New Car Review: Land Rover Defender P400e S

Starting Price: €78,280 Price as tested: €89,150 GOOD STUFF Tonka Toy looks, potent acceleration, decent EV performance BAD STUFF Slightly hesitant to move off, ride height can be a pain in car parks  WHAT IS IT? The Land Rover Defender P400e is a way to own a Land Rover Defender and not get pelted with… Continue reading New Car Review: Land Rover Defender P400e S

What are the new variable speed limits on the M50? AA Ireland

Image: TII, from M50 Digital Signs Video 01

What’s changing on the M50? What does variable speed limits mean? The M50 will get a new dynamic traffic management system from autumn 2021, as part of the eMOS programme (Enhancing Motorway Operation Services). As a driver, the main thing you’ll see are a new set of overhead digital signs for variable speed limits –… Continue reading What are the new variable speed limits on the M50? AA Ireland

Thinking of converting a campervan? Here’s what you need to know – AA Ireland

The campervan craze is sweeping the nation. Don’t just take my word for it, look at social media. Every second person is travelling around the country in their cool van, enjoying the comfort of their own kitchens and beds, while also enjoying the wild outdoors. If you’re on a budget and aren’t willing to invest… Continue reading Thinking of converting a campervan? Here’s what you need to know – AA Ireland

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

VIDEO: What You Need To Know About Driving Lesson Delays – AA Ireland

Without doubt, learning to drive has been severely impacted by the pandemic. Since lessons and tests were stopped entirely for about half a year during the Level 5 restrictions, it caused a huge backlog and long delays for those waiting to get their license. Personally, I found it very difficult during the pandemic to practice… Continue reading VIDEO: What You Need To Know About Driving Lesson Delays – AA Ireland

New Car Review: BMW X1 xDrive 25e

BMW X1 xDrive25e Starting Price: €49,995 Price as tested: €51,919 GOOD STUFFSpacious interior, potentially economical to run BAD STUFF  Smaller boot than other BMW X1s, expensive to buy WHAT IS IT?  The BMW X1 is the smallest of the German marque’s SUV models and this version, the xDrive25e, is the plug-in hybrid of the line-up.… Continue reading New Car Review: BMW X1 xDrive 25e

5 Essential Back to School Car Checks

‘Back to School’ season is officially upon us. With the end of the summer holidays and all children now returning to school, many of us will see our morning travel patterns change slightly. While you may be busy coping with children desperately trying to avoid the fact that they’ll soon be back in the classroom,… Continue reading 5 Essential Back to School Car Checks

New Car Review: DS3 Crossback Elegance E-TENSE

DS3 Starting Price: €28,990 Price as tested: €38,949 GOOD STUFF Stylish design, good EV powertrain with a consistent range. BAD STUFF Small infotainment screen, cramped rear legroom, price. WHAT IS IT? The DS3 Crossback marks the French brand’s (they are the premium version of Citroën) return to Ireland (alongside the larger DS7) and this time… Continue reading New Car Review: DS3 Crossback Elegance E-TENSE

How to book theory tests, apply for learner permits and arrange driving lessons – AA Ireland

Learning to drive can be a daunting experience for some or smooth sailing for others, nobody’s experience is ever the same. While I can’t say my own experience of learning to drive has been easy, I can say that I got there in the end. Conking, coasting, parallel parking and three-point-turns – we’ve all been… Continue reading How to book theory tests, apply for learner permits and arrange driving lessons – 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