October 3, 2017
The New Driving Test 2017

According to the DVSA (The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency), the driving test in England, Wales and Scotland is set to change as of December 2017 and will include new features and requirements.

Transport Minister Andrew Jones reported that our roads are among the safest in the world. That said, traffic collisions are the biggest killer of young people today. Implementing these changes to the driving test aims to reduce the number of people killed or injured on our roads, and equip new drivers with the skills they need to use our roads safely.

The test will be doubled in length of time, during which candidates are required to drive without turn-by-turn directions from the driving examiner. The candidate will be asked two random ‘show me, tell me’ vehicle safety questions. During the new test, they will also be required to follow directions from a sat nav, which will be provided and configured by the examiner.

Furthermore, the ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn-in-the-road’ manoeuvres will no longer be tested, but learner drivers should still be taught how to do them.

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October 2, 2017
Yellow Box Junctions

Many people forget the law about box junctions and will drive into them without checking that they won’t end up stationery in one. By understanding correctly how to use a yellow box junction you can help keep traffic flowing and promote safe driving. Obstructing a yellow box junction can result in a fine, and it goes without sayings that inappropriate use of a yellow box junction will fail a driving test.

Yellow boxes have criss-cross yellow lines painted on the road and are easy to spot. They’re usually found in busy areas, where traffic flow is important. You should never enter the box until your exit road or lane is clear. That said, you may enter the box if you are waiting to turn right, and are only stopped from doing so by oncoming traffic, or by other vehicles waiting to turn right. At signalled roundabouts you must never enter the box unless you can pass over it completely without having to stop.

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September 29, 2017
Finding The Ideal Motor…

Finding your perfect car can be a tough process; the most important thing to bear in mind is your budget. After all, your choice of car will be limited to what you can afford. Secondly, what will you be using your car for? If you take the motorway to work and back, you’ll perhaps want to consider a motor that does more miles to the gallon. You’ll do wise to consult the web for the top most economical cars.

There’s also the fuel type to consider; generally if you do fewer than 12,000 miles a year, a petrol engine is recommended. Diesel cars cost more to buy, and you’ll need to cover quite a lot of miles to make up the difference in fuel savings.

Does it matter to you whether you go for a used car, or would you prefer to buy a brand new model fresh out of the showroom? Buying a new car means you’ll benefit from the peace of mind of a manufacturer’s warranty, which should last for at least three years. That said, used cars will almost always be cheaper, plus their previous owners are likely to have taken the initial hit of depreciation, so you won’t have to! Why not take a wander down to your local approved used car dealer?

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September 28, 2017
How to Make Your Car Last Longer

We are all guilty of growing attached to our cars, and it can be a sad experience trading it in for a new one – so here’s some sure-fire tips on how you can prolong the life of your beloved motor and keep it in tiptop condition!
Driving smoother and less aggressively will reduce wear and save miles per tankful. Smooth inputs through the steering wheel, gearbox and pedals are also vital factors, along with keeping your eye on the bigger picture when driving to reduce the need for sudden braking.
Keep your car clean to prevent grit, grime and rust. Use correct cleaning solutions that do not contain aggressive chemicals that can damage the paintwork.
Have your car serviced regularly – check your vehicle handbook to know when your car is due a service and what work may be required.
Check your tyres’ inflation and tread once a week; they are your car’s most important safety feature. Under-inflated tyres will increase fuel consumption.
Make sure your vehicle’s fluids are topped up on a regular basis. Failure to do so may have calamitous consequences. Check your oil level once a fortnight by lifting the bonnet and removing the dipstick. Dark, dirty oil should be replaced.
When topping up your coolant reservoir and windscreen washer bottle, use 50% distilled water and 50% antifreeze. Do not use washing-up liquid as it contains salt and other nasty additives that will damage your car’s paintwork.
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September 27, 2017
The Importance of Number Plates on Your Vehicle

Number plates (also known as licence or registration plates) should show your vehicle registration number correctly. You should always ensure that your number plate is clean so that it can be read clearly not covered in dirt or exhaust. Damaged registration plates that cannot be read can result in being pulled over by the police and a failed MOT.

