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One in four drivers are now more nervous behind the wheel following a year of lockdowns

Nearly a quarter (24 per cent) of drivers say they now feel more nervous about driving than they did before the COVID-19 pandemic started.

The research by Spanish car manufacturer SEAT found the equivalent of almost 10 million drivers feel more apprehensive about driving, now that the lifting of many COVID-19 restrictions allows travel anywhere within the UK.

Almost half of the drivers surveyed (44 per cent) who said they now feel more nervous pointed to a lack of driving practice over the last year, while 42 per cent stated the return of high-volume traffic following a year of lockdowns was also to blame.

More than a quarter (26 per cent) feel less assured about their own parking skills.

With the global pandemic causing the UK to go into multiple lockdowns since March 2020, drivers have found themselves covering significantly fewer miles behind the wheel. Of those surveyed, 40 per cent estimated they had covered fewer than 2,500 miles since the first lockdown started, compared to just 11 per cent in the year before COVID-19.

Drivers in London have been the most impacted by the lockdowns, with 44 per cent claiming they are now more nervous about driving. Driving in big cities was ranked the second biggest cause for motorists feeling apprehensive about driving again, with driving at night taking the top spot.


Cornwall crowned as Europe’s most pinned road trip destination

Cornwall has been revealed as the most ‘pinned’ road trip destination in Europe, according to a new study.

The research conducted by Honda used Pinterest data to look at more than 650 popular destinations across Europe. The study ranked the most ‘pinned’ road trip locations based on the number of boards made for each place, as inspiration for future travel.

Cornwall was revealed as the most ‘pinned’ destination for road trips with 78 boards dedicated to the coastal county. Tuscany came out second in the research, attracting visitors with its architect-ure, history and renaissance art. Italy topped the list for having the highest number of road trip locations feature in the top 15 with Amalfi, Rome, Sicily and Florence also appearing as top road trip locations. Within the UK, Scotland’s North Coast 500 is another popular choice with 18 Pinterest boards dedicated to the 518-mile Scottish route. It beats the likes of Iceland’s Ring Road and the fairy-tale-like Romantic Road in Bavaria. The Scottish road trip also went viral on TikTok, with multiple hashtags accumulating over 16 million views.

The top 5 ‘pinned’ road trip locations:

  • Cornwall (78 boards)
  • Tuscany (52 boards)
  • Amalfi (30 boards)
  • Pyrenees (22 boards)
  • North Coast 500, Scotland (18 boards)

The top ‘pinned’ locations to road trip ranked (6-15)

  • Rome (17)
  • Sicily (17)
  • Barcelona (17)
  • Ring Road, Iceland (16)
  • Romantic Road, Germany (16)
  • Florence (12)
  • French Riviera (12)
  • Algarve (11)
  • Bavaria (11)
  • Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland (10)

Olivia Dunn, Head of Communications at Honda comments on the study, “After a year of putting our travelling plans on hold, we wanted to provide some inspiration for when restrictions ease. Using Pinterest, we were able to analyse some of the most picturesque post-lockdown holidays that can be taken by car for those looking to explore some of Europe’s most beautiful destinations

“We hope this list provides some well-needed wanderlust for all travel enthusiasts that can’t wait to get back to exploring new places!”


Cool Recipes & Camping Hacks for VW Campers

Combining his love of classic Volkswagens and good food, Dave Richards has produced a book that will enable campers to improve their experience. Packed with nearly 120 recipes, tips and tales to make even the most devoted city dweller want to camp, there’s advice on VW camper van ownership, ways to make your camping easier and better, and a few tales that will simply make you laugh out loud. It’s a book like no other: one minute a reference book, the next a great coffee table browser. Camping has finally become cool again!

A whole new selection of players have entered the camping game in recent years: people who’ve been holidaying abroad for years may be looking a bit closer to home. For anyone who plans to continue camping, and who may be seeking help and guidance, this volume provides valuable tips and many inspired ideas. Seasoned campers will also find some pearls of wisdom, discover interesting recipe ideas, and enjoy reading about the author’s experiences.

Cool Recipes & Camping Hacks for VW Campers by Dave Richards

ISBN: 9781787117457
UPC: 6-36847-01745-3

AVAILABLE NOW!

£14.99(UK), $25.00(US), $32.99(CAN)


1970 Austin Maxi

Beaulieu’s International Autojumble returns with Forgotten Favourites line-up

Beaulieu is calling for everyday cars of the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties to join its new display Forgotten Favourites, part of the award-winning International Autojumble which will return on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th September.

