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20 August 2015 at 12:44

Car production in the UK endured the usual summer holiday lull in July, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Figures released by the trade association show a total of 117,665 cars rolled off the production line during the month - 11.2% down on the same period in 2014.The first half of the year was the best on record since 2008, as domestic and international deman...

20 August 2015 at 12:44

Motorcyclists planning to take a late summer road trip have been issued with a set of tips to help them stay safe. The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) is urging riders to carefully check their tyre pressure and tread depth while looking out for any signs of damage, enabling them to have any necessary repairs carried out before they hit the road.And Peter Rodger, the institute's head of r...

20 August 2015 at 12:44

Drivers who appeal against fines for non-payment of the Dartford Crossing toll have a success rate of over 80%, figures show. More than 25 million motorists have used the Thames crossing to the east of London during the chargeable hours of 6am to 10pm since the DartCharge began on December 1, and nearly one million have received a fine, reports suggest.Despite the high success rate in challeng...

20 August 2015 at 12:44

The UK is to host trials of 'electric motorways', in a bid to help drivers of electric vehicles go further, reports the Independent. Limited range is a problem that owners of the motors have to put up with, especially when making long journeys.But if the trials are a success, having to stop at service stations to recharge batteries could one day be a thing of the past.Wireless charging technol...

19 August 2015 at 11:15

Britons' driving habits are sometimes shaped by their prejudices towards fellow motorists, a new survey suggests.For example, many motorists will not let other cars out if they see the driver using a mobile phone.A motorist also lowers their chances of being let out if they drive a car perceived by others as flashy.People often also judge other drivers on the make, cleanliness and colour of the...

19 August 2015 at 11:15

Skoda is the first winner of a new car reliability study. The JD Power accolade should give motorists buying a car from the Czech Republic-based manufacturer more peace of mind. The market research firm has gleaned its results from motorists reporting serious breakdowns , annoying in-car entertainment glitches and other faults. The UK Vehicle Dependability Study made Skoda a comfortabl...

19 August 2015 at 11:15

Scientists claim more than 100 car models - including some from the biggest auto-makers - could be at risk of keyless theft. The three researchers made the discovery two years ago but were prevented from warning the public after one of the affected manufacturers got an injunction.Volkswagen won a case in the High Court to stop the publication of the academic paper in 2013.It has now withdrawn ...

18 August 2015 at 12:41

Roads in Essex are expected to be busier than normal this weekend as tens of thousands of music fans head to V Festival - and Highways England says it is doing its best to keep disruption to a minimum. The event at Hylands Park in Chelmsford is expected to attract more than 70,000 people from 21 to 23 August.Festival-goers and road users travelling through the area are being advised to plan jo...

18 August 2015 at 12:41

London is the traffic black-spot capital of the UK for morning commuters, according to the Mirror. The newspaper reveals all 10 of the slowest morning A roads nationwide can be found in the capital.Its analysis of Department for Transport figures shows the A407 Cricklewood Road in Barnet is the slowest in the country, with drivers having to endure infuriatingly sluggish average speeds of just ...

18 August 2015 at 12:41

Tighter security is needed in and around Calais to help keep drivers safe from migrants attempting to reach the UK, the Road Haulage Association (RHA) is warning.Its chief executive says it is feared that if unrest flares up again the lives of drivers could be put at risk, unless security measures are improved.The organisation, which has established a 24-hour presence at the port to provide inf...

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