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GM Introduces Hands Free Driving

Following a number of recalls, GM has announced this week that they are to introduce hands free driving, which Acklam Car Centre thinks could revolutionise the industry.

Car Technology is Changing All the Time

To be a provider of first rate second hand cars like Acklam Car Centre, is to find emerging car technology fascinating, The changing nature of the world in which we live, is quickly redefining the way we drive, altering the face of the global car industry.

One of the most exciting technological trends in cars right now is the rise of the self-driving car. This innovative technology is changing the way we think about driving. That is why it is no surprise that GM have jumped on the bandwagon, with the introduction of hands free driving.

Welcome to Super Cruise and Other New Car Technologies

According to Yahoo News UK, Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, unveiled the plan last Sunday. Essentially, it will see the introduction of hands free technology to GM vehicles to make driving them safer, following a number of embarrassing recalls for GM this year.

Specifically, semi-auto pilot (dubbed ‘super cruise’) will be provided on certain 2017 model year cars for GM’s first rate Cadillac brand. Meanwhile, the same Cadillac model – the 2017 Cadillac CTS – will also include technology that allows vehicle-to-vehicle communication which reacts to others at intersections and in other situations

GM Will Make Driving Safe

In speaking out about the move, Barra revealed that this new technology will be available to customers outside of the US as well. With demand high in China and Europe – due to the increasingly heavy toll of GM related accidents – this is move that is sure to be welcomed.

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Barra went on to elaborate, saying that “we are not doing this for the sake of the technology itself. We’re doing it because it’s what customers around the world want,” and that “through technology and innovation, we will make driving safer.”

Perhaps Now, People Will Be Able to Buy GM Vehicles Again

Well, Acklam Car Centre certain hopes so. It’s been a bit of a nightmare year for GM drivers, with a number of recalls due to safety issues. Hopefully, the move towards hand free technology will once again make it a good idea to buy GM vehicle!

The Five Rules any Car Passenger Needs to Know

As a car passenger you have an obligation; not to annoy the driver to distraction. That’s why Acklam Car Centre has provided you with five rules any car passenger needs to know.

Some People Just Don’t Know How to Be a Good Passenger

Acklam Car Centre is a family-owned provider of top quality second hand cars. As one of the fastest growing second hand car brokers in the North-East of England, there is one thing we’ve seen a lot of; nightmare passengers.

Some people just don’t know how to be a good passenger. They let all their annoying habits shine, and thus distract the driver from doing what they should actually be doing; driving. On a serious note, a distracted driver often results in a careless driver. Careless drivers have a nasty habit of crashing.

Acklam Car Centre Suggests You Follow These Five Rules

That is why it is important that you behave well as a passenger. Not always an easy task to be sure, which is why Acklam Car Centre suggests all car passengers follow these rules…

1)      Don’t Judge:  No-one likes a backseat driver. It only acts to wind up the person who’s actually behind the wheel, and you can bet that the more you criticise them, the worse they’ll drive.

2)      Follow Directions: If the driver tells you to shut up, you do it.  No, they are not trying to offend you. They just need to concentrate, which as far as your safety is concerned, is actually a good thing.

3)      Buckle Up: As a matter of course, everyone needs to buckle up. As a passenger, you don’t want to distract the driver just because you don’t want to wear a seat beat, and have them worry about crashing.

4)      Tone Down Your Habits; Are you the type of person who has a really annoying habit you aren’t always even aware of. Catch yourself before you have the chance to annoy the driver and restrain your very annoying habit. If you don’t, you’ll most likely end up with a very distracted driver.

5)      Be Helpful: Driving really is sometimes a two man (or woman) job. If the driver needs you to find somewhere on a map for them, please just do it. Otherwise, they’ll just have to do it themselves. And holding a map? Not great for driver concentration.

If you want to make sure you are the best car passenger you can possibly be; just use your head. You know what is likely to annoy the person in the driver’s seat, so just go from there!

Drive Diesel in London? You Could Be Set to Pay Extra.

