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30th November 2021
Mechanic doing essential car check

Most UK drivers delay essential car checks

How quickly do you get problems with your car fixed? New research reveals most UK drivers wait more than just a few days to resolve issues […]
25th November 2021
Parking tickets on car windscreen

‘Cowboy’ parking fines on the up despite decline in traffic levels

Have you been slapped with a parking fine you thought was unfair? UK drivers have collected a near record number of parking charges from private firms […]
23rd November 2021
A woman crossing the road while using her phone

Nearly a third of Brits glued to phones while crossing the road

Ever had to act quickly to avoid a distracted pedestrian while in the driver’s seat? Worryingly, almost a third of Brits have confessed to using their […]
18th November 2021
Petrol station

Rising fuel prices will force four in ten drivers to cut back this winter

Have rising fuel prices forced you to tighten your purse strings? Four in ten drivers may have to make sacrifices in order to keep their cars […]
16th November 2021
Pothole in local road

Drivers warned of effects of poor UK road conditions

How safe are our roads? Unfortunately, almost one-fifth of UK roads are in urgent need of repair as they could lead to a greater number of […]
11th November 2021
Gen Z research most when buying a car

Gen Z spends most time researching car purchases

When it comes to making the most informed decisions about buying a car, it seems Generation Z spends more time researching a vehicle before making a […]
9th November 2021
Cars at the Vauxhall plant in Cheshire

New car sales: UK records worst October in 30 years

Wondering how the car industry is coping? Unfortunately, new figures show the UK endured its worst October performance since 1991. That said, the market for plug-in […]
6th November 2021
Clean Air Zone signs warning of charges in Birmingham (credit to PA Images)

1st CENTRAL guide to Clean Air Zones across Britain

The government is gearing towards the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030, all new cars and vans to be zero-emission […]
5th November 2021
Dacia interior with in-car tech

More than three quarters of motorists don’t care for non-essential car tech

What’s your stance on in-car tech? New research has found the majority of drivers think too much tech can be distracting and would prefer to have […]
2nd November 2021
what3words in-car sat nav

Precise navigation tool what3words made available to drivers

How do you feel about entering three-word addresses by voice to navigate your car journeys? It seems you can now do just that, as the innovative […]
28th October 2021
Traffic jam with cars surrounded by steam from exhaust pipes

Drivers willing to use cars less to tackle climate change

How much would you be prepared to sacrifice to help fight climate change? It seems a third of British motorists are open to using their cars […]
27th October 2021
Heavy traffic on a London road

Car dependency at record high despite commuting decline

Would you find it challenging without a car? The proportion of motorists who say they’d struggle without one has soared to the highest level since 2006, […]
21st October 2021
A busy road with autumnal background

‘Autumn rush’ expected to hit our roads this half-term

Planning to take a road trip this month? It seems you’re not alone, as the arrival of half-term this Friday (22nd October) in many parts of […]
19th October 2021
Smiling young woman driving

Cost is main reason youngsters are putting brakes on driving

Feel like there’s fewer young people behind the wheel these days? That’s probably because there are. The number of young people hitting the roads is declining, […]
14th October 2021
Ultra-Low Emission Zone sign in London

Scrappage scheme applications rejected as London’s ULEZ expansion approaches

Prepared for the Ultra-Low Emission zone (ULEZ) expansion in London later this month? Or are you one of the thousands of motorists who’ve had your application […]
12th October 2021
New camera charge to catch people driving in the 'X' lane

New motorway cameras could fine you £100 for ignoring closed lanes

Don’t ignore the red ‘X’ on smart motorways, National Highways warns in its latest crackdown. A new automatic camera charge has been announced to catch people […]
11th October 2021
Brain scanning on computer during Ford study

Brain research to help identify drivers losing concentration at wheel

Would you appreciate a gentle nudge when you’re starting to switch off while driving? Well it could soon be a possibility, as one car firm has […]
10th October 2021
A finger pressing a button to start a self-driving car

Nearly half of Brits trust their own skills over driverless cars

How do you think your driving compares to that of a self-driving car? It seems almost half of British motorists reckon they’re better behind the wheel […]
7th October 2021
Smoke emissions from exhaust pipe in car

Leaded petrol is gone – will coal be next?

Remember leaded petrol – the fuel responsible for contaminating air, dust, soil, water and crops for most of a century? After Algeria became the last country […]
6th October 2021
A young person putting an L plate on their blue car

Learner drivers paying the price of ongoing test backlog

Are you still waiting for a driving test due to the ongoing backlog? It seems you’re not alone. New research reveals that some learner drivers are […]