December 2016


OSV reveals that 27% of motorists are likely to drink and drive over the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Although drink-drive-related road fatalities and drink-driving convictions are on the decline, more has to be done in order to stop drink drivers over the festive period. This is the message from vehicle leasing company OSV whose latest survey found that a quarter of motorists are likely to drink and drive over the Christmas and New Year break.

27% of UK drivers made the admission when asked if they were likely to drink and drive over the Christmas period. Debbie Kirkley, Co-Founder of OSV explained:

“We carried out this survey last year and were shocked by the results. We wanted to conduct the survey again to find out if recent anti drink-drive campaigns were having an impact. Although drink driving convictions and fatalities have reduced, we have found that a larger percentage of people have admitted that they are likely to drink and drive over the Christmas holidays, showing that more needs to be done to combat drinking and driving over the festive period.”

In OSV’s 2015 survey, twenty two per cent admitted that they were likely to drink and drive. This means that the company have seen a 5% increase. As many people are aware, even the smallest amount of alcohol can affect your driving ability. Those motorists that are considering drink driving should remember that if caught, you can expect to receive a large fine, a criminal record, a driving ban and a possible prison sentence.

The study, which surveyed over 1,000 drivers, revealed that men were more likely than women to drink and drive this holiday (no change from last year) and young drivers are set to be the biggest culprits of drink driving this Christmas (also no change from last year). The survey also showed that motorists based in Wales are more likely to drink and drive than motorists based anywhere else in the UK this Christmas. Last year those in Scotland were more likely to drink and drive than anywhere else in the UK.

Reasons why people drink and drive vary. But, popular excuses still include peer pressure, feeling ok to drive and price of taxis. Debbie concludes: “Drink driving can ruin the lives of so many people, so think about the consequences before you get behind the wheel after having a drink this Christmas”.

Are you ready to sell your family car? It might be time for an upgrade or perhaps you’re looking for a smaller car. Either way, getting the highest price for your used car is clearly your objective. Follow these recommendations from the professionals for selling your used vehicle for top dollar.

Prepare your car for sale. Detail the inside of the car. This includes shampooing all carpets, special attention to the console area, and shining the interior windows. Take the same care on the exterior of the vehicle. Power scrub the wheels and hubcaps as well as the bumpers. Ensure that the exterior windows have also been shined. Remove everything from the car other than the owner’s manual and car registration.

Drive to an area with a wooded back ground to take photos of the vehicles. Remove or cover the license plate for security purposes. Take photos of the exterior from different angles. Take photos of the interior including the odometer reading. Save these photos for posting to an online car sales website.

Determine the retail price of the vehicle by completing the questionnaires on the major car value websites. Be frank about the car’s condition. A higher price will be realised from a private purchaser versus a car dealership or used car lot.

Take advantage of the savings offered by Groupon coupons and purchase a For Sale sign from the office supply superstore Quill. With a permanent marker, specify the make, model year, sales price and odometer reading on the sign. Include contact information for prospective buyers.

List the vehicle on several reputable car sales websites. Include the reason for selling in the content as well as whether the vehicle has been garaged. Gather all service records and specify in the content that these are available to prospective buyers.

When responding to inquiries about the car from interested parties, arrange to meet in a public parking lot for safety reasons. Let a family member or friend know you are meeting a prospective buyer. Do not accept a check for the vehicle unless is has been certified by the issuing bank. Retain the license plates to turn into the local motor vehicle department or for use on your next car. Best of luck to you!

With a great car comes great responsibility, especially when the great car has more years on the clock than you. Owning a classic vehicle is an incredible privilege, but it’s not an easy task. A lot like owning an esteemed antique or piece of art, it’s all about the extra care you put in to get those extra years out of the model. Here we give you our top tips for caring for an older motor – to keep your investment safe and your golden oldie golden…rather than a subtle shade of (rusty) bronze.

Keep it under wraps

While you might want to tell everyone about your piece of history in the garage, keeping it under wraps (in a literal sense of the word) is sometimes a good idea. Cars left outside are incredibly likely to rust from exposure to the wind, rain, snow and sun (as well as everything else the Great British summer likes to throw at them), which can take them to the point of no repair. Investing in a high-quality, soft cotton cover for your beloved (and/or keeping it in the garage if you have one) can add years to any buy – a small sacrifice that makes a huge difference!


It’s all in the Detail…

One of the biggest enemies for a healthy motor? Dirt. A regular detail clean is without doubt one of the best things you can do to care for your car; preventing rust, chipped paint and general faults in its performance (plus it’s a great way to appreciate the handmade features so few motors adorn today). Try and reach every dark corner of your purchase and keep it as spotless as you’d like to find it; the perfect Sunday afternoon activity and surprisingly fun (as long as it’s not raining, that is…)

It’s the little things

Little touches and constant care can make a huge difference to the running of your motor, keeping it looking fresh without huge expense. For example, simple actions like leaving your hand break off (and using chocks if you’re on a hill) can prevent cables snapping, while a good old-fashioned wax every few weeks can keep it looking as beautiful as it runs. Don’t forget, shabby accessories can have a huge impact on the car; keep your upholstery in spotless order and your classic number plates up to speed and your mileage will keep up too!

Don’t be afraid to drive it!

While there’s a temptation to keep your motor as a museum piece; to be seen and not enjoyed, your car was designed to move – not just look pretty! Take your vintage pride and joy out for a drive at least once a month to avoid corrosion, prevent sticky clutches and keep all the key parts healthy and running. Leaving your car too long without a good run can prevent it from getting started, and driving is the only way to spot some minor faults that could become major problems.

So, if you stick to these rules, you’ll enjoy a long happy life together.