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  1. The Best Cars for Tall Drivers

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    Trying to find a brand new car that fits all of your needs can be hard, and it can prove even more difficult when the driver is 6 foot tall!

    Packing yourself into a Mini Cooper isn’t the brightest of ideas for many reasons – you will feel squashed, uncomfortable and won’t be able to drive to the best of your ability.

    To help tall drivers out there struggling to find a car with spacious headspaces, we’ve picked out some cars that do the job.

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    Ford B-Max

    The Ford B-Max boasts an impressive 1017mm of headspace in the driver’s seat and is the ideal choice for a driver looking for a super-mini. Ford made the B-Max to act as a larger version of the Fiesta; an all-round family favourite that is simply not practical for taller people.

    The body shape of the B-Max is much taller than the original Fiesta. Rear-sliding doors behind the driver and passenger seats mean that taller people can even take a ride in the back seat without feeling crammed. They help people get in and out of the car with ease; making it a great all-round car for transporting people of all heights and ages!

    Skoda Octavia Estate

    For taller people looking for a spacious and roomy family car, the Skoda Octavia Estate is the perfect choice. The 983mm of front head room is smaller than the other cars we’ve mentioned but has a great amount of leg space.

    The Octavia Estate was designed to be a larger and more spacious alternative to the Volkswagen Golf, and has an extra 15mm of headroom for backseat passengers compared to the original Skoda Hatchback.

    This car is truly the perfect match for busy families and tall drivers. You can now get some space to drive the kids without feeling squashed in – result!

    Mercedes-Benz S Class

    The Mercedes-Benz S Class is one of the best luxury executive cars for taller people. The gorgeous design and the roomy hip-space mean that it’s truly an amazing business decision to drive the S Class to your fancy meetings!

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    Although this Mercedes fails to have extra spacy headroom in the front seats, the wide hip-space make it perfect for larger drivers. If you feel too confined by the seats you find in typical cars, give the S Class a spin. The luxurious leather and roomy seats will have you hooked instantly!

    Audi Q7

    For larger families looking for a spacious and stylish car, the Audi Q7 is a great option.

    The 7-seater boasts a huge 1,071mm of headspace in the front seats and is one of the most spacious cars on the market right now. Compared to the older version of this car, it has an extra 68mm of headspace – one of the best upgrades that Audi have made!

    Again, a truly amazing car for all people – not just taller drivers. Once you try out this car, we guarantee you’ll love it as much as we do!

    Fiat Qubo

    Perhaps one of the most commonly-known cars for tall drivers is the Fiat Qubo.

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    It’s the most spacious mini multipurpose van (MPV) on the market, which is also part-van and part-MPV. Although the car looks small on the road, the interior of the Fiat Qubo is surprisingly roomy!

    The huge 1,063mm of front head room means that drivers can get away with being extra tall; so much so that we guarantee you’ll have a lot of space ABOVE your head!

    Skoda Yeti

    Are you an off-road driver who loves 4×4 driving, but struggles to find a car that suits your height? The Skoda Yeti is the perfect match for both, with the on/off road hybrid being ideal for taller drivers.

    The Yeti’s superior system has a much more sensitive accelerator response too, which makes it super handy on slippery surfaces. There’s enough room in the Yeti to comfortably fit 4 tall people and the engine is frugal, handling only 2.0 litres of diesel.

    The Yeti is truly amazing for both on and off-road driving; and get peace of mind knowing that you won’t bump you your head on the roof whilst driving over rugged terrain!

    Ford Grand Tourneo Connect

    For drivers looking for a practical and affordable car with extra headroom for both drivers and passengers, the Ford Grand Tourneo Connect is the best car for you.

    The 7-seater MPV currently holds the record for the car with the most headroom for drivers available on the market right now, with the 1,200mm of front head room being perfect for extra-tall drivers!

    The Grand Tourneo Connect also has 16 different seating configurations which are easily changeable depending on what you’re looking to transport. Looking for the perfect car to drive to the airport in, carrying 4 tall adults and room for luggage? This is the perfect vehicle for you!

    The Warrantywise team know that finding your perfect car can be hard for drivers of all heights and sizes. We can provide all of these cars for tall drivers with some of the best car warranty around! To find out more, contact us.

  2. 5 of the best cars for winter driving

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    As the wintery weather approaches, many of us will be preparing for the inevitable driving worries that come with it. Whether it’s us giving up that precious extra hour in the morning to defrost our cars, or if it’s us worrying how our tyres will handle the ice laden roads, there’s a car out there to suit and cater for every winter worry.

