3 in 5 drivers “never” use their phone while driving – AA Ireland

By Anna Cullen and Lauren Beehan Most drivers never use their phone handheld while driving, but half think that phone use by others is getting worse. Those are the findings of a recent poll of 2,617 motorists by AA Ireland. Around half of motorists (48.2%) said the overall problem of phone use while driving has got… Continue reading 3 in 5 drivers “never” use their phone while driving – AA Ireland

New Car Review: Audi Q5 Sportback 35 TDI S Line

Q5 Sportback Starting Price: €60,220 Price as tested: €69,363 GOOD STUFF Beautiful styling, amazing quality finish inside and out, frugal diesel engine BAD STUFF €3,000 more for pretty much the same car – €10,000 more than an A4 Avant. WHAT IS IT? The Q5 Sportback is what Audi call a CUV – or Crossover Utility Vehicle… Continue reading New Car Review: Audi Q5 Sportback 35 TDI S Line

New Car Review: Škoda Fabia 1.0 TSI EVO

Price as tested: TBC GOOD STUFFImpressively roomy, attractive design BAD STUFF  No electrified powertrains, potential to be expensive WHAT IS IT?  This is the all-new fourth-generation Skoda Fabia that will go on sale in Ireland in 2022. It occupies the supermini segment that includes popular names like the Toyota Yaris, Opel Corsa and Renault Clio.… Continue reading New Car Review: Škoda Fabia 1.0 TSI EVO

New Car Review: Volvo XC40 Recharge Twin Pro – AA Ireland

Volvo XC40 Recharge Starting Price: €64,314 Price as tested: €68,258 GOOD STUFF Stylish looks, serious performance, decent interior space, all-wheel-drive capability. BAD STUFF Needs a much cheaper model in the line-up, the electric range is nothing special. WHAT IS IT? The XC40 is Volvo’s smallest SUV, but all things are relative, as it’s not a… Continue reading New Car Review: Volvo XC40 Recharge Twin Pro – AA Ireland

Making the switch: how easy is it to swap to an electric car? AA Ireland

Electric vehicles (EVs) have never been more popular in Ireland. Up to the middle of August, 6,449 new fully electric cars have been registered in Ireland in 2021, more than double the number in the same period in 2020 and 2019. That’s along with 2,026 Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles and 15,247 hybrid vehicles . Newly… Continue reading Making the switch: how easy is it to swap to an electric car? AA Ireland

New Car Review: Hyundai Tucson Hybrid Executive Plus Auto

Starting Price: €36,095Price as tested: €42,195 GOOD STUFF  Handsome, good value, well-equipped, great road manners BAD STUFF Very little, Hyundai have knocked this one out of the park WHAT IS IT? This is Ireland’s best-selling car right now, the Hyundai Tucson and so far in 2021 (August 2021), the brand have shifted almost 5,000 of… Continue reading New Car Review: Hyundai Tucson Hybrid Executive Plus Auto

New Car Review: Audi Q5 2.0-litre TFSI TDI S-Line – AA Ireland

Audi Q5 Starting Price: €56,975 Price as tested: €70,402 GOOD STUFF  Gorgeous looks, stunning interior, massive competency. BAD STUFF Price can get saucy when you start ticking options boxes. Rear legroom not great for adults. WHAT IS IT? The Audi Q5 SUV has been one of the best-selling SUVs in the premium segment in Europe for… Continue reading New Car Review: Audi Q5 2.0-litre TFSI TDI S-Line – AA Ireland

Learning to drive in a pandemic: how covid-19 has affected learner drivers – AA Ireland

Like so many other aspects of our lives over the past 18 months, the learning to drive process has been severely impacted by the pandemic and its restrictions. Lessons, tests and driving licence services were suspended or reserved for essential workers for around half a year during the Level 5 restrictions, and only fully reopened… Continue reading Learning to drive in a pandemic: how covid-19 has affected learner drivers – AA Ireland

How To Avoid a Flat Car Battery

Flat batteries are the most common cause of a breakdown at any time of year, but particularly so in winter says AA Rescue. Flat batteries account for nearly 25 per cent of breakdowns in Ireland, according to the findings of our most recent Annual Breakdown Review. AA Rescue reports that a breakdown in batteries can… Continue reading How To Avoid a Flat Car Battery

How To Improve Your Fuel Efficiency

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There are lots of things you can do as a driver to reduce your fuel consumption – and lighten the load on your wallet! How To Reduce Your Fuel Consumption? Accelerate Gently The harder you accelerate, the more fuel you use. Use your right foot lightly to move off and get up to speed, and… Continue reading How To Improve Your Fuel Efficiency