Orange refuge bays to help drivers confused by no hard shoulder

Orange refuge bays to help drivers confused by no hard shoulder

Emergency pull off areas on smart motorways, spaced every 1.6 miles, are to be painted bright orange in an effort to make them stand out so drivers know where they are and what they’re to be used for. Highways England has said that 52% of drivers didn’t even know emergency refuge areas existed on smart more »

By Josh Elliott
News entry dated 20th Jul 2017

Could listening to music while driving be banned?

University College London has published a study which indicates that listening to music while driving causes low level distraction that leads to slower reaction times and a reduced awareness of road conditions around you while driving. The creator of the study, Dr Ulrich Pomper, admits that in normal driving conditions for normal drivers the impact more »

By Josh Elliott
News entry dated 19th Jul 2017

Drivers spend up to 67 hours per year looking for parking spaces

UK drivers are spending an average of 44 hours per year trying to find parking spaces. In the worst cases, drivers are losing as much as 67 hours every year. That’s according to research by INRIX Parking. INRIX states that the time and fuel wasted on the hunt for that illusive space means that every more »

By Adam Phillips
News entry dated 19th Jul 2017

Missed a car repayment? A ‘kill switch’ could render your car immobile!

With the car financing sector already embroiled in a scandal surrounding loans to customers who can’t afford them, another controversial practice has now been uncovered. Lenders are fitting ‘kill switches.’ The devices can potentially leave drivers of financed vehicles at the side of the road if they fail to make their repayments on time. According more »

By Adam Phillips
News entry dated 19th Jul 2017

Eight out of ten drivers ignore 20mph speed limit, claims report

Department for Transport (DfT) data has shown that 80% of drivers are turning a blind eye to the 20mph speed limit. According to official figures, the majority of these motorists are travelling at 21-25mph, with 15% exceeding 30mph and 1% clocked at over 40mph.     The DfT’s data was sourced from nine 20mph areas more »

By Adam Phillips
News entry dated 12th Jul 2017

Super diesel technology cuts NOx emissions by 60%

Headlines in the last few months have indicated that the days of diesel were coming to an end and that diesel vehicles were the main cause of pollution problems around the UK. However, an announcement by tyre company Continental has given hope for diesel fans that it might not be dead yet. Super diesel technology more »

By Josh Elliott
News entry dated 12th Jul 2017

Crash payouts 17 times higher in UK than in other countries

Research by the RAC Foundation has revealed that payouts for crash-related personal injuries are dramatically higher in Britain than in the rest of Europe. This is leaving UK drivers paying far more for their insurance premiums than their European neighbours. To meet the long-term care costs of someone who has suffered catastrophic injuries in a more »

By Adam Phillips
News entry dated 12th Jul 2017

Five accessories to keep you cool this summer

The thought of getting into the car during the summer months can be an unpleasant one, as there is rarely a more uncomfortable place to be than in an overheated vehicle. Thankfully, there are plenty of options for keeping you and your passengers cool during summer car journeys, so we’ve put together a list of more »

By Josh Elliott
News entry dated 05th Jul 2017

Government demands UK-wide electric vehicle charging points

As part of last week’s Queen’s Speech, the government announced the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill. The bill could have significant implications for the future of electric and self-driving vehicles, as well as for the UK’s position as what the government terms a “world leader in new industries.”     The draft legislation states that more »

By Adam Phillips
News entry dated 28th Jun 2017

Amazon to sell cars online in the UK

Rumour has it that e-commerce giant Amazon is going to start selling cars, with a trial set to take place in the UK before it is rolled out to other countries. Amazon has previously tested selling the Fiat 500 in Italy, and now it has manufacturers from Germany who are on board with the idea more »

By Nick Wagstaff
News entry dated 22nd Jun 2017

The street lamp: how it’s charging an electric vehicle revolution

The electric vehicle (EV) is finding real traction both in the UK and across the globe. However, a serious issue remains – the limited number of EV charging points. Is it possible that the humble street lamp could hold the answer? The UK’s charging infrastructure is often citied as one of the biggest bottlenecks to more »

By Adam Phillips
News entry dated 21st Jun 2017

“Zombie drivers” most reliant on sat navs in London, says survey

A recent survey by black cab taxi app mytaxi has found that London drivers are more reliant on sat navs than drivers anywhere else in the UK. The survey estimates that London drivers waste on average 62 hours a year blindly following sat nav instructions into traffic jams and black-spots, with these “zombie drivers” further more »

By Nick Wagstaff
News entry dated 14th Jun 2017

Super-fast electricity: Charging your plug-in is about to get faster

The Ifbattery is set to revolutionise charging times for Electric Vehicles, meaning that owning one could actually be practical for all the demographics, not just the handful that want to do the right thing. Transportation for the masses is changing, Electric Vehicles (EV’s), Hybrids, BEV’s and PHEV’s are a serious part of many manufacturers plans more »

By Nick Wagstaff
News entry dated 08th Jun 2017

Apple iPhone gets ‘do not disturb while driving’ mode

In an important move designed to tackle driver distraction caused by mobile phone use while driving, Apple announced yesterday that their latest operating system for iOS11 will contain a new “do not disturb while driving” mode. The new measure, announced at the Apple Developer Conference yesterday, has already been hailed as one that will save more »

By Nick Wagstaff
News entry dated 07th Jun 2017

Police use dash-cam footage to prosecute drivers

As part of Operation Snap from October 2016 onwards, North Wales Police has been accepting dash cam, helmet cam and mobile phone footage from the public. Of the 100 clips submitted, 80 have led to driving convictions, in some cases leading to prison time for some drivers caught out by this new approach. It comes more »

By Nick Wagstaff
News entry dated 07th Jun 2017