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27 April 2015 at 15:22

Motorists planning a bank holiday getaway this weekend are being warned that Friday is likely to be the busiest on the roads. The RAC is recommending that drivers leave as early as possible to gain a head start on the rest of the traffic.The advice comes in the wake of our forecast predicting that 14.5 million people will cram the motorways and A-roads this bank holiday, including 4 million on...

27 April 2015 at 15:22

A legendary Scottish racing team is being honoured at a spectacular exhibition of rare cars in Edinburgh this autumn. The Ecurie Ecosse team competed in Formula One, Formula Two and most notably the iconic 24-hour race at Le Mans.Car buffs wishing to see the biggest-ever ensemble of this team's racing motors can head to Holyroodhouse Palace, where the display is being gathered in September.The...

27 April 2015 at 15:22

Drivers have been reminded of the dangers of using a handheld phone or smartwatch while behind the wheel. Using a smartphone can slow a driver's reactions by as much as 2.5 seconds, according to the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL).It has conducted a number of studies into driver distraction, and has found that although people are texting less while driving, they are instead using their pho...

24 April 2015 at 17:11

Secret plans were hatched to charge motorists £120 a year to use the A1, a former Liberal Democrat minister is claiming. Norman Baker says his party vetoed their Conservative Coalition partners' proposals to turn the highway and other major routes into toll roads.Only two years ago doubts were cast on the future viability of UK toll roads with the alleged failure of M6 road charges. But Mr Ba...

24 April 2015 at 17:11

The RAC Foundation has called on the Government to "get a grip" on parking laws, after a chip shop proprietor lost a landmark case. Essex-based Barry Beavis went to London's Court of Appeal on Thursday, April 23 in a bid to put a stop to parking charges which he claims are "ripping-off" drivers.Mr Beavis, of Chelmsford, asked three judges to overrule an earlier County Court decision that a £85...

24 April 2015 at 17:11

Motorists are being warned that "clocking" is making an unwelcome comeback in the world of used car selling. Clocking is the practice in which dishonest sellers tamper with their odometer to show a misleading, lower mileage than the car has actually undertaken.Drivers, dealers and vehicle auctions buying a car from the second-hand market are increasingly falling prey to this fraudulent practic...

24 April 2015 at 17:11

More sophisticated technology is helping to keep motorists far less vulnerable to car theft than a decade ago, new figures suggest. The number of drivers claiming on their car insurance for theft has plummeted since 2004 to reach a new 46-year low.But with the volume of thefts still just short of 70,000 last year, the need for drivers to safeguard their vehicles is still paramount.In 2004, 231...

23 April 2015 at 12:32

The prevention of road accidents is not being given the attention it deserves in the run-up next month's general election, road safety charities have warned. The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) said that politicians have missed a golden opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to reducing "entirely preventable" numbers of youngsters killed on Britain's roads. The RAC believes a lot mo...

23 April 2015 at 12:32

Most motorists fail to enjoy as many miles per gallon (mpg) from their new car as they were led to believe.That is the suggestion being made by Which? following tests on 200 new cars.And the RAC claims a change to the standard fuel economy test is "long overdue" as it is "clearly not reflective of real world driving".Just three of the vehicles tested met their official fuel economy level with t...

23 April 2015 at 12:32

Cumbria's A591 from Kendal to Keswick is the number one driving road in the UK. That's according to boffins at Avis, who have come up with a scientific formula to calculate the best stretches of road for drivers that like to take their cars out for a leisurely spin now and again.They teamed up with quantum physicist Dr Mark Hadley, while legendary Formula One track designer Hermann Tilke and r...

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