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07 July 2014 at 12:28

Dealing with roundabouts is the latest subject for tips from a major driving safety charity.Advanced driver Peter Rodger urges motorists to start by looking well ahead and using their mirrors to check on the traffic near to them.If you look at the whole process as one manoeuvre you will plan on your choice of lane, the moment you enter it and your signals, says Mr Rodger, of the Institute of Ad...

07 July 2014 at 12:28

Investing just 2p of the duty that motorists fork out for every litre of fuel they buy would give the Government an additional £1 billion per year to spend on road repairs, it has been suggested.The Local Government Association (LGA) says giving councils the extra money from fuel duty could help them fix all the nation's potholes and catch up on road maintenance by the mid-2020s.The Government ...

07 July 2014 at 12:28

The number of people who think it's dangerous to cycle on the roads has risen compared to last year. Some 61% of people polled by the Department for Transport said it was too dangerous to cycle on the roads - up from 59% last year.The new survey shows nearly half (48%) of cyclists and just over two-thirds (67%) of non-cyclists think cycling on roads is too dangerous. T he study covered 3,244 ...

07 July 2014 at 12:28

A woman who failed her driving test 23 times finally passed on the 24th attempt, according to newly released data. The 24-year-old from Chippenham finally passed her test last year, and will likely have been on the lookout for a cheap car insurance quote after ripping up those L plates.She was among eight learner drivers to have failed at least 20 tests by the end of last year, data acquired by...

07 July 2014 at 12:28

Millions of motorists still think it is okay to text from behind the wheel of a stationary car when the engine is running, the results of a new study suggest.The RAC research shows that nearly two-thirds (61%) of those polled do not know the practice is illegal despite it having been illegal for motorists to use hand-held mobiles for more than a decade.The findings also suggest that nearly one ...

04 July 2014 at 12:58

More work needs to be done to ensure 20mph speed limits are effective in preventing accidents, according to a leading road safety organisation.The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) says that local councils and the Government need to look at how effective 20mph signs are and whether other measures to change driver behaviour in certain areas would be cheaper and more effective.The IAM is resp...

04 July 2014 at 12:58

Insurers will soon be able to search a new online database of driving records, the DVLA has announced.The MyLicence service, due to launch this summer, will give car insurance companies the ability to instantly check whether motorists have driving convictions and penalty points on their licence.Many insurers say it could help them lower their premiums.Insurers have to spend a great deal of time...

04 July 2014 at 12:58

British drivers' tastes for the latest, fuel-efficient vehicles helped new car sales increase for the 28th month in a row in June, industry figures reveal.According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) a total of 228,291 new cars were registered last month, 6.2% more than in the same month last year.It means more than 1.28 million cars have been sold at the halfway point of...

04 July 2014 at 12:58

A section of a busy motorway was shut for hours on Thursday evening after a lorry overturned, spilling acid across the road.Chemicals streamed across both carriageways of the M11 near Stansted Airport in Essex after the tanker turned on its side just after 5.10pm . The motorway was closed between junction 7 and 8 while police and fire crews assessed the spill and attempted to clean it up. Afte...

04 July 2014 at 12:58

Doctor Who fans are bringing their own sense of adventure to a European rally in the form of a "Dalek" car.A group of four calling themselves The Doctors will take turns driving their converted Fiat people carrier in the Wacky Rally from France to Spain, for the Teenage Cancer TrustIt will be checked for safety - along with the around 70 other cars - by the event organisers prior to the start i...

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