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Title: The Super Catchy Summer Driving Playlist

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Summary: Everyone knows there is nothing better than getting in the car, winding those windows down, popping the sun roof and taking a drive, especially when the sun is shining. We've taken the plunge and compiled a catchy playlist for your driving merriment (but are under no illusion it won't be everyone's cup of tea - it's okay, we still love you)

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Hurrah! We are smack dab in the middle of summer and it is GLORIOUS. Check out our driving playlist for dreamy lyrics and marvellous melodies!

 

 

If you don’t have a car to listen to this playlist in, or you want a new one, have a little look at what we offer! You’ll be spoilt for choice!

Author: Bristol Street Motors

Title: New Road Technology That Can Detect When You Are Using Your Phone Behind The Wheel

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Summary: A collaboration between a local council and a leading technology company has culminated in the development of road signs that will aid in the campaign to crack down on the use of mobile phones behind the wheel!

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In a bid to deter drivers from using their mobile phones while they are driving, a warning system is currently being trialled in Norfolk, where the road signs can detect when an active phone call is taking place, and flashes a red signal as the driver passes, according to Sky News.

Norfolk County Council’s road team have been working alongside Westcotec, a warning sign specialist based in Norfolk, to develop the system in order to aid the crack down and although the technology cannot identify offenders at the moment, that is something that is being considered for the future.

The system will be able to differentiate between those who are and who are not receiving calls via Bluetooth, to avoid giving warnings to drivers on the right side of the law.

The Department of Transport reported that, in 2016, figures showed accidents that involved drivers using mobile phones killed the equivalent of one person every 10 days, and seriously injured 137 people.

According to the RAC, you are four times more likely to be in a crash if you use your phone while driving and your reaction time is twice as slow if you text and drive, than if you drink drive! (Of which we condone neither!)

If you need to take a call or reply to a text and it cannot wait until you reach your destination, take two minutes and pull over.

The legal consequences for using a mobile phone whilst behind the steering wheel was increased last year from 3 penalty points and a £100 fine, to 6 penalty points and a £200 fine. Other consequences include fatalities, serious injury  and/or damage to your vehicle.

If you have passed your test within two years of being prosecuted, you could lose your licence.

Author: Bristol Street Motors

Title: How to Rescue a Dog Left in a Hot Car

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Summary: Although heatwaves are few and far between on our ever-grey island, here is where you stand if you see a furry friend overheating in a car - and how you can help!

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Let’s face it, we rarely experience heatwaves in the UK but when we do, by gum do we make the most of it! Cue chucking the kids, your partner, half the contents of your house and the dog in the car in search of the perfect picnic spot. Magic!

But with great power comes great responsibility and you should NEVER leave your four-legged, furry friend in the car in hot weather, whether you are on a day trip or popping out for some milk. Here is how to be a hero and help any canines in distress.

If you spot a dog in a car in hot weather, and it seems to be suffering from heatstroke, call 999. The police can gain access to the vehicle in an emergency situation and they will also inform animal welfare.

How do you know if a dog is suffering from heatstroke? The dog may be;

– Panting heavily
– Drooling excessively
– Lethargic, drowsy or uncoordinated
– Collapsed or vomiting

If the situation is critical and the police cannot attend quickly enough, most people wouldn’t think twice about breaking in the car to help a doggo, HOWEVER without proper justification it could be classed as criminal damage and you may be asked to defend yourself in Court.

Let the police know what you are going to do and why, take a few quick pictures and videos and make sure you get acquainted with the people standing looking at you with their smartphones out. These witnesses plus any other evidence will help you defend yourself in Court. You have a lawful excuse to commit damage if you believe the owner would have given consent if present.

Once you have liberated the overheating hound, follow these steps;

– Try to find a shaded, cool area to place them.
– You should immediately douse the dog with cool (not cold) water, to avoid shock. If you have access to cool, wet towels or a fan, even better!
– Give the dog small sips of cool water.
– Keep dousing the dog until its breathing starts to settle but never to the point the dog is shivering.
– Seek medical attention by a qualified veterinarian.
– Pat yourself on the back for being a good human.