The current vehicle registration plate format was introduced in 2001. It consists of 2 letters, referring to the region in the country where your vehicle was first registered, followed by 2 numbers which tell you when the vehicle was issued, then 3 letters chosen at random.

It is possible to get theft-resistant number plates, which are designed to make it harder for someone to remove them from your vehicle and reuse them. For more information ask your local car dealer or registered number plate supplier about theft-resistant plates.

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September 26, 2017
Personalised Number Plates

Would you have a personalised registration plate? If not, what are your thoughts on people who do? With countless types of number plates available for all kinds of individuals, it has become something of a trend to have a customised plate on your vehicle.

Rather than having a plate that matches their name, a lot of drivers now prefer to have something relative to their job or hobbies and interests; for example “K9” if they work with dogs, “CH1PPY” if they run a fish and chip shop or “G4MER” if they love gaming in their spare time! Motorsport enthusiasts might be drawn to the assortment of F1 plates currently available and darts players or fans may find the number 180 to be of relevance.

There are literally millions of personal plates and private registrations to choose from but also many laws and procedures that must be complied with.

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September 25, 2017
Millionaire BANNED From Driving After Speeding in His Rolls Royce

A young businessman has been caught breaking the speed limit and driving without due care and attention. Supercar-loving millionaire ‘Lord Aleem’ was banned from driving for 12 months after being convicted of motoring offences in his Rolls-Royce Wraith.

22-year old Aleem Iqbal, who has flaunted his array of luxury motors on social media, was caught exceeding the 70mph motorway speed limit and driving without due care and attention.

The Solihull entrepreneur committed the offences on the M40/M42 northbound at Tamworth-in-Arden in Warwickshire on 12th May 2017. He then failed to show up before the magistrates at Warwick Combined Court in Leamington the following Tuesday morning.

Need we remind all drivers that no matter who they are, speeding can not only result in hefty fines and a possible driving ban but also puts your life and the lives of others at risk.

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September 22, 2017
People Still Using Their Phones While Driving

According to RAC Research, nearly one in four drivers in Britain still make or receive calls while driving – despite the doubling of penalties for the offence in March 2017, increased to six points and a £200 fine. Furthermore, using your mobile phone when driving is a major distraction that could cause a major accident!

Although the figure has fallen since, 23% of more than 1,700 drivers who were questioned admitted illegally making or receiving calls when behind the wheel.

The survey also implies that 40% of people text, check their emails and go on social media while sitting in traffic – even though they know full well that it is against the law.

The motoring group has branded the issue an “epidemic”. Only one in 10 drivers reported that they were unaware of the harsher penalties for being caught when using their phone while driving.

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September 21, 2017
Driving in Windy Conditions

Driving in windy weather can present all kinds of hazards. It’s vital that you take precautions before getting behind the wheel on a windy day to keep you and your passengers safe.

Firstly ask yourself – is your journey really necessary? Listen to the news to keep up to date with road closures to avoid getting stuck in traffic that will cause delays to your journey. Only travel if there is no other option.

High winds can get under your car and affect your control, brought on by strong, sudden gusts that can take you by surprise. Driving slower will help you anticipate these gusts and reduce impact. Also having a firm grip on the steering wheel helps you maintain full control. If conditions become too extreme then pull over when safe and legal to do so.

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September 20, 2017
What is Engine Idling?

Engine idling is when you leave your engine running while your vehicle is stationary. People often do this when stuck in traffic jams, or waiting to pick someone up for a lift. Engine idling is bad for the environment; car fumes contain a number of harmful gasses including carbon dioxide, which can contribute towards climate change, not to mention other harmful gasses such as nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons that are linked to asthma and other lung diseases.

Rule 123 of The Highway Code states that drivers must never leave their vehicle unattended with the engine running, or leave the ignition running unnecessarily while their vehicle is stationary on a public road.

The police have the authority to issue £20 fixed penalties for emission offences and engine idling under The Road Traffic (Vehicle Emissions) (Fixed Penalty) (England) Regulations 2002. Such penalties are imposed only if a person refuses to switch off their engine when asked to do so by a police officer.

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