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UK road safety: car buyers urged to pick safer cars to cut deaths in at-risk road users

UK Road safety

It’s claimed drivers should buy EuroNCAP 5-star cars such as the Volvo XC90

British car buyers have been urged to choose only top rated cars for safety after new research revealed a worrying trend that could be costing lives. When it comes to sales of new cars that are ranked best for pedestrian protection in crashes, the UK lines up 19th of the 28 European countries. According to the executive director of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS), this could be preventing Britain from cutting deaths to vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.

The UK’s road safety struggle

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Used car buying guide: best-selling convertibles

Best-selling convertibles

With the hoped-for arrival of hotter weather, many drivers’ thoughts turn to buying a convertible. Here we look at the country’s five best-selling convertibles. But rather than forking out for a new one, there are plenty of used bargains to be had with some models selling for hundreds rather than thousands of pounds.

Mercedes SLK

This was the car that started the modern trend for folding hard tops. Although the first generation model was far from perfect, the concept was clearly right because Mercedes is still making the SLK 20 years on. And as with the Mazda MX-5, there are models to suit all budgets.

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Top Gear episode 7 review: Get the look for less with a used Jaguar XK-R and Mazda MX-5

Top Gear episode 7 Jaguar F-type R Coupe

Jaguar’s F-Type Coupe starred in Top Gear episode 7 (Picture © Jaguar)

Despite not being a classic car show, it is quite possible that Top Gear episode 7 left viewers pining for more. Oh how we all wish we were able to blow the best part of a million pounds on the heavenly Eagle Low Drag GT, the car that left Jeremy Clarkson in awe when he compared it with a Jaguar F-type R Coupé.  Continue reading

New cars for 2015

New car highlights from 2014 include the funky Citroen C4 Cactus, the sharp-suited Audi TT, a much more stylish Nissan Qashqai and the all-new Ford Mondeo. In terms of new cars for 2015 the motor makers have some more treats up their sleeve. Here are half a dozen newcomers from next year that are set to make a splash in dealerships.  Continue reading

Used car buying guide: the best £10,000 sports cars

Buying a used sports car requires drivers to do their research and approach cars with care. Sports cars by their nature are bought to be driven in a spirited fashion and so it follows that many used examples will have led hard lives. Knowing what telltale signs to look out for is important. And knowing which cars are any good in the first place – it’s all too easy to to let the heart rule the head with a sports car – means doing your homework. Fortunately, Green Flag is here to help.  Continue reading