Nowadays, people (me included) can’t seem to put their smartphones and tablets down, even when their favourite TV show or film is on, so this week I thought I’d suggest a few motoring-related sites on the interweb that are worth dipping your carrot sticks in and out of when the mood suits.
One of Carrot Insurance’s key messages is safe driving, so it may seem a bit weird saying that this site is worth checking out, but it kind of gets people thinking about being sensible. Updated regularly with contributed photos from around the world, the site is all about amazingly expensive cars that have got trashed by owners who often seem a bit moronic. If supercars get you salivating, you’ll probably end up crying, wondering how people with so much money could be so silly. People who can’t stand exotic cars and the kind of people they sometimes attract will probably just split their sides laughing, or frown in disgust. For photos relating to jaw-dropping headlines like ‘Girl crashes chrome-wrapped Lamborghini that parents bought’ and ‘Crashed after trying to show off to patrons at a nearby restaurant’, go check out www.wreckedexotics.com. Drive safely, chaps and chapesses! In fact, this coming Wednesday, May the 13th, you can join our #DriveSafe conversation on Twitter.
Life ain’t cheap these days and we all benefit from practical help on offer, so this website is great for motorists of all ages, but particularly students or those just starting out in the world of work. Just think of all the time and fuel you could waste by driving round and round your local area to find the cheapest petrol station. Let www.petrolprices.com do the hard work for you, simply entering your postcode to find out which garages closest to you sell the cheapest fuel. The site is updated over 8,000 times every day, is free to use and the owners reckon it can save you around £2 each fill-up, meaning more money in your back pocket to spend on the fun things in life. It covers diesel, by the way – not just petrol!
If you’re someone who is really proud of the car you drive and like standing out from the crowd as much as you can, this website is great, as it tots up all the different car makes and models in the UK, so you can see how many of each are kicking around. The parents of a guy in my class at secondary school owned a BMW Z8, the car Pierce Brosnan drove in the James Bond film ‘The World Is Not Enough’, and when I looked at www.howmanyleft.co.uk, I discovered that only 68 BMW Z8s are registered in the UK. It’s a simple but fascinating database which will give you plenty of figures to interest, or bore, your friends with.
Think of this car blog as the Have I Got News For You? of motoring journalism. It’s run by Richard Porter, who you may or may not know was the script editor for the Top Gear TV show for the last umpteen years. www.sniffpetrol.com is a tongue-in-cheek look at the latest cars, motorsport news, automotive developments, celebrity stuff and opinion pieces, heaped in sarcasm from the bottom to the top. Some posts might make you cringe but others will make you howl with laughter, so if you’re up for a giggle, it’s worth a look.
Another hip site that takes a different angle on car ‘news’, www.carthrottle.com is run by a really young team bringing you the latest on car Xbox and PlayStation video games, crazy viral news on people falling asleep at the wheel and fun quizzes on car mechanics, to car modifications bordering on bonkers, mad powerslides and candid snaps of people who can’t park.