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23 April 2014 at 13:17

Cars, buses and even industrial diggers could soon benefit from Formula 1-grade technology thanks to a new £1 billion fund set to secure 30,000 jobs.The joint public-private industry scheme, announced by Business Secretary Vince Cable, ​​will help develop the next generation of engines.Mr Cable is announcing £133 million towards winning projects during a visit to a Ford facility in Dunton, Esse...

23 April 2014 at 13:17

A list of the most-disliked driving habits in the UK could quickly turn into an increasingly ranty version of the opening crawl in Star Wars.However, one bad habit causes more anger than most - using a mobile phone while behind the wheel.The finding comes from a study which shows that just under half of all British drivers class this as the trait they most despise in fellow road users. It is of...

23 April 2014 at 13:17

Chelsea boss José Mourinho has been handed the keys to a brand new Jaguar F-Type R Coupé by two of the men who built it.Gary Johnson and Steven Gaunt, from Jaguar's Castle Bromwich manufacturing team were chosen to present the car to the enigmatic manager.Mr Gaunt was selected for the ceremony in recognition of his contribution at the Castle Bromwich plant as well as his endless support of loca...

23 April 2014 at 13:17

Volvo has designed an inflatable car seat for children, exactly half a century after it introduced the first ever rear-facing seat to the market. The new seat is half as heavy as a standard one and inflates in just 40 seconds using an integrated pump. The air can be let out quickly, so it takes up less space than regular seats.The Inflatable Child Seat Concept is a rear-facing model and recomme...

23 April 2014 at 13:17

It's been another winning year for Skoda at a top motoring awards ceremony. For the third year running, the Skoda Yeti claimed first prize for customer satisfaction - but there was more, as the Czech auto giant actually filled out the top three slots.Satisfaction levels in general are up, and not just restricted to Skoda. Drivers seem happier with their experiences behind the wheel than they we...

22 April 2014 at 11:57

'Daleks' could be the answer to solving Britain's estimated £12 billion pothole crisis.A new robotic arm system, that has been given the same name as Dr Who's infamous arch enemies, fits onto the front of a truck and fills holes in the road with tar and gravel in under two minutes - 30 times faster than normal.Known as the Pothole Killer in the US, the system is currently being trialled in Bedf...

22 April 2014 at 11:57

The standard driving test fails to prepare young people well enough to drive independently, according to the Institute Of Advanced Motorists (IAM).It is calling for a review of the driving test after new research shows nearly a third of motorists (30%) between the ages of 18 and 25 break the law within a few years of passing it.The IAM research, in conjunction with Vision Critical, also discove...

22 April 2014 at 11:57

More than one in 10 drivers still illegally use a mobile phone while driving, according to a survey involving road safety charity Brake.The poll also found that 4% regularly send or read text messages while behind the wheel, although overall the number of people using phones in the car has decreased from 36% in 2006, to 13% now.More motorists are using hand-free devices than they were eight yea...

22 April 2014 at 11:57

When it comes to picking the perfect partner for a long road trip, celebrity favourites such as George Clooney and Cheryl Cole are being forced to take a back seat.Sixty per cent of drivers told a survey they would much rather be paired with their actual partner on a long journey - a term which encompassed husbands, wives, best mates or work colleagues - compared to having a superstar...

22 April 2014 at 11:57

Many drivers find parking stressful but following a few basic tips can make it far easier, according to Britain's top advanced driver. The chief examiner of the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) Peter Rodger advises drivers to park on the left side of the road where possible and reverse into car park spaces. It is much safer to drive out of spaces in this way and more economical too, as mos...

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