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Used Car Market Study Reveals New Motorist Trends

The second-hand vehicle market has had its reputation tarnished over the years. From Arthur Daley in television programme Minder, to the scheming, cruel father in Roald Dahl's Matilda, the used car salesman has been the subject of a rather harsh character assassination.However, this has not stopped motorists flocking t...16:08 Fri 16th Jul 2010

Satnav Lovers Beware

Since the launch of satnav systems, millions of UK motorists have been better able to find their way on the complex and busy roads. For some driving professionals, these pieces of kit are seen as invaluable aides to their role.However, although the devices have been of benefit to many, a large number of motorists are n...16:08 Fri 16th Jul 2010

Highway Code Revision Brings Drivers New Rules

A number of motorists in the UK may find that their driving style has to distinctly change in order to fall in line with new regulations in the latest edition of the Highway Code. The 2007 revision features 307 rules and nine annexes, ranging from legislation for people in cars to pedestrians as well as cyclists.Simila...16:08 Fri 16th Jul 2010

Spot The Hot One

It's the knock that every car-buyer dreads; the news that the dream car that you have just bought from that nice man was not actually ever his to sell. And it belongs to the debt collection agency that was pursuing assets.Or, it belongs to someone who recently had their keys robbed from their home. Worst of all, it can...16:08 Fri 16th Jul 2010

Garages Still Living In Rip Off Britain Era, Says What Car

A What Car survey has issued a fresh health warning over the rip-off practices of UK mechanics, warning that engineers at some garages pull down an hourly rate above that of many doctors and lawyers. Calculating from what the general driving public are charged in some parts of the country, mechanics are earning around...15:38 Fri 16th Jul 2010

Taking The Pain Out Of Car Sales

Buying a new car - whether it is really new or just new to you - can be a potential minefield for the uninitiated. Cars are complex machines and the untrained eye can find it difficult to distinguish the dreamboats from the definite tanks.First of all, weigh up what is your priority Obviously if thrift is the biggest ...15:38 Fri 16th Jul 2010

Save The Planet And Save Your Wallet

Save the planet and save your wallet What a beautiful vision. This is the idea being held up to entice motorists away from the petrol pumps and into a Toyota Prius, and following skyrocketing petrol prices through the autumn, many drivers are now lending an ear to the call of the future.Even petrol-happy Americans are...15:38 Fri 16th Jul 2010


The Automobile Association (The AA) is an iconic brand associated with road safety. The company provides car insurance, driving lessons, breakdown cover, loans and motoring advice. The AA is known for championing the motorist and has over the years campaigned for the rights of the car driver.New penalties and fines for...13:17 Wed 02nd Jun 2010

Unusual Breakdowns

Over 2.7 million breakdowns are attended by RAC each year and no two breakdowns are the same. With nearly 2,000 patrols on the UK’s roads some of the more unusual and amusing recent callouts include: A callout to a car, stuck on the drive, which wouldn’t start. The RAC Patrol quickly diagnosed the problem....15:37 Mon 24th May 2010

UK Motorists are Paranoid Passengers

Only 18% of UK Motorists are completely happy with being driven by another driver, a poll from car insurance experts concludes. Motorists in the study are proving themselves to be increasingly concerned that they are not in control of the vehicle with some exhibiting worrying “backseat driver&rd...15:37 Mon 24th May 2010

Motor Insurance Companies Launch 'Pay As You Go' Insurance

Motor insurance provision could be in for a major shakeup as motor insurance companies pilot 'black box' recording and tracking devices fitted to cars. The system would make possible 'pay as you go' motor insurance, already popular in the US for those who use their cars less often. This could be a big help for those o...15:36 Mon 24th May 2010

One In Five Drivers Admits To Lacking Insurance

A fifth of all UK road users own up to having driven without adequate motor insurance, a survey has revealed. An extraordinary three per cent of drivers confessed that they regularly took the road without car insurance cover, and a further 14.3 per cent said they did "occasionally." Figures gathered by the ...15:36 Mon 24th May 2010

Giving Speeders The Hump

Currently speed humps are the cause of much debate. Driving over speed humps may damage your vehicle and cause discomfort in your passengers. They can also cause higher emissions due to more inefficient driving. Around 1,000 new 'robo-humps' which automatically retract for drivers travelling within the speed limit are...15:36 Mon 24th May 2010

Saying Sorry Could Save Money

As your grandmother will no doubt have told you, manners are free. But a reluctance to say sorry could be costing UK drivers up to £28 million a year in excessive motor insurance claims. Nearly 90 per cent of drivers say that their natural impulse following an accident is to apologise. But as many as a fifth of ...15:36 Mon 24th May 2010

Fleets Not So Safe

A large number of company fleet operators do not bother to carry out even the most basic safety checks on employees who drive for work says a recent survey. More than a quarter of fleet operators do not check that their drivers have correct motor insurance, and 40 per cent were unaware of whether or not their employee...15:36 Mon 24th May 2010

Crash Courses For Learner Drivers

Learner drivers are to be given special 'crash courses' to increase their chances of surviving accidents, the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) has said. The move follows warnings from motor insurance companies and safety experts that driving techniques need to be overhauled to cope with the UK's overcrowded roads. Moto...15:36 Mon 24th May 2010

Belfast Safest City For Drivers

Along with beautiful scenery and convivial residents it seems that Ireland has some of the safest roads in Britain as well. Recent motor insurance research has shown that Belfast is the safest place to drive in the UK. Belfast city residents are 45 per cent less likely to make a motor insurance claim than drivers in t...15:36 Mon 24th May 2010

More And Smarter Cameras On The Roads

Roads in the UK could soon be dotted with hundreds of roadside spy cameras cracking down on stolen vehicles and those without motor insurance. Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras would be positioned at strategic locations such as interchanges, petrol stations and town centres as well as motorways, sugges...15:36 Mon 24th May 2010

Drivers Warned To Keep Plates Clear

Drivers are being warned to keep their licence plates and lights clean during the winter months. While there has always been a legal and motor insurance requirement to keep them clear, inadvertently obscured registrations could now trigger police automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras and identify them as c...15:36 Mon 24th May 2010

Police Prepared To Seize And Destroy Unlicensed Mini Bikes

Mini motorbikes found on highways or on public land without the correct licence, taxation and motorbike insurance will be seized and destroyed, police have warned. Sales of the baby motor bikes, only around two feet high but styled to look like super bikes and capable of up to 35mph have taken off recently. But polic...15:36 Mon 24th May 2010

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