want. It a hybrid that can reach 214mph and is part of a limited collection. Buy this car today, and in 30 years it will be worth more than your house. You may want to store a little petrol so that the new owner can have a drive in 30 years.

What Vehicles Can I Drive Using My License?

mr bean

Driving a vehicle larger than your car can be an intriguing and necessary prospect for a variety of reasons, but the rules about licencing can seem complicated and overwhelming. Below are some rules which explain what kinds of larger goods vehicles (LGVs) you can drive with an ordinary car driving licence.

You will probably know that you usually need at least a category C or C1 licence to drive an LGV, but there are several exceptions to the rule that allow you to drive one with your category B (car) licence. They are listed below.

1. You may drive a vehicle which is powered by steam rather than by petrol or diesel – for example, one that is powered by burning coal or wood.

2. If your vehicle is a road construction vehicle, and is intended for transporting a built-in piece of road construction machinery, you only need a category B licence to drive it.

3. You may drive a works truck with your car licence. A works truck is defined in this context as one that will be used in or near private premises (such as a building site), for example a forklift truck.

4. Vehicles related to agriculture (for example, a tractor, crop sprayer or combine harvester) may be driven with a category B licence if they are mostly used off public roads. The tractor must have a laden weight of 7,370kgs and not exceed 20mph.

5. You can drive a digging vehicle to and from it’s intended site.

6. There are specific circumstance in which you can drive certain large goods vehicles – it’s best if you stick to driving them between properties owned by you. For agricultural vehicles you would not normally be allowed to drive, you can only travel a distance of 1.5km or less. For non-agricultural LGVs you could not normally drive, the limit is 9.7km per calendar week.

7. You may drive goods vehicles that were manufactured before 1960, as long as they are unladen.

8. You can also drive any articulated goods vehicle that does not weigh more than 3.5 tonnes.

9. You may be allowed (depending on your occupation) to drive goods vehicles that are intended to remove obstruction to other road users or ones that can raise a disabled vehicle from the ground, and also goods vehicles used for carrying lifeboats.

While the law on driving other vehicles with your car licence can be complicated, the above rules should give an idea of what you can and can’t do.

7 Tips for Driving in Heavy Rain

driving raim
Driving in heavy rain can be nerve wracking. As well as being hazardous, it can also be expensive because the wet can cause damage to your vehicle. However, many rain-related accidents and breakdowns can be avoided. Here are 7 tips to help keep you safe:

1. Is Your Journey Absolutely Necessary?

If it isn’t, stay at home until the rain clears. If you must go out, here are some steps to take:

* Check that your windscreen wipers and lights are working properly.
* Carry a mobile phone for emergencies.
* Plan your route to avoid areas known to flood.
* Allocate extra time for your journey.

2. Lights

The Highway Code says that you should put on your dipped headlights and rear fog lights when you can’t see more than 100 metres, But always turn your fog lights off when visibility gets better because they can dazzle other drivers.

3. Speed and Stopping Distance

Keep on or below the speed limit. Remember that it takes about twice as long to stop on a wet road as it does on a dry one, so leave at least five car lengths between you and the vehicle in front.

4. Spray

Large vehicles create more spray, which can reduce visibility. If you are overtaking a large vehicle, increase your windscreen wiper speed to compensate. Also watch out for potholes and dips in the road where water accumulates.

5. Standing Water

Driving through a flood could put you in danger and/or cause serious damage to your vehicle by flooding the engine and brakes or sweeping your vehicle away. If there is no other option…

* Drive slowly and at a steady pace in a low gear.
* Don’t follow another vehicle into the water because they could stall and strand you.
* Don’t assume it’s always safe to cross at a ford because the depth and flow of water can increase in wet weather.
* Once out of the water, test your brakes to make sure they are clear of water.

6. Aquaplaning

Aquaplaning happens when your tyres lose contact with the road and you lose steering control. To regain control, don’t brake or you will skid. Instead, slow down gradually and steer straight until the tyres make contact with the road.

