In the news: Don’t leave your engine running when parked – you could get fined!
News has broken this month that an increasing number of councils across the UK are threatening to fine drivers who leave their engines running while parked.
Nottingham City Council is the latest local authority to announce plans to fine drivers £20 if they’re caught “idling”.
Spokespeople from The RAC support this plan, claiming, “it could play a big part in getting drivers to change their behaviour and help reduce vehicle emissions in our towns and cities.”
It is estimated that around 30 local authorities have rules in place to target idling drivers, with most handing out on-the-spot fines particularly around sensitive areas like schools and hospitals.
RAC head of roads policy, Nicholas Lyes, welcomed the move to target idling engines. “Measures like this can play a big part in changing driver behaviour, by encouraging them to really think about how they reduce their emissions footprint.
“If schemes like this can make enough of a difference in reducing emissions, there may be less of a temptation for local authorities to implement wider charging schemes for drivers.”
Mr Lyes advises drivers to switch off their engines whenever they are parked or stationary for long periods of time, such as when picking up children from school.
In addition, he also advised: “If a vehicle has stop-start technology, it should always be enabled.”
Car Leasing Review - the Renault Clio
The Renault Clio is one of Europe’s top-selling cars, and it a popular leasing option for new drivers and those looking for a nippy, economical car that's right at home around town. Read what the experts have to say about the Renault Clio here;
“The Renault Clio is reliable, cheap to run, and it comes with a great touchscreen system. Overall it’s not far off the class leaders!”.
“The Renault Clio is a stylish and relatively cheap to run supermini with good personalisation options and efficient engines”.
“The Renault Clio is great to drive, it looks sharp and the engines are efficient, however the interior quality is slightly behind some rivals”.
“The Renault Clio is a stylish, modern looking car which handles comfortably and comes with plenty of tech”.
“Distinctive styling, sophisticated ride and handling, as well as a well-sized, good-looking cabin”.
To view all of our Renault Clio leasing deals please click here.
Car leasing review - the BMW 1 Series
The BMW 1 Series features everything that BMW stands for - solid build quality, beautiful interiors, and a drive that will make you want to take the long route home - all in a compact body. Read what the experts have to say about it here:
“The BMW 1 Series is one of the best small family cars available. It’s good to drive and surprisingly cheap to run, making it desirable”.
“Efficient engines, high interior quality and a great drive make the BMW 1 series a winner in spite of roomier rivals”.
"The BMW 1 Series has superb, powerful engines which are surprisingly fuel-efficient, it handles well too and the interior is classy”.
“In a segment where practicality and family-friendly flexibility dominate buyers’ choices, the BMW 1 Series hatchback is a much more individual proposition: it’s a driver’s car with a degree of functionality built-in”.
“The 1 Series remains an enigma for BMW – With enhanced standard equipment, improved styling and a good economical diesel engine, however it compromises on practicality”.
To view all of our BMW 1 Series leasing deals click here.
NEWS! Check your eyesight!!
A DVLA survey has suggested that 50% of motorists were not aware of the minimum eyesight standards required to hold a driving licence.
Drivers must be able to read a number plate from 20m (65ft) away.
The survey found only half of drivers knew about this and the fact that they should regularly self-check and that this is in fact a legal requirement!
Five car lengths is roughly the 20m distance and anyone who cannot 'pass' this test is advised to visit their optician as soon as possible.
Drivers over the age of 70 must actively make a declaration every three years that they are fit to drive - but do not actually have to pass a test.
Hosepipe bans in North West England announced
United Utilities (UU) have announced that millions of people will be affected by the first hosepipe ban of the summer in England. Affecting people in the north-west of England from 5 August the ban is said to "safeguard essential supplies".
It said reservoir levels were already low and that hot weather was forecast for the rest of July - other water companies have not published any intent to impose bans.
So it's back to bucket and sponge for washing your car if you're in the North West! 🚗🚙
Don't drive dehydrated!
Drivers who have not had enough water "make as many mistakes on the road as those who are under the influence of alcohol" a study has found.
Scientists from Loughborough Uni tested drivers who had 25ml of water an hour, and found that they made double the number of errors compared to those who were properly hydrated. This was roughly the same number as someone who had consumed the legal limit of alcohol.
The study is published in the journal Physiology and Behaviour.
Guidelines suggest that men should drink two litres a day and women should have 1.6 litres a day.
Keeping a bottle of water on your desk, in your car.....essentially with you all day during hot weather is key to keeping hydrated!
Things to consider when leasing a supermini.
When you think of leasing a car do you think of a high mileage motorist who drives for business on motorways in an estate? Well.... things have changed!
Car leasing is no longer the sole domain of 50,000 miles a year high flyers. New drivers, those wanting a second more economical car and young families are all on our customer list here at Little Green Car Leasing and a hugely popular class of car are Superminis.
What is a Supermini?
Think the Mini, Ford Fiesta, the Volkswagen Polo and the Seat Ibiza. For those looking for budget car leasing, a supermini is a relatively small, inexpensive and economical option. Larger than a city car but smaller than a family hatchback, it's no wonder these small cars are becoming more popular as our busy world downsizes.
Superminis are also a good ‘greener’ option - designed to make your commute to the city more economical and environmentally sound!
What to look for when leasing a Supermini
Overall, Superminis are cheap to lease, cheap to run, easy to park and they’re often good fun to drive. It's motoring at its simplest so if you want a car that is free from ‘stress’ a Supermini might be for you. Here are our key things to consider...
Consider your space requirements
Most of the models come in three and five door options so think about what works best for you but do remember these cars aren’t always huge on space so if you have a pushchair to fit in the boot or growing teenagers, just do a bit of research with space.
