The Measham Self Drive Blog

Welcome to the Measham Self Drive blog. Here, you'll be kept up to date with what we're doing, interesting updates from the automotive world, and lots of useful tips and tricks for your vehicles. 

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Take a look at the main differences between driving manual and automatic cars to see which you'll be more comfortable driving when you hire from us. 

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18th November 2020

During the darker, colder and wetter days of winter, driving becomes a little trickier. Check out our tips for preparing your car for winter to keep you and all other road users safe.

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4th November 2020

You might have seen 3D gel number plates springing up around town. Find out a little more about them and see if you want to enhance your own vehicle.

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21st October 2020

Have you noticed the new addition to the Meashams fleet? Check out some of the benefits to driving a hybrid and arranfe your hire today.

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7th October 2020

Getting to and from work can be really stressful, especially with additional COVID-19 guidance. Check out our tips for a stress-free commute. 

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23rd September 2020

Each year, thousand of animal lives are lost in collisions with vehicles on UK roads. Take a look at our tips to help avoid animal collisions when driving.  

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9th September 2020

With all the craziness going on in the world right now, we thought we'd try and lighten the mood with some funny (and cheesy!) car jokes.

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26th August 2020

You're visiting the UK because you want to explore all the wonderful things to do and see here. Having a hire car makes getting to them so much easier.

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13th August 2020

If you're heading out on a long journey, it's a good idea to plan where you're going to break. Check out some of our favourite service stations in England and start planning your route. 

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29th July 2020

When you're buying a used car, there are so many options and lots of things to consider. Take a look at our advice to make sure you get the right car for you.

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16th July 2020 

Get away with your special someone for a romantic break in England. There are some beautiful road trips you can enjoy together. 

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6th July 2020

If you’re not familiar with using and driving vans, you might accidentally exceed the maximum limit and overload your vehicle. Check out our tips to avoid overloading.

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18th June 2020

Take a look at these easy things you can do to care for your car during lockdown so the next time you need to go for a drive there won’t be any problems. 

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3rd June 2020

There are lots of little things that you can do to keep your car engine in good working order. Take a look at our tips to care for your car.

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20th May 2020

You should always abide by the speed limit to help keep all road users safe. If you're caught speeding, here's what you can expect to happen.

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7th May 2020

Check out our top tips for MOT preparation that might help your car pass its next MOT. 

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22nd April 2020

We'll all be spending Easter at home this year, but that doesn't have to limit the fun! We've got lots of activities to keep the whole family entertained this Easter.

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8th April 2020

Hygiene has never been more important to help limit the spread of coronavirus. Check out our tips for maintaining good car hygiene.

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27th March 2020

Keep your belongings secure from opportunist criminals using smart parking tips. Check out our tips to parking your car in a secure place and little things you can do to protect your valuables.

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4th March 2020

Keep everyone happy on your family road trip with these ideas for keeping toddlers calm in the car.

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19th February 2020

Driving uphill can be tricky if you're in an unfamiliar vehicle or haven't driven in a little while. Check out our tips for making your ascent much easier on you and the car. 

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5th February 2020

Looking for your next UK holiday destination? We've got lots of ideas to inspire you to make planning your next trip lots of fun. 

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22nd January 2020

There are lots of companies that claim to be the best car rental in London, but how do you know which is right for you? We've put together some key things to consider before you confirm your booking. 

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8th January 2020

Are winter tyres a worthwhile investment for your car this year? Find out if they would benefit you.

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20th December 2019

Don't struggle to find the perfect gift for your car loving friend, colleague or family member. We've got some fantastic ideas to inspire you.

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5th December 2019

Make the very most of your family road trip and keep the whole car happy and entertained throughout the journey with these tips.

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21st November 2019

The Meashams team love a good action movie and we’ve been swapping ideas for what are the best car chase scenes. 

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8th November 2019

Check out the most common causes of distracted driving to help keep them to an absolute minimum when you’re out and about. 

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23rd October 2019

Replacing wiper blades is actually a lot simpler than you might think. Check out our tips and save yourself some money. 

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8th October 2019

Have a read of our car cleaning tips and set to work getting your vehicle into perfect condition, inside and out. 

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25th October 2019

When was the last time you looked at a copy of the Highway Code? Make sure your stay up-to-date with the rules of the road.

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11th September 2019

If you’re heading out on a long car journey, check out these tips to stop car sickness before it even begins. 

