Monthly Archives: August 2015

August 31, 2015
Avoid M25 This Bank Holiday

The M25 is the road to avoid this weekend if you don’t enjoy sitting in traffic, according to research by Green Flag.

As part of research that roots out the most and least scenic main roads in the UK, the company identified where it believes most traffic jams are likely to happen, based on real-world analysis of traffic flow.

The M25, M6 and M1 are the predictable top three when it comes to traffic jams, while at the other end of the scale drivers should be free and easy on the M50, M45 and M48 – although the joy could be short-lived since these are all rather short motorways.

The worst time to travel as the Bank Holiday weekend kicks into gear on Friday will be 5pm, but people leaving at 8pm will have a much easier time of it.

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August 28, 2015
Driving with the Fuel Light On

A new study has revealed that one in six drivers broke down in their cars last year due to running out of petrol – A number which has trebled since the last review in 2011.

The cause for this rise in cars running on empty is due to drivers adopting a dangerous “devil-may-care” attitude to driving with the fuel light on – An issue in itself which is attributed to soaring fuel costs.

In response to the crisis, supermarkets that provide fuel are now engaging in a Bank Holiday fuel war, in a competition to corner the market of drivers embarking on weekends away and needing to top up beforehand.

Safe driving from Britannia!


August 27, 2015
Autonomous Cars Learning Unpredictable Driving Habits

Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, are preparing autonomous cars to predict what humans might do next. A team has developed an algorithm that can guess with up to 92% accuracy whether a human driver will make a lane change.

Enthusiasts believe that self-driving vehicles could lead to fewer crashes and less traffic. But people aren’t accustomed to driving alongside machines. When we drive, we watch for little signs from other cars to indicate whether they might turn or change lanes or slow down. A robot might not have any of the same tics, and that could throw us off.

Volunteers were asked to drive in a simulator. Each time the driver decided to make a lane change, they pushed a button on the steering wheel before doing so. The researchers could then analyse data from the simulator for patterns at the time of lane changes: where were all of the cars on the road? How fast was each one going, and had it recently moved or slowed down? Was there sufficient room next to the drivers’ car?

They used some of the data to train the algorithm, then put the computer behind the wheel in re-runs of the simulations. The algorithm could predict accurately when the driver would attempt a lane change. Such algorithms would help a self-driving car make smarter decisions in the moment. They could also be used to teach the cars to mimic human driving tics.

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August 26, 2015
Trophy Driver Illegally Parks Outside Court

A driver who posed for a video while doing 161mph on the motorway and posted the ‘trophy footage’ online has been banned from the road – but not before leaving his car on a double-yellow line outside the court.

Nightclub boss Mark McCrae, 28, got his passenger to record him as he broke the speed limit by almost 100mph in his powerful BMW M3, then posted the footage on YouTube and Facebook where it was ‘liked’ and ‘shared’ numerous times.

One viewer was so alarmed by the video that they alerted police and McCrae was arrested. He admitted dangerous driving and was given a suspended prison sentence on top of an 18-month ban and £1,450 in fines.

But the driver showed little remorse for his actions and even parked his car on double yellow lines outside Bristol Crown Court.

McCrae was handed a three-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months. He was ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and told to pass an extended driving test.

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August 25, 2015
The Last Few Lessons

When it comes to learning to drive, a lot of emphasis is placed on the first driving lesson or two – From warning your friends and family to stay off the roads for that one hour a week to first meeting your instructor and sitting behind a wheel for the first time.

However one key point in learning to drive is actually the last few lessons you take before you sit the driving test – During these lessons, you will likely be ready to take the practical test, and will be trying to polish up on the skills you have developed as a learner driver.

Many students like to go over the areas they feel they struggle with on their lessons such as tricky manoeuvres, as well as practising the show-me-tell-me questions in preparation for – hopefully – passing the driving test.

Safe driving from Britannia!


August 24, 2015
Driver Caught Speeding In Smashed Car

A motorist who failed to stop after colliding with a lorry and carried on driving his smashed-up car at speeds of up to 90mph has been spared jail.

Michael McCluskey continued for more than 40 miles on a motorway despite extensive damage to his grey Vauxhall Insignia, including a smashed windscreen, caved-in roof and severe dents.

The car had also been running on a skinny space-saving spare wheel because of a puncture the previous day and was not supposed to be driven at more than 50mph.

At a hearing, McCluskey admitted charges of driving dangerously and failing to stop after an accident.

Recorder Jeremy Wright handed McCluskey a 10-month prison sentence suspended for two years, ordered him to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work and pay court costs of £350. He was also banned from driving for 18 months.

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August 21, 2015
Forming Good Driving Habits

The aim of learning to drive is to be able to pass your test, and to be able to drive your own car freely without the need for supervision – However if you are going to be practising something, don’t you want to become the best you can be at it?

To really master the skill of driving, you need to put the hours in. Only by repeating and repeating the same actions over and over again will you become accustomed to the actions needed to operate the car well and to increase your skill as a motorist. Taking lessons from a qualified ADI is a good way to get the best advice available from a professional, but even after passing your test you need to ensure to keep pushing yourself to become the best driver you can be.

Safe driving from Britannia!


August 20, 2015
Are Parking Charges Killing Our High Streets?

In July, vandals damaged all four pay-and-display machines in Cardigan’s busiest car parks. As the council was unable to repair the machines immediately, shoppers have been able to enjoy a period when they no longer had to pay to leave their cars.

Local traders now say they have benefited from a substantial increase in custom due entirely to the fact that motorists have not had to rush back to their vehicles before their parking entitlement runs out.

Business owners in Cardigan say that the temporary removal of parking restrictions has levelled the playing field when it comes to competing with large out-of-town shopping centres, where parking is usually free.

As a result of Cardigan’s experience, high-streets minister Marcus Jones has even suggested that the centres of some smaller UK towns should be declared parking meter-free zones.

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August 19, 2015
Teach Driving In Schools

A petition has been launched not to lower the legal age of driving but to ensure school children are taught about driving from a younger age.

Adding driving to the school curriculum could save 400 lives every year on the UK’s roads. The petition is supported by major motoring organisations including the Association of British Insurers, the RAC, Institute of Advanced Motorists and the Driving Instructor’s Association.

The scheme’s supporters say providing lessons in the classroom and practical driving courses would help save the lives of the most vulnerable group of drivers.

Another benefit of the scheme would be to cut the number of deaths of young people travelling in cars driven by other young people aged 17 to 24. A quarter of all road deaths in the UK involve drivers or passengers aged 15 to 19.

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August 18, 2015
Parallel Parking

When learning to drive, you will be expected to practice a number of manoeuvres – From bay parking (Which we offered some advice on recently here ) to the turn-in-the-road, and even the emergency stop – These finer points of handling your vehicle will be essential once you have passed your test.

However one point you will also need to try is the parallel park – This is often cited as one of the more difficult parking manoeuvres, and it’s not hard to see why. To master the parallel park, you need good control over your clutch and brakes, as well as being able to maintain optimum observation around you at all times.

Safe driving from Britannia!