If the dog in question isn’t displaying signs of heatstroke, there are still things you can do to help out;

– Try to work out how long the dog has been left in the car, from a parking ticket for example.
– Take a note of the car registration; even if the owner comes back, you can report them, if you wish to do so.
– If you are near any shops or businesses, you could ask a staff member to make an announcement as the owner may be in that building.
– If it’s possible, get someone to stay with the dog and if it becomes an emergency situation, they can call 999.
– You can give our friends at the RSPCA a call on their 24-hour cruelty line – 0300 1234 999. They will give you advice on what is best for the pooch.

Although it may seem like common sense, it may not be obvious to everyone about the dangers of leavings pets in cars during a heatwave. Spread the word and go give your pooch a cuddle for being the best!

Dog lover? Click Here to check out our Top 5 Cars for Dog Owners!

Author: Bristol Street Motors

Title: Best New Cars of 2016

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Summary: With the year drawing to a close and 2017 loudly readying its engines, now is the perfect time to review the most impressive cars to debut on the UK’s roads in 2016. Take a look at our top 10 new cars of 2016 here.

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With the year drawing to a close and 2017 loudly readying its engines, now is the perfect time to review the most impressive cars to debut on the UK’s roads in 2016. Take a look at our top 10 new cars of 2016 below.

Ford KA+                        ford-kaEnjoying excellent handling whilst balancing ample storage provisions with a compact build that renders it a perfect choice for city drives, the Ford Ka+ is a superb car for a range of settings. It’s also a notably quiet drive, with ample suppression of noise from the engine and the wind alike.

 

Skoda Octavia

With the Octavia, Skoda have produced an excellently priced car that’s equipped with furnishings and an interior belonging to cars from several tiers above. It’s almost unbeatable when it comes to storage, so if you’re looking for a car to take on long distance drives with passengers, the Skoda Octavia really is the car for you.

Vauxhall Astra

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Picked for the mantle of 2016 European Car of the Year, 2016 has been a great year for Vauxhall’s classic Astra range. Available as an estate or as a hatchback, the Vauxhall Astra enjoys roominess and comfort for driver and passengers while boasting excellent fuel economy and safety; it took home all five stars on the European NCAP test.

Volvo XC90

In the XC90, Volvo have delivered one of the most formidable SUVs the roads have ever seen. Though it’s equipped with both a diesel engine and petrol engine under the bonnet, the XC90 also has a T8 hybrid connection, meaning that fuel economy over short distances is great. With a stylish décor, high standard noise suppression and equally high calibre mechanical design, the XC90 brings to its driver the stellar all-round experience that Volvo are famous for.

Hyundai i10

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One of our favourite cars of the year, the Hyundai i10 is a perfect mode of transport for city living. It’s a small car that can expertly negotiate every tight space, with high-quality suspension that will stand tall against the most formidable pothole or damaged surface. The i10’s storage provisions are also incredibly generous, so it’s perfect for longer excursions or driving around with a lot of cargo.

Dacia Sandero

You’ll be hard pushed to find a car that enjoys anything like the quality that Dacia’s Sandero enjoys at the price range it’s in. The Sandero is a sturdy and well-built vehicle and what it lacks in infotainment and smart technology it makes up for with minimalist flair and stylish charm.

Fiat 500

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The timeless Fiat 500 combines a sleek retro aesthetic with sophisticated design in terms of décor and mechanics. For leisurely city living, it’s a stylish car that delivers the highest standard of travel.

Nissan Qashqai

Ranking supreme among all family SUVs, Nissan’s Qashqai is a package of exceptional comfort and engineering, supported by muted engines and wind defence. Nissan are renowned for producing sturdy and resilient builds; with the Qashqai, they continue to build on this reputation more and more.

Mazda 2

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With the Mazda 2, Mazda deliver an experience fully deserving of the super mini title. For a smartly built car boasting the latest advancements in car design that’s equally entertaining to drive, there are few cars that can be considered more of a must have.

Author: Fusion

Title: Five Things to Consider When Buying a New Car

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Summary: Today’s new cars come with a variety of financing options, from contract purchase, to leasing, to hire purchase, all of which allow you to split the cost of a car into affordable chunks. That means you’ve been thinking you can’t afford a brand new car, you might very well be wrong.

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Is there any better feeling than driving home in a brand new car?

The beauty of buying new is the huge potential for customisation that’s available to you. As well as choosing the make and manufacturer, you have the opportunity to choose the colour, trim and which features you’d like added – everything from the finish to the on board tech.

