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    Do you know your SUVs from your DABs?

    Thame Driving Blog

    About 2 years ago I was approached by several customers about information that we know as "motor industry experts" but is unknown to the wider public.

    I thought that knowing what to do to pass your MOT or how to claim money back if you hit a pothole was easy information to find. Apparently not, and anayway when it comes to cars and motoring, what I have found is that there is alot of guff and untruths out there. The feeling I got was that people want to listen to people that they trust.

    So....I started writing articles about useful motoring information, amusing tales and local information. I now send this out to over 2,000 people on a monthly basis along with other motor related emails and generally get really good feedback. In fact what happens now is that my readers are now telling me what to write about.

    I hope you enjoy the articles and if there is a particular topic you want to know about then please let me know.


    The car industry is notorious for its Three Letter Acronyms (TLAs), jargon, and ‘inside’ language.

    Most people are familiar with the more common phrases like ABS (Anti-lock Braking System, just in case ;) but if you’re buying a car and discover that it comes with DSC and ACC you might not be so sure what you're getting.

    We've put together a little jargon busting quiz to test yourself, and explain what some of the more oblique acronyms really mean.

    Cast your eye over these 2 short hand descriptions and then scroll down to check your answers…

    1. PAS

    2. PDC

    3. SUV

    4. AWD

    5. CDTI

    6. EBD

    7. TCS

    8. DAB

    9. ABS

    10. DPF

    11. DSC

    12. SS

    13. SRS

    14. SIPS

    15. MPV

    16. CC

    17. BHP

    18. PSI

    19. ESP

    20. ACC

    Now scroll down and check your answers...






    1. Power Assisted Steering

    2. Park Distance Control

    3. Sports Utility Vehicle

    4. All Wheel Drive

    5. Common rail Diesel Turbo Injection

    6. Electronic Brake Distribution

    7. Traction Control System

    8. Digital Audio Broadcasting

    9. Anti-lock Braking System

    10. Diesel Particulate Filter

    11. Dynamic Stability Control

    12. Start/Stop

    13. Seatbelt Restraint System

    14. Side Impact Protection System

    15. Multi- Purpose Vehicle

    16. Cubic Capacity

    17. Brake Horse Power

    18. Pounds per Square Inch

    19. Electronic Stability Program

    20. Active Cruise Control 

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