Monthly Archives: November 2017

November 21, 2017
Shocking Road Rage Incident in Sussex

An off-duty police officer had no choice but to wrestle a raging motorist to the ground after he began spouting aggressively and lunged at another driver through his window.

The video captured on the A27 Sompting bypass in Worthing, Sussex, shows the man targeting a driver as he sat behind the wheel of his car in a row over “slow” driving.

The off-duty Sussex police officer detained the man as he tried to drive away from the scene. After a long tussle the cop managed to stop the man by wrestling him to the ground and holding him until another officer arrived at the scene.

During the incident other drivers repeatedly told the man to stop. However, he continued to act aggressively even after the officer showed him his police warrant card.

The man was eventually given a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, and fined for his actions. According to the report, he also admitted using threatening words or behaviour likely to cause distress and resisting a police constable.

A shocking eight out of ten motorists admit they have fallen victim to road rage in the past year. Try and avoid falling victim to it yourself by staying calm; move over if someone is tailgating you. Use an “I’m sorry” gesture (e.g. wave) to attempt to defuse the situation. Plan ahead; allow time for delays during your journey. Consider whether you’ve done something to annoy the other driver and adjust your driving accordingly.

Safe driving from Britannia!

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November 20, 2017
Applying Make-up Behind the Wheel

Nearly 50% of female drivers apply make-up behind the wheel, being the result of up to 450,000 car accidents a year.

43% of women have admitted to putting make-up on while driving on their daily commute – most commonly applied at traffic lights or in traffic jams. While they realise the dangers, they continue to do it anyway. Statistics reveal that only 5% of women don’t wear any make-up for work.

Women are often thought of as being able to multi-task better than men, but there are times when they should undertake one task and one alone – driving.

The MD of the Women’s Insurer was reported in the news saying, “Is your mascara more important than yours and other road users’ safety? Even if you’re lucky enough to arrive at your destination safely, you could be charged with careless driving if spotted by the police.

“Women are generally great at doing more than one thing at once but this is definitely one area where multi-tasking should not be practiced.”

Any form of distracted driving is highly dangerous and could lead to the driver, any passengers and road users involved, suffering severe injuries or even death.

Safe driving from Britannia!

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November 16, 2017
Correctly Hold Your Steering Wheel

Holding your steering wheel correctly is an essential safety precaution you should bear in mind every time you get behind the wheel. When taking your driving test, the instructor will be observing your body position and motions while you are driving. One key aspect they will be looking for is proper placement of your hands on the steering wheel.

Drivers who use the correct technique to hold their steering wheel are a lot less likely to have an accident and will be able to use their vehicle more efficiently. Even experienced drivers should be conscious of their posture, body position, and hand placement while driving.

Both hands should be placed out of the steering wheel on opposite sides. Your grip should be firm, yet gentle. Use your fingers instead of the palms of your hands and keep your thumbs up along the face of the steering wheel. Never turn the wheel while gripping it from the inside.

Safe driving from Britannia!

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November 15, 2017
In the Event That You Hit an Animal With Your Vehicle…

The idea of accidentally hitting an innocent animal on the road is not nice at all. Unfortunately however, it happens more often than we’d like to think – so here is some useful information to help you know how best to handle the situation.

First of all, stay calm; take deep breaths and remain in control of the situation. If you stop, make sure it’s safe to do so and you’re not causing danger to yourself or other road users.

The law requires that you should report to the police immediately if you hit a dog, a horse, cattle, sheep and goats, donkeys, mules and pigs. If you hit another type of animal, such as a cat or a fox, you are not required by law to report it but you should still act accordingly. Don’t leave a creature suffering; there’s a chance you might be able to save its life.

When approaching an injured animal, it will very likely be in distress and might even try to attack you. If the animal is having a seizure do not attempt to stop it and keep your hands away from its mouth in case it bites you. If you realise you have hit someone’s pet, you should try and find a way to get hold of the owner’s details. The animal could very likely be microchipped, or live close to the scene.

If you are unable to trace the animal’s owner, you should report the accident to the police within 24 hours. They should have a list of vets that can help, should the injured animal require urgent care. You should get an idea of how badly hurt it is. If the creature is moveable, take it to the nearest vet immediately.

As mentioned before, your actions could make a difference between life and death.

Safe driving from Britannia!

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November 14, 2017
The Importance of Efficient Eyesight

According to the Association of Optometrists, all drivers should have regular, compulsory eye tests. One in three optometrists report to have seen patients in the last month who continue to drive with vision below the legal standard.

Motorists must be able to read a number plate from 20 metres away in the practical driving test, however, there is no follow-up check. The Department for Transport said that like any illness or disability, drivers who experience changes to their eyesight should report such information to the DVLA.

“All drivers are required by law to ensure that their eyesight is good enough to drive,” a spokeswoman said.

Data from the Department for Transport shows that seven people were killed and 63 were seriously injured in accidents on Britain’s roads last year when “uncorrected, defective eyesight” was a contributory factor.

When was the last time you had your eyes tested? Can you read a number plate from 20 metres away? If not, perhaps you should consider taking relevant action to ensure the safety of you and others on the road.

Safe driving from Britannia!

