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Summary: It's fair to say that the summer of 2018 has been unforgettable so far. With record-breaking heat waves and the hype of a pretty good World Cup run from England, it's the kind of summer that will go down in the history books. And it seems things don’t end there, as Volvo join the party with the launch of an all-new car! Introducing then, the new Volvo V60.

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It’s fair to say that the summer of 2018 has been unforgettable so far. With record-breaking heat waves and the hype of a pretty good World Cup run from England, it’s the kind of summer that will go down in the history books. And it seems things don’t end there, as Volvo join the party with the launch of an all-new car! Introducing then, the new Volvo V60.

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This is Volvo’s vision for the ultimate family estate car, and it looks rather stunning. With powerfully styled curves and unmistakable queues, the future of the family estate is most definitely here – and in all its glory. Dynamic and elegant, it appears that Volvo are moving even further upmarket, offering affordable alternatives in the premium market.

 

The V60 makes driving indulgent, allowing the driver to truly enjoy every journey. The centre display allows you to operate navigation, settings and entertainment with nothing more than a simple touch – a feature familiar to the new generation of Volvo cars that blends sleek design with ease of use. Reducing distractions with bold, clear graphics and a vertical format makes reading information and maps especially easy. The 9-inch touch screen is so responsive that you can use it wearing gloves, while the surface has a special coating that reduces glare.

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Don’t settle; enjoy the drive you desire. It’s very difficult for manufacturers to inject personality into their cars, but the new V60 has a dynamic driving character that you can fall in love with every time you start the engine. Volvo’s innovative ‘integral link’ set-up provides exceptional control, while advanced lightweight materials reduce weight and ensure sharp responses.

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The V60 offers generous fuel efficiency without the compromise. The new V60 T8 Twin Engine has a plug-in hybrid powertrain that delivers strong performance. A combined output of 404hp is available from the combination of a four-cylinder petrol engine driving the front wheels and an electric motor driving the rear wheels. Combined with a Geartronic transmission, the result is strong, smooth acceleration from standstill. If necessary, on-demand all-wheel drive ensures all this power goes straight to the road, leaving us well prepared for the day that our summer comes to an end and have to face not-so-ideal driving conditions!

For more information on the all-new Volvo V60, click here.

Author: Bristol Street Motors

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Summary: It's sage advice that you should go and see a used car before you buy it, but apart from walking around the vehicle nodding, do we really know what to look out for? Well, with this handy checklist, now you will!

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Let’s get straight in to what you should be looking out for when you go to inspect a used car!

– Have a look at the mileage of the car. On the average, a normal driver will drive between 10,000 to 15,000 miles (16,000 to 24,000 km) a year; however, this depends on many factors and should be considered a guide only.

– Check for any indications that the vehicle has been in an accident  (i.e. dents, scratches etc)

– Check the cam belt and ask when it was changed/due to be changed. (For those who aren’t sure, a cam belt, or timing belt, is a rubber belt with teeth that synchronises some bits that makes your car go. If it goes kaput, it could cost you a lot in terms of repair so it’s worth checking out!)

– Are the tyres legal? The legal limit for minimum depth of the tread on your tyres is 1.6 millimetres, across the central ¾ of the tread around the complete circumference of the tyre and you can check this using a 20p coin.

– Have a snoop inside the boot of the car, looking for rust or damp.

– Test out the headlights, brake lights and indicators on the car.

– Pay close attention to the windscreen, as any chips or cracks could cost you a pretty penny in repairs later down the line.

– When you start the engine, keep an eye out for excessive exhaust smoke and listen out for any unsavoury noises!

– Take it for a test drive! There is no better way to get a feel of a car than to put it in gear and  go for a spin.

– When out and about, make sure the steering doesn’t pull to the side on a straight piece of road.

– Try using the handbrake on a hill start – there should be no slippage

– Listen out for any ‘crunching’ when changing gear and the clutch shouldn’t be too high, as this could indicate it will need replacing soon.

This list is by no means exhaust-ive (ah thank you) but this should give you a bit of an idea of what to look for when you go to check out a used car!