As well as allowing you to choose a make and model that fits your exact needs, buying a new car can be more affordable than you might think too. Today’s new cars come with a variety of financing options, from contract purchase, to leasing, to hire purchase, all of which allow you to split the cost of a car into affordable chunks. That means that if you’ve been thinking you can’t afford a brand new car, you might very well be wrong.

With all that in mind, we’ve put together a few points it’s good to have a think about if you’re looking for a new car.

  1. What will you be using the car for?

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It may seem a silly question, but the car you need will depend entirely on your lifestyle, and your driving habits. Do you spend hours a day commuting to work down the motorway? Do you spend your mornings taking the kids to school? Do you navigate traffic packed city streets on a daily basis? The type of use the car will be getting can dictate everything you need, from the engine capacity to whether it’s a manual or automatic, to insurance and finance costs.

Luckily, buying new means having a huge range of vehicles to choose from, with options almost tailored to your exact needs. At Bristol Street Motors, we have a wide selection of new cars from 15 manufacturers each selling models to suit a range of lifestyle and needs, whether you’re a new buyer searching for low insurance and the latest tech, or a family wanting to upgrade to a roomier model.

Once you’ve decided your needs, you can begin to get an idea of the class of car you’ll be looking at. Which brings us to our next point…

  1. How much space do you need?

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Depending on your situation, you may need a car offering more of less space. A businessperson may be perfectly happy with a two seater roadster, however this car may not be the best choice for the school run. Similarly, if you are a constantly heading out of weekends away, a generous boot space should be high up your list of priorities.

Roof racks and folding seats can have a big impact on a car’s storage capabilities, too. Some cars may seem small at a glance, but a genius seating arrangement can mean that they appear much larger on the inside.

Manufacturers today recognise the range of space requirements that different customers are looking for, and accommodate for this in new models and trims. That’s why when looking at new cars on sale today, you’ll find a wider selection of space options on display than ever before.

  1. Are you comfortable in the car?

Comfort is crucial, especially if you regularly drive long distances, and a large contributor to this is how well the car suits your driving style.

Even if you love the car’s exterior, it’s important to make sure that you’re happy with how your new feels to drive. This is especially true if you’re thinking of buying a class or manufacturer you’ve not previously driven, so when choosing a new car we’d recommend heading out for a test drive before making any final decisions. That way, you can make sure that you’re not just happy with how your new car looks, you’re happy with how it feels too.

  1. Do you need the latest tech?

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One of the main advantages of buying a new car is the host of innovative in car tech you’ll receive. A huge number of cars on the market today come with built in infotainment systems, Sat-Nav, and more, with tech designed to make the driving experience easier, more comfortable, safer, or just more interesting!

When looking for a new car, it’s worth getting to grips with new technology you might not be familiar with, and deciding exactly what kind of tech you need in your car. It’s likely that this will be dependent mostly on your personal driving tastes, but budget is also a factor to consider, as some models with the latest technology may come at a slightly higher price points.

Perhaps you prefer driving simplistic and stripped back, or maybe you’d rather enjoy the convenience of gadgets such as reversing cameras, power folding mirrors, and autonomous emergency braking systems. Some in-car tech can add a dash of luxury, too, such as heated steering wheels and memory seats, so think about what tech is important to you.

  1. Does the car suit your style?

After spending so much time considering the practicalities of your new dream car, it’s worth remembering that you may be driving around in it for the next few years. With that in mind, it quickly becomes clear how important it is to purchase a car that you love the look of. The finish, the colour, the bodywork, the alloys and wheel arches: every car is different, and everyone has differing tastes.

You will be spending a large amount of time in your car once purchased, and therefore it’s well worth taking the extra time to find a car that has you brimming with pride when you see it. Whether that means looking for exec style leather interiors, hunting a model with the latest ’66 plates, or picking a colour that reflects your personality is up to you.

For the latest offers, and to start your search for new car that suits you today, check out the manufacturers and models we have on offer here.

Author: Fusion

Title: The 10 Best Selling Cars in the Universe Ever

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Summary: With a (very) rough estimate of 1.2 billion cars on the road today, we’re probably justified in saying the humble automobile has caught on quite well over the past century or so. But, of all the hundreds of manufacturers jostling for poll position, which car maker comes up trumps when it comes to selling cars?

