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August 2012 News

Cost of driving keeps families apart

31/08/2012 17:00:01
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The ever-rising cost of motoring is taking its toll on the traditional Sunday roast and family get-togethers, a study suggests. Research carried out by car-maker Hyundai found that six in 10 families have missed out on a Sunday dinner because driving takes up too much of their income and 30% of British people admit that they can't afford ...

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Audi A3 awarded five-star safety score

30/08/2012 17:00:00
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The new Audi A3 is officially one of the safest cars in its class after it was given the maximum five-star rating for passive crash safety by the Euro NCAP consortium. The A3 was given the top rating for frontal and side impact collisions involving both drivers and passengers and Euro NCAP officials also highlighted the seat belt reminde ...

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Speed cameras acceptable to 82 per cent

29/08/2012 17:00:01
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Speed cameras are shaking off their negative image it seems, as 82% of people now believe their use is acceptable and think they have helped reduce road deaths. In 2007, 30% said speed cameras were not acceptable, but that figure has fallen every year since then, down to 16% this year. Speed awareness courses are also seen as a p ...

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Worst day' on British roads looms

28/08/2012 17:00:00
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A study has predicted that Saturday September 1 will be the worst day of the year for road accidents in the UK. The major factor identified was the expected surge in traffic caused by the return of holidaymakers. On the same date last year there were 40% more accidents than on an average day, and because the date falls on a Satur ...

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70 per cent of UK drivers are amateur mechanics

24/08/2012 17:00:01
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Britain is a nation of 'have-a-go' mechanics, according to new research. An RAC survey has revealed that 70% of us are happy to get our hands dirty and carry out our own car maintenance. The rising cost of motoring, combined with recent schemes encouraging young drivers to learn more about mechanics, are both believed to ...

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Charity urges drivers to carry out tests

23/08/2012 17:00:01
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Drivers are putting themselves, their passengers and others at risk by failing to carry out basic checks before setting off on long journeys, research has found. Around 40% of people asked said they set off on long journeys without checking lights are working and tyres are in a safe condition. More than a quarter said they do not ...

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Millionth uninsured car seized

22/08/2012 17:00:00
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More than a million cars have been seized since the launch of a campaign to crack down on motorists driving without insurance. The Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB) announced that police had seized the millionth car since the scheme was first launched in 2005. Since the police were given powers to stop vehicles identified through licen ...

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Holidaymakers careless at the wheel

21/08/2012 17:00:00
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It seems the sun goes to British motorists' heads on holiday, with more than half confessing to having committed a motoring offence when driving in continental Europe. In total, 53% of British drivers admitted to at least one driving offence when behind the wheel in Europe, with almost a third (29%) owning up to three or more offences.

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Electric car recalled due to fan fires

20/08/2012 17:00:00
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Drivers of a luxury electric car have had their vehicles recalled because the cooling fans can catch fire. Manufacturer Fisker Automotive, which was lent money by the US Government to develop its cars, has recalled its Karma saloon after an investigation into a fire in Woodside, Califonia, earlier this month. Fisker said that the ...

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Car recall system ready for launch

17/08/2012 17:00:00
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A free electronic vehicle safety recall system is due to go live next month, the BVRLA and its technology partner, Ebbon-Dacs, have announced. The BVRLA appointed Ebbon-Dacs last September and announced that it would be developing a standardised recall system for its members that should be free to use. In 2010 nearly one million ...

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Ogling motorists 'cause a million crashes' a year

16/08/2012 17:00:01
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Distracted motorists cause nearly one million crashes in Britain every year because they are eyeing up members of the opposite sex, it has emerged. Drivers cause an average of 2,525 collisions every day, from crashing into lamp posts to shunting other vehicles - which works out at a total of 921,840 a year. The summertime, when pedestria ...

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Caution suggested when buying older cars

15/08/2012 17:00:00
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The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has published research that demonstrates a clear link between the high rate of fatalities involving male drivers under twenty years old, and the age of the car they have been driving. The research draws the distinct conclusion that low-powered cars with better safety features would be better for ...

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Kia offers fixed price servicing deals

14/08/2012 17:00:01
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Kia is offering car warranty and servicing packages on its Sportage at a fixed price for the first three or five years, so people do not have to worry about inflation. The South Korean car manufacturer has announced that the deals will be available to all customers buying the compact crossover SUVs with the model year 13 and there are tw ...

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Which names 'unreliable' cars

13/08/2012 17:00:00
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Which? has singled out the BMW 3 series convertible as the car that spends the most time per year in the garage being repaired. In its 2012 car survey the consumer group named the cars that spend most time per year being repaired, and those that spend the least. It found that the BMW 3 series convertible is the least reliable car ...

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Fake MOT certificates discovered

10/08/2012 17:00:00
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Car buyers have been warned to be extra vigilant after a batch of fake MOT certificates and tax discs were discovered in the North East. Cleveland police issued the warning after officers made the discovery of the fraudulent documents from the Stockton and Durham areas. Pc Lee Benson of Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations U ...

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Police urge drivers to help cut car crime

09/08/2012 17:00:00
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Motorists are being urged to avoid leaving valuables in their vehicles following a spate of thefts. Police are worried drivers' attitudes to vehicle security are too relaxed with motorists leaving satnavs, money and handbags in their cars, often in plain view. Officers in Peterborough are reminding drivers to take valuables with t ...

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Citroen extends warranty scheme

03/08/2012 17:00:00
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Citroen's 'Upgrade to Business Class' extended four year warranty, servicing and Citroen Assistance package will now be available for the foreseeable future. Originally the scheme was only available from participating Citroen dealers and Business Centres, on any Euro V Citroen Nemo, Berlingo, Dispatch or Relay ordered and delivered by J ...

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Peugeot reveals deals on various models

02/08/2012 17:00:00
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French car giant Peugeot has announced a plethora of deals for August and September for its range of new 208, 308, 3008 and 5008 models and the restyled 107. The 'Just Add Fuel' offer, which includes servicing, car tax, comprehensive insurance, breakdown cover and car warranty, is now open to anyone over the age of 21 with a fixed monthl ...

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Mazda MX 5 voted classic of the future

01/08/2012 17:00:00
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The Mazda MX-5 has been voted the mostly likely car of the modern era to be a classic icon in the future. In a survey by specialist classic car and motorcycle insurance broker Footman James, 7% of respondents predicted that the roadster would become a classic icon 50 years from now. The Bugatti Veyron was voted second in the list ...

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