If you are on the fence about buying a used car, check out 5 Reasons To Buy a Used Car or if you are unsure how to go about buying a used car, have a peek at our Driver’s Guide to Buying a Used Car!

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Summary: Congratulations! You've passed your driving test and you are ready to hit the road! But which car to choose? Read on as we round up the top 5 used cars for new drivers!

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Whether you passed 1st time or 21st time, we salute you for finally getting that blue certificate! The world is your oyster, you just need to get a set of wheels. But which are the best for you?

Of course, it’s down to you which car you buy but we’ve pulled together the top 5 used cars (in no particular order) to give you an idea of what’s on offer. Enjoy!

 

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This comfortable supermini is refined, practical and super fun to drive which makes it a dream for new drivers!
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Low running costs for this versatile city car mean it’s easy on your pocket, not to mention it’s nimble handling in rush hour. Ooosh.
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Although slightly more expensive, you won’t be sorry when you see the high quality cabin and safety kit. These details make it a serious contender for any new driver’s attention!
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Deceptively spacious, there is room for four people which means you can be designated driver amongst your pals, at least until the novelty wears off!
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This car boasts great practicality and is perfect for anyone looking for their first car. It fairs as well on motorways as it does zipping around city streets, with good visibility for parking! Ideal!
Click Here to choose yours

If none of these tick your boxes, take a look at our huge used car range. There is something for everyone!

Make sure you take a gander at our Driver’s Guide To Buying A Used Car too!

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Summary: Are you the owner of an electric or hybrid vehicle or are you thinking about buying one? These 5 apps will make sure you know the nearest charging stations to you at all times, and they won't cost you a penny! First rule of EV club....talk about EV club!

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Picture this, you’ve got your shiny new electric car and so far, you are loving it! You’ve been driving around town, the wind in your hair and your favourite songs on…bliss!

BUT WAIT A MINUTE, there is a light flashing and you are running out of juice. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill-stop-at-a-petrol-station kinda car so what on earth do you do? Where will you go? Are you going to be stranded forever?  Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

We’ve researched the good, the bad and the ugly apps which help you locate charging points to get your EV raring to go again, and here are some of the best!

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Plugshare

By far the leading app for EV drivers currently (in my opinion!). Plugshare not only allows you to locate the nearest charging point to you and details what type of plug it is, it also allows EV drivers to check in, rate, upload photos and comment on the charging point. Kinda like a certain hotel reviewing website, if you catch my drift…

In a nutshell – If you are looking for a highly accurate and informative app, this is the answer to your prayers.

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NextCharge

Bonjour! Hola! Guten Tag! That’s right, this app is available in 6 languages, making it the most polylingual app I’ve come across of its type! Not only that but this app also offers a ticket to the EV community, allowing users to have their say on the charging stations in their area! You can filter for different things including access, types of plugs and speed of charge, as well as the status of the charging point! And who doesn’t love a filter…

In a nutshell – Great for specific searches (I’m looking at you, Tesla drivers) and it isn’t restricted to English-speaking EV drivers! Spread the joy!

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Chargemap – Charging Stations

Not far behind, Chargemap definitely comes up with the goods after improvements on a slightly rocky start. Adopting a similar ‘community’ feel, Chargemap allows users to interact with the app, saving EV drivers time and frustration by avoiding unsuitable charging points! The added bonus with this app is they have dedicated user support available 24/7 who will help you get out of any EV charging-related pickle! (This doesn’t include helping you pick pizza toppings at 1am, I’ve already tested those waters!)

In a nutshell – After a little hiccup or two, this app has left the stalls eager to prove itself and it is certainly a go-to for any EV driver.

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Zap-Map – EV charging in the UK

The Zap-Map is ideal for those who want a little colour in their lives! The colour coded pins on the map mean you can see where your suitable charging points are at a glance (assuming you know the code!) For you lovely Android users, you can plan your route to incorporate charging point stops and it will give you an estimated charge left at the end of your journey! For the iOS squad, this feature will be available later in the summer.

In a nutshell – Nice to look at and user friendly – what more could you ask for?!

