Tag: Road Rage

THE THIRD CERTAINTY IN LIFE

THE THIRD CERTAINTY IN LIFE

THEY say the two certainties in life are death and taxes, but sometimes it’s equally hard to get away from a constantly faulty car – and who do you blame? My significant other has a seven-year-old Citroen that likes to break no matter what you do with it. If you […]

WHATEVER HAPPENS, AT LEAST WE’LL STILL HAVE CARS

WHATEVER HAPPENS, AT LEAST WE’LL STILL HAVE CARS

SOME people would say that the world would be a much more fulfilling place without all the technology that’s in it. While there’s some mileage in the sentiment I’d argue that cars and driving offer some of the purest enjoyment you can find. The other morning I had to get […]

MILES MORE CHOICE – BUT AT WHAT COST?

MILES MORE CHOICE – BUT AT WHAT COST?

FIRST, the good news. Within a year or two you’ll be able to buy ordinary cars with all kinds of drivetrains designed to fit exact day-to-day needs and driving styles. The chief undercurrent at the Geneva Motor Show this year was that of drivetrain expansion, where normal, everyday and production-ready […]

FREEDOM OF CHOICE

FREEDOM OF CHOICE

THE JOINT project between Toyota and Subaru has given birth to the GT86 and BRZ respectively, two sports cars that reverse the modern trend of more power, more grip and more speed in favour of delicacy, light weight and fun. In fact the GT86 and BRZ are seen as such […]

ASLEEP AT THE ROAD SAFETY WHEEL

ASLEEP AT THE ROAD SAFETY WHEEL

DESPITE the explosion in urban traffic calming in recent years, it’s well known in road safety circles that rural roads present a bigger danger. The higher speed limits and varying road conditions have greater potential to wrong-foot drivers. Unlike in cities where considerable sums of money have been spent on […]

SNOW BLINDNESS

SNOW BLINDNESS

I’VE NOT even bothered to watch a news bulletin on the TV or click through to a news website because I have a window, and through it I can see snow therefore I know exactly what the news will comprise of. The word ‘chaos’ will appear frequently, there will be […]

ROADWORKS ARE THE NEW BUSES

ROADWORKS ARE THE NEW BUSES

WHEN local councils and transport cross paths, it’s usually the buses that draw the most complaints, or maybe icy roads that have seen less salt than a low-sodium crisp. But there’s a new trend emerging, where councils’ roadworks planning departments blindly place major works on every route into a major […]

DOUBTS IN THE AGE OF TURBOCHARGING

DOUBTS IN THE AGE OF TURBOCHARGING

IT WON’T be too long before you can’t buy more than a handful of normally-aspirated cars beneath the £75,000 mark, which is both a good and a bad thing. Whether it’s done for power or for economy – or both – turbocharging is here to stay and most keen drivers’ […]

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE HIGHWAY CODE?

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE HIGHWAY CODE?

IF YOU ask anyone you know whether they think they’re a good driver or not, you’re likely to get one answer. It’ll usually be variations on the theme of: “Yes, of course I am you dim-witted peasant.” But therein lies the problem. Just like the Emperor in the classic and […]

DARWIN WOULD DRIVE A DACIA

DARWIN WOULD DRIVE A DACIA

ARE WE being scared into buying the safest cars? That idea has been bugging me lately because looking at the big picture it can’t be doing our species any good. The last straw came with the latest results from the Euro NCAP safety testing lab. Well, I say lab, but […]