How does your insurance company value your car after a total loss?

GOD forbid this should happen to you, but if your vehicle is treated as a total loss (also know as a “write-off”), it is because the cost for the repair is higher than 75% of the actual cash value of the vehicle, or it has sustained so much damage, making it unsafe and not roadworthy. […]

The great fuel puzzle!

IF you are considering changing your car, maybe the type of fuel the new one uses should now be an important factor, when influencing a decision to reduce your carbon footprint. The most common types are still petrol and diesel, yet hybrids, such as electric and hydrogen cars, are up-and-coming in the market. Petrol is […]

Car warning lights

WE have covered this subject before, but, because of the current, financial crisis that many find themselves in, people are looking to save money, wherever possible. It seems prudent to reiterate how important the warning lights are on your car. From time to time, we all see these lights, but it is amazing how many […]

Quality v cost, part 2

IN the last issue, we covered the differences in cost, versus quality, of the brakes of your car. In this issue, we are going to be looking at tyres, and how the quality of these can affect the safety and handling of a vehicle. We are probably all familiar with top-brand names such as Goodyear, […]

How to drive safely in winter.

THERE are many winter lovers who like visiting cities during cold periods, or participating in snow sports. One must admit that it is not the same visiting, for instance, Sierra Nevada covered by snow, adding an extra attraction to these magical mountains, than without it. But if you go driving, this can be harrowing, especially […]

Cost v quality and safety – part 1  

WE are going to give you a review, regarding the supply and fitting of cheap car components, most notably brake pads, oil and tyres, against a more expensive type. This will enable you to make informed decisions, guided by your garage or mechanic, to fit the best for your car, type of driving and vehicle. […]

Tyres, and what you need to know

TYRES form an integral part of the car, and the types of tyres recommended, along with the permitted wear and depths, are there for the safety of the driver, passengers and other road users. Most people will replace worn tyres with new, rather than second-hand, which could be as bad, or worse, than those being […]

Cyclists on roads

WITH Christmas gone and the New Year here, we are going to be seeing more and more of drivers’ most-favourite people … cyclists. Let’s start by saying that, in the main, they are courteous, and respect the rules of the road, but, increasingly here in Tenerife, this seems not to be the case. Sometimes they […]

Changes in ITV procedure

FROM 2018, the ITV (Inspección Técnica de Vehículos) will adapt to European law, following changes approved by the Spanish Government in October. They will help enhance safety on the roads and reduce fraudulent activities, as well as help contribute to a better environment, and adapt to the technological advances in cars. Changes include a law […]

What to do when stopped by the police

WE all know that the police are tasked with doing a job, and it’s something that some people don’t like. However, we must remember that all police forces worldwide are there to keep the public and road users safe, wherever possible. In the Canaries, there are four police “forces”, or departments. Policia Local These police […]

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