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11 July 2014 at 12:43

Motor vehicles are reliable most of the time but breakdowns do happen so what should you do if your car lets you down?Peter Rodger, the chief examiner of the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), says good planning is the key to getting cars fixed and reaching your destination quickly, safely and with as little stress as possible.He says drivers should always have a reflective jacket, a torch ...

11 July 2014 at 12:43

Motorists could be helped to find cheap car insurance thanks to new proposals put forward by providers.The proposals, set out by the Association of British Insurers (ABI), make the case for new industry-wide standards of information to be set.The ABI wrote to City regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), saying that renewal documents sent out to car and home insurance customers should ...

11 July 2014 at 12:43

Skoda has rounded off a successful 12 months by being named Car Maker of the Year by Motor Trader magazine.The magazine also named Liam Cusack from Skoda's Benfield showroom in Newcastle Sales Manager of the Year.Last year the manufacturer saw UK sales hit an all-time high of 66,081 units - it is the fourth year in a row that sales records have been broken.The figure is 23% higher than the prev...

11 July 2014 at 12:43

A total of £440 million is being invested in green transport.The Government will contribute £64 million towards eco-friendly schemes, which ministers say will be good for the environment as well as the economy and help improve the nation's health.Among the benefits provided by the schemes will be improved infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists, a higher standard of bus journeys and a moder...

11 July 2014 at 12:43

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has announced its strongest half-year sales performance yet. It says the 240,372 vehicles bought all over the world is more than the first half of any year in its history and represents a 14% increase on its sales between January and the end of June 2013.What's more the half-year total is greater than the company's sales in all 12 months of 2010.Land Rovers made up the ...

10 July 2014 at 13:47

A list of traffic hotspots has been published which could help holidaymakers prepare for their trip. The Highways Agency has compiled traffic data from the past three years and identified the busiest routes during two key summer periods - the beginning of the school holidays, from July 18 to 20, and the bank holiday weekend from August 22 to 25. For the first weekend, they found that routes ...

10 July 2014 at 13:47

Motorists preparing to take their caravan on holiday this summer are being urged to make sure their tyres are properly inflated and in good condition before they hit the road.New Highways Agency figures show that almost half the 5,000 incidents which involved a towed caravan or trailer in 2013 happened in July, August and September.But experts at TyreSafe say the number of incidents and breakdo...

10 July 2014 at 13:47

The cost of buying, running, maintaining and insuring a second-hand car is higher than most motorists anticipate, the results of a new study suggest.The research from the Money Advice Service (MAS), an independent organisation backed by the Government, shows that 56% of drivers find the costs related to used cars are higher than they had expected.A fifth say they have run up debts to keep a use...

10 July 2014 at 13:47

A segregated "superhighway" for cyclists could spell the end for a gyratory system in London which has earned a reputation for being dangerous.Newly-published plans for the continuous two-way and separated east-west track show that it would be built from Kennington Oval to Pimlico and go through where the Vauxhall gyratory currently sits.The gyratory is notorious in London and has been describe...

10 July 2014 at 13:47

Many British drivers like to tweak their vehicles but road safety experts say that by making three particular modifications motorists are breaking the law and risking lives.Removing diesel filters, installing xenon headlights and chipping vehicle electronic control units all make vehicles illegal and can be dangerous. But few owners who do any or all of these end up being prosecuted, according ...

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