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With a (very) rough estimate of 1.2 billion cars on the road today, we’re probably justified in saying the humble automobile has caught on quite well over the past century or so. But, of all the hundreds of manufacturers jostling for poll position, which car maker comes up trumps when it comes to selling cars?

We’ve dug around a bit, and we’ve assembled a list of the top ten best selling cars ever in the history of the universe. The answers may surprise you; they certainly surprised us. Without further ado, let’s dive head first into the depths of car sales figures.

  1. Chevrolet Impala

Cars sold: 14 million

The iconic Chevy Impala has been cruising the roads of the world non-stop since its birth back in 1958. In recent years, the Impala’s design revamp has seen it meander its way back once again to the top of the large sedan charts.

  1. Volkswagen Passat

Cars sold: 15.5 million

Over seven generations and 15.5 million sales, the robust family car has brought reasonably priced luxury to families all over the planet. These days, the sedan market is incredibly competitive, although the Passat still rides happy up at the front of the pack.

  1. Ford Model T

Cars sold: 16.5 million

Exactly how many Model T’s Henry Ford sold is put into perspective by this fact: despite going out of production 87 years ago, it still remains the 8th best-selling automobile of all time. Between its first production in 1908 and its discontinuation 20 years later, Ford produced enough Model T’s for the equivalent of every person in Holland.

  1. Honda Accord

Cars sold: 17.5 million

Renowned for its reliability, the Accord spent the first years of its life as a compact, however it eventually metamorphosed into the sedan we know and love today. After small beginnings in 1976, the Accord is today loved by motorists everywhere, and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.

  1. Honda Civic

Cars sold: 18.5 million

Prior to the Civic’s birth in 1972, Honda was actually considering giving up the car game, after a difficult few years. Everyone loves an underdog story, and they don’t come much better than the struggling little Japanese manufacturer that went on to sell 18.5 million cars.

  1. Ford Escort

Cars sold: 20 million

America has had the Escort since 1981, and Europe’s roads have been graced with the car since 1986. The humble Escort has appealed to generations of drivers with its simple charm, easy handling, and affordable price tag.

  1. Volkswagen Beetle

Cars sold: 23.5 million

Designed in 1938, the Beetle has ridden a wave of popularity ever since, being picked up by the counter cultural 60’s movement thanks to its affordable price tag and its upbeat, funky styling. Today, generations of Beetles still roam the country’s roads, and they don’t show any signs of slowing down.

  1. Volkswagen Golf

Cars sold: 27.5 million

Either dubbed the Golf or the Rabbit, depending which country you’re driving around, the sporty hatchback is Volkswagen’s flagship car, selling 27.5 million since 1974, over many different iterations. Since its triumphant return to the production line in 2010, the Golf has gone from strength to strength.

  1. Ford F Series

Cars sold: 35 million

Initially sold as the Ford Bonus Built in 1948, Ford’s truck has increased in quality and style over the decades, with the manufacturer paying close attention to the requests of its customers. Having sold 35 million cars over the past six decades, the F Series tops the bill of Ford’s cars, and sales are far from slowing, with the manufacturer recently expanding their production plants.

  1. Toyota Corolla

Cars sold: 40 million

Notable births in the year 1966 include Mike Tyson, David Cameron, Helena Bonham Carter, and the Toyota Corolla. Since taking its first Bambi-like steps off the production line, the Corolla has found its feet as the world’s automotive sweetheart, with over 40 million sold to date, and a further 300,000 expected to sell this year alone, and we are proud to dub it the undisputed Most Popular Car in the Universe Ever.

The Corolla is so loved for its reliability, strong engine, and superb build quality, and in every new iteration, Toyota refine and tweak their flagship car, keeping it at the front of the pack and fending off any usurpers to its automotive throne. With the 11th generation Corolla released last year to rapturous acclaim, it looks as though this trend will continue for many years to come.

Author: Dan Hackett

Title: Which WAVs can I get through Motability?

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Summary: If you’re new to Motability, it’s normal to have a few questions about the scheme. Figuring out whether you’re eligible, what the average Motability car prices are, and what adaptations you’ll need are all important areas that you’ll need to consider.

