5 Reasons why Slowing Down is a good idea
May21

5 Reasons why Slowing Down is a good idea

We have 5 reasons why slowing down is a good idea writes Geraldine Herbert It is National “Slow Down” Day from 7am on the 22nd of May – 7am on the 23rd May 2020 and Gardaí are launching a major speed clamp-down this weekend. 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 killed or face a lifetime of disability. Save Fuel...

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Tips For Driving on Frost and Ice
Jan17

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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Winter Solstice – The Longest Night of the Year
Dec21

Winter Solstice – The Longest Night of the Year

Sunday 22nd is Winter Solstice or the longest night of the year so we have some advice when driving in the dark writes Geraldine Herbert In Dublin, the sun will rise at 08:37 am on Sunday 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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Women are 17% more likely to die in car accidents than men
Nov11

Women are 17% more likely to die in car accidents than men

Safety tests must reflect all types of car users, not just the ‘average male’ writes Geraldine Herbert When was the last time you checked the safety credentials of a car and were reassured by a five-star safety rating? It seems those star ratings may not apply to all car passengers equally. According to new research by the University of Virginia, women are 17%c more likely to die in a car accident than men, twice as likely...

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The risks of buying a car privately
Oct31

The risks of buying a car privately

It’s a tricky business and if something goes wrong, you have little legal protection, writes Geraldine Herbert A former Olympic athlete has highlighted the perils of buying a used car privately. Shane Healy told Claire Byrne Live last week that he had been scammed out of €2,000 in a terrifying ordeal at Tyrrelstown, Dublin when buying a second-hand car. Healy, who reached the semi-finals of the 1996 Olympic Games, revealed how...

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Tick Tock The Clocks Go Back and Darkness Descends
Oct21

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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