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Winter Solstice – The Shortest Day of the Year
Dec18

Winter Solstice – The Shortest Day of the Year

Thursday 21st is Winter Solstice or the shortest day of the year so we have some advice when  driving at night writes Geraldine Herbert In Dublin, the sun will rise at 08:38 am on Thursday and set again at 16.07 pm so the chances are you will be driving to work or home in the dark. Driving in the dark can cause fatigue – plan your journey, scheduling at least one stop every two hours. Don’t ignore warning signs of fatigue....

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How and where to scrap your car
Dec04

How and where to scrap your car

Need to scrap your car? We have all the information you need writes Geraldine Herbert Over 50% of cars tested by the NCT last year failed on the first test. In most cases the causes are fairly simple and easy to fix problems. Issues with the Tyres, Front Suspension brake Line / Hoses, Headlamp Aim and Stop Lamps are cited as the most common reasons why cars fail. However over 6,000 cars every year fail dangerously. Owners are often...

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Tips For Driving on Frost and Ice
Nov23

Tips For Driving on Frost and Ice

The cold snap has arrived so take extra care on the roads,  we have some tips for driving in icy conditions 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)...

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Tick Tock The Clocks Go Back and Darkness Descends
Oct24

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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5 Reasons why Slowing Down is a good idea
Oct19

5 Reasons why Slowing Down is a good idea

We have 5 reasons why slowing down is a good idea writes Geraldine Herbert Gardaí are launching a major speed clamp-down this weekend as the 24-hour National “Slow Down” Day 2017 takes place from 7:00 hrs Friday, 20th of October to 7:00 hrs Saturday 21st of October. We have 5 reasons why slowing down is a good idea Save lives- Most children hit by a car at 30km/h make a full recovery, whereas most hit at 50km/h will be...

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Is a PCP the best way to finance your next car?
Oct03

Is a PCP the best way to finance your next car?

Personal Contract Plans (PCPs) are not suited to everyone writes Geraldine Herbert With more than 30 per cent of new cars sold on Personal Contract Plans, PCP deals are one of the reasons why car sales have steadily recovered since the market crash of 2009. The idea is simple: buyers put down a deposit or trade in their old car, followed by monthly payments made over three years and are given a “guaranteed minimum future...

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