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29th February 2024

Most drivers haven’t seen the Highway Code since getting their licence

Have you freshened up your knowledge of driving rules recently?  More than half of UK drivers are unfamiliar with the latest Highway Code rules, a new […]
27th February 2024

Council road maintenance drops to lowest point in five years

Road maintenance in 2022/23 dropped to the lowest it’s been in five years according to RAC, analysis of the latest government statistics. Just 4% of A […]
15th February 2024

Braking hard for potholes causes more damage, study shows

When you see a pothole approaching on the road, do you immediately slam on the brakes?  This is a natural reaction for many drivers, as we […]
14th February 2024

Councils call for a ban on pavement parking

Do you think parking on pavements should be allowed? Recent investigations into pedestrian safety have councils calling for pavement parking to be banned across England. “Pavement […]
7th February 2024

More than 80% of drivers dislike using parking apps

How do you feel about parking apps?  A recent survey by Autocar revealed that more than four in five drivers dislike using the many parking apps […]
6th February 2024

Fuel price fall hits a standstill – but prices are still uneven across the country

Fuel prices finally stabilised in January after falling for three months, but price analysis reveals a ‘blatantly wrong’ 14p difference between the highest and lowest-priced supermarket […]
5th February 2024

UK’s most popular cars in 2023

The UK’s most popular cars from 2023 have been revealed, and not all is as expected. With almost 50,000 registrations, find out which car has dethroned […]
1st February 2024

Number of drivers caught using their phones doubles in a year

In March 2022 the law changed so that drivers could be stopped for using their phone behind the wheel for any reason, not just calling someone. […]
31st January 2024

Are pedestrians really safer after the 2022 Highway Code update?

Fewer than a fifth of British drivers (18%) think the changes to the Highway Code made in 2022 have improved the safety of pedestrians, according to […]
25th January 2024

Grey tops the charts for favourite new car colour of 2023

Fancy a new set of wheels? Based on recent findings, we’re placing our bets on grey for your new car colour. Figures from the Society of […]
22nd January 2024

Met Office issues driving tips amid Storm Isha

Storm Isha blew in over the weekend and the after effects are set to continue over the next few days.  What is Storm Isha?  Storm Isha […]
18th January 2024

Drivers lose 38 hours a year to road delays

How much time do you think you’re wasting in traffic every day? Whether it’s the commute to work, the school run or just rush hour traffic, […]
16th January 2024

6 things to keep in your car this winter

The beginning of the year brings wintry and sometimes dangerous road conditions. Cold snaps can cause ice to form on the roads, and falling snow will […]
11th January 2024

Bright headlights could be a thing of the past

A whopping 89% of drivers think some headlights on cars today are too bright.   The stat comes from the RAC who conducted a survey of 2000 […]
9th January 2024

Freezing conditions are causing dangerous roads – here’s how to stay safe

Freezing temperatures have set in across the UK, meaning the roads could be dangerous to drive on.  Weather warnings issued across UK  Early this week, temperatures […]
4th January 2024

8 cars coming in 2024

A new year means new cars. Join 1st Central as we get excited about the motors set to hit the roads in 2024 BMW iX2 Price: […]
3rd January 2024

Auto trends in 2024

A new year means new trends in the automotive industry. Check out the trends you can expect to see in the next 12 months.  The rise […]
2nd January 2024

UK motoring changes 2024

Make sure you’re up to date on the rules of the road and check out the new motoring laws coming into effect through 2024.  DVSA eyesight […]
21st December 2023

London councils net close to £8.5m in pavement parking fines

In the 12 months leading up to November 2023, 32 London councils generated £8,442,086 from Penalty Charge Notices (PCN) issued to drivers who were parked on […]
19th December 2023

Drivers warned to keep their licence safe this Christmas

Make sure you take good care of your driving licence over this holiday period or you could find yourself a victim of identity theft.  More than […]