It’s been an interesting year for the car industry and many important technological advancements have been driving it forward. Cars arriving in 2019 are expected to feature an exciting eclectic mix of EVs, hybrids and sports cars. Popular models such as the all-electric version of the Mini promise to be worth the wait, an all-new Volkswagen Golf along with the 21st century relaunch of the Land Rover Defender.
There are no longer any limits in the car world (except speed limits of course!).
The future is electric
2018 saw the introduction of a number of electric cars, confirming that battery powered cars are finally making a breakthrough. A whole wave of brand new EVs are expected to rule the rooster in 2019 include, Porsche Taycan, MINI EV and Mercedes EQC, along with hybrid versions of the Ford Mustang. The electric car revolution has most definitely begun and in 2019 expect plenty more. Audi, Honda and Polestar also promise to launch high performance EV cars.
The countdown to the launch of the much-hyped upcoming Honda retro designed Urban EV electric car will be over. Will it be worth the wait? Development versions of the compact hatchback have been seen in testing recently and became famous at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show due to the unusual boxy proportions and quirky retro design. However the model in production will maintain the boxy proportions of the concept cars unveiled at the show, in terms of the angular front bumper design and round headlights. It will differ in terms of features such as the rear-end being curvier and a revision to a five-door design, instead of a three-door layout. It’s expected range will be a modest 200-miles, coupling it up with the latest fast-charge technology.
On the back of the electric car trend there has been subsequent talk regarding the charging infrastructure and improving this, which is expected to be a hot topic of 2019. There has been much interestand controversy surrounding the “driverless” autonomous cars of the future and flying taxies, at first such notions seemed bonkers, but according to recent research from the 2018 UK Automotive Consumer Study*, acceptance over the last 12 months has grown rapidly over a short time, with consumers having a brighter outlook when considering the safety of self-driving vehicles more positively.
2018 was ruled by the commanding SUV and we were spoilt for choice as more and more people are opting for 4x4s and the dynamic driving style that they bring. Sweeping the SUV market in 2019 includes the new BMW X7, and the Mercedes GLA and GLB, which ooze luxury and refinement.
Here’s a sneak peak of some of the new cutting edge models we can get excited about:
British weather can be highly unpredictable and severe conditions can hit at any time. It is a necessity to plan your journey well if you do have to drive during bad conditions, be prepared and ensure that your trip is entirely essential. Follow some of our top tips below to help you on your journey:
Essential planning and toolkit to store in your car:
- Inform someone at your destination of your estimated time of arrival
- Plan alternative routes in case your main choice(s) becomes impassable
- Make sure your phone is fully charged, so that you can call for help, if necessary; portable chargers are always useful to have with you
- Ensure that your fuel tank is near to full so you do not run out if delayed in traffic
- Regularly check the weather and traffic information on the TV/Radio/Social Media or websites to keep up to date with regional and national warnings, have a back-up plan as things change rapidly
- If conditions are very bad, and the emergency services are recommending that people don’t travel, take heed and avoid making your journey
- Ensure that you have stored food, water, extra warm clothes or a rug, a torch and boots – you may require a shovel too, no matter how extreme it sounds
- Before setting off, de-mist and clear your windows, a windscreen scraper and a de-icer are a necessity.
Prepare your vehicle – condition checks:
It’s a good idea to have your vehicle fully serviced before the bad weather commences and have the anti-freeze tested. If you can’t have it serviced, then do your own essential checks, such as;
- Brakes are fully working
- Clean and functioning lights
- Battery is fully charged
- Tyres are in good condition, in terms of tread depth and pressure (don’t forget the spare)
- Check the 3 W’s – windscreen, wiper blades, windows are clean and the washer bottle is filled with screen wash
- Top up your fluids, especially windscreen wash (to the correct concentration to prevent it freezing), anti-freeze and oil
You may deem the journey as essential, but realistically could it be postponed? However, if you really MUST travel please follow our tips above. Safe driving everyone!
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Chancellor Philip Hammond’s announcement has been dubbed as the biggest ever cash injection for England’s major roads in the 2018 Budget. An emphasis has been placed on tackling congestion which is expected to save motorists thousands annually.
National Roads Fund:
Firstly, the National Roads Fund upgrade plan will entail a £28.8 billion investment to upgrade and improve UK roads. The investment fund will run from 2020 to 2025, forming a major part of the Roads Investment Strategy 2.
Local roads will also benefit as the government announce that £3.5 billion of “new money” to upgrade local roads.
A commitment of £150 million is being introduced to ease congestions and reduce traffic. The intention is to improve problematic road junctions and congestion hotspots, benefitting all road users, not just motorists, to reduce journey times and improve road safety
Pothole repairs fund:
£420 million has been made available to fix pot holes around the country. Critics say that this budget won’t stretch very far and that more is required.
Fuel Duty remains frozen:
Prime Minister Theresa May previously announced it at the Conservative party conference; Fuel Duty remains frozen for a 9th consecutive year. The chancellor added that it will save motorists £800 million in the first year alone.
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