7. Breakdown

While waiting for help to arrive, keep the bonnet closed to avoid the electrics getting soaked.

How to Lose Your Van Virginity

White Commercial Vehicle Mockup

Driving a van for the first time is always a different experience for everyone. Handling a van is quite different when compared to other vehicle types like a sports car or midsize sedan. Vans are taller, longer, and have different sightlines than other average vehicles.

However, this doesn’t mean that you should be afraid of purchasing one or reserving a van rental. If anything, modern vans are quite simple and easy to drive since they are endowed with similar features that you would find in many cars—small steering wheels, excellent power steering, and dash-mounted gear sticks among other features. So you just need to understand a few tips about how to drive a van before you climb behind the wheel.


Most vans lack rear and central-view mirrors. Instead, they have large wing mirrors that are more useful than normal car wing mirrors. When driving a van, therefore, you will depend on the wing mirrors to see what’s happening around and behind you than you do in a car. Accordingly, ensure that your wing mirrors are correctly adjusted before you set off.

Master Your Controls

Before you drive a van for the first time, familiarise yourself with a few controls of the van. At the very least, know where indicators, hazards, headlights and wipers are. Check the gears—usually placed on the left just off the dashboard and adjacent to the steering wheel. Some modern vans may have a sixth gear. Utilising the sixth gear on long motorway runs will save you extra diesel and cut down on the van’s noise. Again, get used to the brakes; they are designed to handle full load and can be a bit sharp and over responsive if your van is empty.


Current van engines, power steering, and gearboxes are pretty powerful. Accordingly, driving shouldn’t present any challenges. However, you have to be cautious when the van is loaded. When loaded, the van will be longer and wider, heavier, slower to stop, and less stable when negotiating corners. So stay calm, brake and corner gently, and look further than usual.

Parking your Van

Parking is perhaps the van’s only genuine intimidating aspect. As aforementioned, you won’t have rear-view or rear windows. To see your rear, you will need to use your wing mirrors or just stick your head out of the window (this works perfect!). You can also get your co-driver to jump out and give you direction. Just take it easy. Remember, it is not only tricky because of the parking manoeuvres; your braking distance is also longer than a normal car anyway.

Bottom Line

Driving a van for the first time can be easy, simple, and safe, as long as you are aware that a van has unique features and should be handled differently compared to an average car.

How To Keep Your Work Van Tidy

Isometric White Van Flooded in Two Positions

‘Work is worship’ and ‘cleanliness is next to godliness’ are sayings that have been there since ages, and a corollary emerging from them is the concept of a neat and tidy workplace. Research shows that a clean and organised work area enhances efficiency and productivity – be it your office cubicle or work van. Let me walk you through some tips on how to keep your work van tidy.

Your work van talks about you. A spick and span work van goes a long way in lauding your work habits and telling how methodical you are. It should not look like a junkyard with paper, napkins, wrappers and soda cans/ coffee cups strewn all around, or seats/cushions stomped over with spilt beverages.

First, all the junk should be disposed off as soon as generated. Neck deep in work, we tend to forget the mess created when we eat and/or drink something in the van or stash away invoices in the seat compartments of our work van. All the junk should immediately be thrown away or recycled, and the useful stuff not belonging to the car carefully put where they belong. Always keep a trash bin handy.

Second, the stuff in the work van should be restricted and properly organised. Usually, we look at the mess in our work van and decide to deal with it later. Thereafter, we forget and trash keeps piling up. The key is to contain the stuff carried in to the van and avoid any eatables inside. The longer the mess is around, the easier it is to get accustomed and ignore it. It is very essential that unnecessary items are kept out of the work van. Kids’ toys, pacifiers, cardboard boxes/ board games and most importantly pets are not meant to be inside work vans. Neatly put all the stationery in folders and pockets meant for them.

Lastly, the dust and dirt should be kept off. Dusting the van daily and vacuuming its interiors are good to keep it clean. A soft cloth to clean the windows and timely cleaning of the upholstery are essential to keep dust away. Keep wipes (wet & dry) handy. Washing the van every week will just clinch it.