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28th August 2019

Are you headed out on a road trip this summer? Make sure these cracking songs are on your playlist. 

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14th August 2019

We've put together a list of our top 9 long distance driving tips to make your next journey a lot easier. 

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31st July 2019

To help reduce the emissions in the capital, there are several congestion charges in London that you need to be aware of.

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17th July 2019

Check out our 8 basic car maintenance tips to help keep your vehicle in excellent working order.

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3rd July 2019

Make sure you Think Bike when you're driving to help keep all road users safe. Keep these tips in mind whenever you get into a vehicle.

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19th June 2019

Keeping your child safe while you travel is incredibly important. Follow these car seat safety guidelines to ensure your young passengers are always safe in your car.

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5th June 2019

Parking can be tricky, especially when you're in an unfamiliar vehicle. Check out our tips for getting a hire car, van or minibus into a parking spot. 

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22nd May 2019

Despite our best efforts, accidents happen every day. But, what are the causes the most common road accidents and how can you avoid them?

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8th may 2019

Do you get a little nervous about driving on the motorway? If so, check out our handy tips for keeping you and other road users safe when you're travelling at high speeds.

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24th April 2019

Get the most out of your visit to London by enjoying some of our favourite things to do in and around the city.

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10th April 2019

Driving when you're tired massively increases your chances of causing an accident on the road. Take a look at our tips for overcoming driver fatigue and staying safe.

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27th March 2019

Setting out on a road trip can be really fun. Give yourself the best possible journey and avoid common pitfalls with these 10 road trip tips. 

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13th March 2019

Do you often take your pet on a trip with you? How safe are they when they're in your car? Following these simple steps, you can help protect them and other road users are you drive. 

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27th February 2019

Looking to save a few quid on your fuel bills? There are some simple steps you can follow to get better fuel economy out of your vehicle.

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13th February 2019

Driving a van for the first time can be daunting. You might be worried about the extra size and often people worry about driving without the use of a back window and rear-view mirror. But, sometimes a van is a necessity and that’s where our tips for driving a van will come in handy. 

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30th January 2019

Looking for somewhere fun to drive? We've pulled together 6 of our favourite places to go for a spin, gaze at wonderful views, and really enjoy our time behind the wheel.

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16th January 2019

Check out our top tips for packing a van to help make your trip as easy as possible. If this is your first time hiring a van and you want to make sure you load it correctly, we can help.

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2nd January 2019

Yes! But you need to make sure they've been added as a named driver in your hire contract for it to be legal. Find out more in our handy blog.

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12th December 2018

The UK has some strange driving laws that you might be guilty of breaking every day. We've pulled together some of the most interesting ones for you to check out. 

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28th November 2018

Hiring a car can be daunting, especially if you've not done it before. Check out our car hire checklist to make sure you've got all the information you need to confidently make your booking. 

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14th November 2018

Make sure you're always safe on the roads, no matter what the weather condition. There are some simple steps you can take to get prepared for icy roads and you should take a look at these useful winter driving tips to make sure you're ready for traveling in the worst of the UK weather.

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31st October 2018

Misfuelling is unfortunately quite a common problem. With all the distractions in life, it's easy to grab the wrong handle at the pumps, especially if you're not familiar with your vehicle. Here's what to do if you accidently use the wrong fuel.

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17th October 2018

This handy little trick shows you which side of the vehcile the fuel tank door is on. In a hire car or van, you might not know where to find the cap, but using this tip, you'll not have to wander around the vehicle on the forecort to find out.

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3rd October 2018

Summer is over and we're heading into to colder, rainy months. After all the heat we've had this year, we wanted to give you all a refresher on safety tips and advice for driving in the rain. 

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19th September 2018

Do you use a sat nav while you're driving? They can be incredibly helpful tools when you're out on unfamiliar roads, but make sure you're using them safely and legally. This blog tells you what steps you follow when using a sat nav or phone with map functionality.

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5th September 2018

In this blog post, we're going to help you check your tyre pressure. It's really easy, and doesn't take as long as you might think. Simply making sure your tyres are at the right pressure can make a big difference to your comfort, safety and fuel economy. 

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22nd August 2018

In this post, we'll show you how to check the water levels in your vehicle are just right. 

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22nd August 2018

Want to know what the best way to check oil levels are in your vehicle? Take a look at our blog post and follow the easy steps for this routine maintenance on your hire.

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22nd August 2018