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WattsUp

WattsUp is slightly different to the other apps of its kind, in that you have to set your criteria before it shows you a map of charging points – great for people who like to get down to business! It also features voice prompts and estimated time to reach your charging point/destination, so that rules out any excuses for being late! With a choice of routes to take you where you wanna go, there will be no stopping you and your EV!

In a nutshell – Apart from a rather clever name, this app is comprised of all of the right features to get you from A to B with minimal drama.

So there you have it! If you aren’t part of the EV club but want to be, we can help! Click here to go to our shiny website and have a perusal of our range of EV/hybrids. You won’t be disappointed!

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Title: Join Bristol Street Versa at Motability’s The Big Event

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Summary: Join Bristol Street Versa for the UK's biggest Motability event

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Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles at the Big Event

Join Bristol Street Versa at Motability’s The Big Event at NEC Birmingham this week on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th of July.

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle specialists Bristol Street Versa are taking part in the nation’s biggest Motability event at the NEC Birmingham.

On this Friday and Saturday you’ll be able to meet and speak with our expert advisors on all things Versa and learn more about our high-quality WAV (Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle) conversions.

Whether you are looking to renew your Motability lease with a medium to large WAV, or because your needs have simply changed, we will be on hand to provide expert and professional advice.

We’re experienced in converting, providing, and servicing a range of WAVs in the medium to large category, with offerings from Ford, Volkswagen and Renault. We keep the customer at the heart of all that we do, and our dedicated team are always on hand to ensure we are keeping you going, and that your vehicle is always running smoothly.

Your peace of mind is our priority.

We may be visiting an event in the Midlands, but the beauty of the Bristol Street Versa offering is that our mobility experts offer demonstrations and fantastic customer service nationwide.

At the show, you can book a home demonstration for any of the WAVs in our range. We would be delighted to bring a vehicle to you and demonstrate the features on a no-obligation basis. It’s important for our service to be as accessible as is necessary and ensure that ultimately the vehicle you choose absolutely suits your specific needs and requirements.

Along with us, we’ll be taking two of our most popular vehicles to the show; the VW Transporter and the VW Caddy. They’ll be available for you to view and experience demonstrations on-site. Our team of experienced advisors will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

The fantastic news is that the event (and event parking) is completely free, free refreshments are also available, with plenty of distractions for any younger family members!

Find out more HERE

 

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Title: Drivers Guide To Buying A Used Car

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Summary: Are you looking to buy a used car but don't know where to start? We have compiled the go-to guide for buying a used car so you can avoid pitfalls and skip straight to cruising around town!

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If you are reading this, chances are you are thinking about buying a used car. Pretty exciting stuff, but the process isn’t without its pitfalls.

Because we feel pretty strongly that buying a car should be a positive experience, we’ve created this guide to help you make the right choices and pave the way to motoring bliss. Lucky you!

1. Research your car – Okay so there are boat loads of used cars out there , each as shiny and pretty as the last. But which is right for you? You need to have a think about size, cost, function and, most importantly, colour. Just kidding…sort of. The main purpose of a car is to make your life easier so the last thing you want is a car that isn’t fit for purpose or that causes stress and strain on your finances.

Have a look at our range of used cars!

 

2. Locate your car – Congrats, if you are reading this, you’ve chosen your car! Now you just have to find one that’s (hopefully) near you.

Did You Know: No worries if your dream car isn’t near you!  We sell used cars online?  That’s right… you can literally choose your car and sort your finance within a few clicks – and hey presto! Your shiny new wheels will be delivered to your door a few days later!  Our cars are all checked above and beyond industry standard, and for added peace of mind, if you buy online from us you’ll get a 14 day exchange or refund guarantee too! 

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3. Take a closer look – We are getting to the good stuff now! You’ve decided on a car and you’ve found the exact make and model for sale! Make arrangements to go and see the car, and take someone with you if you can. A second opinion is never a bad thing! Chances are, you are buying from one of the two options listed below;

– Private Sellers – It may be that your dream car is being sold by a regular Joe Bloggs which is great, but there are a few extra checks to carry out before you hand over any cash. You can do a vehicle history check online to make sure the car isn’t stolen, or has outstanding finance. Ask the seller to produce all of the car’s original documents including the original V5c form, something you will need if you decide to buy the car. Of course, it is always recommended to take the vehicle for a test drive, to listen out for any unsavoury noises and to make sure you like the handling of the car!

