Automotive-related items from across the web

A selection of hand-picked websites to help you with everything automotive

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Motoring books

Veloce Publishing – fine automotive books, ebooks, and apps
The publisher of France: The Essential Guide for Car Enthusiasts and The Essential Guide to Driving in Europe, Veloce have been producing automotive books for almost 30 years, and its titles cover everything automotive – too much to list here, in fact, so checkout the website.
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Travel info / Driving

The Ultimate Guide to Driving Safely & Avoiding Distractions
Exchange and Mart have created this comprehensive introduction to safe driving and avoiding distractions. Sage advice for all motorists, everywhere, and no matter where you're driving.
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Travel info / Driving

The Complete Resource For Young & First Time Drivers In The UK
This online guide from Hendy, the premium dealership group, has been created for young and first time UK drivers. With important facts and figures regarding young drivers in the UK, tips and advice to help young people pass the UK theory and practical driving tests, info to help you improve you driving skills, such as dealing with tiredness, road rage, night driving, or driving in poor conditions, it's a great resource. It also has useful car maintenance, road tax, and insurance tips that every young driver must know

European travel information

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Urban Access Regulations
Many European cities employ measures to reduce congestion, improve air quality, and make historic centres more attractive and pleasant for tourists and residents. Funded by the European Commission, shows you precisely where you can drive, what permits you might need, and the penalties for non-compliance.
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The FIA Guide for the disabled traveller
The Federation Internationale de l'Automobile may be familiar to fans of motor sport, but you may not know that it also provides – among many other things – this excellent resource for the disabled traveller, which shows where you can use your disability Parking Permit, Placard, or Card, in your own country and abroad. It covers the entire world, too!
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Fuel prices Europe
Another highly useful website, providing up-to-the-minute fuel prices for petrol, diesel and LPG in 56 countries. It also lists the number of LPG stations in a county, and the type of fuelling nozzle you'll need… excellent stuff!
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Tolltickets is a must-visit site for your Euro travels. Covering the whole of Europe, it has detailed maps, information on all types of tolls and vignettes, and very helpful tips, including 'did you know' lists – perfect for planning a hitch-free trip… you can even reserve and purchase vignettes for your journey on the website.
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Most seasoned – and unseasoned – travellers know of ViaMichelin's excellent route planner, but its website also offers a host of other helpful features. The real-time traffic information helps you to see if you're likely to hit a delay or obstruction on your journey, but the website also provides details of hotels, restaurants, tourist sites, traffic and weather, refuelling stations, and car parks. That's a lot.

Information for UK travellers

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Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority
The DVLA is familiar to all UK drivers, and its job is to maintain registers of all the drivers and vehicles across Great Britain. To be able to hire a car abroad, you must be able to provide details of your driving record: very handily, the DVLA website enables you to do just this, with it's 'share' feature. You'll need to supply your driving licence number, NI number, and the Postcode on your licence, and you can also use the service over the phone or postally – all the details are on the site.
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office
The website contains a host of essential details, but one of the most important areas to check, is the foreign travel advice section. It's a truly comprehensive resource, covering 225 countries or territories, and includes everything from local laws and customs, to required vaccinations and entry requirements… it even includes information on natural disasters. It's always up-to-date, and is one of the truly essential sites to reference when planning a journey abroad.
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Travelling with your pets
When heading abroad with your pet, you may only consider what's required to take your pet out of the UK. However, bringing a pet back into the UK also requires certain rules to be followed, particularly if you're to avoid a potentially lengthy and traumatic quarantine for your pet. As with all of's website, everything is clearly presented, and there are plenty of of helpful links to the forms and declarations you'll need to make.

Twitter feeds

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Latest crossings information: Eurotunnel and ferry operators
For all the latest news and information on ferry crossings and Eurotunnel news, checkout the following tweeps…
@StenaLineIE    For crossing to Ireland
@StenaLineUK    For crossings to the Netherlands