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Which WAVs Can I Get on Motability

 

If you’re new to Motability, it’s normal to have a few questions about the scheme. Figuring out whether you’re eligible, what the average Motability car prices are, and what adaptations you’ll need are all important areas that you’ll need to consider. You’ll also need to consider things like upfront cost, the number of seats you’ll need, and whether the wheelchair user will be driving the vehicle when considering which Motability wheelchair accessible vehicle is right for you.

To help you choose the Motability wheelchair accessible vehicle that’s right for you, we’ve put together a quick guide below.

What vehicles are available through Motability?

When considering a Motability lease, many people think they might be more restricted in the options available to them.

However, the Motability scheme allows for a huge choice of vehicles, and in particular wheelchair accessible vehicles.  All major manufacturers have vehicles available on the scheme, and at Bristol Street Versa you’ll find wheelchair accessible options from big names like Ford, Fiat, Volkswagen, and Renault on show.

How much does a WAV cost through Motability?

All vehicles on the Motability scheme are leased, meaning you pay to use the car over a set period, usually 3 or 5 years. However, you’re free to use the vehicle as you wish during this time, and treat it as you would a vehicle you own.

At Bristol Street Versa, we have a selection of wheelchair accessible vehicles available with an Advance Payment starting from around £1595. After this initial advance payment, the vehicle will be financed for the remainder of its lease period using your allocated allowance. This initial payment and the resulting allowance payments cover the costs of servicing, insurance, tax, and warranty, meaning that you won’t have to worry about these.

Bristol Street Versa: Motability Cars List

We have a variety of wheelchair accessible vehicles available on the Motability scheme through Bristol Street Versa, in different sizes and specifications to suit whatever needs you might have. We’ve chosen to run through just three below, but for a wider selection of the wheelchair accessible vehicles available from Bristol Street Versa head over to our Motability section.

Versa Doblo 1.4

WAVS  - Fiat DobloThe Versa Doblo 1.4 is our own accessible version of the Fiat Doblo, and lies at the smaller end of the wheelchair accessible vehicles we have in stock. With two seats as standard alongside room for a wheelchair passenger, the Versa Doblo is a good option if you don’t require lots of room for extra passengers. However, the Versa Doblo can also be fitted with an option for one or two seats in the rear, allowing for more space. Like all the wheelchair accessible vehicles we have in stock, the Versa Doblo is customisable with a range of vehicle adaptations. The Versa Doblo is one of the most affordable Motability vehicles we have in stock, and is available to lease from just £1595.

Versa Connect Long

WAVS - Versa Connect LongThe Versa Connect Long is a modified version of popular Ford Grand Tourneo Connect, and is an ideal wheelchair accessible vehicle for families who might require a little extra passenger room. The Versa Connect wheelchair accessible vehicle can accommodate a wheelchair user plus 5 additional passengers, or a maximum of 7 passengers without the wheelchair user. Wheelchair users can access the vehicle via a simple ramp, which if upgraded can fold away into the vehicle to create a large storage area. The Versa Connect Long comes with Ford’s Stop and Start technology, which alongside its 65mpg makes it an economical wheelchair accessible vehicle that is affordable to run. At Bristol Street Versa we have both automatic and manual versions of the Versa Connect Long, with the manual version available on Motability with an advance payment of only £4295.

Versa Master LWB

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The Versa Master is a converted Renault Master van, and one of the roomiest wheelchair accessible vehicles we have available to lease through the Motability scheme. With a longer wheel base, the Versa Master LWB can accommodate the wheelchair user, driver, and up to 7 other passengers. If required, the Versa Master wheelchair accessible vehicle can also be modified to be able to carry a total of 4 wheelchair passengers. The Master LWB is available on Motability from £10,245 advance payment for the manual version, which includes rear heating and air conditioning as standard.

All the vehicles listed are able to receive specialist attachments and alterations, so if you’re interested in a custom wheelchair accessible vehicle, or would like to enquire about the cost of adaptations on the Motability scheme, then we would love to hear from you. Just make an enquiry online, or get in touch with our friendly customer services team. We can’t show you all the vehicles available on Motability, so why not take a look at the full range we have online.

 

 

 

 

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Title: Am I Eligible For Motability?

