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Insurers warn against self-driving cars on motorways

Plans for cars to drive themselves on UK motorways as soon as 2021 are unlikely to go ahead after insurers warned government proposals were risking lives and “hugely wrong”, according to The Guardian. Cars with the technology to keep in lane, accelerate and brake automatically will be on the road next year, and ministers had […]

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Drivers to be banned from holding phones under tightened rules

It will soon be illegal for anyone to pick up and use a mobile phone while driving, under revised legislation due to be introduced next year. The change will end a loophole in the law that currently allows drivers to escape punishment for using a hand-held phone to take a photo or play a game. […]

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FirstCar launches new app for learners

FirstCar has launched a new app to help learner drivers pass their practical test at the first time of asking by avoiding easily preventable mistakes. Driving Test Wiz is available on both Apple and Android devices – and costs £4.99. The app contains a series of ten videos which highlight the reasons why practical tests […]

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Stay alert, but don’t veer for deer, warns safety group

Road safety organisation GEM Motoring Assist is urging drivers to take extra care in areas where deer are common. The rutting (or breeding) season means deer are more mobile than usual, bringing them onto roads and increasing the risk of collisions. GEM chief executive Neil Worth says: “We encourage drivers to be extra observant, but […]

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New assisted driver safety grading system launched

A new grading system has been launched to help drivers better understand autonomous emergency driving and other assisted driving features on modern cars. The ‘first-of-its-kind’ system has been launched by Thatcham Research and Euro NCAP in response to the “dangerous misconception” that motorists can purchase a self-driving car today. A grading of very good, good, […]

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DfT confirms 2019 casualty statistics

Evidence points towards Britain being in a period when the numbers of road fatalities are ‘broadly stable’, the Government has conceded. The final estimates for 2019, published by the DfT on 30 September, show 1,752 people were killed on roads in Great Britain last year – down from the 1,784 reported in 2018.  However, the […]

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Need for ‘fundamental shift’ in attitudes towards speeding: IAM

IAM RoadSmart has renewed its call for speeding to become as socially unacceptable as drink and drug driving. The road safety charity has published ‘worrying new analysis’ that indicates excessive speed is considered acceptable on the motorway and on residential roads by many drivers. The survey found that more than one-in-10 motorists (14%) admit to […]

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Parents ‘don’t want to use their car on the school run’

More than eight out of ten parents (84%) don’t want to drive their children to school, a new survey has found. Between April and July, Living Streets surveyed more than 23,000 parents across the Midlands and East of England asking them to share their experiences of the school run. The results found that although a […]

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Safety group calls for better understanding of motorway lanes

Motorists are being reminded that good lane discipline can be the key to reducing risk and congestion on the road. Safety campaigner GEM Motoring Assist has issued the reminder to motorists using motorways that they should keep left in lane one unless overtaking. It comes following the recent announcement that some stretches of motorway are […]

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Virtual Festival of Road Safety to take place in November

Preparations for the Festival of Road Safety are gathering pace with more than 30 sessions already confirmed, including 16 presentations in a bumper Fringe programme. Organised by Road Safety GB, the Festival of Road Safety replaces the 2020 National Road Safety Conference and will run throughout November. There will be something happening on each of […]

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