So, That Was 2018. What’s instore for 2019?
As we approach the end of the year, and office staff excitedly start discussing Christmas Parties, and the John Lewis advert has started showing on television, we poignantly start to consider what happened […]
“My Car Has Broken Down…”
Aside from having an accident, having one’s car break down, particulary if kids or elderly are on board, is perhaps one of the worst things most of us can think of when […]
2nd Hand Car Purchase Considerations
There are pros and cons to buying a used car. The main ‘pro’ being that it is far kinder to your wallet in terms of initial outlay than going for a brand-new […]
Possible Changes Ahead for Motorway Roadworks Speed Limits
We all probably agree that motorway roadworks can be best described as an annoyance at times. A planned 3 or 4 hour trip can become 6 hours or more through bottle necked […]
Winter Vehicle Preparation
Whilst it may seem that Winter and it’s impending snow is far away, we think it’s important to understand how to ‘kit out’ your car well in advance so that you can […]
Electric Cars: The Convincer
Are electric cars really the future for us Brits? We’ve demonstrated in this article series that electric vehicles are certainly much better for the environment, but there are also steps that you […]
Not Yet Ready for an Electric or Hybrid Car?
In our previous article, we discussed what an eco friendly car is. As promised, the rest of this article series will focus on the role that electric and hybrid cars play in […]
Is it time to go Eco Friendly?
From ditching plastic straws to donning reusable water bottles, this last year or two especially has really seen a growing awareness of eco-friendly living. But can the same be said for the […]
Learner Drivers on the Motorways
Driving on the Motorway after having recently passed your driving test can be a very big deal to the average teenager or young adult. Or indeed, any newly qualified driver. Motorway skills […]
Dash Cams. Are They Worth it?
In a world full of technology for entertainment and convenience, dash cams prevail as a piece of equipment that has a sole purpose of recording everything that happens around your vehicle in […]
What Makes a Great Motorway Service Station?
When Motorways were first built in this country, Motorway services targetted a very different audience than of today. With motorways now allowing the lucky owners of cars to reach destinations much faster […]
Lost Car Keys
A surprising number of calls are placed via our emergency operators each year due to lost car keys. To be more precise, around a call a week is received from those locked […]
Preparing Your Car for a Summer Roadtrip
Whilst cars in 2018 are bigger, and far better designed than their counterparts 20 or 30 years ago, the requirements of families are different too. Ok, let’s not beat about the bush […]
The Evolution of Car Safety
If you grew up in the 1970’s, or before, you’ll no doubt remember when drivers didn’t have to wear seatbelts, cars mainly had metal bumpers, sports cars always had flip up headlamps […]
Tyre Facts: Are Premium Tyres Worth the ‘Extra’ Cash?
It’s often surprising to see an expensive car, shod with a cheap set of budget tyres. Afterall, these circular moulds of rubber are all that keeps our backsides off of the road, […]
Tell-Tale Signs of Car Breakdown issues ahead
There’s a saying about the benefit of hindsight, and it’s true. When things happen, we often look back and say “if only I had done this, or that…”. Motoring is no different […]
Caring For Your Car’s Soft-Top/Hood
We’re entering the time of year now, when, traditionally, classic and sports car owners start rolling their beloved vehicles out of locks up and garages the length and breadth of the country. […]
Health and Safety for DIY Home Repairs
Of course, not everybody wants, or can afford to pay for a professional garage or main dealer to pay for their car repairs when things go wrong. But Auto National can recover […]
Less Common Causes of Roadside Breakdown
For the last couple of weeks, our article series has looked at the most common forms of call out for our Roadside Breakdown service. Our articles probably came of no surprise to […]
Common Causes of Roadside Breakdown Part 2
Last week we covered 5 of some of the typically most common causes of vehicle breakdown and how you can avoid them in the future. We’re going to jump straight into the […]
Common Causes of Roadside Breakdown
Vehicles don’t breakdown often, particulary not more modern well maintained vehicles anyway, but when they do it can be a major inconvenience. The worst part? Most reasons for car breakdowns are often […]
Flat Starts to the Day…
Let us set the scene. You’ve been woken up at the crack of dawn by your partner shuffling around getting ready for their early shift. You’ve spent half of the morning trying […]
Breakdown Recovery on Smart Motorways
If you regularly travel on the UK’s motorways, you’ll have noticed that many have, or are being converted into ‘smart motorways’. Smart motorways were created to manage the flow of traffic using […]
Throwback to Olden Times: How Has Roadside Assistance Changed Over Time?
