Tips For Driving on Frost and Ice
Jan07

Tips For Driving on Frost and Ice

Temperatures will plunge to -4C  this weekend so take extra care on the roads writes Geraldine Herbert 1) Ensure you have de-icer and a scraper. Before setting off, make sure you clean any ice or condensation from all the windows and mirrors to optimise visibility. 2) When you set off, do so in second gear, releasing the clutch and accelerating gently, avoiding high revs – this will prevent wheel spin. 3) As you drive, stay in higher...

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Ten things to know about the iconic Rosemary Smith
Dec06

Ten things to know about the iconic Rosemary Smith

We remember the iconic Rosemary Smith writes Geraldine Herbert Rosemary was born in Dublin in 1937, the youngest of three children. She was smart but hated her strict convent-school education. Her father John Smith, an amateur racer himself, taught Rosemary to drive when she was only 11 and at 16 she secured a driving licence by pretending to be a year older. She attended the Grafton Academy of Fashion Design where she was awarded top...

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Tick Tock The Clocks Go Back and Darkness Descends
Oct27

Tick Tock The Clocks Go Back and Darkness Descends

With the clocks going back this weekend, we have some advice for driving in the dark. To improve your view as far as possible, keep your lights and windscreen clean. Use main beam, but when other drivers are approaching make sure you dip your lights to avoid dazzling the oncoming traffic. Make sure you can stop safely within the distance you can see to be clear. If you’re feeling tired, coffee alone is not a fix. Take a break...

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Are you afraid to drive on Friday the 13th?
Oct13

Are you afraid to drive on Friday the 13th?

  Centuries of superstition have made us dread the day, but is Friday the 13th actually as unlucky as legend would have it? Probably not but for the 1% who won’t dare drive on this day we have some tips writes Geraldine Herbert According to the AA 1% of drivers in Ireland will not venture on the road on Friday the 13th so here are our tips on how to calm your driving nerves Always carry your mobile phone and tell someone what...

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What does Budget 2024 mean for the motorist?
Oct10

What does Budget 2024 mean for the motorist?

Finance Minister Michael McGrath and Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe have presented the 2024 Budget. From fuel price increases to VRT, here’s everything motorists need to know… There were no real surprises in the budget and the key takeout for motorists is that excise will not be restored on fuel prices as planned on Oct 31st  and VRT relief will continue on EVs until the end of 2025. Here’s our summary of...

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