– Dealerships – Going to a dealership is a little easier in terms of what you have to do, personally. When the car is sold to the dealership, the relevant checks are all carried out to make sure the car is in good working order with no nasty surprises! However, you can still ask for a test drive to get a feel of the car plus you can always check the market price of the car to ensure you are getting a fair deal.

4.  Documents – Not the most exciting part of the process but a necessary evil. Whether you are buying from a private seller or a dealership, be sure that you and the seller have the following, valid and up-to-date;

– Driving Licence
– Valid Insurance Policy
– V5C form
– Valid Recent M.O.T
– Service History
– Vehicle Handbook

Having these documents all together will make your life a lot easier in the future so keep them in a file, somewhere safe!

5. Payment – Now comes the juicy bit. You’ve test driven the car and all of the documents check out… time to hand over the green stuff. If you are trading privately, don’t take large sums of cash with you. Instead ask for the seller’s bank details to do a funds transfer, or write out a cheque. Dealerships are a little more flexible if you don’t have all of the money together there and then. Finance is available to those who qualify so if the piggy bank is looking a little short but you are desperate for a certain set of wheels, have a chat with your friendly, neighbourhood car salesperson!

Read more about our Personal Contract Purchase!

 

6. Success! – You’ve done it! You’ve only gone and bought a used car, and you did a pretty good job. You can stop at the shop on your way home for some celebratory biscuits to go with a well deserved cuppa!

If you still aren’t sure if a used car is for you, have a read of our 5 Reasons to Buy a Used Car and prepare to be convinced!

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Summary: Ever considered buying a used car? Whether you are looking for a change or just passed your test, here are 5 reasons why you should buy a used car!

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Although we all love something brand spanking new, sometimes ‘used’ isn’t as bad as it’s made out to be, especially when it comes to cars. A little research and time spent, and you could bag yourself an absolute bargain on the forecourt. Here are the 5 reasons we would buy a used car!

 

1. Money – In a world where the green stuff talks, we are all looking to get as much as we can for our money. If you have a limited budget, buying a used car could be your best bet, plus it minimises depreciation so you won’t lose out too much on the value of the car!

2. Purpose – Whether you have just passed your test or just need a little run around to get you from A to B, having a used car is less likely to cause anxiety about the inevitable ‘first scratch’.

3. Condition – Another pro of buying a used car is you should be given the full service history so you can see exactly what work has been done before you sign on the dotted line. There are also approved used cars, which go through rigorous checks and tests, to give used car buyers piece of mind.

4. Choice – There is nothing better than having lots of options and considering buying a used car means you have the back catalogue of motoring goodness to look through. Plus these days, cars are being built to last so its likely that you may get something a little more modern for a fraction of the original price. Ideal!

5. Special Use – If you are buying a car for another reason, like off-roading or maybe you are a collector, used cars are the way to go!

So there you have it, 5 reasons to buy a used car. If we’ve sparked your interest, take a look at our range of used cars and don’t be afraid to get in touch!

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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!

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Summary: Looking for a new car to cater for all members of the family, including Fido? Then look no further as we give you the top 5 cars for dog owners! You'd be barking not to have a look!

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Looking for a new car to cater for all members of the family, including Fido? Then look no further as we give you the top 5 cars for dog owners!

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In terms of space and value for money, the Dacia Logan MCV has to be considered.  Plenty of room for your pet, and this one won’t break the bank.

Click Here to learn more about the Dacia Logan MCV 

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This spacious and comfortable SUV offers the option of a specially designed Paw Pack, which includes a ramp to give dogs easy access to the boot, a boot liner, a storage rack for leads and other doggy bits and bobs, a spill-resistant water bowl and a dog bed!

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Skoda Superb Estate

A super comfortable ride, and an enormous 660 litre boot make this one a top contender!