    With that in mind, we’ve gathered a list of five of our favourite SUV and family cars for winter driving (and the most interesting information about them too!).

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    The Range Rover – Sport SUV

    Whilst the Range Rover Sport SUV might be one of the more expensive cars to run on our list, its performance off-road definitely makes up for it.

    Designed with lightweight aluminum, the handling of the Sport SUV is far sharper and has a fantastic straight-line handling performance. This gives it the ability to handle any icy or snowy conditions.

    Not only is the exterior of the Sport SUV attractive in design, so is it’s interior. It’s trimmed with high-quality materials while the fit and finish of the dashboard and controls is second-to-none.

    The Sport SUV is cheaper to run than its fellow Range Rover models. The cheapest Range Rover Sport costs around £60,000 – roughly £15,000 less than an average full-size Range Rover.

    The Ford Fiesta

    Probably one of every car-drivers nightmares in the early morning is clearing the inevitable build-up of frost on the windscreen. The Ford Fiesta very kindly takes away that problem for you, thanks to its quick clear windscreen.

    All you have to do is hop inside your car, press a button and by using heat pads the Ford Fiesta will clear the windscreen and rear window for you! Conveniently, the heat pads are so teensy that they won’t obstruct your vision in the windscreen or rear either.

    The Fiesta has great drivability in the snow too. The Fiesta is available with a variety of features designed to assist drivers in low temperatures. A stand-out would be the Torque Vectoring Control system, which enhances cornering capability on snow and ice.

    The Nissan Qashqai

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    If you are looking for a super reliable car for winter driving, look no further than the Nissan Qashqai. The Qashqai is still one of the most popular cars to drive in UK, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a great car through and through boasting a more efficient engine, and that combined with its nice interior makes it a family car that’s well worth your attention. The Qashqai has an optional four-wheel drive, an elevated driving position, excellent reliability and top safety marks. This popular Nissan crossover is a perfect companion for the long, dark winter nights. The Qashqai ideal for practical people too. Its fundamental aim is for people who like to get from point A to point B in the quickest and least stressful means possible.

    The Peugeot 3008

    The Peugeot 3008, like the Nissan Qashqai, is another crossover breed of car. It boasts a combination of 4×4 driving capability with the attributes of a people carrier. The stability control is superior for dealing with snow, ice and any other kind of detrimental weather. It has an optional system called ‘grip control’ which has modes that includes ‘Snow’ ‘Sand’ and ‘All-Terrain’. Each setting can be accessed via a dial by the gear lever and they can alter the traction control which can direct more power to the front wheel (which has the most ground contact). The Peugeot 3008 comes with mud and snow tires too, suitable for both on and off-road purposes. These reasons alone make the 3008 the perfect car for winter driving.

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  3. How to Safely Clear Ice from Your Car Windows

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    We’ve all been there – waking up to a Wintery wonderland and not being able to fully enjoy playing in the snow like school kids. The first thought that usually comes to mind is “I hope my windscreen isn’t frozen!” when you see the white outdoors. The struggle of defrosting and swiping ice from the windscreen is a tale we know of all too well.

    There are a few tips we have to help you clear ice from your car windows safely, preventing any damage to happen to your vehicle..

    How to Safely Clear Ice from Your Car Windows

    Prevention is key

    The simplest tip for removing ice from your car windows is to prevent any from freezing in the first place! Park your car in a garage, shelter or covered area to avoid the last-minute panic on the rush to work.

    Use window covers or a tarp to cover glass areas on the car. If you’re on a budget, you can make your own DIY screen protectors by attaching paper bags and cardboard beneath the windscreen wipers. This will stop any ice from forming and you won’t have to spend an extra 15 minutes waiting for it to defrost!

    Do your essential safety checks

    As boring and cliché as it sounds, these safety checks have the potential to save your life. Before you get in the car, check the tailpipe is free from snow and ice. The tailpipe of your car is where the carbon monoxide exits the vehicle, and also one of the easiest places to be covered in ice and snow.

    To avoid the excess carbon monoxide building up in the inside of your car and causing potentially fatal poisonings, make sure that the tailpipe is clear before you even consider turning on the engine.

    Let the car do the work!

    Before you even think about getting out on the road and scraping the ice from your windscreen, let your car do most of the hard work for you. Get the engine started and run it for at least 5 minutes before you even attempt to blast the heaters! When the engine has been on for about 10 minutes, you should now turn on all of the heaters and defroster in the car. Doing this before 10 minutes is pointless as the engine isn’t warm enough to melt any ice.

    Start scraping

    When the ice starts to melt from the car’s heating system, you can start scraping the snow and ice from the windscreen.

