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5 Summer Drives We’re Looking Forward To

May 26, 2015
Posted in Cars,Interesting — Written by Nationla Numbers

5 – A1, Tyne and Wear

We might be a little biased, but we think the Angel of the North is a stunning sight, and it isn’t just about Northern pride. You ask anyone who has endured the tedium that is the A1 for any more than a couple of hours and they’ll tell you that Antony Gormley is a welcome piece of wonder.




The Angel of the North stands on a hill in Low Fell, overlooking extensive grassy fields on the fringe of old industry that the North East is historically aligned with. It serves as a reminder of the regions roots, but also its future. The foot of the Angel itself is a perfect pitstop with many families picnicking on warm summer days.


4 – Abergwesyn Pass, Wales

If you like detours and little villages the Welsh mountainous road will be the perfect road trip for you. The road connects many small villages around the Cambrian Mountains, so you have your pick of routes. Over the 18 mile stretch you will find lakes, hills, forests and rivers, all making for perfect summer scenery.




The Llyn Brianne reservoir is a perfect place to stop and enjoy the view. The market town of Tregaron is also ideal for a quiet getaway so a few good places to stay the night and enjoy some good food. Be careful driving away though, you might run into sheep or cattle enjoying the roads as well!


3 – Humber Bridge, North Lincolnshire & Yorkshire

You may be thinking that this is just a bridge but it is much more than that. The Humber Bridge was once upon a time the longest suspension bridge in the world (though it is now the 7th longest) and can be seen for miles around. Not only is it a spectacular feat of engineering it also provides a platform for the most spectacular view over the Humber.




Stop off at the viewing deck to take in the scenery. Many call it the perfect place to watch the sunset, for example. Once you have enjoyed the views and the drive you have your choice of locations, just continue down to motorway.


2 – A2, Portrush to Ballycastle, Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland has become known for its scenery but it is hard to pick a better route than the A2 in general, particularly the 19 mile stretch between Portrush and Ballycastle. The route spans a good section of the coast opening up great opportunities to see the famous Giant’s Causeway. Beautiful greenery completes the drive as one of the best scenic routes in the country.




If you are looking for activity there is a lot to do and see. It is easy to catch a ferry to Rathlin Ireland to more supurb scenery, or you can travel on foot through the Causeway. Continue down to road to find old castles, seaside destinations, or my personal favourite, the Old Bushmills Distillery, Ireland’s oldest whiskey distillery.


1 – Bealach na Bà, Wester Ross

If you were to make an effort to drive along any road I would urge you to pick this one. Scotland has many excellent driving routes but few compares to this one. Take in the Scottish Highlands in the best way possible – through a series of twists and turns on this dramatic mountain road. Enjoy the sights overlooking Skye, the Islands of Rum and the Outer Hebrides, and take in the attractions from surrounding towns.




The name comes from Gaelic meaning “Pass of the Cattle”. The road was originally used to drive livestock. As you can guess it is certainly not a route for the faint hearted – I certainly wouldn’t want to attempt it in the snow. Don’t worry though as Applecross proves to be an excellent target destination, perfect for a quiet getaway.


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10 Annoying Things From My Morning Commute

April 10, 2015
Posted in Humour — Written by Nationla Numbers

1. Should have left 10 minutes ago, but can’t find my keys!

2. Can’t get past the lady next door because she currently has her door wide open.

3. Nearly hit kids running across the road, even though there is a crossing 20 yards away.


4. Cyclist not sticking to the left.

5. Stop on the slip road because no one knows how to merge.


6. Finally on the motorway and in the fast lane. Stuck behind a slow driver.


7. Radio warns me of a traffic jam after I’ve already arrived at it.


8. Getting closer! Annnnnnd lollipop lady.


9. No one seems to indicate or stick to their lane when approaching the roundabout.


10. I’m here! Oh wait, someone just stole my parking space.



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10 SHOCKING Facts About UK Drivers

May 13, 2014
Posted in Cars — Written by Nationla Numbers

A recent survey of 2,000 drivers in the UK as well as 29 police boroughs has revealed a culture of speeding in the UK.

Many drivers speed and show a happy-go-lucky attitude to penalty points according to the survey which was conducted by MORE TH>N car insurance. The survey also revealed a lack of understanding about certain road signs.

See below for the 10 SHOCKING facts.

1. One in three drivers don’t know a simple white circle with a black stripe signifies the national speed limit applies. One in seven drivers even think a ‘slippery road’ sign means ‘paint on the road’.


2. A fifth of all drivers have received penalty points in the past 10 years as a result of driving too fast. 13% of those accumulating nine points or more in this time.

3. 1,340,680 drivers received penalty points or were disqualified from driving in the past 12 months alone, while 818,768 drivers were penalised for speeding offences – the equivalent of 2,243 every day.

