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23 October 2014 at 13:45

The 13 million drivers expected to take to the roads this half-term are being advised to carefully plan their journeys , with more wet and windy weather forecast for parts of Britain. According to the RAC, some four million motorists will begin their getaway on either Thursday or Friday.Saturday and Sunday also look likely to be busy, with estimates putting a further three million on the road...

23 October 2014 at 13:45

Car manufacturing is celebrating its strongest opening nine- month period in six years. The figures come despite an actual drop in production over the previous month, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said.In January to September this year, 1,132,017 cars were produced - marking a 0.6% increase on the same period in 2013.This marked the best three-quarters figure since 2008,...

23 October 2014 at 13:45

A 60-year-old Bentley valued at up to £900,000 is among the highlights at this year's Classic Motor Show at the NEC Birmingham.The 1954 Bentley R Type Continental Flashback is being offered in almost concours condition after undergoing a series of works in the last few years.The late D Series car is the highlight attraction at Silverstone Auctions' final sale of 2014, at the prestigious motor s...

23 October 2014 at 13:45

Pc Nicola Rickards acted as a witness of a different kind on Saturday - after a man proposed to his girlfriend from the back seat of her police car.The Avon and Somerset Police officer helped a couple and their dogs, who escaped injury after crashing a car on the A39 near Shapwick.But, unknown to Pc Rickards, Caine Hutchings was en-route to a beauty spot to propose to Emily Dukeson, 27 - and he...

23 October 2014 at 13:45

Twenty new speed records have been set by Mazda after a team of drivers excelled during a day-long session which covered more than 3,200 miles. Being driven by a team of car enthusiasts, journalists and professionals, three Mazda6 models huosing 2.2-litre clean diesel engines powered around an oval test track in Germany. The lead vehicle achieved an average speed of 137.37 mph, with the othe...

22 October 2014 at 12:53

Two teenagers have been crowned the best young drivers in the UK - despite not being old enough to drive on the road. Troy Hickling, 16, from Leicester, and Hannah Tripp, 13, from Cheddar in Somerset, finished first in the 14-16 age category and 11-13 age category respectively, at the national finals of the 2014 Young Driver Challenge.Judges from the Institute of Advanced Motorists praised the...

22 October 2014 at 12:53

Almost all drivers want horse riders to clean up after their four-legged friends on the road. As many as 97% believe they should pick up and bag manure, according to research by waste management firm Business Waste - while 89% think they should be fined for failing to do so, much like dog owners.Horse riders currently have no obligation to clear up the foul left behind by their animal. But the...

22 October 2014 at 12:53

Audi has designed a car which can reach racing speeds - without the need for a driver.Budding Lewis Hamiltons might baulk at the idea of the Audi RS 7, which utilises a "piloted driving" idea, although it isn't troubling any F1 records just yet.After being tested on Hockenheim racing circuit in Germany, the RS 7 took just over two minutes to make a complete lap.Former F1 world champion Kimi Rai...

22 October 2014 at 12:53

Drivers are being "ripped off" by current taxation measures according to a campaign group, in a study being backed by the RAC. FairFuelUK says that, despite drivers paying £42 billion per year into the state's coffers, only 18.6% of this is returned to road infrastructure projects. The group commissioned research from the polling firm ComRes which revealed that more than a quarter of the mon...

22 October 2014 at 12:53

Cars of the future will stop if people suffer a heart attack behind the wheel. Ford is currently developing technology that will monitor the driver's heart rate and look the irregularities.In the event of a heart attack, or possible heart attack, a computer will take over steering and braking, guiding the car safely to a halt at the side of the road, protecting the driver and other road users....

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