Monday, 8 August 2016

Sebastian Vettel and the ambulance driving challenge

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Taking to the track after the British Grand Prix, Vettel joined a UK paramedic, Alex Knapton, at the Bruntingthorpe race track near Silverstone. Swapping their vehicles for the challenge, the iconic red of Ferrari for the flashing blue lights of a UK ambulance, Vettel was tasked with sharing high performance driving tips in his Ferrari 488 GTB with a 3.9-litre turbocharged V-8 engine and top speed of over 200 mph, before joining Alex on a lap of the track in his three tonne ambulance grabbing maximum performance from the vehicle and a modest 88 mph.

The day finished with a head to head challenge… Vettel in the ambulance against Knapton in the 488 GTB….

Of the experience, Alex Knapton, a Paramedic from South Central Ambulance Service, said:

“Getting the opportunity to swap the ambulance for the Ferrari 488 GTB was a dream come true! It was an unbelievable experience to get that close to one of the stars of Formula 1. Sebastian was on great form coaching on high performance driving tips and joking about the lack of a radio in the ambulance.”

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Road trip this summer?

Alarmingly, only 50% of drivers planning a trip abroad say that they will check driving rules and regulations before they leave. 1 in 10 believe the driving laws are the same in every country*.

Kate Rock, PR & Corporate Communications Manager at Goodyear Tyres, comments: “Several changes have been made to driving laws across Europe over the past few years, so it’s essential for motorists who are planning on driving abroad to ensure they have all the compulsory or recommended equipment.

“In France, for example, drivers are required to carry a self-test breathalyser and it’s illegal to drive with a satnav that shows the whereabouts of speed cameras.

“Before drivers head off, we advise they familiarise themselves with the rules of the road and ensure they have all the correct documents, including insurance and European breakdown cover.

“To help avoid a breakdown abroad, we would advise drivers to check their car before they leave – tyre pressure and tread depth, oil levels, windscreen wash, breaks etc.”

For additional advice on driving in Europe this year, motorists can visit Goodyear’s blog at Hug the Roads: www.hugtheroads.com/road-ready-europe

*Data gleaned from a 2015 GoCompare survey of 1,820 randomly selected British adults.

Friday, 22 July 2016

VISION NEXT 100 - An Evening with Rolls-Royce

It’s not every day that you get invited to travel into the future with Rolls-Royce, and yesterday evening proved to be quite an occasion.

The last chance to catch a glimpse of the 103EX, Rolls-Royce’s vision of our driving (not too distant) future, before it sets off on a round-the-world tour, it also gave R-R a chance to reaffirm their commitment to manufacturing vehicles at the Goodwood plant.

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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Hot weather warning: Dogs die in hot cars

Dogs Die In Hot Cars

Just read this very important article warning of the dangers of leaving pets in your car on hot sunny days. Quite an eye opener.

Visit the Ignitionline site for more details.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Friday F1 Fun!

Someone at Formula1sBlog has kindly put together a selection of the funny and daft things that F1 drivers are required to do for their sponsors…

And where would we be on a Friday afternoon without them!!