Latest News from Arnold Clark Car & Van Rental

Read the latest news from Arnold Clark Car & Van Rental, including the latest developments in the car hire industry, new car launches, features and reviews, as well as the latest news from the UK events, travel and tourism markets, and changes to legislation.

Let’s drive 500 miles…

Stunning views, fresh tarmac and blazing sunshine – what else do you need for an epic road trip? Scotland’s answer to Route 66 was unveiled in 2015 – and it’s called the North Coast 500. Remember its name.

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The weirdest driving laws in the world

Driving is hard enough on its own, but what if you find yourself driving in a country where you will be fined if there is a gorilla in the backseat of you car (as in Massachusetts) or where you are obliged to have windscreen wipers even if you don’t have a windscreen (like in Luxembourg). And these weird laws are just the beginning…

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Renting a car – your journey explained

If you are hiring a car for the first time the experience can be a bit confusing. However hiring from us is pretty straightforward. We thought we’d make it even easier – by outlining some things you need to consider before and after you hire a vehicle.

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Celtic Legend on Scotland's hidden gems

We caught up with Celtic Legend, a small to medium, incoming travel operator in Scotland to chat to the owner, Willie Wallace, on what he loves about Scotland and to find out why he thinks so many people visit Scotland again and again.

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Top film locations in Scotland

The Glasgow Film Festival is approaching quickly and excitement is increasing – and no wonder, since Scotland has been the chosen location for some of the most popular films so many times. And we haven’t even mentioned Braveheart….

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Psychology of driving: What is your driving style?

Every year, road accidents claim the lives of millions of people all over the world. According to government reports, in 2013 the number of accident casualties in the UK accounted for 2.3% of the population (Mais, 2014). In recent years, scholars carrying out academic and empirical studies of driving have started to distinguish between not only certain driving behaviours and habits, but also styles of driving. In hopes that this will help isolate certain dangerous driving styles and address them, researchers have studied drivers and their habits for the last two decades. We’ve conceptualised the four styles of driving by scholars Taubman-Ben-Ari and colleagues (2012).

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The Scottish Caravan Show – only in Glasgow

Attention all caravan lovers! It’s never too early to start thinking about the spring and summer holidays, especially true if you happen to be a caravan owner. Even if you don’t own a caravan, it might be time to start thinking about the freedoms you could enjoy if you owned one. Make sure to pop in to the SECC for the Scottish Caravan Motorhome and Holiday home show to check the caravans out… and daydream a little of hitting the open road. The show kicks off on Thursday 4th February and is open until Sunday 7th so don’t let Storm Henry deter you from making a trip down to the waterfront to explore.

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Things to do in Burton upon Trent

Famous for its canals and brewing history, the town of Burton upon Trent has much to offer visitors on a jaunt to the Midlands. With a bustling, canal-side marina, idyllic Stapenhill Gardens and the National Brewery Centre, Burton is a great place to explore. Historically, Burton was established around 1200 as a monastery, developing over the years into a market town. Here are some of its highlights…

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Our tips for driving in the dark

During the winter, it is very likely that at some point you will have to drive in the dark. Factor in some snow and ice, and you’re certain to have a potentially dangerous driving situation. We are looking out for you and we’ve collated our best tips for driving through dark and difficult conditions – just read on.

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You’ve passed! Now let’s get you on the road…

Congratulations - you’ve powered through the practice, triumphed over the theory and now you’ve finally passed your driving test. You can officially get out onto the road on your own. So where do you want to go first?

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Tips on how to prepare for your driving test

So you have passed your theory test and know your highway code, but the task is still ahead to actually pass your practical driving test.

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Best cars to rent for golfers

If you’re hiring a car to take on a golfing trip you can never be too sure if you will be able to fit in all of your kit.

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Sponsorships 2015

Arnold Clark Car & Van Rental is in the fortunate position of being able to sponsor some fantastic sporting, cultural and charitable events every year. We take a look at what we have been involved in so far for 2015.

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Carlisle – the tourist’s hidden gem

Known as ‘The Great Border City’, Carlisle is most commonly recognised for its ideal location between Scotland and England, if not necessarily for its tourist hot spots. However, Carlisle is bursting with great activities and beautiful scenery, so we’ve hand-picked the top five things to do and see in Carlisle.

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Moving house hassle-free: simply rent a van

Moving house is a bittersweet thing- it’s exciting, but also one of the most stressful experiences you can go through. Packing up all your belongings and furniture leaves you wondering: do I really have that much stuff?

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Checklist for a first-time hire: All you need to know

So you’ve finally taken the time off work and decided to rent a car for that special trip. If this is your first time hiring a vehicle, you might want to do some planning beforehand. Renting is really simple, however there are a few things you need to consider – and for your convenience, we have prepared this neat checklist. Grab a pen and start checking!

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History of car rental: what has changed?

Surprisingly (or maybe not?) car rental has been around for more than a century! As soon as cars were introduced to the public, clever entrepreneurs identified a growing demand for renting. However, before Karl Benz and Wilhelm Maybach invented the modern car as we know it, people would still rent out horses and carriages. Even in ancient Rome, chariots were rented.

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Don’t be caught out with the new car hire licence laws

Earlier in the year we published an article detailing how the DVLA had planned to abolish the paper part of the driving licence. We now have further information regarding how this new law will have an impact on Arnold Clark Car & Van Rental customers.

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Paper tax disc to be abolished 01 October '14

Do you know about the important change of legislation that will affect the service we provide to you?

In 2013, the Government announced that it planned to change the law in an effort to reduce tax administration costs. From 1st October 2014, the law is changing and the paper tax disc will no longer need to be displayed on any vehicle.

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Tourists invited to woodland ‘gem’

A ‘little gem’ of forest and ancient woodland near Loch Ness is being billed as an even more perfect spot for a bit of quiet recreation and relaxation thanks to a new 10km walking route.

Craigmonie and Balmacaan woods near Drumnadrochit have been the focus of a partnership project involving Forestry Commission Scotland (which owns Craigmonie), Woodland Trust Scotland (which owns Balmacaan) and the Craigmonie Woodland Association.

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