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Rewards: If you drive PHEVs like the Škoda Superb iV smoothly and at reasonable speed, you will get vastly better returns

Rewards: If you drive PHEVs like the Škoda Superb iV smoothly and at reasonable speed, you will get vastly better returns

Rewards: If you drive PHEVs like the Škoda Superb iV smoothly and at reasonable speed, you will get vastly better returns

I'd normally cover 700km to 1,000km in my review test drives. The figure fell considerably under lockdown as I tuned into the mindset that only half the amount was necessary. That made me ask myself if we really need to drive as much as we do. Side by side with that was the sense of loss in missing calling to see people down the country, or going to nice places on Saturdays, stopping for a coffee and chocolate muffin. I'm certain there is a happy medium that accommodates keeping in touch and using our cars more sparingly. I've recalibrated on a number of fronts and come to a different way of thinking.

I have had a great mix of cars to review here since March, ranging from diesel to petrol to electric to plug-in hybrid. In the course of less time driving, and more time thinking about the power sources within that eclectic mix, I have shifted my mindset to a new starting point. It's one of reality rather than the fanciful stuff so often spouted by me and the powers that be.

So here are seven things I've refocused on, got angry about or found out through my lockdown drives: