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Are you afraid to drive on Friday the 13th?
Jul13

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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The causes and cures for car sickness
Jul12

The causes and cures for car sickness

  Car sickness can turn an eagerly awaited family trip into a nightmare and occurs when the brain receives conflicting information from the inner ears, eyes and nerves writes Geraldine Herbert   While it is a fairly common experience for children ages 2 to 12 there are some ways that it can be eased or even prevented Distraction is often the best cure so encourage children to focus on things outside the car avoiding...

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Tips for Travelling with pets
Jun26

Tips for Travelling with pets

We have some tips for travelling with our furry friends writes Geraldine Herbert For the safety of people and pets, animals should be restrained in the car. Never let a pet travel in the front because it could be seriously injured or killed, just as a small child could be, if an airbag deploys. Also it is never a good idea to put a pet in the boot. They deserve your attention and who knows what they could get up to?   Tips for...

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Heat wave driving tips
Jun21

Heat wave driving tips

With temperatures soaring to  27 degrees next week we’ve got ten tips to  help ensure that you and your car survive even the hottest driving conditions. 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 times, if...

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Driving in Windy Weather
Jun13

Driving in Windy Weather

It’s time to batten down the hatches as Storm Hector is on the way. We have some tips for driving in windy weather writes Geraldine Herbert Plan your journey – is there a route with less exposure to the weather and less risk of fallen trees?  Choose a sheltered route if you have the option. Be aware of the danger posed by debris that may have blown into the roadway. Wind rarely blows steadily, and a sudden gust can catch out...

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Fighting mileage fraud on used cars
Jun05

Fighting mileage fraud on used cars

Up to 50% of second hand cars in the EU, can have their odometers tampered with, according to figures from the European Parliament writes Geraldine Herbert The EU is set to crack down on odometer tampering of used vehicles. Parliament adopted a resolution calling for tougher rules on 31 May. What is the current situation? Though odometer manipulation is prohibited in 25 EU countries, sanctions can vary widely. Parliament wants...

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