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23 December 2014 at 13:05

Older motorists may not always be more capable drivers than their younger counterparts, a study has suggested. Research by an American university has found that drivers aged between 45 and 59 are four times more likely to swerve into another lane if they try and illegally text while driving.The study, which used a simulator to test how drivers coped with having to text while behind the wheel, ...

23 December 2014 at 13:05

Driverless cars could hit the roads by 2030, experts are predicting. The move could help save the lives of hundreds of motorists and other road users, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) predicts.This is because computer-operated vehicles will make just 0.01% as many mistakes as a human, the IET said.The car insurance implications of moving to such technology - being trialled o...

23 December 2014 at 13:05

Motorists planning on driving home for Christmas have been issued with valuable tips on how to stay extra safe on the motorway. The advice comes from Peter Rodger, the chief examiner at the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).Those undertaking long hauls are being urged to use a journey planner , watch the weather and take regular breaks - at least one every two hours - sharing the driving i...

23 December 2014 at 13:05

A South Korean vehicle manufacturer is joining forces with a national homelessness charity to help people living on the streets of London this Christmas. On Monday, Hyundai started supplying Crisis with a 16-strong fleet of supply vehicles for use over the festive season.The Santa Fes, i30 hatchbacks and i800 people-carrying vehicles will head to the capital's streets. These will ferry people ...

22 December 2014 at 13:30

New "drugalyser" kits are set to be utilised by police in the Christmas and New Year drug-driving crackdown after their use was approved by officials.Currently, motorists suspected of being under the influence of drugs have to be arrested. They are then taken to a police station to undergo blood testing under medical supervision.The new drug-testing kits will allow police officers to check for ...

22 December 2014 at 13:30

Labour has accused the Tories of plunging "significant areas of Britain" into darkness as some councils seek to keep a hold on budgets by switching off or dimming street lights. According to information obtained by Labour from 141 English councils, three-quarters are turning off or lowering some street lights at nights - at a detriment to motorists and road users, the Opposition party said....

22 December 2014 at 13:30

A trio of low-mileage, rare Italian supercars are set to go under the hammer early next year. The star of the Silverstone Auctions sale is likely to be a red 1991 Ferrari Testarossa which has less than 1,000 miles on the clock.It is said to be in near-perfect condition and will come complete with the Cartier watch and luggage set it was originally sold with.Experts believe the Testarossa will ...

22 December 2014 at 13:30

German football star Marco Reus has paid the penalty after being caught driving without having passed his test. Reus, 25, who was fined more than 500,000 euros (£432,000), admitted to the German-based Bild newspaper that he cannot explain why he did it.The verdict came after the attacking midfielder was stopped in an Aston Martin in Dortmund earlier this year. Reus now faces his first driving ...

22 December 2014 at 13:30

The UK road network will carry more than 12 million cars between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day this year, according to the RAC. But many drivers will fill their tanks with the cheapest fuel for four years and begin the big Christmas getaway as early as Monday.Good preparation is the key to make sure Christmas journeys go without a hitch as unsettled and wintry weather is expected in many parts ...

19 December 2014 at 11:43

Motorists are being urged to fit winter tyres to help them stay safe on the road this Christmas.Tyre safety organisation TyreSafe said winter tyres should ideally be fitted from October until spring - when it rarely gets warmer than seven degrees Celsius - as they provide more grip than normal tyres when it is cold or damp.They can also help motorists stay in control of their vehicles in extrem...

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