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Summary: Since being launched in 1977, the Motability scheme has helped thousands of people improve their quality of life by giving them low cost access to vehicles. Funded by charities and the government, with Motability disabled people can receive a car with modifications that allow for ease of access.

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Am I Eligible for Motability

Since being launched in 1977, the Motability scheme has helped thousands of people improve their quality of life by giving them low cost access to vehicles. Funded by charities and the government, with Motability disabled people can receive a car with modifications that allow for ease of access. This way, people who may not have previously been able to drive, let alone get in a vehicle, can have the same freedoms as the general public.

If you think that the scheme could help you, but are not sure whether you’re eligible for Motability, we’ve put a guide together to help. With the information below, you can figure out your eligibility for Motability, and how to get a Motability car.

What allowances do I need to receive?

Eligibility for Motability is primarily assessed based on allowances supplied by the Government. If you receive one or more types of the following four Government allowances, you could be eligible to receive a car on the scheme.

  1. Disability Living Allowance

You’re eligible for Motability if you’re in receipt of the Higher Rate Mobility band of Disability Living Allowance, provided by the Department of Work and Pensions. Currently, this allowance is £57.45 a week, which can then be used to fund a Motability vehicle. However, in order to receive a vehicle on the scheme, you’ll need to prove that you still have a years’ worth of the allowance remaining to be paid to you.

  1. Personal Independence Payment

Whilst the Disability Living Allowance is still in effect, it is set to be gradually phased out and replaced with something called Personal Independence Payment. Currently this replacement is not in full effect. However, those who are receiving PIP, and are getting the Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component – currently £57.45 – will be eligible to lease a vehicle on the Motability scheme.

  1. War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement

Veterans UK provide supplements to those in receipt of pension who were medically discharged from service. If you’re currently receiving a War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement of £64.15 per week, you’ll be eligible for Motability.

  1. Armed Forces Independence Payment

Those injured as a result of active service in the armed forced are eligible to receive Armed Forces Independence Payment, and a mobility payment. The Mobility component of AFIP is £57.45, and if you’re receiving this, you’ll be eligible for Motability.

How long should I have received this allowance?                                                   

When applying for Motability, there is no time limit on how long you’ve received an allowance. Whether you’ve received a mobility allowance for 5 years or 5 months, you may still be eligible for Motability.

However, how long you’ll be receiving the allowance will be taken into account. In order to get a Motability car lease, you’ll need to be receiving any of the above allowances for a minimum of 12 months into the future. If you do not have at least 12 months remaining, you won’t be eligible for Motability.

Is there an age limit on Motability?

Those above the age of 3 and in receipt of any of the above allowances could be eligible to lease a car on Motability. Whilst there is a minimum age required, there is no upper age limit. However, in certain cases individual circumstances may need to be assessed.

I’m unable to drive – am I still eligible?

If you don’t hold a valid UK license, you can still be eligible for Motability. The same applies to those who hold a license, but are no longer able to drive themselves.

To account for those who are unable to drive, when taking out a Motability lease, you’ll be given the option of naming up to 2 drivers; neither of which has to be yourself. A named driver could be member of family, a friend, or a carer.

However, in order to be named as a nominated driver, a person must meet certain requirements.

  • Named Motability drivers must hold a valid driving license. If the license is valid but not UK issued, the driver will need to undergo additional checks to decide eligibility.
  • Motability drivers must not have any previous convictions or disqualifications to legally drive a leased car.
  • Ideally, any nominated drivers should live within 5 miles of the Motability scheme customer’s place of abode. However, this is flexible and suitability can be assessed individually.
  • If naming more than one driver, only one driver can be under 21. This should ideally be someone who lives with the Motability customer. If drivers are under 25, there are restrictions on the type of vehicles able to be leased.

Will my disability influence whether I’m eligible?

When working out the eligibility of scheme members, individual disabilities are not taken into account. All that’s required is that scheme members are receiving one of the stated allowances.

However, if your application has been successful, and you’re eligible for Motability, we can take your individual circumstances into account when helping you choose a vehicle. We have vehicles available to suit a wide range of individual circumstances, and so we’ll be able to help you choose a vehicle that will truly be best for you.

We hope this guide has given you some idea of whether you’re eligible for Motability. If you’re still thinking “can I get a Motability car?”, and would like some professional advice, you can always get in touch with the team at Bristol Street Versa. Our friendly and knowledgeable team will be able to help you decide whether Motability is right for you, and even let you know which wheelchair accessible vehicles we have available that would suit your needs best.

