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Budget tyres or premium brands: Does it really matter?
Sep20

Budget tyres or premium brands: Does it really matter?

What really is the difference in performance between budget and premium tyres, and in tyres of different depths? Geraldine Herbert went to Hanover to find out. Thundering towards a hair-pin bend at speed I am abruptly reminded of the importance of a decent set of tyres. As the back end of the car begins to slide and the wheels spin I sigh with relief that this is not a public road I am driving on but a test facility for Continental...

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10 tips for buckling up your child’s car seat
Sep11

10 tips for buckling up your child’s car seat

Proper use of car seats helps keep children safe, we have ten things to know about protecting your most precious cargo writes Geraldine Herbert Ensure the seat you are using is the right one for your child and that it is secured properly, it should not move around. Check the car’s seat belts too, to make sure that they release smoothly, and that they aren’t worn or frayed and that the shoulder straps are adjusted properly. If possible...

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How to declutter your car
Sep07

How to declutter your car

  Is your car disappearing under the weight of all the family clutter? Use our easy hacks to clear and organise writes Geraldine Herbert   Is car clutter driving you round the bend? Steer things around and get on the road to lasting cleanliness with our tips and tricks. Here’s where to start:   Clean First job, clear out all rubbish. Start from the front and work your way to the back, including under the seats. Organise items...

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Rust Prevention
Sep07

Rust Prevention

Rust on your car is not just unsightly but left untreated can cause irreversible damage – Corroded metal is weaker and will eventually crumble away warns Suzanne Keane Diagnosis – Apart from the obvious visible signs of rust other hints that you have a problem include bubbles under the paintwork, flaky paint, water leaks or paint blisters.   Prevention – Washing – keeping your car washed regularly, especially during winter...

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Running on Empty
Aug23

Running on Empty

Running out of fuel is not only an inconvenience but can do costly damage to your car writes Suzanne Keane A study from Topaz has shown that 60% of motorists will only fill up their car when it’s in the red. The study has also shown that 1 in 10 of us have run out of fuel while driving. While running out of fuel on the go may seem like just an inconvenience it can cause damage to your car (along with making you late). Even running...

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Off-Road Declarations – Reminder
Aug22

Off-Road Declarations – Reminder

 New measures were introduced in 2013 to clamp down on Motor Tax evasion and drivers now have to declare cars as ‘off the road ’ before the motor tax runs out writes Suzanne Keane.   Up to July 2013 if you weren’t using a car that wasn’t taxed all you needed to do when you eventually wanted to tax it again was fill in an RF100 form, get it stamped at your local garda station and take it to the tax office with your hard earned...

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