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22nd July 2021
Someone pushing the start engine button on a car dashboard

Drivers urged to ‘stay one step ahead of criminals’ as keyless car thefts rise

Is your car keyless? Vehicles with this technology now make up nearly half of car thefts, despite accounting for just 1% of vehicles on the road. […]
20th July 2021
A DVLA driving licence application form

Motorists hit by DVLA driving licence delays

Need a new driving licence? Depending on your situation, it seems you might be faced with a wait of 10 weeks or more.  Paper licence hold-ups […]
15th July 2021
Speeding offences increase despite fewer cars on road

‘Shocking’ levels of speeding in 2020 despite traffic levels dropping

Has the coronavirus pandemic affected your driving habits? It seems some drivers “dangerously took advantage of quieter roads” last year, as the number of those exceeding […]
13th July 2021
A Low Traffic Neighbourhood in London

Low traffic neighbourhoods make millions in fines in a year

How well do you know your road signs? With drivers being fined millions for entering low traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) due to confusion about signs, it might […]
9th July 2021
A line of cars parked outside

Cars spend most of the time parked – but are too big for garages

How often are you actually behind the wheel of your car? It seems cars and vans in England are driven a mere 4% of the time […]
7th July 2021
A GB sticker on a car.

GB car sticker makes way for new ‘UK’ version

Used to displaying a GB sticker on your car when travelling abroad? It seems you’ll have to trade it in for a new ‘UK’ version if […]
1st July 2021
A garage being used as a workshop and storage room

Half of drivers ‘never park in their garage’

How often do you actually use your garage to park your car? It seems the majority of UK drivers who have one don’t at all, with […]
1st July 2021
Panoramic views of Giants Causeway on Causeway Coastal route

The best UK summer road trips

Keen to make your summer count? With international travel still fairly hit and miss, many are opting for certainty with their holiday plans this year. That’s […]
28th June 2021
Bentley’s previews new AI generated music system

New Bentley can compose a unique soundtrack to your drive

What would your daily commute sound like as a film score? Bentley can show you… Luxury car manufacturer Bentley have partnered with an AI music company […]
24th June 2021
Red traffic light in UK

Smart traffic lights could help motorists avoid getting stuck at red lights

Sick of getting stuck at red lights? It seems new smart traffic lights could be the answer to all your problems – that’s if you’re a […]
22nd June 2021
Car on sunny road in Lake District

Swarms of staycationing Brits to drive hundreds of extra miles this summer

With many international travel restrictions still in force, it seems we’re set for a second summer of staycations. But how far are you prepared to travel? […]
21st June 2021
Car stopped in yellow box junction

Councils in England and Wales given new powers to fine drivers

The power to charge drivers for minor offences could soon be in the hands of your local council. The Department for Transport (DfT) has confirmed local […]
18th June 2021
A man yawns while driving

Millions of drivers have fallen asleep at wheel, spreading risk of ‘carnage’

We’ve probably all felt a touch sluggish while behind the wheel at some point. But have you ever closed your eyes for an uncomfortable few seconds? […]
10th June 2021
A stressed driver

Post-lockdown traffic jams causing drivers anxiety

Feeling anxious about returning to the roads after lockdown? You’re not alone. Traffic jams, congestion and incompetent drivers are among some of the biggest anxieties for […]
8th June 2021
A young driver behind the wheel of her car

Most young motorists unaware of driving dangers despite higher fatality risk

Did you know road collisions are the leading cause of death among teenagers? But alarmingly, it seems young motorists may be oblivious to just how dangerous […]
5th June 2021
A driver holds a fuel pump at a service station

Highest petrol prices in two years give drivers ‘post-lockdown shock’

It appears that easing restrictions may be coming at a cost. Drivers jumping back in their cars this week have been stung by a record-breaking rise […]
3rd June 2021
Clean Air Zone sign in Birmingham

1 in 5 motorists confused about Clean Air Zones

Clean Air Zones (CAZ) are being steadily rolled out across the UK, but are you prepared? A survey of more than 2,000 drivers suggests around a […]
1st June 2021
Motorway service sign

The best service stations in the UK and places to see nearby

Do you love a quick coffee stop on the motorway? A recent survey by Which? has revealed the best service stations up and down the country, […]
30th May 2021
Mobile phone with map GPS navigation in car

Google Maps update could ‘reduce road collisions’

Most of us would be (quite literally) lost nowadays without a map on our smartphone. But could the handy tools also help us stay safe on […]
28th May 2021
Traffic flows freely on the M25

Drivers set for 98% roadwork-free journeys this bank holiday

With some finally-improved weather expected over the upcoming bank holiday weekend, many of us are looking forward to a break. And with almost 11 million leisure […]