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22 August 2014 at 10:32

The roads could be busy this weekend as Britons look to find some sunshine after weeks of unseasonally low temperatures in August. The forecast suggests many motorists may be heading west and south, as areas in the east of the country are set to get the heaviest showers on Saturday. And heavy rain could make the journey back home more tricky for those enjoying some extra time away from the offi...

22 August 2014 at 10:32

Comedian Roy 'Chubby' Brown is facing a fine after being warned by North Yorkshire Police about careless driving.Speed cameras snapped the 69-year-old funnyman reading his newspaper while motoring along a main road.Northallerton magistrates also gave Brown the penalty of four points on his licence, a £30 fine, a £40 victim surcharge, and £40 costs.The force has posted a video on its website of ...

22 August 2014 at 10:32

Parents who drive their children to school should make sure the tyres on their car are in good condition before the end of the summer break.That is the advice from road safety group Tyresafe, after research revealed around a third (30%) of vehicles arriving at a primary school in Shropshire to drop off children had illegal tyres.Tyresafe chairman Stuart Jackson says when children go back to sch...

22 August 2014 at 10:32

A driving expert has urged young motorists to be vigilant on the roads after losing their L-plates.Peter Rodger, from the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), wants young drivers to make sure they are responsible before and during driving, and he has issued a few handy tips.He says basic checks on a vehicle should always be carried out to reduce the chance of a breakdown. These include checki...

22 August 2014 at 10:32

Electric cars will have a highly-visible presence in this autumn's race to find the vehicle with the greatest fuel economy.The MPG Marathon takes place near Cirencester in the Cotswolds from October 8-9.A Nissan Leaf and a Renault Zoe are among the 100% electric vehicles which are competing in the latest edition of the race for the very first time.The key challenge for their drivers will be to ...

21 August 2014 at 12:48

With the last bank holiday weekend before Christmas approaching, motorists are being advised on the best times to travel to avoid the "bumper" traffic levels expected on Britain's roads.While blue skies and sunshine are not forecast for most regions, it seems the cool, damp temperatures will not be putting off the millions of people heading to the airports, or even one of the country-wide music...

21 August 2014 at 12:48

The latest car manufacturing figures make healthy reading for the vehicle industry.Last month some 132,570 cars were made in the UK - up 2.8% compared with the same month last year.The figures mean that in 2014 so far, 923,884 cars have been made - 3.4% more than in the first seven months of 2013.According to the statistics, released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the...

21 August 2014 at 12:48

Renault has decided against offering an entry-level city car like some of its biggest rival manufacturers, preferring instead to target premium sales.The French car firm wants its latest Twingo to challenge the Fiat 500 as the most popular premium city car and has set its pricing from £9,495.Hyundai, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Toyota and the Volkswagen Group all offer 'budget' city cars and some of t...

21 August 2014 at 12:48

Sales of the ever-popular MG show no signs of diminishing - despite the old lady reaching 90.Boosted by the recent introduction of its MG3 supermini, the British-based sports car company has enjoyed being the quickest-expanding automative brand for seven consecutive months this year.Two 90th anniversary limited-edition models launched to mark the special landmark have also been selling well.Its...

21 August 2014 at 12:48

The cost of insuring a car has fallen in recent months, according to industry figures.Statistics from the British Insurance Brokers' Association (BIBA) show that in real-terms the cost of insuring a car fell by 7.5% between April and June this year, thanks to a 5.6% average drop in premiums and inflation of 1.9%.BIBA believes the real-terms reduc tion in cost could continue in the coming months...

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