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January 2013 News

Campaigners celebrate seatbelt law

31/01/2013 17:00:00
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Campaigners have celebrated 30 years of driving legislation which has saved thousands of lives. Today marks the 30th anniversary of laws which made it illegal to drive a car without wearing a seatbelt. While many of us do wear a seatbelt, the THINK! campaign urged everyone to buckle up, no matter how short the journey is. C ...

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Toyota in air bags and wipers recall

30/01/2013 17:00:01
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The reputation of Japanese car giant Toyota is set for a fresh hit after it announced the recall of almost 1.3 million cars. Toyota has been renowned for its quality in the past but its reputation has suffered in recent times due to a number of massive recalls for problems varying from bad brakes to floor mats. In the latest incid ...

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Used car market currently trading well

29/01/2013 17:00:01
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The used car market was trading well by the end of January despite a "slower than usual start" to the year, according to CAP. Derren Martin, senior editor of Black Book Live, a real-time independent guide to used car trade values, said used car prices only started to increase around the middle of the month. The increase in trade w ...

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Jump start leaves driver out of pocket

28/01/2013 17:00:01
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A woman was left reeling after having to fork out 640 for what should have been a simple jump start to her car. Andrea Murray, 54, from Brightons near Falkirk in Scotland, complained to Peugeot, the maker of her car, after the action wiped out the computer system, but the company reportedly told her the vehicle should not be jump starte ...

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Volvo unveil revamped smartphone app

25/01/2013 17:00:01
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Volvo has redesigned its award-winning smartphone app, which now includes additional features and improved vehicle connectivity. The Volvo On Call application is available to download for free on Android, iPhone and Windows handsets and will be fully compatible with the V60 Hybrid. Motorists who used the previous version of the ap ...

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Vauxhall offers service vouchers

24/01/2013 17:00:01
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Vauxhall drivers can receive a 40 MasterFit voucher if they sign up to the free-to-join MasterFit Service Club before March 31. The car maker is making the offer to entice more motorists into the club, which gives drivers 50% off MoTs and between 15 to 25% off the costs of parts and labour depending on the age of the vehicle. A ...

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New app records accident details on mobiles

23/01/2013 14:00:00
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Scrambling around for a pen and paper to record important details is the last thing most motorists want to be doing in the wake of a road accident. But a new app has now been developed to help drivers record and keep the crucial evidence using their mobile phone. Available for Android and Apple devices, the Crash Mate app logs the ...

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Piper wins case over blown car engine

22/01/2013 17:00:01
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Two respected former racing drivers have been fighting it out in court over a blown engine in a replica classic Porsche. David Piper sued Mark Hales, who now works as a journalist, sports car tester and racing driver teacher, following an incident at Cadwell Park circuit, Lincolnshire, in April 2009. Mr Hales paid Mr Piper, who al ...

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Six million leave snow on vehicle

21/01/2013 17:00:01
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Around six million drivers do not bother to remove the snow from their vehicle before they get inside, according to a parts retailer. Almost one in five motorists are guilty of not removing accumulated snow from their car, Halfords says. Nevertheless, most will clear snow from the windscreen and back window but will leave it on th ...

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Drivers jump 87 red lights in a lifetime

18/01/2013 14:00:00
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The average British motorist will jump 87 red lights during their lifetime, and in a list of other misdemeanours revealed in a new study, drivers will also swear 323 times at other motorists, make 1992 phone calls and check their smartphones for emails or texts over 1,000 times. A study commissioned by skobbler, the developers of the UK' ...

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Many young drivers are distracted

17/01/2013 14:00:01
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A study from the Association of British Insurers (ABI) has indicated that more than half of young motorists admit to not paying full attention to the road while carrying other people. The poll also showed 45% of young drivers are preoccupied by the views and a similar number by the radio. In addition, around a quarter of youngsters think ...

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Third of drivers have 'substandard' eyesight

16/01/2013 17:00:00
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Up to a third of British motorists could be driving with substandard eyesight, research has suggested. The findings came from screening tests carried out on visitors to Specsavers Corporate Eyecare's Drive Safe roadshows, throwing up worrying implications for road safety. Two-fifths of those screened admitted they hadn't had their ...

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Drivers warned over de icing thefts

15/01/2013 14:00:01
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Six Belfast drivers had their cars stolen within 90 minutes as opportunistic thieves struck while they were de-icing the vehicles. Tracker, which produces stolen vehicle recovery systems, has warned that this kind of theft, dubbed 'frost-jacking', always increases when a cold snap sweeps across the country. It warned that ...

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Nissan to change battery policy

14/01/2013 14:00:01
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Nissan will offer a more thorough warranty on the battery of its Leaf electric car following criticisms from owners of the model. People who own Nissan Leaf models were sent a letter by executive vice president of the manufacturer, Andy Palmer. He wrote: "Since launch, the Nissan LEAF has garnered some of the highest customer adv ...

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Pensioners to drive 28000 miles

11/01/2013 17:00:00
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A group of pensioners are planning to travel 28,000 miles for charity in two Suzuki Jimnys. The five, who are fans of Suzuki vehicles, will start their mammoth expedition from Trafalgar Square in London to Moscow in late March. The travellers - Peter Streets, Alan Butler, Leslie Carvall, Charles Scott and Glyn Mayer - will share the driv ...

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Tyre safety 'increasingly important'

10/01/2013 17:00:00
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Tyre maintenance has been singled out as an increasingly important factor in road safety as data suggests UK weather is getting wetter over time. With the Met Office announcing that 2012 was the second wettest year on record, TyreSafe chairman Stuart Jackson said "adequate tread depth is essential for safe driving". And an analysi ...

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Substantial guarantee add on out of this world

08/01/2013 14:00:00
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Motorists could now drive the equivalent of four times round the planet and still be covered by Subaru UK's new car warranty. This follows the company's decision to replace the old three-year 60,000-mile guarantee with a five-year 100,000-mile one. The manufacturer's call comes in response to comments from its dealer ...

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Motorists face 1bn pothole damage bill

07/01/2013 17:00:01
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Britain's motorists are paying out over £1 billion a year on repairs to rectify damage caused by potholes, according to a new survey, with one car affected every four seconds. The figures, from Halfords Autocentres, reveal that as many as 8 million vehicles a year suffer damage attributed to poorly maintained road surfaces, whi ...

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Drivers 'unaware' of tyre label rules

04/01/2013 17:00:00
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Many drivers are unaware of new rules surrounding tyre labelling, a survey suggests. A poll found that more than two-thirds of drivers were unaware of EU regulations requiring tyres to be rated for fuel efficiency, wet grip and external noise. The new system came into force in November, but the findings suggest that many people ma ...

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UK car insurance costs set to rise again

03/01/2013 17:00:00
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Motorists across the UK could see their car insurance costs increase again in the near future after it emerged that insurers' own costs are on the rise. The increased costs are being attributed to concerns among re-insurers, who provide "insurance for insurers", about how people are being compensated after they have been involved in road ...

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Self drive skiers 'should check tyres'

02/01/2013 14:00:00
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A tyre services company is urging holidaymakers who are planning a self-drive trip to a European ski destination to make sure their tyres are fit for the journey. Micheldever Tyre Services/Protyre (MTS) said that while most UK drivers use summer tyres all throughout the year, the majority of European motorists use either two sets of tyre ...

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