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09 January 2015 at 12:15

The number of motorists caught drink-driving during the festive period in Scotland dropped by almost a fifth, new figures have shown.December 5 heralded a new lower drink-drive limit of 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, meaning that Scotland came into line with much of the rest of Europe.Police Scotland stopped 17,504 drivers for alcohol tests during the four-week festive drink-drive campaign...

09 January 2015 at 12:15

Drivers are being urged to take care on Britain's roads, especially across the north west of England, where the Met Office has warned of gale-force winds in some parts.Strong winds overnight have caused some motorists to wake up to damaged vehicles, which could lead to a surge in weather-related car insurance claims.And those that are heading out are being instructed to check forecasts and road...

08 January 2015 at 11:49

The 2015 What Car? Car of the Year award has been won by the Skoda Fabia.In addition to the top prize, the Fabia 1.2 TSI 90 SE picked up the best small car gong too.It was a welcome return to form for the Czech car maker, which last claimed the main award some 15 years ago. Its Skoda Octavia 1.2 TSI 105 SE also won the family car of the year award.Jim Holder, who edits What Car? says the Fabia ...

08 January 2015 at 11:49

Audio experts say they have developed a new system that separates the sounds passengers want or need to hear when travelling in cars. With the Individual Sound Zone (ISZ) system, various audio feeds can be used within the car but as many as four occupants are each able to hear more of what they want above other sounds - depending on their location in the vehicle. Audio equipment manufacturer H...

08 January 2015 at 11:49

Car makers across the world are free to take advantage of Toyota's hydrogen fuel cell drive technology after the Japanese firm removed the patents on thousands of its systems.The auto maker is urging collaboration within the industry during what it describes as a "critical" period between 2015 and 2020 - when the first generation of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles will be launched.It is also callin...

07 January 2015 at 14:50

The Sainsbury's chief executive claims fuel prices are close to falling below £1 a litre.Mike Coupe, chief executive of the supermarket chain, made the prediction as Brent crude was being traded at below 50 US dollars a barrel for the first time since 2009. The news comes as Chancellor George Osborne declared motorists should be getting the benefits of seven-year-low oil prices passed on to the...

07 January 2015 at 14:50

Herbie the Love Bug and KITT from Knight Rider are being given a run for their money by new driverless cars currently on display in Las Vegas. The state-of-the-art technology is proving a major hit at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. BMW and Mercedes both have vehicles on display which have truly captured the public's imagination. The Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion, for instance, ...

07 January 2015 at 14:50

Galeforce winds could well cause problems for drivers this week as the country is hit by a 250mph Atlantic jet stream. This could mean 90mph gusts hitting the UK on Friday, potentially bringing down trees and causing hazardous conditions on the roads.Western parts of the country could see 3in of rain, with the Pennines expected to bear the brunt of the blast. Winds of up to 60mph are set to st...

07 January 2015 at 14:50

Sales of new cars in 2014 hit the highest annual total in a decade.The figures for last year reach over 2.47 million - the highest since 2004 when more than 2.5 million new vehicles were shifted.The high volume of sales suggests there will be plenty of drivers in the market for buying a car heading into 2015. And the news will be a relief to UK car makers, who have endured some tough times in ...

06 January 2015 at 13:47

Motorists face a continuing bumpy ride, according to new figures revealing the true extent of England's road repair bills. That's because some local authorities face expenditure amounting to huge eight-figure sums, according to a new report. Leeds seemingly has the biggest backlog repair with £90-£100 million needed, a Press Association investigation found. The Gove...

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