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Vous êtes nicked! British drivers face hefty fines for speeding abroad

Speeding abroad

If that’s a speeding ticket he’s writing, it could blow the holiday budget

More than four out of five British drivers are oblivious to tough new fines for speeding abroad. Just weeks after UK speeding fines changed in April 2017, the EU increased the penalty for breaking the limit on the Continent. That means drivers could be fined up to £640. Other motoring offences, such as not wearing a seatbelt and using a mobile phone at the wheel, are covered by the law change too.

When UK drivers were asked by Green Flag about their driving habits , the largest proportion (45 per cent) said they broke the speed limit abroad by mistake. And more than a third (38 per cent) claimed they find themselves speeding abroad because they don’t know the limits.

Driving abroad: what are the speed limits?

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Hire car hell? 10 ways to avoid it this summer

Car hire

Ensure your holiday hire car is all smiles by following our top tips

Hire car problems are one of the biggest bothers for holiday makers going abroad. But it should be one of the easiest parts of the trip. After all, it’s not as if it’s a new industry. And the modern automobile is a fairly bullet-proof piece of kit.

However, with a lack of transparency over pricing, exorbitant insurance to cover excesses, punitive charges for fuel, and occasional blatant overcharging, some hire car companies can make a holiday memorable for all the wrong reasons.

Things are improving slowly. The industry has been ordered to clean up its act by the Competition and Markets Authority and its European counterparts. But although the key five players – Avis-Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt – have all made changes, there is plenty drivers can do to protect themselves. Here are 10 ways you can save money and ensure you have a trouble-free holiday – at least when it comes to the hire car. Continue reading

Dover traffic chaos: How to prepare for crossing the channel this summer

Dover traffic chaos

Increased French security checks mean more queueing for ferries

Authorities and ferry companies have reassured travellers that the recent Dover traffic chaos was a one-off. But police are still warning of delays at channel ports. This is because of increased French security following recent terror attacks on the Continent. A Kent police spokesperson said: “A large volume of holiday traffic is anticipated over the next few days with holiday makers making their way to Europe. This together with heightened security checks by the French Authorities could however mean some delays over the next few weeks.”

Here’s our guide to crossing the channel this summer.

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England wins the Euros… for cars. Mini beats Belgium’s Land Rover

Euros for cars Group B original Mini

The Euros for Cars has been decided. And just like the real thing there was a surprise in store with the winner coming from a nation unused to winning football tournaments, after thousands of votes were cast on Twitter for Green Flag’s car shootout. The winner of the Euros for Cars 2016 was… England!

In order to triumph, England ‑ represented by the original Mini ‑ had to overcome a strong challenge from Belgium which had the Minerva Land Rover Series I wearing its colours.

The final, voted for on Twitter #Eurocars2016 was a cagey affair. And it’s probably fair to say that like the Euro 2016 football competition, it needed extra time to decide the result thanks to two competitors who were so evenly matched. When the counting was over, England came out on top. But only just. The Mini recorded 57 per cent of the vote compared to 43 per cent for the Minerva Land Rover. Continue reading

Euros for Cars semi-finals: Spain’s bullish Seat Leon takes on England’s mighty Mini. Vote now!

Euros for Cars 2016 Seat Leon vs Mini

Can England beat Spain in Green Flag’s Euros for Cars 2016? Follow the semi-final clash on Twitter, using #Eurocars2016

The line-up for the Euros for Cars 2016 semi-finals has been decided, and it promises closely fought, wheel-to-wheel action which anyone using Twitter can get involved in. Tonight, from 7pm, Spain’s bullish Leon hatchback will take on England and everybody’s favourite classic car, the plucky pint-size Mini.

The action doesn’t stop there. Tomorrow night Albania will tackle Belgium, in a clash between the robust Mercedes E-Class, which makes for a hard working taxi in Albania, and the even more rugged Minerva, a Land Rover that was built under licence in Belgium for the nation’s armed forces.

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Euros for Cars Group F: Meet the contenders

Euros for cars Group F

Here are the cars for Group F in our Euros for Cars contest. The idea is simple. You vote for your favourite cars on Twitter using #Eurocars2016 when the two countries play each other in the Euro 2016 football tournament. As in the real Euros, the cars then get three points for winning the most votes, one point if it’s a draw and nothing for losing. The cars with the most points progress through to the knock-out stages.

For each of the 24 countries in Euro 2016, we’ve selected a car that we think best represents each. Of course not all the nations have a car industry. For those that don’t we’ve chosen cars popular or made in that country, or in some cases, cars that were once built or will be built there.

Austria

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Euros for Cars Group E: Meet the contenders

Euros for cars Group E

Here are the cars for Group E in our Euros for Cars contest. The idea is simple. You vote for your favourite car on Twitter using #Eurocars2016 when the two countries play each other in the Euro 2016 football tournament. As in the real Euros, the cars then get three points for winning the most votes, one point if it’s a draw and nothing for losing. The cars with the most points progress through to the knock-out stages.

For each of the 24 countries in Euro 2016, we’ve selected a car that we think best represents each country. Of course not all the nations have a car industry. For those that don’t we’ve chosen cars popular or made in that country, or in some cases, cars that were once built or will be built there.

Belgium

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Euros for Cars Group D: Meet the contenders

Euros for cars 2016

Here are the cars for Group D in our Euros for Cars contest. The idea is simple. You vote for your favourite cars on Twitter using #Eurocars2016 when the two countries play each other in the Euro 2016 football tournament. As in the real Euros, the cars then get three points for winning the most votes, one point if it’s a draw and nothing for losing. The cars with the most points progress through to the knock-out stages.

For each of the 24 countries in Euro 2016, we’ve selected a car that we think best represents each. Of course not all the nations have a car industry. For those that don’t we’ve chosen cars popular or made in that country, or in some cases, cars that were once built or will be built there.

Croatia

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Euros for Cars Group C: Meet the contenders

Euros for cars Group C

Here are the cars for Group C in our Euros for Cars contest. The idea is simple. You vote for your favourite car on Twitter using #Eurocars2016 when the two countries play each other in the Euro 2016 football tournament. As in the real Euros, the cars then get three points for winning the most votes, one point if it’s a draw and nothing for losing. The cars with the most points progress through to the knock-out stages.

Over the next few days we’ll be publishing an outline of the cars that are taking part. For each of the 24 countries in Euro 2016, we’ve selected a car that we think best represents each country. Of course not all the nations have a car industry. For those that don’t we’ve chosen cars popular or made in that country, or in some cases, cars that were once built or will be built there.

Germany

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Euros for Cars Group B: Meet the contenders

Euros for cars Group B

Here are the cars for Group B in our Euros for Cars contest. The idea is simple. You vote for your favourite car on Twitter using #Eurocars2016 when the two countries play each other in the Euro 2016 football tournament. As in the real Euros, the cars then get three points for winning the most votes, one point if it’s a draw and nothing for losing. The cars with the most points progress through to the knock-out stages.

Over the next few days we’ll be publishing an outline of the cars that are taking part. For each of the 24 countries in Euro 2016, we’ve selected a car that we think best represents each country. Of course not all the nations have a car industry. For those that don’t we’ve chosen cars popular or made in that country, or in some cases, cars that were once built or will be built there.

In the run up to the first games of the tournament here are the cars in Group B.

England

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