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November 13, 2017
Man Arrested for Drink Driving After Car Rolls Six Times in Car Park

A driver has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving after a car reportedly rolled six times in a bingo car park in Cardiff.

A South Wales police spokesman said the incident happened at around half seven on Friday evening after a silver Vauxhall Corsa left the road in Western Avenue, Gabalfa, and rolled six times before ending up in the car park of Bingo 3000.

An ambulance was called for the male passenger but nobody was seriously injured and no one required hospital admission. Police said a 22-year-old man was arrested at the scene of the collision on suspicion of drink-driving and remained in police custody on Saturday.

 

 

 

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November 10, 2017
Looking After Your Car Battery

Colder temperatures can increase the thickness of the engine oil, making your engine harder to turn over, thus causing the battery to have to work harder. That said, high heat can be just as damaging to your battery. Heat causes battery fluid to evaporate, thus damaging the battery’s internal structure. For this reason it’s always wise to check your battery this time of year, as the season changes from hotter to cooler.

Another thing that can shorten the life of your battery is overcharging it. That is, a malfunctioning component in the charging system, usually the voltage regulator, can allow too high a charging rate, leading to slow death for a battery.

When charging your battery, be sure the electrical system is at the correct rate; overcharging can damage a battery as quickly as undercharging. If your battery is the type that needs to be topped off, check it regularly. Add distilled water when necessary.

Have your battery checked if you notice your car’s headlights and interior lights dim, any accessories that fail to operate, or if the “check engine” light on your dashboard is illuminated.

Always keep the top of the battery clean. Dirt becomes a conductor, which drains battery power. Further, as corrosion accumulates on battery terminals, it becomes an insulator, inhibiting current flow.

Safe driving from Britannia!

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November 8, 2017
Insurance for Your Classic Car

If you are the proud owner of a classic car, it’s important that you take care of it with a Classic Car Insurance package, tailored to meet the requirements of you and your beloved vintage vehicle.

As you know, car insurance is in place to protect you and your vehicle against accidental damage, vandalism and theft. As some classic models are extremely rare and valuable, this can make them highly desirable and vulnerable. It’s therefore imperative to have the necessary coverage.

Classic cars might also be referred to as retro, vintage, collectible or antique cars. Unlike modern cars, they require a little extra care, usually because they aren’t equipped for the daily commute to and from work, or built for racking up the miles. Some classic cars may be for show purposes only, and never used on the road, while other owners might like to keep their classic car as a weekend treat, something to enjoy on a sunny relaxing day when the roads are a lot quieter.

The RAC can provide specialist insurance for such vehicles, providing that your classic motor is used as a second car only, was manufactured before 1990, and does not exceed 5,000 miles a year.

Safe driving from Britannia!

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November 7, 2017
Is it Illegal to Drive with an Icy Windscreen?

There’s no doubt about the increasing cold at this time of year and a surprising amount of drivers are still tempted to drive off with a partially de-iced windscreen.

Many are guilty of navigating through a small visible area on their windscreen while the rest is still heavily coated with ice, just so they can make it to work on time. It is illegal to drive with a blocked windscreen in less than ideal weather conditions and doing so could result in a hefty fine and points on your licence.

It is essential to clear snow and ice from every window of your car before driving off, as per The Highway Code, but it should also be basic common sense to do so!

Rule 229 also dictates that drivers must demist and clear all mirrors and lights, ensure that their number plates are visible and remove any snow that might fall off their vehicle into the path of other drivers. Also be sure to check your planned route is clear of any delays and that no further snowfalls are predicted.

Safe driving from Britannia!

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November 6, 2017
Police Lorry Catches 4,000 Dangerous Drivers

More than 4,000 motorists in England have been spotted driving offensively over the past two years, following a special operation using an unmarked police lorry. Since April 2015, officers from various forces have used the HGV to film examples of dangerous driving. One man in the East Midlands was caught steering with his knees while eating lunch and using his mobile phone.

Highways England, which funded the vehicle, said it would continue to use the HGV to catch offending drivers. The position of the cab in the lorry allowed police to see inside vehicles on motorways and busy roads. Mobile phone users made up around two-thirds of those pulled over by police.

Other offences included breaking the speed limit, not wearing a seat belt and not being in full control of the vehicle. In Surrey, one driver was caught trying to put toothpaste on a toothbrush, while another person managed to send 10 text messages in an hour while at the wheel. Some 4,176 people were reprimanded during the initiative, with about 400 receiving verbal warnings, and more than 830 being given fixed-penalty notices. More than 100 cases resulted in prosecutions.

Highways England said footage of one driver with his foot on the dashboard while travelling was “particularly alarming”.

Head of road safety Richard Leonard said: “I dread to think what would have happened if he had needed to brake suddenly.

“We will continue to use the HGV to tackle deaths and serious injuries and to encourage people to improve how they drive.”

The National Police Chiefs’ Council said the HGV is “an important element of our intelligence-led operations against dangerous driving”.

Chief Constable Anthony Bangham, NPCC lead for roads policing, said: “People have to think about the consequences of their actions. A moment’s distraction can change innocent lives. It is never a risk worth taking.”

Safe driving from Britannia!

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