Wednesday 18 July 2018

Cover your fears; Face it down; Clean it up; Service at a click; Audi charge to beat Tesla

Skoda Octavia
Skoda Octavia

Here's a helpful piece of advice from a reader: "My wife drives a Skoda Octavia that is just past its third birthday. Thus its Skoda Assist has expired.

"The car is very reliable but I feared punctures on the terrible rural roads. I wanted to continue with some form of recovery assistance or puncture assistance.

"I contacted Skoda Assist. I was told that as I did not have our car serviced by a main Skoda dealer in the past 12 months, I would not have Skoda Assist. People should know this.

I contacted my insurance company (Allianz). Better news here: As I have a comprehensive policy I have free recovery assistance. I think it is important [for people to know ] in rural Ireland, with poor roads."

* Toyota's FaceItDown app has passed the 12m kilometre mark - that's how far people have driven without mobile phone use. The figure was logged with the app (in association with the RSA). It is reckoned to be similar to driving around our coast 3,799 times.

As you probably know, the FaceItDown app rewards drivers for putting their phone face-down when driving. They get points every kilometre towards a free hot drink at Topaz ReStore or €50 off FBD Car Insurance, but you lose the lot if you pick up while driving.

Now they are renewing their call from the start of National FaceItDown Awareness Week today for people to put their phones face-down. Research shows those with a mobile phone at the wheel are four times more likely to crash.

The app has been downloaded more than 42,000 times, and 14,602 hot drinks have been redeemed in the nine months since it started.

* Volvo Cars Ireland's great beach clean-up has begun. The idea, in partnership with Clean Coasts, was for Volvo Cars staff to collect as much rubbish, including plastic, from the Shelly Banks beach near Sandymount over the course of a morning. It was to help raise awareness and tackle the growing issue of marine plastic pollution.

* Lexus has rolled out a new service facility. Called, it gives owners a quick, accurate quote for their vehicles as well as booking a service online or through their retailer or authorised repairer. You just enter your registration number, select the work needed and you are given a free quote.

* Audi's upcoming e-tron electric SUV will be capable of 400kms on one charge, they claim. Due to be revealed in August, it will be powered by two motors using a 95kWh lithium ion battery. They are claiming a world-first on their 150kWh DC fast-charging system, which they say is 30kW quicker than Tesla's.

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