First Drive: Volkswagen Passat
Jul14

First Drive: Volkswagen Passat

Volkswagen’s fresh-faced Passat is a very polished and sophisticated car, writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? The Volkswagen Passat has been the default saloon choice for years and more than 30m have found homes since it first launched in 1973. Evolving through eight generations, for 2019 it has been given a mild facelift and new technology. First impressions? Although at first glance it may look just like the departing one, on...

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Tips for driving in the countryside
Jul11

Tips for driving in the countryside

Too many of us drive too fast on country roads, oblivious to what that could be lying just around the corner writes Geraldine Herbert  Slow down and expect the unexpected. You never know when you go round a bend what you might encounter from a cyclist to a broken down vehicle. Tractors & Farm Vehicles When overtaking, leave nothing to chance, take your time and be safe. Don’t start your manoeuvre until you know exactly how you...

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First Drive: Skoda Scala
Jul10

First Drive: Skoda Scala

Skoda is thinking big with the new Scala writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? As the long school year comes to an end the Skoda Rapid’s end of term report would probably say “a hard-working student, capable but not exceptional”.  The Rapid was Skoda’s simple no compromise budget hatchback that was neither rapid nor stylish and found few homes in Ireland.   Now in a bid for success in the family hatchback market, Skoda has replaced it...

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The 7 Worst Car Passengers
Jul08

The 7 Worst Car Passengers

Forget the endless stopping and starting, the traffic jams and the right-hand-turn-only lane when you’re desperate to go left what causes drivers the most stress is their passengers writes Geraldine Herbert. 1) The Backseat Driver These are the real experts when it comes to driving and they dispense unwanted but well-intentioned advice at every twist and turn in the road. There is simply no driving experience they have not had...

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Why you should consider a rear facing seat
Jul05

Why you should consider a rear facing seat

While rear facing child seats are the norm for new-borns in the UK a growing number of parents here are going against the flow by refusing to forward face their children once they have outgrown infant carriers writes Suzanne Keane Extended rear facing is not a new phenomenon. In Sweden the recommendation is that children should sit rear facing at least until the age of 4 and the new European i-size regulations will ensure that...

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Driving tips to ensure you survive even the hottest heatwave
Jun25

Driving tips to ensure you survive even the hottest heatwave

Summer is back and with temperatures set to soar into the 30s we’ve got ten driving tips to  help ensure that you and your car survive even the hottest heatwave When driving in extreme heat, water is crucial to avoid dehydration so have plenty of bottled water in your car Make sure your phone is fully charged Never leave your child or pet in the car, unattended, even for a few minutes, in the heat. Avoid travelling at peak...

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