Cars that You Can Fall Out Of

When it comes to building cars that you can fall out of, European automotive industry has quite a bit of experience. It started with the Mini Moke, which was just a glorified golf cart, continued with several French efforts and now the movement is topped with a brand new model – the Rinspeed BamBoo by the famous Swiss designer Frank Rinderknecht. It recently made a debut but has already managed to stir quite a bit of controversy. The thing is that the BamBoo is made of, guess what, bamboo!

Rinspeed BamBoo

Nomen est omen – the name says it all. The body of this electric car is made of high-tech bamboo fibres. But Rinderknecht wouldn’t be himself if he didn’t equip his new creation with a bot or a pod or something else that sets it apart from other vehicles. A golf ball dispenser? No, it’s an onboard foldable three-wheeler ready to go an extra mile. Quite literally. If your car runs out of juice – after all it is an electric car, hop on the three-wheeler and do the missing mile.

Fiat 600 Ghia Jolly

Fiat 600 Ghia Jolly

So what does the history say about it? Very few people remember the first open vacation car Fiat 600 Ghia Jolly. It made a debut in 1958 but because they were produced in strictly limited numbers, the car failed to make an impact.

Mini Moke

Mini Moke

The whole “fall out of me” car movement started with the Mini Moke in 1968. The idea was to create a light military vehicle similar to the American Jeep. It didn’t quite work out because it was considered not suitable for battle action. The project was about to be scrapped but the Moke was given a chance to be “civilized”. It was the beachcombers who catapulted the funny little car to a cult success and created a precedent.

Citroen Mehari

Citroen Mehari

Soon the French discovered the joys of an open-body vehicle and came up with the Citroen Mehari. Almost 150,000 cars were built between 1968 and 1988. Thanks to its low weight (1300lbs) it was a very efficient and capable vehicle. Some of the cars were even equipped with doors and a soft top.

Renault Rodeo

Renault Rodeo

The Rodeo was Renault’s answer to the Citroen’s challenge in 1970. It was based on the Renault 4. They kept churning out the Rodeos till 1987. The cars became popular with the Police, especially the four wheel drive variation.

Although hundreds of thousands of different beach vehicles have been made during the last 50 years, they haven’t established themselves… at least not as something that car manufacturers would consider a profitable niche. Mainly due to the fact that there are a limited number of beaches worldwide that permit vehicles in the recreational zone. Will the Rinspeed BamBoo manage to make an impact?

The Most Beautiful Drives in Ireland

Driving is one of the most relaxing and practical ways to enjoy Ireland and, for visitors arriving from the UK in particular, it need not be the hair-raising experience that driving abroad often seems to be. As in the UK driving is on the left, roundabouts are common and narrow roads in fog or rain (not to mention the occasional wild sheep wandering in front of your car) should pose no particular problem to the seasoned British driver. With stunning landscapes, charming towns and a coastline to rival any other, Ireland is best enjoyed at your own pace and the flexibility afforded by self-drive is a freedom well-worth taking advantage of.

If you’re preparing to embark upon a self-drive tour of Ireland, then plan these unmissable routes into your itinerary to witness Ireland’s magical landscape in all its beauty.

Dublin to Portlaioise (Wicklow Mountains)

Wicklow Mountains

Barely outside Ireland’s culture-rich capital Dublin, the Wicklow Mountains dominate the rugged countryside offering breath taking views of pine-covered slopes. Here you can marvel at the country’s highest waterfall, Powerscourt, or soak up the stunning scenery of Glendalough, the Valley of the Two Lakes where Ireland’s finest monastic settlement can be explored.

If you’re arriving by plane, with a variety of car rental companies available at Dublin Airport including National Car Hire, Hertz, Budget and Avis, you can be confident of securing a vehicle for your journey around Ireland.

The Sheeps Head Peninsula

Sheeps Head Peninsula

A favourite among hikers, the Sheeps Head Peninsula offers visitors a stunning drive around an 88km trail from Bantry to the headland and back. From here you can enjoy the spectacular coastline and the virtually unspoiled countryside where daffodils grace the scene as early as January due to the temperate climate brought by the Gulf Stream. With a variety of walks for all abilities, a self-drive tour can be combined with some invigorating hiking to explore one of Ireland’s most beautiful locations.

The Copper Coast

Copper Coast

Forming a circular route from Dungarvan to Waterford, Clonmel and Ballymacarberry, the Copper Coast gains its name from the underground copper mines that used to dominate the region. This 120km road trip takes in the stunning coastline, the Comeragh Mountains, the Nire Valley and Stradbally Cove, not to mention the renowned Tannery in Dungarvan which serves authentic Irish dishes to hungry passers-by.

The Beara Peninsula


From Killarney, close to the acclaimed Killarney National Park, a variety of enjoyable coastal drives can be enjoyed including the Beara Peninsula. In this area which is rich in myths and legends you can witness serene lakes, ancient Neolithic graves and stone circles, rugged mountains and traditional fishing ports. For waterside peace and beauty Ballydonegan Beach is an unmissable stop while mouth-watering seafood dishes await you in the many restaurants of the lively town of Castletownbere.

A tour of Irelands innumerable eye-catching landscapes is sure to be practical, relaxed and enjoyable on a self-drive holiday, where you can revel in your freedom to follow your own itinerary at your own pace, absorbing the magical scenery of this spectacular country.