Author: Tom

Title: Car Cultures Around The World: Cuba

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Summary: With almost no new vehicles gracing their shores in over 50 years, the Cubans have had to get creative, both with their driving habits and their car maintenance. There’s a little more to driving in Cuba than getting your head around navigating on the wrong side of the road.

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When you step off the plane in Cuba, don’t forget to set your watch back to adjust for the time difference. About 55 years should do it. Cuba is a nation with the brakes on, where progress has halted its march and had a little half-century rest.

Perhaps the main cause of this time warp is the infamous US trade embargo that has cut Cuba off from the rest of the world since the early 60’s, when Kennedy and Castro had a bit of a falling out.

So, the all-important question:  how has all this affected driving in Cuba?

With almost no new vehicles gracing their shores in over 50 years, the Cubans have had to get creative, both with their driving habits and their car maintenance. There’s a little more to driving in Cuba than getting your head around navigating on the wrong side of the road.

First of all, there’s the cars themselves. Like everything else in the country, they’re trapped in time. On Cuban roads you’ll find a parade of cars straight out of Grease: ’55 Fords, Cadillacs, ’57 Chevys, and everything in between (including some ugly old Soviet Union contraptions, but the less said about those, the better). Gorgeous looks aside, the clunky old American cars handle as you would expect, like trying to steer a rhino on rollerblades.

How safe are the old cars?

Over the decades, wear and tear has meant that suspension no longer seems to be a thing in Cuba. Given that the lack of suspension means even the slightest knock will rattle your whole chassis, you might expect that the Cuban roads would be designed to reduce this as much as possible. Well, no. Cuban motorways are a minefield – and that’s barely a metaphor.

Initially, you may find the highways in Cuba are eerily quiet, with hours passing before another car rumbles past you. This is because there are under 180,000 cars in the whole country – compared to Britain’s 35 million. What the motorways are busy with, however, is pot holes, stray dogs, rogue cows, rickshaws, cyclists, street stalls, and just about anything else you can imagine. Take your eyes off the road for a couple of seconds to fiddle with the radio, and you are likely to glance back up to find your Chevrolet is now careening elegantly into a herd of bewildered goats. It’s probably advisable to check you still have all four tyres after every journey, too.

So, as you may have already considered, if you’re going to drive in Cuba you definitely need a seatbelt. Which is unfortunate, as there aren’t any. Seatbelts weren’t compulsory when the embargo began, meaning that the life-saving belts we take for granted never really reached Cuba. Not that the Cubans seem too fazed, sweeping lazily between lanes, oncoming traffic be damned. A little useful Spanish if you’re planning to take a ride in a Cuban taxi: “Más despacio, por favor” means “Slow down, please”.

How are they still functioning?!

Despite the peculiarities of Cuban driving, it’s impossible not to be impressed. Cuba is a nation of mechanics unparalleled anywhere else in the world. It is thanks to a practical can-do attitude and resourcefulness that the average Cuban can keep a 1955 Ford Fairlane Sunliner functioning as a taxi after 60 years, travelling hundreds of miles along treacherous motorway every single day. Under the bonnet you’ll find an engine to make Frankenstein jealous, with a mess of old parts from the US, Soviet Union, and China. It shouldn’t work, but it does. Somehow.

With the USA currently in talks with Cuba to begin trading once more, the iconic cars of Cuba look likely to begin disappearing from their chaotic roads in the near future, snapped up by collectors around the world and replaced by more modern vehicles. If you want to experience the thrill of driving in Cuba, there’s never been a better time to go. In the meantime, check out our website to see the latest generation of Fords, whose great grandfathers are still chugging around Havana to this day.

Author: Dan Hackett

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Summary: These days, your phone is way more than just a phone. It can help you to avoid traffic, get you to your destination on time and find you the cheapest fuel prices. It can even find you a parking space. We've done the hard work for you and come up with a list of the top apps for drivers in 2015

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These days, your phone is way more than just a phone. It can help you to avoid traffic, get you to your destination on time and find you the cheapest fuel prices. It can even find you a parking space.

Of course, you might already know this.