Honouring the cars of 1960-1990 that used to be on every street corner, but are now long-forgotten, the nostalgia-fuelled display will bring back memories of family holidays, driving lessons, baking hot vinyl seats and beige colour schemes, with long-lost first cars, family wagons, scarce saloons and historic hatchbacks of the past.

Is your much-loved pre-1990 historic motor the sort of everyday car that is now rarely seen on the roads? Perhaps it’s just like the one you learned to drive in, or reminds you of the car your parents drove back in the day? Then apply to be considered for the display by visiting beaulieu.co.uk/events/international-autojumble/forgotten-favourites. Places are limited and show entry is free for vehicles that are accepted. Successful owners will receive a pair of three-day entry wristbands for International Autojumble.

From the Vauxhall Chevette, Renault 16, Austin Allegro and Datsun Bluebird, to the Volkswagen Polo, Citroen CX, Triumph Toledo and Volvo 240, not to mention the scarcely-seen DAF 66, Talbot Samba and many more besides… all examples are welcome.

Eagerly anticipated by thousands of motoring enthusiasts, International Autojumble has been a cornerstone of the event season for over half a century and is the place to search for bargains and great buys. In addition to the huge selection of spare parts on offer for historic vehicles are motoring books, model cars, vintage clothing, signs, collectables, automobilia and other automotive treasures.

The Bonhams MPH auction will take place on both days of the show, with automobilia going under the hammer from 11am on Saturday 4th, while collectors’ cars and motorcycles will be sold from 10am on Sunday 5th.

Early one-day and two-day visitor tickets are available, with a limited number of premium tickets giving priority parking, fast entry and a complimentary Showguide. For more details and to book your tickets, visit beaulieu.co.uk/events/international-autojumble/tickets. Exhibitors and Trunk Traders can book their stands online at beaulieu.co.uk/events/international-autojumble/exhibitors or contact the events team at events@beaulieu.co.uk or 01590 614614.


Suzuki Katana now available on 0% finance

Suzuki’s Katana is now available on 0% finance over three-years on a hire purchase agreement.

The modern day take on the iconic machine from the 80s uses a torque-laden, 999cc inline-four cylinder engine – kept in check with a three-mode traction control system – a twin-spar aluminium chassis and superbike-derived swingarm, all wrapped in angular, aggressively styled bodywork that is unmistakably Katana.

Available on a hire purchase plan from Suzuki with 0% APR representative, the Katana can be had for £268.05 per month on a three-year deal with a £2,000 deposit or trade-in. And, because it’s a hire purchase agreement, there’s no final balloon payment at the end of the term.

See bikes.suzuki.co.uk/offers-and-finance/low-rate-finance for more details.


It’s a hatrick! DieselCar Magazine names SsangYong Musso “Best Pick-up 2021”

SsangYong’s Musso has been voted “Best Pick-up” in the DieselCar Magazine’s Car of the Year 2021 Top 50 Awards for the third consecutive year.

The go-anywhere SsangYong Musso has already been voted as the “Best Payload” by WhatCar? Magazine and “Best Value” and “Best Individual Model” by 4×4 magazine, this year alone. All commentators have been repeatedly impressed by the Musso’s winning combination of build quality, space, refinement, comfort, excellent warranty and value for money.

DieselCar’s journalist judging panel, remarked: “The Musso is a highly capable pick-up, with a towing capacity of up to 3,500kg and an impressive load bed. Not only that, but it costs from just under £27,000 in entry-level EX trim and gets the backing of a seven-year/150,000-mile warranty. An accomplished chassis and 2.2-litre 178bhp turbodiesel engine make it easy to drive, and it can return over 30mpg on a longer run. Clever features like rear cross traffic alerts also take some of the stress out of driving a pick-up in town, while three rear seats and a power socket in the load bed are handy too.”

In securing this latest award, Kevin Griffin, managing director of SsangYong Motors UK, said; “We’re delighted to win the “Best Pick-Up” in DieselCar Magazine’s Car of the Year 2021 Top 50 Awards for three years running. Musso is the pick-up market’s best kept secret but things are about the change – it has so much to offer in both its short and long bed variants. It disrupts the pick-up market and rightly so – it’s a tough, strong, value-for-money 4×4. Watch this space for the new, an even better, Musso launching this summer.”

Built on the same architecture as the new, flagship Rexton, which has also won multiple awards, Musso shares its body-on-frame construction to give an extremely strong vehicle that delivers excellent off-road driving performance and safety from its quad-frame and four-wheel-drive system. It’s an extremely competent multi-purpose truck with SsangYong values to the core – comprehensively equipped, an industry leading 7-year/ 150,000-mile warranty with a value for money package, plus a surprising level of interior refinement and great infotainment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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