4. In a 30mph zone one in every three drivers (36%) admit they always drive over the speed limit. On average these drivers admit to doing 38mph.

5. In a 40mph zone 32 per cent of drivers admit they always drive over the speed limit. On average these drivers admit to doing 47mph.

6. In a 70mph zone 43 per cent of drivers admit they always drive over the speed limit. On average these drivers admit to doing 81mph.

7. More than a quarter of drivers confess they would much rather pick up points and a fine than attend a police speed awareness course. In contrast, speed awareness courses do appear to work with only five per cent of those who attend re-offending.

8. A typical motorist with a penchant for speeding will begin driving over the limit less than a car’s length after passing a camera, slowing only so they do not get caught.

9. One in four drivers has crashed their car or had a near miss as a result of speeding – a figure supported by official government data, showing there were 4,745 crashes caused by a driver exceeding the speed limit reported to the police in 2012 alone (13 every day).

10. The average car insurance premium increases by 13 per cent for a speeding offence.


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CarLashes and Carstache, Car Personalisation Crazy!

September 11, 2010
Posted in Cars,Humour,Interesting — Written by Nationla Numbers

The latest car personalisation craze to sweep America will have you rubbing your eyes in disbelief!

Will Ladies Love CarLashes?
Yes, you can believe your eyes! CarLashes “eyelashes” for cars – and accompanying product, crystal eyeliner, represent perhaps the quirkiest automotive personalisation to date!

CarLashes eyelash personalisation used on carsTouted by their US manufacturer as the new automotive brand “created to allow cars to be personalised with a feminine touch”, the personalisation costs about $25/lb16. The creators claim it is simply fitted to the car using double-sided automotive trim tape, the same tape that is used to attach body trim.

The optional car “eyeliner” appears to be diamante-style beading that attaches across the rim of the headlight, as eyeliner would line the eye.

I don’t know what to make of this funny personalisation! But it’s obvious that this product certainly makes any car stand out! The thick curled black lashes are slightly over the top, but in a fun way. The cars do look kind of cute once they’ve been CarLashed.

I can’t be the only person who thinks so, because about 1,500 people on Facebook ‘Like’ the product. So it seems there is plenty of interest in these girly accessories.

Check them out for yourself on the CarLashes web site, which takes International orders.

Carstashe for the Gents
Carstache moustache personalisation for vehiclesNot to be outdone by the ladies, men can add oomph to their wheels with the Carstache; as the name suggests, a moustache for your car. Your car can look like the next Burt Reynolds with this masculine personalisation!

The web site says “it just feels good, it feels powerful, your car has been naked until now!”

The Carstache costs about $40/lb26 and there are five different colours to choose from, Classic Black, Firestache Orange, Legendary Blond, So Hot Pink, and Wisdom Grey, so you can get just the manly look you want! The Carstache comes with three rubber coated attaching wires that allow strapping to the car grille.

Orders are taken directly from the Carstache web site, which also ships International orders.

There seems to be something of a craze on the web surrounding these products right now. Those who can’t decide which they prefer can vote for their favourite on Lashes vs. Staches, a web site set up to allow a battle of the automotive sexes! In case you were wondering, Carstache is leading by more than a whisker!

I thought I had seen it all when it came to personalising cars, but this really is the pinnacle!

I still think number plates are the best personalisation a car can have. Personalised number plates have the benefit of being totally unique and can last longer than your vehicle! Check out our web site to find a personalised registration based on your name, a number, or any other word.

Or see our new Number Plates Facebook App for more personalised suggestions.


Number Plates for the Lotus Evora

December 7, 2009
Posted in Cars,Number Plate News — Written by Nationla Numbers

The Lotus Evora was launched on 22 July 2008 at the British International Motor Show. The supercar marks a turning point for Lotus, because the Evora is based on a new vehicle platform – both the Exige and the Europa S were based on the previous Elite platform. Another two vehicles based on the Evora platform will become available by 2011.

The Evora is available as a 2+2 as well as a two-seater. The car uses a 3.5-litre Toyota V6 engine, which, when coupled with Lotus’s engine management system, produces 280bhp. Its six-speed gearbox and kerb weight of less than 1400kg mean that it can reach a top speed over 170mph and 0-60 mph in approximately five seconds.

So popular is the new car that Lotus and Sony have created a virtual version of the car for the computer game Gran Turismo 5! The car features an interior more spacious than its predecessors’ to allow taller drivers to fit inside, perhaps at the behest of Lotus’s CEO, Mike Kimberley, who at 6ft 5″ tall could use the extra space! You might disagree on the car’s level of comfort, however, once you see the video of the Lotus Evora being test-driven in this clip from Fifth Gear:

What special car like the Lotus Evora would be complete without equally special personalised registration? If you’re looking for some number plates for a Lotus Evora, you couldn’t go far wrong with EVO 2A, the number two in this registration looks just like an ‘R’.

