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25 July 2014 at 15:27

The start of the school summer holidays has been blessed with sunny weather as thousands of families take to the roads. Friday is expected to be among the busiest days for road travel in 2014, Trafficmaster and Inrix agree. There could also be significant jams on Saturday as more people head off on holiday, followed by busy days on all of the Saturdays next month. With congestion also predi...

25 July 2014 at 15:27

Thrilled Aston Martin fans may soon be able to get their hands on a new version of one of the company's most iconic cars.The luxury maker announced plans to bring back the famous Lagonda name, adding that it will be available from early next year by invitation only.The new super saloon, inspired by the classic 1976 model, is to be hand-built at Aston Martin's site in Gaydon, Warwickshire.It is ...

25 July 2014 at 15:27

A lucky little boy managed to escape with only a bump to the head after he got into his family's car, started the automatic engine and drove down two embankments.The unlikely ride ended when the three-year-old drove into the garden of a nearby pub.It is thankfully thought he was never close to any main roads and did not encounter any pedestrians during the incident in Henley, near Midhurst, Wes...

25 July 2014 at 15:27

Rare and vintage Beetles will be on show as thousands of enthusiasts gather for a celebration of the much-loved car.The Sunshine Tour takes place in Travemunde, Germany, and will see over 4,000 Beetle fans attend - with some, and their cars, arriving in fancy dress.For the past nine years Volkswagen has been an official partner to the festival, which takes place on the weekend of 15-17 August.T...

25 July 2014 at 15:27

One of Britain's most experienced drivers has offered motorists advice aimed at ensuring a smooth trip to the airport for their summer getaway.Peter Rodger, from the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), says there are a number of key measures to take in order to prevent any last-minute panic.Before leaving, you should check the fluid levels, tyres, mirrors and windows to minimise the risk of ...

24 July 2014 at 13:52

A fresh move to raise the speed limit for lorries travelling on rural roads will reduce the amount of serious accidents, it is hoped.The Government has announced that the speed limit for lorries on country roads will increase by 10mph - from 40mph to 50mph - next year.RAC Foundation director Professor Stephen Glaister said: "For drivers there is nothing more dangerous than single carriageway ru...

24 July 2014 at 13:52

New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggest that Fareham is the most car-dependent town in the UK - with its residents more than twice as reliant on vehicles than those in Manchester or Nottingham.The ONS found 538.7 cars registered to addresses in the Hampshire town for every 1,000 people living there - a car-to-residents ratio which is 65% higher than in Portsmouth; 52% ...

24 July 2014 at 13:52

Over 136,000 cars were produced in the UK last month, according to official figures.The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said that June's total was 136,419 - some 3.7% higher than the same month in 2013.In the first half of 2014 there has been a 1.9% year-on-year increase in the number of the cars produced for the home market, while the number of exported cars is up 4.0%.In tot...

24 July 2014 at 13:52

The Citroen C1 has been crowned the most reliable car in a major new survey.Owners with models under three years old have to pay an average of under 50p on repair bills every year, the poll found.The first-gen French model's reliability means the army of 780,000 owners it has accrued since 2005 will have been less likely to call on their breakdown cover for unforeseen mechanical problems.The W...

24 July 2014 at 13:52

The legal team representing actress Barbara Knox have asked to analyse the prosecution's toxicology procedures.Knox, who plays Rita Tanner in Coronation Street is charged with drink-driving, but at an earlier hearing denied the charges.The 80-year-old did not attend Macclesfield Magistrates' Court for the latest hearing, when Tim Ashmole, representing Knox, asked for a date to be set in October...

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