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Drivers expecting to pay to drive on roads in future

According to a recent survey carried out by the RAC around fifty per cent of motorists believe that in the next twenty five years they will be expected to pay tolls if they choose to drive in certain places such as large cities. Furthermore, fifty per cent also believed that they would have to pay to drive on motorways in the future; however the surprising thing about this report is that many are actually open to the idea as it will give them more control when it comes to how they use their vehicle and its running costs. Continue reading

Male drivers more stubborn than female

It’s a well-known stereotype that men are more stubborn than women, especially when they are behind the wheel of a car. There are countless jokes about men refusing to ask for directions even when they are lost, however there is actually a more serious side to this joke, especially as recent reports have shown that men’s stubbornness could lead to them being more dangerous on the road. Driving safety body the AA has recently offered two thousand free lessons to help those that need to brush up on their driving skills, however it has been found that only 22 per cent who have signed up are male. Continue reading

Motorists face fines under new driving legislation

It’s something that most motorists have witnessed when on the motorway: drivers that hog the middle lane or tailgate. While most people just find this an annoyance the fact of the matter is that it is also extremely dangerous and cause traffic as well as accidents, which is why the government have announced new legislation that means careless drivers can be issued with a £100 fine and three points on their licence on the spot. Continue reading

New plans to fine motorists who enter Advanced Stop Lanes

Last Friday we published an article discussing how BSM and the AA Driving School are both planning on introducing training for learner drivers so that they respect cyclists and have more respect for other road users. Now, it has been announced that Transport for London are planning on introducing more CCTV cameras across the capital in order to catch motorists who enter Advanced Stop Lanes at traffic lights. Advanced Stop Lanes were introduced in London in order to give way to cyclists at traffic lights, however some drivers ignore the rules and pull in the spaces, which is not only rude but can also cause accidents. Continue reading

Learner drivers to be taught about cyclist safety

This week there has been a shocking news story about a woman knocking a cyclist off of their bike and then tweeting “Definitely knocked a cyclist off earlier – I have right of way he doesn’t even pay road tax.” After seeing this tweet the cyclist, Mr Toby Hockley, contacted the police and had the 21 year old Miss Emma Way interviewed by police. Furthermore, the tweet went viral around twitter, leading to Miss Way receiving backlash from a number of other users over her lack of compassion for other road users. Continue reading

Will Hollywood make drivers safer?

Around twenty years ago there was a massive campaign on the behalf of a number of American anti-drink driving charities and the Frank Stanton Director of the School of Public Health’s Center for Health Communication Jay Winsten to make the term ‘designated driver’ more common among the public. They achieved this by appealing to some of the most popular TV shows around at that time such as “Cheers” and “The Cosby Show” to include the phrase during their programmes, and sure enough the plan worked and it became something that most people now use on a regular basis. Continue reading

Number of parents driving children to school increasing

We have all seen adverts on the television and in newspapers urging parents to introduce more exercise into their child’s daily routine as there are concerns that childhood obesity is increasing rapidly here in the UK. Exercise is an important part of anyone’s lifestyle, and as most of these adverts state, there are some easy ways to increase the amount of activity you do on a daily basis, including walking to and from places that are of a reasonable distance. Continue reading

Commuting times increase in the UK

When looking to buy a new car most people keep in mind that the majority of the time they will be using it is for when they are commuting to work, which is why they choose a car that is comfortable, reliable and fuel efficient. Commuting to and from work can take up a large portion of a person’s day, and now it has been revealed that even more people are starting to commute for up to three hours per day. Continue reading

Drivers to be fined £90 if caught texting while driving

Using your mobile phone while driving is one of the biggest causes of accidents, which is why most motor insurance companies will refuse to pay out if you are found guilty of using your phone behind the wheel. Even if you are not involved in an accident, if you are caught using your phone while driving then you can be fined or even taken to court, and now it has been reported that Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has decided to double the fine for those caught texting while driving to £90. Continue reading

East Lancaster’s senior drivers offered lessons

At the moment there is a huge debate concerning learner drivers and how the rules may change concerning driving lessons and what a student needs to learn before they are allowed to take their test or be given a driving licence. However, Lancaster City Council has now decided to introduce a driving course for those over sixty five in order to give them more confidence on the road and reduce the number of accidents which that age demographic age involved in. Continue reading