Motoring Tips

Those mysterious dashboard fault codes can be mighty vexing. Here we explain the different parts of EOBD fault codes and how to identify what each code means. In the UK and across the EU, EOBD (European on board diagnostics) regulations began being introduced in January 2000 in relation to vehicles with no more than 8 passenger seats. The system is the European equivalent of OBD II in the United States, which came into effect in 1996.
While the promise of a long weekend can be a very welcome one, there’s always a worry that heavy traffic will put a downer on things. But that doesn’t have to be the case. A little preparation goes a long way: by opting to drive on quieter roads at peak times and busier roads at off-peak times, you should be able to keep moving at a good pace – and save money on fuel.
There is no better way to explore Europe than by car - and you don't need to pencil in two weeks to enjoy some of the best mainland European routes. Thanks to the Channel Tunnel and regular ferry crossings, you can squeeze a brief continental or Irish road trip into just a few days. Here are some of our favourite short European road trip routes...
As excitement builds for the Euro 2016 finals in France, the odds for one of the home nations to bring home some silverware have become a mixed bag. Sadly Scotland won't be going this time round, but the remaining three UK countries will. Notwithstanding a Leicester-style shock, Northern Ireland are rank outsiders, with bookies offering around 350/1 for them to lift the Henri Delaunay Trophy. Only Albania has longer odds.
A British bank holiday road trip is usually something of a gamble. If you book ahead you might get cheaper deals on accommodation, but you won't be able to change the destination at the last minute – which can be annoying if you realise it’s going to be sunnier elsewhere. But picking a destination at the last minute has implications too: you may have to pay more for a room and you’ll have less time to plan your route – that means less time to find out about roadworks or other expected delays.
Winter puts a lot of extra strain on your car's components, but just because the cold weather has passed, it doesn’t mean you should deny your vehicle some tender loving care. In fact, as spring beds in, it’s very important to check your car over and ensure it’s ready for the warmer weather ahead. As a leading vehicle recovery provider, here at we often come across vehicles whose under-maintained condition may contribute to poor road safety.