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10 things we do not drive without

10. 12-volt USB adaptor
Although most cars are offered with a USB port nowadays, the 12-volt adaptor is very handy. Not only does it give you an additional USB port to charge your gadgets, it’s also gives a little more Amperage, charging your devices a whole lot faster.

9. Phone charger
You’re just about to answer the phone and it goes flat. Don’t you hate that? That’s why I always have an extra charge cable in the car. It also gives a better quality audio connection, when playing music from your phone, than streaming via Bluetooth.

7. Dash Cam
While we’re on the subject of sticking things to the windscreen, the dash cam is pretty handy. The caliber of drivers being what it is these days means you’re always likely to film a near miss or two. It’s also a great way to cover yourself should the worst happen.

6. Tyre pressure gauge
Tyres are your car’s connection to the ground, and it’s essential they operate at their intended pressure (and also extends their life!).

5. Kershaw multi-tool
A multi-tool like the trusty Kershaw, a Leatherman or similar, is one of those things you don’t miss until you don’t have it. We like the Kershaw for its vice-grip locking pliers, decent knife and screwdrivers. It’s made of titanium, so it’s as tough as nails and doesn’t corrode – and it comes in a nice little pouch to prevent it from damaging other stuff in your bag. 

4. Torch
We must admit than in recent years I’ve come to rely on the LED in my phone over a proper torch. But for country driving or off-roading we prefer something a little more substantial, like the LED Lenser. Like the multi-tool, the torch is one of those things you don’t know you need until it isn’t there.

3. Pen and paper
OK, technically that’s two things, but whether it’s taking notes, leaving notes or exchanging information, the trusty old pen and paper is an invaluable piece of kit. Sure, the notes function of my iPhone 6S is terrific, but it’s a little hard to leave a screen-grab under someone’s wiper blade.

2. Sunglasses
A lot of us are susceptible to glare and wear prescription glasses – double whammy! Therefore, find a decent pair of sunglasses with a driving lens is particularly useful. Check out the Maui Jim sunnies the clarity is like none other, as well as the amazing spectrum of colour (especially reds!). They cut out glare, even in low light, and really help you see hidden hazards in harsh dawn and evening light.

1. Bottle of water
It’s probably the most low-tech item here, but driving with a bottle of water keeps you hydrated; which in turn keeps your concentration up. Driving thirsty is a sure-fire recipe for distraction and fatigue to set in, so we recommend driving with a bottle of water at hand, irrespective of the time of year


Spinach, Corn and Cheese Enchiladas



·       1 zucchini, grated

·       2 x 250g pkts frozen spinach, thawed, drained

·       1 tablespoon olive oil

·       1 onion, finely chopped

·       1 corncob, kernels removed

·       80g (1/3 cup) fresh ricotta

·       150g (1½ cups) grated 4 cheese melt

·       520g packet Old El Paso Enchilada Kit

·       Sour cream, to serve

·       Old El Paso Green Jalapeños or long fresh green chillies, sliced, to serve

·       Fresh coriander sprigs, to serve



·       Step 1

Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan forced. Lightly grease a 5cm-deep, 20 x 33cm baking dish. Place the zucchini and spinach in several layers of paper towel and squeeze to remove excess moisture.

·       Step 2

Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes or until softened. Add the zucchini, spinach and corn. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until the zucchini and spinach are softened. Remove from heat and season well. Set aside until almost cooled completely.

·       Step 3

Stir through ricotta and two-thirds of the cheese. Divide mixture into 8 portions. Spread 2 tablespoons enchilada sauce over the base of the prepared dish. Working with 2 tortillas at a time, heat in the microwave on High for 20 seconds to soften. Place a portion of filling on each and roll up to enclose. Place, seam side down, in prepared dish. Repeat with the remaining tortillas and filling.

·       Step 4

Pour the remaining sauce over the enchiladas. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the enchiladas are golden and cheese is melted. Serve topped with sour cream, chilli and coriander.


Yarra Valley Nissan

A hearty congratulations goes to Nissan for this week passing the significant 150 million vehicle production milestone.

Confirmed this afternoon by Nissan Australia, the milestone comes 80 years after the first Nissan was built in Japan. Of the 150 million vehicles built so far, 213,472 of them were made in Australia. While showing the increasing popularity of the Nissan brand on the global stage – 50 million, or a third, of all Nissan cars ever produced have been built and sold since 2005.

Some of Nissan’s best-selling models to date include:

  • QASHQAI – Approximately 3.2 million sales
  • Maxima – Approximately 1.7 million sales
  • Micra – Approximately 2.4 million sales
  • Z Cars – Approximately 1.6 million sales
  • LEAF – Approximately 250,000 sales

Australian Nissan car production ended in the early 1990’s, however Nissan still employs 200 Australian workers at the Nissan Casting Plant in Melbourne.

The plant produces more than 2.5 components for Nissan vehicles built around the globe annually.


Eastern Suzuki

Ringwood Rotary President say her Club is M.A.D 

Eastern Suzuki are a proud supporter of the Ringwood Rotary Club and this year’s Rotary’s theme is Make a Difference and the Ringwood Club is going M.A.D and Making A Difference to our community.

The club launched its M.A.D theme at the Lift the Lid on Mental Health event. Bunnings Ringwood store supported the club’s Lift the Lid on Mental Health information event at the Bunnings Ringwood store on the 7th of October.

The Club is also holding a M.A.D Charity Golf Day on November 24th at the Dorset Golf Course. This year’s funds will help Make A Difference to mental health, domestic violence and cancer research. So why not accept our challenge and participate on the M.A.D Charity Golf Day or donate to assist the club’s projects.

Ringwood Rotary will also be holding their annual M.A.D Christmas Trailer Raffle, tickets may be bought at the Maroondah Festival 12th November and then at Eastland.

We hope to see you all there! 

renault team

Eastern Renault

Eastern Renault: 

Our Eastern Renault team recently took part in the 2017 Trophy Challenge and finished with some very impressive results! 

The Eastern Renault team took out the coveted gold in the competitive Cotech Technicians Class, along with earning the silver medal in the first and third year sections.  We are very proud of our Renault Team and look forward to next year’s Trophy Challenge as we will be sure the team to beat!