We are often told by our elders that “things were simpler in the old days”. For one thing, cars were, in fact, much simpler in earlier days. However, now automobiles are becoming […]
Don’t suffer a Roadside Breakdown because of your Car Tyres
Let’s face facts, stuff happens in life that we can’t help and sometimes don’t expect. But, when it comes to cars, and Roadside Breakdowns, there is a lot you can do to […]
How Rust can Cause Car Breakdown and Recovery issues
Rust isn’t just an annoyance that springs up on older cars. Whilst unusual, rust can occur on more modern vehicles too, particulary where there has been damage, minor otherwise, which has gone […]
Car Breakdown or Getting Trapped in the Snow
As we write this, much of the U.K is getting hit from the ‘Beast in the East’. A rather nasty cold blast from the Baltics which is turning much of the U.K’s […]
Just how have Roadside Recovery Vehicles evolved over the years?
Roadside Recovery Vehicles have evolved almost as much as the cars they are sent to rescue since the likes of Henry Ford and Karl Benz put the first cars on the World’s […]
Can Car Detailing Reduce the likelihood of a Car Breakdown?
Car detailing is like football punditry nowadays with everybody seemingly an ‘expert’. But, it’s surprising just how many ‘detailers’ really are nothing more than a valeter at best. The difference between valeting […]
Why Winter Conditions Are a Major Cause of Accident Recovery
As the writer of this article, I have spent a few years previously living overseas in Spain. I mention this, because on the drive into work this morning, as the car’s temerature […]
Health Conditions That May Affect Your Driving and Car Insurance Premium
This is one of those things that many people, drivers or not drivers ignore. You may be delaying a visit to your GP after developing notifiable health symptoms, but that doesn’t mean […]
Highways England’s Plan for Intelligent Network Could Help Reduce Number of Car Breakdowns
As we step into the new year, so does Highways England (HE). The company has announced that cars of the future could be programmed to spot potholes on motorways and automatically notify […]
Winter Car Breakdowns: Dos and Don’ts
Winter is commonly referred to as the season of celebrations, however it is also known for its notoriety when it comes to sudden car breakdowns. Winter car breakdowns are often less predictable […]
Car Breakdown and Roadside Recovery Trends 2017 (Part 2)
Our Car Breakdown and Roadside Recovery Trends 2017 article is a follow up to our previous article, that you can have a read through here. Based on Auonational’s 2017 statistics report we […]
Autonational Car Breakdown Statistics 2017 (Part 1)
2017 has been named as the warmest year of the century so far by the newspapers. However, Autonational’s car breakdown statistics 2017, speak of some interesting changes too, perhaps not as warming […]
Regulating Driver Eye Tests Could Save Lives
Vision Express (VE) has recently released a report about the eye sight statistics in drivers, following a launch of their road safety campaign. In it VE reports that a fifth of drivers […]
