Just under a month ago the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, announced that there would be a freeze in fuel duty across the UK. Even though this sounded like good news at first, the fact of the matter is that fuel prices across the country are still extremely high and fuel tax makes up a substantial amount of this cost. Many groups said that it would have been better for the Chancellor to reduce the amount of fuel tax instead of just freeze it, however this is an extremely unlikely move for the Chancellor to make while the UK still has a large deficit.
However, even though the government failed to reduce fuel duty, reports have suggested that the cost of petrol is currently at a five year low. According to the AA, the average cost of a litre of petrol in mid-March was 129.46p, while a year ago it would have cost around 138.42p. Surprisingly, London is one of the cheapest areas in the UK to buy petrol, where a litre costs an average of 136.3p, while Scotland has the most expensive average petrol price at 137.3p per litre. Continue reading
As the weather starts to warm, Britain’s drivers need to prepare themselves for the prospect of driving through fog. Unfortunately, as we only tend to have a noticeable amount of fog across the UK for a couple of days each year, drivers often forget how to drive through it safely. However, if not taken seriously, fog can be even more dangerous than driving in wet or icy conditions, which is why police around the country are reminding drivers how to stay safe.
One of the most important things to remember when driving through fog is that visibility is extremely poor, which is why it’s so important for drivers to make sure all their lights are in good working condition. It is common for drivers not to notice that one of their lights is broken, especially their rear lights, which is why it’s so important to take the time to check them on a regular basis. Continue reading
Over the past few weeks drivers across the nation have been repeatedly warned to avoid driving through flood water, however even with these warnings it seems as many still choose to take the risk. Along with numerous homes and businesses, a large amount of vehicles across the UK have been damaged by flood water, leading to many being written off by the owners’ car insurance providers.
Just ten days ago a number of motorists on the A1088 near the Tostock and the Woolpit Business Park had to be rescued from their vehicles by soldiers who were luckily passing by with equipment on hand. Discussing the state the cars were in, a spokesman from the Suffolk Police said: “The water was up to the steering wheel and the woman was hanging out of the car window when crews arrived.” Not only does this show the extent of the flooding in the Suffolk area, but also the amount of danger the motorists put themselves in by choosing to drive through flood water. Continue reading
The issue of drivers being distracted by technology has long been debated, and as a result laws have been passed which make using certain devices such as mobile phones illegal while behind the wheel. However, as technology develops new debates are surfacing, especially as some devices claim to be ‘hands-free’ and therefore don’t break current laws.
There is an argument that even hands-free devices distract drivers however, which has led to numerous driving safety organisations campaigning for them to be banned altogether. Politicians are also struggling to keep up with the influx of new technology, such as the Google Glass which is currently more popular in the US than in the UK. One politician in New York, Félix Ortiz, has even gone so far as to say that he believes Google Glasses should be banned for those operating a vehicle. Continue reading
We all know the devastating consequences of drink driving, however over Christmas there is an increase in those trying to bend the rules as they attend more celebrations and events. This is why police are already ramping up their anti-drink driving campaigns and warning drivers that being over the limit behind the wheel will not be tolerated.
In order to prevent people from risking their lives and the lives of others, Derbyshire Constabulary and the West Midlands Police have set up a campaign where those that report people driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can receive a reward of up to one thousand pounds. Chief Inspector Steve Wilson, the head of roads policing in Derbyshire, said: “This time of year is one of celebration for many, including work parties and especially with family and friends. Continue reading
If you are caught using your mobile for calling or texting while behind the wheel you can be fined up to one hundred pounds and will receive points on your licence. This is one of the reasons that so many drivers choose to use hands-free kits while on the road, however you can still be penalised for dangerous driving should a police officer believe it is distracting you
Since the introduction of the hands-free kit there has been an ongoing debate as to whether they are actually safer than handheld phones, with many arguing that being on the phone hands-free or otherwise distracts a person from driving. This is one of the reasons that the road safety charity Brake has called for a ban on hands-free kits as well as an increasing the fine for those caught using their mobiles while behind the wheel. Continue reading
It’s a question that has led to some passionate conversations over the past few months, which is why the debate over the amount and types of lessons a person has to take before being allowed to take a driving test is an important one. There have been a number of people who have claimed that the current system doesn’t prepare drivers for when they are driving on their own – especially on motorways and at night. Continue reading
It is common knowledge that children must be seated in a car seat or a booster seat for safety reasons. However, parents are now being asked to read and understand legislation after it is revealed that there are some gaps in knowledge about what is required when it comes to car seats.
Brake are a road safety campaign group and they have found that even though parents know their children must be sat in a car seat of some kind only 26% actually knew the laws. According to the survey only 16% said they would be sitting their child in a car seat until they were 150cm tall. Although this does sound alarming, the average age of a child who is this tall is 12 which could mean that by then the child would have an opinion on sitting in a car seat on the way to secondary school! Continue reading
July was the month of the Goodwood Festival of Speed and what a great weekend it was especially as it was the 20th anniversary! There was one of the largest collections of cars that have been seen at the festival with over 169000 people turning up for the event over the course of the two days. Continue reading
Over the last few decades we have seen a massive move in production out of Europe and towards countries like India and in the Far East where production costs are cheaper and labour is much easier to come by. Years ago, almost all cars that were exported from these countries went to the UK, Germany and the USA; more often than not the places where they were designed in the first place. Continue reading