Acklam Car Centre has learned that plans drawn up by London Mayor Boris Johnson, could see motorists pay extra for driving diesel in the capital.

Acklam Car Centre Recognises the Value of Diesel Cars

We have a range of top quality, diesel fuelled cars at Acklam Car Centre. As a Middlesbrough-based, second hand car broker, who has grown to become a market leader in the North East of England, Acklam recognises the value of diesel vehicles.

We have seen many people opt for diesel. Quite frankly, they’re cheaper to run than normal cars, and more widely available than their electric equivalents. However the affordability of diesel engines for drivers in London could be set to change. That is at least, if Boris Johnson gets his way.

An Extra £10 Charge for Diesel Drivers in Central London

According to the Daily Mail, the London Mayor plans to force diesel drivers to pay an extra £10 to drive into the thriving central London area. The plan would come into effect in 2020, and establish an ‘ultra-low emissions zone’ in central London. Diesel vehicles that meet the Euro 6 emissions standards, however, would be exempt from the charge.

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The idea forms a part of Johnson’s latest initiative, designed to curb pollution in the richest city in the UK. Johnson’s plans are hardly unique. Other cities across the UK are currently considering similar low emission zones, in order to reduce the volume of diesel fumes that permeate their atmospheres. Cities currently considering similar plans include Bradford, Leicester, Sheffield and Birmingham; all known for their poor air quality.

Further Plans to Reduce the Amount of Diesel Drivers on UK Roads

This isn’t the only move Johnson is planning to make to reduce the number of diesel drivers on Britain’s roads. The publication also reported that the London Mayor plans to lobby Cameron’s government to raise road tax on diesel engines. He hopes this will convince motorists to switch to cleaner cars.

Meanwhile, Johnson’s counterparts in the Labour Party are also looking at ways to slash the amount of diesel drivers on Britain’s roads. According to the paper, Labour plans to introduce a network of similar low emissions zones, which would be geared towards forcing older diesel vehicles out of the UK’s cities.

It May Become Increasingly Expensive to Drive Diesel

Right now, this single piece of news alone is unlikely to wildly drive up your household budget. However, Acklam Car Centre would suggest that it looks like it will become increasingly expensive to drive diesel. You need to ask yourself; is it a cost you will be able to afford?

Should You Head North To Buy a Used Car?

This week Acklam Car Centre asks whether if you’re living in the South, you should head north if you’re looking for an affordable used car.


Acklam Car Centre Provides Competitively Priced Used Cars

If you’re looking for a quality used car at a price you can actually afford, Acklam Car Centre are here to help. Our diverse range of competitively priced second hand cars has helped us to become one of the largest growing second hand car dealers in the North of England.


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Considering the fact that we’ve got some of the most competitively priced used cars in the country, and that we’re based in the North, we’ve often heard that prices are generally cheaper in the North, but is there any truth to this?

Second Hand Cars Are Cheaper up North

This week the Telegraph featured an article questioning whether it was cheaper to sell your car in the North of the Country than in the South, and it certainly made for interesting reading.

Basically, the writer went on to suggest that used car valuation services CAP Automotive and Glass’s, generally held that it was cheaper to buy a used car in the North than in the South, especially when it came to diesel cars, which were held to be 20% more expensive in London and Wales, than they were in the North and Scotland.

96% Agree Pricing Influenced by Geographical Location

Phil Northard, CAP’s retail and consumer specialist, commented on the issue to the publication, saying: “We asked dealers and 96 per cent agreed that pricing was influenced by geographical location. I remember from my days as a dealer, speaking to buyers who would travel up to the north and Midlands to buy small automatics to take back down to London.”

It seems that nothing much has changed since those days. Glass went on to use the example of a three year old Ford Focus 1.6 five door to prove the point. According to Glass, this model would be, on average, £375 cheaper to buy from a northern second hand car dealer than a southern one.

So there you have it; Acklam Car Centre suggests that if you want value for money on your second hand car, you head north!