Gavin Braithwaite-Smith

Writer with a penchant for #FrenchTat. Also doing a passable impression of Cousin Eddie in an Italian-German beige motorhome.

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When is the official UK ban on new petrol, diesel and hybrid car sales?

The government has confirmed that sales of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars will be banned in 2040. But it could be brought forward to 2030.

‘Noise cameras’ to snare London supercar drivers

‘Noise cameras' have been installed in West London to tackle drivers using local streets as ‘racetracks’. More than 130 have been caught.

What is checked in a car MOT?

Around 40 percent of cars fail the MOT test at the first attempt. We reveal the parts that are checked by an MOT tester.

Surprising ways to cut the cost of car insurance

Here are six ways to cut the cost of your car insurance premium, including getting married and tweaking your job title.

How to sanitise your car

Keeping your car sanitised helps prevent the spread of viruses. We explain where and how you should clean your car.

Explained: changes to the driving theory test

From 28 September 2020, the driving theory test will include multiple-choice questions based on a video. Here's what you need to know.

You can now order a NEW ‘Mini’ Moke in the UK

The new Moke will cost around £24,000 and is powered by a 67hp 1.0-litre engine. Still want that Ford Fiesta or compact crossover?

How to save fuel when driving

We took part in the WLTP Challenge, learning how to drive as efficiently as possible. Here are our top tips to save fuel – and money.

The hidden secrets of everyday motoring

From coloured cat's eyes to emergency diversion symbols, we explain the often seen but rarely understood sights of daily motoring.

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Can you drive an MOT fail car if the previous test hasn’t expired?

You can drive a car after it fails the MOT test , but only in certain circumstances. We explain the current DVSA rules.

How Lexus defeated ‘the best car in the world’

In 1989, Lexus unveiled the LS 400, a luxury car aimed squarely at the Mercedes S-Class. Thirty years on, we celebrate the brilliance of Circle F.

London ULEZ charge: How to check if you need to pay

The Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) is designed to improve air quality by charging certain vehicles to enter London. We explain the rules.

DVLA warns of onging delays for motorists

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has warned motorists to expect ‘significant delays‘ in the processing of driver and vehicle documents.

Winter tyres: should you make the switch?

Winter is coming, so should you invest in a set of winter tyres? Here's our guide to choosing the right winter rubber