Regularly driving long distances?
If you are going to be driving regular long distances in a Supermini just remember it’s not built as a comfortable tourer – we’re not saying you’ll be driving a bone shaker but not all Superminis may not cruise a motorway like a larger car would.
Some of the Superminis do offer performance models – the John Cooper Works Mini for example is an awesome little care – but remember you’ll pay a premium for these models. The entry level cars which offer fantastic value for money aren’t going to be packing huge power under the bonnet.
Study the features
Leasing a supermini doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be scaling back on features. Whilst superminis are going to be cheaper to run that their larger counterparts, they do share many of the same high tech features and technology. Check the features list when leasing to see what’s included.
How much will leasing a super mini cost?
We’ve used an example of a current leasing offer available from LittleGreenCarLeasing on the Mini Cooper convertible.
For a personal lease including maintenance contract (which ensures no nasty surprises with maintenance costs during your lease period) based on 8,000 miles a year and a 9 months up front and then a further 47 months the monthly cost is £242.04
Road fund licence (road tax) is included and you won’t need to worry about an MOT on your fully maintained new lease car.
Your up front costs will be £2,377.36 (this includes the industry standard £199.00 admin fee).
This car is pretty economical giving you 55.4mpg so your fuel costs won’t cost the earth – remember to shop around when refuelling, don’t just go to your local garage, does your nearest supermarket offer fuel? You might be surprised at the price difference!
You will have to insure yourself and of course prices vary based on age, location so we recommend you do your research before committing to any lease car.
Take a look here at all of our Mini deals.
Made in England!
To celebrate St Georges Day (23 April) we’ve put together a list of car manufacturers still producing cars in England!
The Mini cooper is one of the most iconic cars ever made in Britain. Now owned by the BMW group, Mini have three plants across the UK that play a part in MINI production – The body panels are made in Swindon, petrol engines are produced in Plant Hams Hall, Plan Oxford is the heart of Mini, where all the parts are put together and the finished car rolls off the production line.
Take a look at our Mini leasing deals here.
The Nissan Qashqai has been built at Nissan's Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK (NMUK) Sunderland, Tyne and Wear plant since December 2006. It is the first model to be styled by Nissan Design Europe in London, with engineering development led by Nissan Technical Centre Europe (NTCE) in Cranfield, Bedfordshire.
Take a look at our Qashqai leasing deals here.
Another one of Britain’s best loved car brands! The F-Pace SUV and XE are made in Solihull, whereas the F-TYPE, XJ and XF are made in Castle Bromwich, Birmingham.
Take a look at our Jaguar leasing deals here.
Twinned with Jaguar, Land Rover is based in Coventry and operates two production facilities, with the Range Rover Evoque, and Discovery Sport being produced in Merseyside, whereas the Range Rover, Ronge Rover Sport and Discovery are made in Solihull. Recently, however Land Rover have announced cuts to their production facilities within the UK, due to uncertainty surrounding Brexit, and tax changes.
Take a look at our Land Rover leasing deals here.
Since Lotus was founded, the three main divisions of the company, Cars, Engineering & Racing have all been based at the headquarters, in Norfolk.
Take a look at our Lotus leasing deals here.
Synonymous with James Bond, the DB9 is a widely recognised British symbol! Gaydon is the home of Aston Martin, as the centre of design and engineering for the British sports car.
Car Leasing Review - the Vauxhall Astra
The new Vauxhall Astra combines style and efficiency for a smaller, lighter model, while adding more space and comfort to the interior. Read what the experts have to say here;
"This Vauxhall Astra is the best yet. It combines efficient engines, an enjoyable driving experience and a stylish design to make it one of the best family hatchbacks on sale".
“Efficient engines, the very latest technology and prices lower than its predecessor all add to the Astra’s appeal. The 1.0-litre turbo petrol three-cylinder SRi model is arguably the pick of the line-up, thanks to its blend of gutsy performance, agile handling, sharp looks and a generous amount of standard equipment. As an affordable and fun family hatchback, the Astra makes a fine choice”.
“Thanks to a fresh platform, the Astra is smaller than its predecessor on the outside yet bigger on the inside. It also has a new look and comes loaded with new technology”.
“Almost everything has been redesigned and re-engineered. It’s a lot lighter, a little smaller (though just as roomy), and prettier. One of the main draws on most versions is OnStar, GM’s highly impressive and easy-to-use connected car system”.
Interested in leasing a Vauxhal Astra? Check our our deals here.
Car Leasing Review - The Renault Captur
The appeal and popularity of the Renault Captur is undeniable, and it’s easy to see why with a car that merges the convenience and economy of a supermini, with the style and feel of an SUV. Read what our experts have to say here;
“With SUVs enjoying huge popularity, there's a risk that other types of car will lose sales. It's clever thinking, then, to produce a car that combines the fuel economy and easygoing nature of a supermini with the adventurous looks and spirit of an SUV, and the Renault Captur does just that”.
“Renault's smallest crossover in its range is one of its most popular cars, and the Captur's appeal is clear to see. It's similar to the Clio in execution and uses the same platform, but adds jacked-up suspension and a raised driving position”.
“The Renault Captur might look like a chunky SUV that shrunk in the wash, but it’s actually a cunningly disguised Clio on stilts. Like the Clio, a range of economical petrol and diesel engines are available and only the front wheels are driven”.
“The Captur kick-started Renault’s range of popular SUVs and crossovers in 2013, and it has lived up to its name and gone on to capture a sizeable chunk of the market. It’s also Renault’s most popular car in the UK, outselling the Clio and the Megane”.
Interested in leasing a Renault Captur? View all of our leasing deals online here.