2018 MOT, What Are The New Changes?
The Department for Transport has announced new 2018 MOT changes, stating that cars more than 40 years old will be exempt from MOT testing, however, owners will still be able to voluntarily […]
Driving in Heavy Rain: How to Stay Safe
UK is one of the wettest countries in Europe, seeing an average of 156.2 days of rain throughout the year. Based on this fact, you could assume that UK’s drivers should be […]
First Ever Smart Crossing Prototype Unveiled in London
Fatalities while crossing the road could become a thing of the past – the first ever Smart Crossing prototype has been unveiled and trialled in Mitcham, South of the capital on 9th […]
Drink driving – Know your limit
First of all, the safest way to avoid getting caught drink driving is not drinking at all. There are different factors that determine our individual vulnerability to alcohol and the way that […]
Defective Tyres Blamed for Most Road Traffic Accidents in UK
Perhaps it might be a bit of a strong statement to say that almost all road accidents are caused by one pin-pointed cause, such as worn-down or deflated tyres, however you cannot […]
Buying a Used Car: The Check List
So you have decided to buy a car and like many other UK buyers, you have decided to be kind to your wallet and go for a used car… That’s great! Now […]
Dyson Announces Plans to Build Their Very First Electric Car by 2020
You’ve read that right, the Dyson company, who were the pioneers of super-easy vacuuming and super-fast hand and hair drying products, have announced that by 2020 and with the help of their […]
What Brexit means for the car industry
On the 24th of June 2016, following a majority vote of 51.9% in the Referendum that has famously kicked off the official path towards ‘Brexit’, Britain announced its decision to leave the […]
Preparing for the Annual MOT Test
The Ministry of Transport tests (MOT Test) are the time of year many drivers dread. Each year as cars get older, the tests seem to become more stringent, and many insurers won’t […]
All London Uber Drivers Must Switch to Hybrid or Fully-Electric Cars by 2020
The globally popular ride-hailing company Uber have announced that In an attempt to tackle air pollution in London, all its drivers will be made to use hybrid or fully-electric cars by 2020. This […]
Why are New Car Sales Dropping?
This week, we again heard that for the 5th consecutive month a row, New Car Sales are down. In August, this comes as no real surprise because traditionally, as kids and families […]
Technology Use in Policing Car Usage
It hasn’t been that long since motorists and car owners in the U.K haven’t had to display the old fashioned car tax discs in their window. Of course, it must have been […]
Most popular car safety features available on the market
With ever increasing advancements within the car industry, we are still yet to see a car that would be completely accident proof. However, until then we can rely on a number of […]
Driverless Cars: What Are The Dangers?
Driverless cars, even though may sound like something out of a futuristic movie, are in fact something that you will probably be able to see on your roads within the next couple […]
Are Londoners less likely to use a car as the main mode of transport?
With the recent announcement of 2040 petrol and diesel car ban across the UK, London stands at the greatest advantage point when it will come to leaving the exhaust bearing vehicles behind. […]
Tesla’s New Model 3: First Affordable Car From Musk?
Tesla has finally done it – after the release of Model S and Model X, we have been presented with the all new and very much anticipated Model 3, a statement on Tesla’s official […]
Speed Awareness Courses: What to Expect?
If we are all brutally honest, we can probably all put our hands in the air and say that we have driven in excess of the prescribed speed limit at some stage […]
UK to Ban Sale of Petrol and Diesel Vehicles by 2040
The sale of petrol and diesel run cars will be history in just over two decades time from now. Michael Gove, who led the initiative, will be the front man for the […]
Road Rage – How To Control It
We are all probably familiar with the term road rage, but are we all familiar with how it should be dealt with? Hardly. Road rage is what occurs when two or more […]
How To Be the Perfect Car Passenger
How To Be a Good Passenger With Summer holidays just about to start and masses of cars hitting the popular roads at once, now’s possibly the time to start considering the journeys […]
A Parents Guide to Long Car Journeys…
We all know that dreaded famous in-car question ‘Are we there yet?!’ The little backseat passengers do not take too long to get impatient during long car journeys and neither will you […]
Car Financing explained…
Different types of Car Financing With more and more car financing options appearing on the market, it’s never been easier to secure yourself a deal and drive away with your new car […]
Why Regular Car Servicing is so important
For many, car servicing is like going to the dentist. You know you should do it, you’ve done it before, but it’s such a chore. And sometimes so expensive. But, failure to […]
Broken Down? Here’s what you need to do…
Let’s face it, car break down is never fun. It’s even worse if you don’t know what to do and/or if you have kids or vulnerable people with you. So, our guide […]
Driving a Modified Car on British Roads
Those who enjoy driving a Modified Car often find themselves on the wrong side of the law. Some would argue that this is unjust and a form of descrimination whilst others are […]
The legalities of driving as a Diabetic
There’s been a lot in the news about Diabetes in recent years as awareness about the disease has improved, but also as our health as a nation has also partly declined and […]