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26 June 2015 at 14:16

Sheila Hancock wants motorists over 80 years old to undergo competence tests, in order to get a better deal on their insurance. The former Rag Trade actress was astounded when her car insurance premium "absurdly" rocketed by 157%, from last year's £873.29 to £2,246.79 this time round.Hancock, who owns a 2012 Mini Cooper, claims older motorists such as herself are being discriminated against.T...

26 June 2015 at 14:16

McLaren has reported record-breaking sales and financial figures for last year. The UK supercar manufacturer's announcement comes as it also revealed it has started making a new, limited-edition hybrid model.Surrey-based McLaren's pre-tax profits went up over threefold from £4.5 million in 2013 - its first year in the black - to £15 million in 2014.Woking factory sources put this down to burge...

26 June 2015 at 14:16

A little knowledge has gone a long way in the case of the official taxi drivers' test - 150 years to be precise. Thursday saw the landmark anniversary of The Knowledge. London's taxi drivers are essentially expected to have a in-built journey planner and correctly memorise the capital's streets before they qualify.Boris Johnson marked the event by posing for the cameras. The London Mayor als...

25 June 2015 at 14:33

Road casualties across the spectrum are up, reversing a downward trend that has lasted for nearly 20 years, according to official figures. The last time casualty figures went up was in 1997.The "significantly concerning" statistics have prompted the RAC to call for ministers to fast-track a new nationwide road safety strategy. Casualties among older people - the fastest-growing category - par...

25 June 2015 at 14:33

Patriotic British motorists have helped to swell car manufacturing output in the UK, according to official trade figures. Thousands of UK people buying a car bought British last month - with 119,338 vehicles rolling off the production lines.This represented growth of 2.3% on the corresponding month last year, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reported. Vehicles built for t...

25 June 2015 at 14:33

New research by Consumer Intelligence reveals it's getting cheaper for young drivers to insure their cars. The cheapest average car insurance for drivers under the age 25 has fallen by 10.3% over the last year, according to the market research firm - but this drop may have come at the expense of older motorists.While younger drivers are enjoying lower premiums, the same cannot be said for mor...

25 June 2015 at 14:33

Despite the passing of time millions of adults have not lost their love of toy cars, a new survey from Honda suggests. Over one in five grown-ups (22%) still enjoy playing with their children's replicas, regardless of whether offspring are around or not, the poll of 2,044 Britons found.And the Japanese manufacturing giant reports that around half of these adults are not embarrassed by playing ...

24 June 2015 at 11:47

Revellers driving to Glastonbury this week are urged to pack their driving essentials, as well as their wellies. The RAC has made the call as thunderstorms and rain threaten to dampen the five-day festival, which starts on Wednesday.Anyone setting their journey planner to Worthy Farm in the Somerset village of Pilton should stock up with oil, coolant and other essentials - while a special Glas...

24 June 2015 at 11:47

Overtaking a lorry could be made easier thanks to a wireless camera that allows drivers to see if the road ahead is clear. Samsung has fitted trucks with cameras in the front that are connected to four weatherproof screens on the back, giving the impression of a transparent vehicle.They are designed to make overtaking on single-lane roads safer as drivers following the truck will have a cleare...

24 June 2015 at 11:47

Traffic noise can shorten your life, according to a new study into 8.6 million residents living within the M25 area.Noise pollution has already been linked with raised blood pressure, insomnia and even weight gain .And now scientists have associated long-term subjection to road traffic din with increased stroke risk and reduced life expectancy, for the first time. The report's lead scientist t...

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