16 Nov 2017

Just how far can a stock-standard 4WD take you?

Just how far can a stock-standard Ford Everest 4WD take you? Ford took me to Tasmania to test my (very basic) off-road driving skills and find out.

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Team Isuzu D-Max in action
01 Oct 2017

Driving on two wheels with Team Isuzu D-Max…

Driving on two wheels is one thing but what can the average motorist learn from Team Isuzu D-Max.

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20 Jun 2017

How to get a sports car out of the mud

An unexpected encounter with some soggy earth during a recent road trip was a reminder to always be prepared, but also, to make the best of what you’ve got…

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The Pajero is at home on sand
11 Jun 2017

Four tips for camping comfortably in your car

Don’t let a lack of equipment or commitment stop you from giving camping a try. With a bit of preparation and common sense, you can turn your car into a pretty comfortable little hotel room. Recently I had the opportunity to spend a weekend driving on sand, alongside a great

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in-car etiquette
30 May 2017

A simple guide to in-car etiquette – Part Two

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about good in-car etiquette for passengers – not messing with the controls, taking your rubbish with you when you go, and so forth.

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Mitsubishi Pajero enjoying the view from the top of the hill. Photo by Robert Pepper / Practical Motoring.
15 May 2017

A beginners guide to driving on sand dunes

Driving on different surfaces challenges both your driving skills and your ability to actively manage your motor vehicle and its features. Pursuing different conditions is, therefore, a great way to help build your skills and learn more about how your car works. My first experience of driving on sand was

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in-car etiquette
12 May 2017

A simple guide to in-car etiquette… How many of these rules do you break?

Most of us understand the importance of good manners in everyday life – not least of all because we’ve had them drummed into us from a young age…

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How to wash a car
27 Mar 2017

Quick tips to maintain the value of your car

For many of us, our motor vehicle is the second greatest purchase we’ll make in our lives… here’s how to ensure you maintain the value of your car.

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What's the best car advice you've been given
22 Mar 2017

What’s the best piece of car advice you’ve ever been given?

It was Oscar Wilde who wrote, “I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself.”

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How to market cars to women
06 Feb 2017

How to market cars to women

This week I decided to offer some advice to those car marketers who sit around in their warehouse offices and decide just how a car will be marketed to women.

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18 Jan 2017

When a woman goes to Summernats…

“Gee, you’re brave …” that’s what the majority of friends, family and colleagues said, when I told them I was going back to Summernats. Alone.

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17 Jan 2017

What will it take to stop us killing ourselves on the roads?

Another Christmas holiday season, another wave of Australian families impacted by the tragedy of our – increasing – road toll.

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new year car resolution by Jane Speechley
03 Jan 2017

The car lover’s New Year’s Resolutions

Ah, the first days of the New Year. When we all promise ourselves we’ll be thinner, fitter, smarter and richer this year, than we were in the last.

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19 Dec 2016

I drove a Tesla … or rather, it drove me (and it can drive you too)

Tesla, just about everyone on the planet has heard of the electric car company and all are in Wizard-of-Oz like awe… Jane Speechely gets her hands on the wheel of a Tesla Model S.

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Hyundai i20 WRC and Jane Speechley
05 Dec 2016

What I learned sliding through gravel at 160km/h [with Video]

Behind the clouds of dust and dirt, what’s really going on inside a world championship rally car during the heat of the race? Jane Speechley was lucky enough to get a glimpse.

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