    Use a plastic ice scraper and a soft brush to remove the ice from the screen. Do not apply too much pressure to the tool or attempt to remove ice with other parts of it – stick to the section which is intended for ice removal to ensure you do not damage the car.

    Although it can be tempting to aggressively scrape the ice from your car if you’re in a rush, it can be damaging to the windscreen of your car and possibly leave you with chips, marks and scratches.

    Before you drive away…

    It goes without saying that it is essential for all of the ice to be removed before you even think about driving. You should be able to see the road ahead clearly with no areas that cover your vision and create a blind spot. If you drive with even a tiny chunk of ice on the screen, it could be dangerous.

    Avoid hot water at all costs!

    It can be all-too tempting to just throw a bucket of hot water over the glass. Yes, it removes the ice within seconds but is also one of the most dangerous things you can do to a vehicle.

    Overpowering the freezing glass with hot water can force the particles in the glass to expand quickly, forcing the screen apart and has the potential to shatter the whole screen.

    When it comes to safely removing ice from your car windows, Warranty Wise are here to make sure you are not causing any damage to your vehicle whilst getting you on the road as soon as possible.

  4. 4 Things You Didn’t Know About Škoda

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    Škoda, one of the world’s largest car manufacturers, has a reputation for being excellent value for money. It is the 3rd oldest car manufacturer in the world and sells over 1 million cars per year all over the globe. Over the past century, the Czech brand has increased dramatically in value, resulting in a long list of award-winning cars that are distributed worldwide.

    Since joining the Volkswagen group in 2000, the brand has gone from strength-to-strength. Škoda have a whole host of awards to their name, including Auto Express’ Best Manufacturer and Motor Trader’s Car of the Year award.

    Here are a few things about Škoda that you may not have known before.

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    They were originally bike manufacturers!

    Škoda have not always been a car-manufacturing company. Originally, Škoda founders Laurin and Klement began creating and selling push bikes.

    In the December of 1895, mechanic Laurin had a bike that needed fixing. He visited a bike shop in Czechoslovakia and was extremely disappointed with the service when staff were rude and refused to fix the bike.

    Laurin and Klement learnt how to make bikes in order to provide a service that they were looking for. They became good at creating bikes and many push bikes were sold, so they decided to take the next step and add motors.

    They started making motorbikes in 1899, eventually resulting in creating over 4,000 different types of motorbikes. Eventually cars were brought into the mix when the world went mad for cars, with Škoda replacing motorbikes with cars in 1905.

    Think “RACING CARS”

    In the late 70’s, Škoda’s 110R and 130R models were popular choices for racing cars. By the early 80’s people with Skoda cars were able to specify a certain sport package from their local car dealer… Pretty impressive!

    To this day, the 110R and 130R models are a popular choice by racers all over the world. The main fan base comes from Eastern Europe, but car rallying has been in Skoda’s activity since near the beginning of their creation.

    Skoda cars are often rally favourites with RWD engines in their early models.

    For 17 years in a row, they won their class in the RAC using the 130LR Estelle, which was powered by a 130bhp engine.

    The most expensive Skoda ever built was a… CAKE

    Another interesting fact about Škoda is that their most expensive car ever built was not a driveable car… It was a replica cake of the Fabia model for their 2007 TV advert.

    The cake cost £500,000 to put together, surpassing the record of most expensive Skoda product to be made set by the Skoda Superb car.

    Auto Express said that the Fabia cake advert was one of the best Skoda has created. They said, “Fabia cake was less of a promotion and more of a spectacle”, which was probably one of the reasons why the campaign was so successful.

    The advert was loved by a number of advertising festivals, receiving honours by the British Television Advertising Awards and Creative Circle Awards.

    The UK premier of the Cake advert was on May 17, 2007 and sparked attention worldwide. Within two weeks, 37,000 people had visited the Skoda Fabia’s site and a further 260,000 had viewed the ad on YouTube, proving to be one of the most popular advertising campaigns that Skoda have released.

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    They’re ECO – Friendly

    If you want to do your bit with helping the environment, Skoda won’t hinder you.

    In fact for every car sold in the Czech Republic, they will build 1 of their own pellet heating plants and plant one tree to try and combat the emissions given by a car.

    Basically, you can drive around guilt-free in a brand new car knowing you’re not completely damaging the environment… I suppose it’s better than nothing!

    With Skoda becoming more and more popular around the world, it’s essential to have great car warranty. Let us help you protect your car with our cheap warranty. Unfortunately, we don’t provide car warranty for cakes.

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