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With a wide opening, low load lip and boot level, it will make jumping in and out of the car a breeze for your four-legged friend!

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Similar in size and shape to the Nissan X-Trail, the Kia Sportage is a family vehicle with a shed load of space and an affordable price tag. What’s not to like?!

Click Here to learn more about the Kia Sportage 1.6 GDi 130 1

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Modern smartphones and tablets are great for keeping in touch with friends and family, and keeping us entertained – but the huge choice of apps available means they can actually be useful beyond that.

Take a look at some of our favourite apps for wheelchair users below.

Wheelmap

When you use a wheelchair, planning your days out can be a bit of a gamble without knowing what access is going to be like.

Wheelmap is available as an app, or you can visit their website here. Places are added and rated by app users, meaning the reviews are reliable and honest.

Almost 600,000 public places are listed on the app worldwide, with up to 300 added each day. A variety of places are included, as anyone can mark almost any point of interest. This ranges from bus stations, restaurants, cinemas and banks through to Government offices.

The useful tags work in an easy to use traffic light system (Green, Amber and Red) and indicate levels of accessibility.

– Green indicates full accessibility – for example, ground level, step-free throughout (or lift access) and accessible toilet facilities if they are available.

– Amber indicates some accessibility – for example, one stage maximum entrance, most of the rooms on ground level.

– Red indicates the place is not accessible at all.

The great thing about Wheelmap is that ratings can be added at any time by any user. Further, as it is not just limited to facilities, it’s a great tool to enhance everyday life.

Wheelmap is available to download from the iTunes App Store for iOs or Play for Android and Windows Phones.  Alternatively, you can visit Wheelmap.org from your device or desktop.

Inclusive Britain

For everything a little closer to home, Inclusive Britain is an expansion of the popular Inclusive London app.

Inclusive Britain also lives both as an app and as a website, with the added capability of adding reviews, where you can comment not only on accessibility but on all areas of a service or venue.

Instead of the map functionality of Wheelmap, Inclusive Britain takes the form of a directory, with everything from hotels, healthcare, nature reserves, post offices and tourist attractions. You can search by postcode or by accessible features, making it efficiently concise if there is something in particular you are looking for.

You can send any details to your mobile phone to store for later reference, and you can also take advantage of the ‘Meet Me’ tool which aids with arranging activities with friends and family.

Pick up Inclusive London or Inclusive Britain on the iTunes App Store or register for the online directory at InclusiveBritain.com.

Apple Dictation

For iPhone or iPad users, Apple provide a free dictation tool: Apple Dictation. If you’re juggling a few things at once, and want to make hands-free notes on the move this is perfect (providing you’re connected with mobile data or Wi-Fi).

If you have iPhone 6s or newer, Enhanced Dictation is also available for unlimited dictation. Enabled in System Preferences, the Siri ding will indicate that you can start dictation. This requires no internet connection and text appears in real time. There’s no limit to how much you can dictate and has a startling accuracy level.

If you need quick and easy dictation to communicate or set reminders, without the fuss of apps, Apple capabilities mean that you can simply just ask Siri to save a note or send a message and dictate the text straight into your mic.

Apple Dictation supports 31 languages including English, Arabic, Chinese, Polish, Spanish, and Korean.

UberACCESS

The taxi-summoning app Uber now has an option for ‘UberACCESS’, created specifically for wheelchair users.

Formerly UberWAV, the app specialises in rear-entry taxis, allowing the wheelchair passenger to be forward-facing.  All UberACCESS drivers ensure safety and comfort during the journey, having received Disability Equality Training from Transport for All.

So, all you need is the Uber app, which then allows you to select UberACCESS as an option when requesting a taxi. The beauty of Uber is that the journey is paid via the app, which saves trawling to cashpoints if they are not convenient. All drivers and vehicles are logged and nominated friends or family can track your journeys for additional peace of mind.

For added reassurance, the journey only begins once you and your wheelchair are safely secured in the vehicle, eliminating any worries when it comes to totting up the fare.

UberACCESS operates in London, Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds and Liverpool.

 

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