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19 December 2014 at 11:43

Motorists are being urged to fit winter tyres to help them stay safe on the road this Christmas.Tyre safety organisation TyreSafe said winter tyres should ideally be fitted from October until spring - when it rarely gets warmer than seven degrees Celsius - as they provide more grip than normal tyres when it is cold or damp.They can also help motorists stay in control of their vehicles in extrem...

19 December 2014 at 11:43

Drivers who smoke in cars with child passengers could be fined £50 if they are caught doing so in future. New laws, which could come into effect from next October, would also see drivers punished if they failed to prevent others from smoking in private vehicles containing under-18s.The Department of Health said the move would protect children from the serious health harms of smoked tobacco.It ...

19 December 2014 at 11:43

Learner drivers will soon be tested on hazard perception using computer generated imagery (CGI). The Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), the organisation which coordinates testing in the UK, has confirmed it will use CGI clips as part of the theory test from early 2015.At the moment the hazard perception part of the test is done using filmed video clips, however the DVSA thinks that ...

19 December 2014 at 11:43

A survey has revealed that three quarters of drivers believe a lower drink-drive legal limit should be introduced in England and Wales.The poll by charity Brake, which campaigns for improvements in road safety, found that just 26% of motorists think the limit should stay at the current level.A total of 43% think the limit should stand at 20mg, which would effectively mean no alcohol could be co...

19 December 2014 at 11:43

The majority of people will go the extra mile to see family and friends over Christmas, new research shows.With temperatures plunging and the possibility of snow and ice round the corner, the idea of staying warm and cosy at home during the festive season is very appealing.But more than 70% of people will brave the cold weather at some point over Christmas to venture out to see loved ones, a st...

18 December 2014 at 14:36

Most drivers in the UK think that in-car dash cameras would stop "crash for cash" fraudsters and help prevent bogus insurance claims, new data has suggested.Some 71% of UK motorists think in-car dash cams are the best way to achieve this, according to the research.The Association of British Insurers said that car insurance fraud is now at an all-time high - reaching £811 million in 2013.Much of...

18 December 2014 at 14:36

Drivers who use the Channel Tunnel will now be able to watch streamed videos and download and share data as easily as at home, following the introduction of 4G mobile services, Eurotunnel says.The availability of 4G will give people data download speeds up to 10 times faster than the existing 3G network - which enabled phone calls to be made and received, the 'Chunnel' operator said. Travellers...

18 December 2014 at 14:36

The strong UK motor industry expects to do even better in 2015, despite a slight fall in production in November. According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), some 137,347 cars were built in Britain last month, 0.2% less than in November 2013.So far this year, some 1.42 million cars have rolled off UK production lines, which amounts to a 0.3% fall on the industry's perfor...

18 December 2014 at 14:36

Nissan and Microsoft are continuing their partnership with a scheme called Project Innovation, a programme designed to inspire Britain's next generation of engineers.The scheme provides young people with the opportunity to work alongside experts responsible for developing technologies used around the world.And the programme gives one individual the chance to win a trip to see the research facil...

18 December 2014 at 14:36

Drivers are getting an early Christmas present, with the price of fuel being reduced by Asda.Asda is cutting the price of petrol at its forecourts by 2p a litre, while diesel will be 1p a litre cheaper. Tesco, Sainsbury's and Morrisons have confirmed that they are also reducing petrol and diesel costs by these amounts.The latest reduction means that customers of Asda, which has cut prices 11 ti...

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