Spring Cleaning Your Car

When the winter has finally ended and the warmer, brighter days of spring returned, many of us like to give our homes and lives a bit of an overhaul, getting rid of the old and bringing in the new. Spring cleaning is part of this urge, and most of us diligently sort through our homes to eliminate dirt and clutter. However, have you ever thought about spring cleaning your car? Your hardworking car certainly deserves the same treatment as your home, so check out these easy tips for getting your car in tip-top shape for the warmer months.

1. Wash the cars exterior

The exterior of your car will likely be coated in salt, mud and other winter dirt its important to remove this not only to improve the cars appearance, but also to protect the paint and bodywork from corrosion. Use warm water mixed with some weak detergent or special car cleaner (don’t use too much you don’t want to risk leaving a residue on the car) and a soft sponge to soap the exterior, then rinse well with fresh water from a bucket or hose. Make sure you get into the crevices around doors and other openings, and don’t forget the undercarriage this is often the area hardest hit by dirt, and the most vulnerable to corrosion. Wash the wheel wells, the hubcaps and windows, too, then dry the entire vehicle with a soft chamois to help prevent streaking as it dries.

Cleaning Your Car

2. Start with a quick overhaul

The first thing to do is to perform a quick recce. Look around inside your car and see which items need to be kept in there and which don’t. Remember, keeping a load of bulky items in your car that you don’t really need will not only limit space and create a cluttered look, but will make your car less fuel efficient as well. So, lighten its load by eliminating anything you don’t need.

3. Scrub the dashboard and heater

Over the course of a long winter your dashboard can get pretty grubby. Take a washcloth, get some surface cleaner from the kitchen, and give it a scrub. You can also use an old toothbrush to get inside any little cracks and crevices to clean out any old bits of dust and grime, and use cotton swabs to get into those tricky gaps along the heater vents. When it comes to the ceiling, be careful to not scrub too forcefully if the ceiling is made out of fabric, as this can leave it looking fuzzy. Instead, use a damp washcloth with ultrafine fibres and use detergent sparingly. Read More

Reasons for Buying a Used Car

People who are looking to purchase a car will most of the time instantly think of buying a new one for varying reasons and they will forget idea of looking for a used car. Their reasons usually revolve around the fact that used cars come with a manufacturers warranty and will therefore be fixed if anything goes wrong with them.

In this article we will prove to you that buying a used car is sometimes a better option for the following very solid reasons:

* One of the most important factors when choosing a new or used car is the price. These days you can find cars that are only six months old with very low milleage and their selling price has been reduced up to 30 percent of what it was 6 months ago. How used can such a car be? This kind of car will still have at least two and a half years of warranty left (probably more depending on the manufacturer). It is true that it depends a lot on how it was previously used by its first owner, but lets face it, 6 months old used car can not be that bad, right?

Buying a Used Car

And besides, you can always get a mechanic to check it over, if you are buying a car on finance they will often send a mechanic to check it over for free. The price of a new car is always a result from various antecedents, such as promoting the car on the market, exhibiting it in the showroom, profits for the dealer, commission for the sales person and so on. All these costs are reduced considerably when it comes to a used cars price.

* If you do not have the money to pay upfront, you may want to apply for a car loan and guess what? You can often qualify for lower interest rates on a loan for a nearly new car as opposed to a loan on a brand new one, this is because a new car immediately loses 30 percent or more of its value as soon as you buy it so the lender is taking more risk with a new car as opposed to a second hand one.

One other thing that you may not know about is that many lending financial institutions along with used car dealerships offer facilities for financing the purchase of used cars. As a result you will get a cheaper car with lower loan repayments.

* When buying a car, new or used, consider what you will use it for, compare brands and test drive several before you make a final decision.

The good thing about used car dealers is that they usually have several different brands and different types of car for you to look at, this is not possible with new car dealers who only present one or two brands of cars.

How to Cope with a Roadside Emergency

When you drive regularly or over long distances all sorts of roadside emergencies can occur, such as experiencing a flat tire or a breakdown that leaves you unable to drive the vehicle any further. This article will show you how to cope with these situations, regardless of the situation it is important that you remain calm and consider your safety.

Check down below for the things that you should do:

* The most important thing when dealing with a roadside emergency is to get off the road as fast as possible. Pull over in such a way that it doesn’t interfere with other traffic and road users. If you have a flat tyre, you may as well drive your vehicle very slowly until it is safe for you to pull over or if you know of any workshop is in the vicinity, go to that and make sure you put your hazard lights on and drive there cautiously.

roadside emergency

* If your intention is to change the tyre on your own or try to fix the vehicle on your own, then pulling over and exiting the car with caution is advisable. If the road is a motorway or very busy, you may want to exit through the passenger side door and then address the problem that your vehicle confronts you with.

* When a roadside emergency happens at night, you should make your vehicle visible by leaving the headlights on and turning on the hazard lights, in some countries it is law to carry a triangle that can be displayed a few metres behind the vehicle too.

* If your roadside emergency can not be handled by you alone, call someone for help using the special phones situated on the side of the motorway these phones help the operator to pinpoint your location and you should use them even if you have a mobile with you. Read More