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When it comes to the crunch these are the safest family cars on sale

Suzuki Vitara is the safest compact SUV tested by Euro NCAP

Even if you’re as handy behind the wheel as Lewis Hamilton, Britain’s three-time Formula One World Champion, and drive one of the most sophisticated supercars money can buy, accidents can happen. Fortunately for Hamilton, no one else was involved in his slightly embarrassing car crash in Monte Carlo. But it shows that a moment’s loss of concentration could lead to a costly crunch. In such an event, which are the safest family cars in an accident?

Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) is an independent, not-for-profit car safety organisation that subjects most new cars to simulated accidents and measures how well they’ll protect passengers and pedestrians.

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Assess your reaction time at the wheel with online instant test

Reaction time test

Drivers think texting at the wheel is a bigger safety threat than drink driving


Did you know that being a regular driver can make your reaction times quicker than not driving? Or that for some people, not having enough sleep has as much of a negative effect on their ability at the wheel as having too much to drink? The startling results come after a new internet game was released to give drivers the chance to test their reactions.

Do you have the reflexes of an 18 year old?
Click image to open interactive version (via JustPark.com).
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Driving courses that could prevent another young driver tragedy

With distressing video footage released from a young driver crash, the importance of driving courses for novices was once again highlighted.

The film was released when the parents of two young drivers killed in a drug-driving accident gave police their permission. It was salvaged from 21 year-old Michael Owen’s smartphone after his Renault Clio was crashed by friend Kyle Careford, 20. The pair from Tunbridge Wells, Kent, veered off the road and crashed through a church wall. They were under the influence of drugs and had been driving at speeds of up 90mph along narrow lanes near Crowborough, Sussex.

Owen’s mother Kat said: “If all this stops one person from making the same mistake, then some good has come from showing this video.” Young or inexperienced drivers can also put themselves forward for additional driving courses that can help make them safer, more observant drivers. Here are four courses that should do the job.
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Engine flush and fuel additives: Are they worth the money or not?

Engine flush

Regular oil and filter changes should be a routine part of car ownership

When it comes to finding out whether drivers should use engine flush products or fuel additives, the internet will send you round in circles. Some say the products, added to a car’s oil or fuel to clean the engine’s internal moving parts and boost performance, are worth their weight in motor-protecting gold. Others claim they’re not worth the time or the effort.

The basic theory behind both these kinds of products is that by running them through the engine, you’ll clean out any deposits left by the engine’s combustion process. Proving whether they work is easier said than done. Here’s what the experts say.
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Stressed drivers: How to stay calm when behind the wheel of your car

Stressed drivers

Stress experts say deep breaths could stop drivers getting angry at the wheel

Stressed out drivers seem to be a fundamental part of modern motoring. Whether the anxiety shows itself through rude gestures, driving aggressively or ignoring basic good manners and the rules of the road it’s there, eating away at many of us.

In 2015, the UK government’s Health and Safety Executive claims that more than 105 million work days a year are lost in the UK through stress, costing employers £1.24 billion. Stress is such a problem that in 2015 Jaguar Land Rover revealed it’s developing a range of in-car technologies aimed at reducing the number of stressed and distracted drivers. Unfortunately, they’re still a number of years away from being fitted to cars we can buy. So to help drivers stay chilled behind the wheel, here are some stress busting tips that can be put to good use today.
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Pointless road signs: confusing signs set to be scrapped by councils

Pointless road signs

Confusing? Our roadsides are becoming increasingly cluttered with signs

If you’ve seen a pointless road sign near you, its days could be numbered. The government wants to get to grips with the increasingly confusing number of signs that are sprouting at the side of our roads. It is planning new-look signs and wants to give councils the power to cull confusing and pointless road signs.

A road sign review was ordered after it emerged that the number of road signs has doubled over the last 20 years. It wants to help drivers focus on what’s important by removing any pointless road signs – what road safety experts call ‘visual noise’ – from the road side. The fear is that the growing number of pointless road signs is contributing to an increasing number of road deaths. Department for Transport (DfT) figures for 2014 show that the number of road fatalities increased by four per cent compared to the year before.
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Revealed: Roads worth avoiding during the Rugby World Cup

Roads worth avoiding

Rugby World Cup matches equal large crowds which means congested roads around grounds


The roads worth avoiding during the Rugby World Cup have been revealed by Green Flag – and surprisingly they’re not all in London. In fact the analysis, carried out during September 2015, revealed that Elland Road in Leeds is expected to be the most congested rugby ground in the country.

The Rugby World Cup climaxes at Twickenham on the outskirts of London on Saturday October 31. Green Flag data reveals that more than half a million breakdowns will take place in the UK during the course of the tournament. That’s a breakdown every seven seconds.
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Traffic jams cost drivers 30 hours every year

Traffic jams

The daily commute. On top of regular journey times, drivers waste hours in traffic (Picture © Volvo)


Traffic jams across the UK are causing drivers to lose an average of 30 hours a year. Monitoring service Inrix claims that London is Europe’s most congested city with the average driver squandering 96 hours a year because of traffic jams. Next up was Greater Manchester with 52 hours followed by Merseyside with 37 hours, the data released in August 2015 said.

However, it’s in the Midlands where the biggest increases have been seen, with congestion up by 37 per cent (to 30 hours) in North Staffordshire and 33 per cent (to 28 hours) in Coventry.
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Electric car charging roads on test in the UK

Electric car charging roads

Is this what the electric highway of the future could look like? (Picture © Highways Agency)

Electric car charging roads that will refuel battery-powered motors as they drive along are to be tested in the UK. The pilot project, a first in Britain, has been set up by the government’s Highways England. The aim is to boost the number of low emission vehicles on the road by making them easier to live with.

Electric car sales in the UK increased by 167 per cent in 2014, according to data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. The government wants to ensure this trend for switching to low emission vehicles continues. It’s investing £500m in alternative fuel transport technology over the next five years. Part of this will be on roads that can charge electric vehicles. In July 2015, Highways England published a feasibility study: Powering electric vehicles on England’s major roads. The testing of electric car charging roads result from that.

Electric car charging roads: How they’ll operate

The government’s plan is for major roads such as motorways and A-roads to feature the new charging technology. Trials will take place at a special testing facility later this year. Pure electric vehicles will be fitted with wireless technology enabling them to receive a charge on the move. Equipment installed beneath the road will generate an electromagnetic field to charge the cars.
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Road safety warning: Stats show summer most dangerous time to drive

Road safety warning

Saturday July 25 is the day experts claims drivers are most likely to crash (Picture © TyreSafe)

Summer is the time drivers are most likely to come to grief on Britain’s roads according to a new road safety warning. The latest research shows that this year, Saturday July 25 at 11am is the most likely time for drivers to have a crash.  Continue reading