Or search our web site for number plates 24 hours a day for more ideas.

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DVLA Database Used for Personalised Oil Suggestions

September 22, 2009
Posted in DVLA,Number Plate News — Written by Nationla Numbers

Personalised oil suggestion based on number plateA new method to push sales of oil, using roadside cameras, and the DVLA’s vehicle and registration database, has been instigated by Castrol.

The controversial technology scans driver’s number plates and displays the right oil for their particular make and model of vehicle at five pilot sites in London.

Castrol say “this particular initiative will be the first time in the UK that personalised messages have been communicated on advertising billboards”. They state that driver privacy is protected because the registration number is not stored.

Despite the novel approach and potentially helpful suggestions, the technique has caused backlash over concerns for drivers’ concentration when reading the signs and the use of data that one would assume should be private, from the DVLA’s database.

The five trial sites are Stamford Street in Blackfriars, Vauxhall Cross in Lambeth, Fulham Palace Road in Hammersmith, the Chiswick roundabout in Hounslow and Warwick Road in Kensington and Chelsea. The pilot will last two weeks from 21 September.

If you fancy giving the service a try, it might be time to spruce up your number plate before it gets displayed in lights! Search our number plate database for great alternatives to your standard registration number.

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Fines for Illegal Number Plates Increase

July 1, 2009
Posted in Uncategorized — Written by Nationla Numbers

Speed cameras can't always read modified number platesThe government yesterday doubled the fixed penalty notice for using illegal number plates on a vehicle to lb60, from lb30, stating that the use of illegal number plates can have a significant impact on criminal investigations and crime detection. It is hoped that enforcing an increase in the fine will stop drivers evading speed-camera fines.

Vehicle number plates must conform to specific rules for font, size and colour displayed on the number plate. If the plate deviates from the standard design for a number plate, it can be more difficult to detect the registration number using camera recognition.

The move comes along with a crackdown on those not wearing seatbelts in a vehicle, who also face on the spot fines of lb60.

Road Safety Minister Paul Clark said: “Every day someone dies because they do not think they always need to use a seat belt. This tragic waste could be avoided if everyone took the simple step of belting up every time they got in a car”.

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DVLA Toughen Rules on Sale of Driver Details

April 25, 2009
Posted in DVLA — Written by Nationla Numbers

Two weeks after the Home Office announced that it will consult on how best to regulate the wheel clamping industry; the DVLA has introduced plans for tough new restrictions on the release of vehicle keeper information. The proposal talks of compulsory licensing to tackle dodgy wheel clampers.

Under the proposal, any company seeking vehicle owner details will be required to be a member of a DVLA Accredited Trade Association (ATA) and to adhere to its Code of Practice.

Noel Shanahan, DVLA Chief Executive said:

“We have a range of measures in place to protect people’s information, including regular checks on those who request information and specific evidence requirements where information is requested to enforce parking restrictions.

“This new requirement will add to these robust procedures by ensuring that all parking companies requesting vehicle information are members of an Accredited Trade Association, complying with its code of conduct.”

This news is welcome following criticism from MPs and motorist organisations earlier this year.

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DVLA Criticised for Selling Motorist Details

March 17, 2009
Posted in DVLA — Written by Nationla Numbers

Car parkTwo MPs have voiced their concerns over the DVLA selling motorist details to “shady operators and crooks”.

Their concerns have been backed up by the Association of British Drivers (ABD) who said that car owners should not have to worry about their personal information being passed on to “extortionists”, especially as all motorists must register their details with the DVLA. Effectively there is no way to “opt out” of a scheme that could involve the re-sale of personal details: including name, address, and registration number.

A spokesman from ABD, Nigel Humphries said: “They (motorists) expect such information to be retained by the government for official purposes only.” Mr Humphries has suggested that government leaders work towards closing this loophole in the law.

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Number Plate Rules Threaten Validity of MOTs

March 10, 2009
Posted in DVLA — Written by Nationla Numbers

Speed cameraThousands of motorists this week look set to fail their MOT due to new DVLA rules designed to catch drivers who deliberately “doctor” their number plates.

The new rules will see the vehicle fail the test if its number plate uses reflective paint, or uses an altered background, with the aim of obscuring the registration number. This is typically done to make the registration impossible for a speed camera to read.

According to The Department for Transport, there are about 40,000 motorists with such a registration plate.

A DfT spokesman said: “The MOT test already includes a basic check of registration-plates – primarily to ensure that characters are properly formed and recognisable, and also to ensure that the plates are complete and not in danger of falling off the vehicle.”

“The main purpose of this modification to the MOT test is to detect registration-plates which have an illegal background that can prevent identification of the plate by traffic enforcement cameras.”

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