Worship your work and keep your temple clean; that’s the mantra to keep in mind forever.

Britain’s 7 Fastest Vans

fast van

Finding the fastest vans in Britain can be a daunting task. There is so much choice on the market that it can be confusing to sift through all the options. To help you decide, we have listed the top 7 fastest vans in this article.

The Mercedes Sprinter
The Sprinter is one of the fastest vans in the world. It comes with a long trim on the wheelbase, which makes this van quite enjoyable to drive. You can easily change directions thanks to the stability control. These vans are undoubtedly the safest and most stable as they are well engineered.

Ford Transit
The Transit is a real contender in the van world and this time, Ford have managed to please their customers once again by injecting a little of the chassis magic into their vans. This is a truly pleasant car to drive, especially around the circuit. Its safety and strong suspension grip are really impressive. If you put your foot on the brake pedal too quickly, the stability control intervention comes into play. The Ford Transit is a well-balanced van with excellent handling, which is why so many commercial customers prefer it over other models.

Isuzu D-Max
This van offers low running costs and comes with a 3.5-tonne towing capacity. You can choose between the single cab or the double cab configurations with a maximum load capacity of 1000 kg, making the D-Max model exempt from VAT.

Ford Ranger
This rugged pick-up truck also comes with an impressive 3.5-tonne towing capacity, with a choice between rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. It’s not only suitable as a working van for commercial use, but the lifestyle-oriented buyers can also find basic models that are perfect as family cars.

Fiat Doblo Cargo
This van comes in a wide range of body styles and interior sizes. It’s smooth to drive and offers 58mpg fuel economy. The secure handling is thanks to the powerful rear suspension, making this mid-weight van the best in the market.

Nissan Navara
The double-cabin Navara isn’t cheap but remains the best 4×4 pickup on the market. It’s perfect for off-road and offers lots of space in the cabin. Nissan Navara has an enviable reputation for safety and reliability and has all the storage you could ever need.

Vauxhall Movano
This versatile heavy-weight van ranges from 2800 to 4500 kg and is available in 4 body lengths. You have the option of 125bhp or 150bhp diesel power. There is also the minibus option that seats up to 17 passengers.

7 Car Essentials You’ll Need This Summer


In the winter everyone remembers their coat and ice scraper, but there are some important essentials that you’ll also need to have in the summer. Below is a list of the top 7 items that will ensure a happy family when the hot weather arrives;
1. Sun cream

This deserves to be first place on the list. Getting caught in the rain is annoying at worst, but sunburn has far more serious implications. By having a tube in the car at all times, you can be sure to protect your skin from any harmful rays.

2. SnacksKeeping some handy snacks i.e. crisps and juice in the car at all times will mean that as well as staying hydrated, you can quell the children’s hunger cravings until you reach the local pub for some lunch.

3. Car Entertainment

A colouring book and some pencils will stop the incessant nagging from the children of, ‘are we there yet?’. Happy children mean a relaxed mum and dad, so this is a big must have!

4. Outdoor game

You’ve reached your destination and set up the picnic, so why not pull out the Frisbee, or set of swing ball to entertain everyone?

5. A change of clothes (including a sweatshirt)

Whilst we can grow accustomed to the good weather and live in shorts an t-shirts during the summer, it is known to change very quickly and catch us out. Keeping a sweatshirt handy will mean that you can stay warm and continue to enjoy your day.

6. Change of clothes

Keeping a whole change of clothes handy ensures that when the children decided to dive, fully clothed into the river to cool off, they won’t have to go home shivering in the backseat.

7. Water Water Water

Stay hydrated, always have some bottled water handy. You don’t want a lovely day in the sun to turn into a hospital trip for sunstroke.

Sticking with these basics will make your family day trip pleasant and free of nasty surprises; these items van all fit in a single bag that you can put to one side in your boot. Just don’t forget to replace whatever you use straight away to avoid being caught out!