Category Archives: car technology

Why Do Thieves Want to Steal Catalytic Converters?

Why Do Thieves Want to Steal Catalytic Converters?
Audacious criminals are being caught on camera stealing car’s catalytic converters (CAT) – in broad daylight. A stunned onlooker filmed three men jumping out of a Ford Focus, one jacking up the car, one cutting out the catalytic converter while the other acted as a lookout. The video, lasting just 50 seconds, shows the thief using a powered hacksaw to remove the part on April 15th.
More recently, a doctor at St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey, Surrey was one […]

The rise of Electric Vehicles

 
Charging points are popping up everywhere with the use of Electric Vehicles (EV) increasing. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reported in August of 2018, the number of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure electric cars made up 8% of the overall market. An increase in the total number of vehicles registered, up by 23% during the same period in 2017.
While the number is rising, the UK needs a sixfold increase in the number of EV charging points by 2020 to provide adequate infrastructure […]

Google’s Self Driving Car

Last year Google launched the Google’s Self Driving Car a project to test the boundaries of technology and driving in a bid to enable drivers to be more productive when they are behind the wheel. Earlier in the week Google announced that the vehicle had surpassed the 300,000 mile mark.
The Findings
In a report published by the head engineer of the project, Chris Urmson, he has said, “Our vehicles, of which about a dozen are on the road at any given time, have now completed more […]

Mistakes at the fuel pumps are leaving drivers out of pocket

Research has shown that drivers in the United Kingdom are spending in excess of £150 million on repairs each year after they put the wrong fuel in their cars. The in-depth research found that the total equates to a driver mistakenly putting in either petrol or diesel once every 105 seconds.
The mistakes result in more than 300,000 vehicles a year needing to be repaired because of such errors. The research was carried out by Halfords and they estimate that using the wrong kind of fuel […]

Make your car sound better

Make your car sound better
You know you are getting old when a car goes past your house and the driver has the window down and the boom-boom of music coming from the car has you saying “That’s not music, its just noise”. Chances are the driver is young and also that he/she has added a car amplifier to the music system. You may have seen this done on shows like “Pimp my ride” but it is possible to install a great sound system yourself. Bear […]

Breakdown cover a good option

Whether it’s to the supermarket or a 200 mile trip across the country, a motorist can never be 100% certain that his car will not break down, even the most reliable vehicle will at some time fail to start. Having breakdown cover will give you the peace of mind that if you are stuck there is an outside agency to get you moving again. It really is not worth taking the gamble of not having cover and if you have to be towed away from […]

Keep your battery alive longer

Thousands of people get a motor insurance quote each and every week of the year, often with breakdown recovery cover as an integral part of the policy, and although the knowledge of having cover is comforting, the average motorist will still keep an eye on the state of his tyres, his windscreen and perhaps the oil and water levels in his vehicle. Very few pay little attention to the car battery.
Every day of the year, breakdown services will attend hundreds of breakdowns that are battery […]

Changes in Driving Habits and Laws Over the Last 50 Years!

Changes in Driving Habits and Laws Over the Last 50 Years
This year Bedford Insurance is officially turning 50, which got us thinking: what has changed in the motoring world over the past half a century?
After a bit of research we found all sorts of crazy facts and information, such as that it wasn’t until 1970 that driving instructors had to be officially registered and that there are currently 27 million vehicles on the UK’s roads!

Staying Safe on the Roads during Half Term

Image of traffic on motorwayIf you are a parent then you will already know that half term starts next week for thousands of children across the country, and as this is the last school holiday before Christmas you may see this as the perfect time to go away with your family. However, motorists are already being warned that they may encounter some issues if planning on traveling next week – issues that you may not have previously […]

Can you actually afford an Electric Car?

Image of Electric CarWe all know that electric cars are good for the environment and that the amount of cars currently on the UK’s roads is leading to increased pollution levels. In order to reduce the UK’s emissions the government has brought in incentives to encourage individuals to buy electric cars, and so far it has partially worked. However, without these incentives could you actually afford to run an electric car? MotorQuoteDirect investigates: