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15 December 2014 at 12:10

Nearly a third of motorists in Britain are more concerned about the actions of learners on the roads than they are about driving in the worst weather Mother Nature can throw at them, a new survey reveals. The Halfords Autocentres poll suggests around 29% of motorists consider learner drivers to be a more significant hazard than travelling by car when it is raining heavily, snowing, or when the...

15 December 2014 at 12:10

Snowy conditions can be extremely tricky to navigate behind the wheel, so it pays to be prepared. While no snow is forecast at the moment, Peter Rodger, chief examiner at the Institute of Advanced Motorists, recommends having a plan of action in place, just in case you wake up to a white blanket outside.He suggests travelling on less-used roads or country lanes. These are less likely to be gri...

15 December 2014 at 12:10

People rely on cars most in Peterborough, while London is the easiest place to live without a vehicle, according to research. The Cambridgeshire city was ahead of Colchester in Essex and Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire in the list of towns and cities which are hardest to live in without a car.The study by the Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) found that other cities where not having access ...

15 December 2014 at 12:10

Parents are being urged to ensure their child seats are safe before setting off on a car trip. Good Egg Safety and Britax have released a 12-point guide to help the whole family arrive safely at their destination. Tips include setting the car seat to a semi-reclined instead of an upright position, so that parents do not have to worry about their children's safety when youngsters fall asleep....

15 December 2014 at 12:10

A car builder has whetted appetites for its new 2015 offering by announcing the model's engine line-up. UK motorists thinking of buying a car from the all-new Skoda Superb range look like having five selections to pick from.The new Superb stable is due to make its bow here from next September, including an eco-friendly Greenline, said to have CO2 emissions of only 96g/km.The UK is expected to ...

12 December 2014 at 11:52

Councils are profiting from parking charges to the tune of £667 million a year. An RAC Foundation study shows this is the amount local authorities made in 2013/14, once running costs had been deducted from penalty notice and parking charge income.London motorists appear to be hardest hit, with capital-based councils generating 44% of the £667 million sum.Westminster was the biggest profit-maki...

12 December 2014 at 11:52

A leading supermarket is this weekend promising drivers the cheapest petrol in over four years. Motorists heading to their local Asda forecourt on Saturday will be able to buy petrol for 2p a litre cheaper, at 112.7p.The supermarket chain is also dropping its diesel prices by 1p per litre to 118.7p.RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams said: "Pump prices are really beginning to tumble in line with...

12 December 2014 at 11:52

Companies are being warned: improve your workers' driving skills. The call comes after new figures show the company motorists were to blame for nearly half of all accidents involving company vehicles in 2013.LexAutolease's research shows that this was the case in 49% of 44,448 such accidents.The UK's biggest fleet provider has urged companies to help make their staff better drivers to reap bot...

12 December 2014 at 11:52

The average person in England travelled 6,584 miles last year - far less than they would have before the economic crisis. In 2007, before the recession hit, the figure was 7,124 miles. The figures from the Government's transport department cover all modes of travel including walking, driving and journeys as a passenger. Most of the 2013 travelling took place in a van or car. Typically, peop...

12 December 2014 at 11:52

Safety groups have hit out at a decision not to introduce more pedestrian and cyclist-friendly lorry cabs on European roads until 2022. Campaigners had hoped that the new designs, which improve visibility and reduce the impact of crashes on other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists, would be made mandatory as soon as possible.But the changes will be optional, rather than a requirement, with new...

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