Monthly Archives: August 2013

August 30, 2013
Blind Spots Crashes Increase by 50%

A recent study undertaken has shown that car accidents related to the dreaded “Blind Spot” have increased by almost 50% – in a matter of just two years.

The study of 50,000 car crashes between 2009 and 2011 has shown a dramatic 48% rise in accidents caused by drivers not properly checking their blind spots.

Experts say that this shocking figure is also completely avoidable – if only motorists would learn how to correctly check their cars for blind spots.

Drivers are advised to carefully position their mirrors in order to minimise the existence of these fields of poor sight as much as possible, by having each side mirror reflecting as little of your own car as possible, with the main rear-view mirror giving a perfectly straight view of what is directly behind your own car at all times.

By doing this, you should maximise your field of view, and minimise the potential risks of any accidents.

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August 29, 2013
Driverless Cars Soon To Hit British Roads

Volvo’s specially adapted V60 (the ‘driverless’ car) has been tested for the first time on British Roads.

At the press of two buttons, the car takes control of the brakes, engine and steering ensuring that the car keeps a safe distance from the car in front. The driver can take back control at any time, however.

The technology is designed as a safety net namely on long tedious journeys where the driver’s attention can wander. In particular, it is designed to make long motorway journeys more relaxed. Volvo aims to include this technology in all future models in the hope that no one will be killed or seriously injured in one of their cars by 2020.

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August 28, 2013
Bicycle Traffic Lights

Transport for London is in talks with the government to introduce Dutch-style traffic lights for cyclists. The traffic lights would be set at eye-level with the green light featuring a bicycle logo. The lights would be staggered to give bicycles a head start from light controlled junctions.

The number of deaths among cyclists has risen at the same time as road deaths have fallen, suggesting that a change in the law should be made to make cycling safer.

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August 27, 2013
When should I refuel my car?

Most drivers will only fill up their car when they absolutely have to; for many, the warning light is not warning enough, and they will continue to cruise around in their cars until they feel their motor could literally give up at any moment.

Many will argue against filling a tank up to the brim, as this adds unnecessary weight to a car and therefore a larger proportion of this fuel will be wasted. However take a second to consider if driving with next to nothing in your tank is healthy for your car or yourself too.

Research has shown that by driving with very little fuel in your car leads to sediment building up in the bottom of the tank. Over time this sediment amalgamates and can clog your fuel filter, leading to costly repairs. Too little fuel will also expose your fuel pump, which is intended to be submerged in fuel, which can lead to this overheating and again be very expensive to fix.

Also bear in mind that if your tank far too dry, this can ultimately lead to the brakes and power steering ceasing to function. Imagine that happening on a motorway…

Don’t take the risk. Keep a decent amount of fuel in your car at all times. You will be glad you did.

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August 23, 2013
Most Drivers Do Not Check Their Oil

Two in three of drivers in the UK are not aware that oil decreases in efficiency over time, and the majority do not even think about checking their oil.

Almost 22 million drivers in the UK (of which there are just 34 million motorists) cause considerable damage to their car that would otherwise have been easily avoidable if they had spent just a few moments to check their oil level.

Over 10% of the UK’s driving population believe it is okay to wait for three years before checking the oil – causing highly expensive and often irreparable damage to their engine. Research also shows that over a million would never check or change their cars oil.

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August 22, 2013
Negligent Motorists

One in 10 drivers don’t check their car between MOT’s, according to research by Kwik Fit.

Nearly half of the drivers interviewed said they didn’t examine their tyres’ tread depth and more than two-thirds didn’t look at their brakes between annual check-ups.

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August 21, 2013
Boot Clutter

Motorists are storing things in their boots and wasting fuel in the process, according to a new survey by Shell.

 A third of drivers admit to carrying more than six items in the back of the car all the time.

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August 20, 2013
Are you an anti-social driver?

If so, you could face a fine of £100 and three penalty points. New laws to tackle anti-social drivers who among other things, hog the middle lane, cut up other drivers and tailgate, allow police officers to issue fixed penalty notices on the spot.

Hogging the middle lane we believe will be the most controversial, with many drivers doing it despite The Highway Code states that this lane should only be used for overtaking. This has long been a problem on the motorway and something many drivers find extremely frustrating. If you choose to overtake a car, when it’s safe to do so, one should return to the left lane to clear the overtaking lane. Hogging the middle lane causes congestion and this is something we can all do without.

If you’re unsure how to effectively drive on the motorway talk to a driving instructor and book a few lessons. Your instructor will teach you how to properly make use of the lanes, when and how to overtake, and be an overall safer driver on the motorway.

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August 19, 2013
Flash for Cash Racket

Motorists are being advised not to take the apparent kindness of other drivers for granted in a new on the “crash for cash” insurance racket.

The Highway Code states that headlights should only be flashed “to let other road users know that you are there”; many drivers use it as a way of inviting other road users to pull out.

In the “flash for cash racket, a driver in an approaching car flashes their lights, but then intentionally drives into the other vehicle.

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August 16, 2013
Mobile Phones

It would appear that people are taking the issue of using their mobile phone while driving seriously.

The latest figures show that the number of people penalised for using their mobile when driving has dropped from this time last year.

We all know the statistics, you are 4 times more likely to crash if you are using a phone while driving and the reaction time for drivers who use their mobile phone when driving is 50% slower than normal driving. It’s obvious that using your phone when you’re behind the wheel is a recipe for disaster – and should always be avoided.

Time and time again we hear people say that the call is important. But the truth is that your life is more important. You should only answer your phone when you are parked in a safe and convenient place. It’s never worth risking yours and other people’s lives.

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