Vehicles

Should noisy road works come with warning signs and diversions?

It’s time that noisy building sites and road works came with warning signs to protect the hearing of passers-by as well as those working on site. That’s the opinion of a nationwide hearing aid specialist which says that many sites operate with noises well over what is considered safe for people’s long-term hearing, and should […]

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Sat navs are turning drivers into "zombies" – especially in London

London drivers are more reliant on satellite navigation systems than anywhere else in the UK – that’s the verdict of new study which suggests many of the capital’s motorists are rapidly turning into ‘zombie drivers’ who waste an average of 62 hours each year driving the wrong way round. The new study, specially commissioned by […]

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Road safety charity backs "Do Not Disturb While Driving" mode for iPhones

Apple has announced that its iOS 11 software update is to include a new “Do Not Disturb While Driving” mode for iPhones. The new feature will detect when someone is driving and turn off all notifications, as well as setting an automatic text response to notify friends and family when the driver is behind the […]

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Nearly a quarter of drivers lie to their insurer about penalty points

Nearly a quarter (23%) of motorists did not inform their insurer the last time they received penalty points on their licence, research conducted by RAC Insurance has found. As many as 2.8m drivers have points on their licences which means around 654,158 drivers** may be putting themselves at risk of their insurance policy being declared […]

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Volkswagen vans now have autonomous emergency braking systems as standard

Volkswagen is to become the first commercial vehicle brand to fit all its vans with autonomous emergency braking systems (Front Assist with City Emergency Braking). All customers ordering a new Caddy, Transporter or Crafter van from 1 June will be guaranteed safety as standard. According to Thatcham Research, the motor insurers’ automotive research centre and […]

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