But do you know of the best apps to achieve these feats? Didn’t think so. That’s why we’ve done the hard work for you and come up with a list of the top apps for drivers in 2015.

  1. Waze (iPhone, Android)

Waze

If you hate traffic (who doesn’t!?) then you’ll love Waze. Waze is a community-based traffic alert and navigation app. It offers real-time traffic data and road information to help motorists save time and ease congestion, and you can add your very own experiences to help other motorists out. Waze combines this class-leading traffic information system with a visually appealing turn-by-turn navigation feature that’s perfect for daily drivers.

  1. CoPilot Premium Europe HD (iPhone, Android)

If you don’t want to fork out for a dedicated sat-nav, then CoPilot Premium Europe HD is the next best thing. CoPilot is a satellite navigation app that works both online and offline – just download maps when you’re connected to Wi-Fi and you don’t have to worry about losing your mobile signal on the move. The app costs £25.99, and for an additional £7.99 you can get traffic alert features. This is a great app that’s highly recommended.

  1. WhatGas Petrol Prices (iPhone, Android)

It’s often a lottery as to who’ll have the cheapest fuel prices on any given day. The Esso down the road might be 2p a litre cheaper than the Shell up the road on Monday, but vice versa on Tuesday. WhatGas Petrol Prices solves this problem by detailing the cheapest fuel prices according to your GPS location. It’s a community-based app that works well (read: no fakery) and it’s free to download and use, and you could save a lot of money on fuel.

  1. JustPark (iPhone, Android)

Going somewhere you’re not familiar with? Download JustPark and avoid the frustration of driving round endlessly to find a parking space. Unlike some similar apps, JustPark isn’t London only – it supports most cities and towns in the UK – and you can choose from over 150,000 spaces in real-time. Some locations will even allow you to pre-book your parking space through the app, a lifesaver if you’re short of time (or just patience). Even better, the app is free to download too.

  1. Appy Parking (iPhone, Android)

Appy Park

Appy Parking is an alternative to JustPark. It’s on-par with the latter in terms of features, but it doesn’t support locations outside of London (at the moment). But if you live in London, this app may be better. It lets you see every Controlled Parking Zone in London and clearly displays available parking spaces, along with any time limits and prices. It also lets you see all available Green Zones and Red Zones. As such, it’s perhaps one of the ideal apps for drivers living in London.

  1. The Highway Code UK (iPhone, Android)

With The Highway Code UK app, you can read and listen to the latest version of the Highway Code. It’s an easy to use app with accurate information and it’s a great way to review your own driving style and the driving style of others. However, it’s perhaps one of the best apps for learner drivers, giving a quick an easy learning resource that can be read on the go (but not behind the wheel!). The app is free but you have to pay £0.99 to access all content. But this is still cheaper than the official Highway Code app (£3.99). Just remember to update the app regularly so you have up to date information.

  1. GloveBox (iPhone, Android)

GloveBox

GloveBox helps you to track your car’s fuel economy and expenses, so you can see exactly how much it’s costing you to run and maintain your car. It boasts support for multiple users per car and partial and full-tank entries, and you can view fuel units in litres, US gallons and imperial gallons – making it ideal for any country. All statistics are stored in the cloud on a GloveBox account, so if you lose your phone you don’t lose your data.

  1. Find My Car (iPhone, Android)

Ever forgotten where you’ve parked your car? If so, we recommend you download the Find My Car app. With this app, you can store the GPS location of your car when you park up and when the time comes to return to your car, you simply open the app and view your position and your car’s position on the map at street level. This makes finding your car a breeze and you’ll have no excuses for losing your car ever again!

  1. MileTracker (iPhone)

If you lease your car, if it is on a PCP, or if you drive a lot for work, then knowing your mileage is handy. If you lease, going over a mileage allowance can mean you’ll incur an extra cost, which is where MileTracker comes in use. This app – which is available only on iPhone at the moment – is an extremely easy to use mileage calculator, also keeping track of fuel and expenses. It uses GPS to log your movement, and as far as we can tell is pretty accurate.

So there we have it, 9 apps for drivers that can make day to day travelling easier. However, what use is a driving app if you’ve got nothing to use it in? If you’re itching to test one of these apps in a new motor, take a look at the new and used cars for sale at Bristol Street Motors.

Author: Tom