AS of midnight last night, learner drivers are officially taking lessons on UK motorways. The first learner took advantage of the new laws by taking to the road at 12.01am - the moment it became legal. The new rule is part of the biggest ever shake-up in driver training and comes 60 years after the first motorway opened. But students have to be accompanied by professional instructors under the new DVSA laws - so parents can't take their kids onto high-speed roads. The changes are aimed at making learners more experienced before they're handed a licence. Younger drivers are up to seven times more likely to be killed or seriously injured than drivers over 25. Lessons will enable instructors to teach learners about how to join and leave motorways, how to overtake and when to switch lanes. According to the Mail Online, Finbar King, 17, was the first learner to legally drive on the motorway. Driving test 2018: DVSA guide to what happens during a driving test and how to pass it The … [Read more...] about Learners taking driving lessons on motorways from TODAY in major test shake-up
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LEARNER drivers will be allowed to take lessons on motorways for the first time from next week. But students will have to be accompanied by professional instructors under the new DVSA laws - so parents won't be able to take their kids onto high-speed roads. The new rule is part of the biggest ever shake-up in driver training and comes 60 years after the first motorway opened. Coming into force on June 4 2018, the changes are aimed at making learners more experienced before they're handed a licence. Younger drivers are up to seven times more likely to be killed or seriously injured than drivers over 25. Lessons will enable instructors to teach learners about how to join and leave motorways, how to overtake and when to switch lanes. Driving at higher speeds will be invaluable, according to the DVSA, with training also focusing on smart motorway regulations for traffic signs and breakdowns. Transport Minister, Jesse Norman, said: “Allowing learners to drive on motorways, with the … [Read more...] about Learners to be allowed to take driving lessons on motorways from NEXT week in major test shake-up
THE motorists most likely to speed on UK roads are middle aged Audi drivers, according to a new study. Researchers from Smartdriverclub looked at data from 6,000 British motorists aged between 17 and 80 and found that the biggest culprits were Audi owners aged between 41 and 60. The comprehensive study revealed that these middle aged racers were breaking the speed limit 8.7 per cent of the total time they were driving. Their bad driving was closely followed by pensioners, who broke the speed limit 6.5 per cent of the time. Top speeders by age group: 41-60 - Middle-aged drivers in this age group broke the speed limit 6.6 per cent of the time 65+ - OAP drivers broke the speed limit 6.5 per cent of the time 17-25 - Younger drivers broke the speed limit 6.2 per cent of the time 26-40 - Drivers in this age group broke the speed limit 6.1 per cent of the time Regionally, the study found that Scottish drivers spent the most time speeding - going over the limit 7.6 per cent of the total time … [Read more...] about Most speeding motorists now MIDDLE-AGED and drive Audis – as UK region with worst offenders revealed
A ban on conventional petrol or diesel cars seems likely. It won't happen for decades, and the details have yet to be even discussed, let alone confirmed, but it's safe to assume that the simplest powertrain — an internal combustion engine driving the wheels via a mechanical transmission — will one day seem as old-fashioned as a manual choke. Replacing it is a patchwork of alternatives. As we understand it, all cars will need to be capable of some zero-emission driving; moving without emitting any pollution from the tailpipe. That includes both battery-electric and hybrid cars, as well as a handful of alternatives that remain niche products at the moment. But what's the difference between an electric car and a hybrid? Why are some hybrids different to others? Is there anything else available? What about hydrogen fuel cells? And is a hybrid an electric car? There's a great deal of confusion surrounding this. Car manufacturers' primary concern is … [Read more...] about What’s the difference between a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid, and an electric ‘EV’ car?
With the rising number of accidents on the Indian roads, authorities are taking steps to bring down the rising number. In a similar step, the Rajasthan High Court has issued new directions to the Additional Police Commissioner of Jodhpur to cancel the driving license of the people who are found using mobile phones while driving. The new ruling came on Friday and the cops of the state have already started implying the new rule. The rule was passed by the bench comprising of Justice Gopal Krishan Vyas and Justice Ramchandra Singh Jhala. The new directive put in place will ensure that the drivers do not get distracted while driving because of mobile phones. However, the policemen would not be able to cancel the license on the spot. There will be a hearing and the accused will be given an opportunity to explain the use of mobile phone while driving. The order came after the additional commissioner of police (traffic) told the court that there is a large of people who use mobile phones … [Read more...] about Talking on the mobile phone while driving/riding: CANCEL driving license, says High Court
THE driving test has undergone its biggest shake-up in more than 20 years - but what will it mean for new learners? The new laws came into force in December 2017 with new manoeuvres to make it more like real-world driving for learners. Here's the lowdown. What are the new driving test laws? The independent driving part of the test will increase from ten to 20 minutes. The ability to use a sat navs will be introduced into the test. The reverse around a corner and turn in the road manoeuvres will no longer be tested. But you’ll still be tested on parallel parking, parking in a bay and pulling up on the right-hand side of the road. You’ll still be asked the "tell me" question at the start of the test but the "show me" question will be asked during the test - for example showing how to use windscreen wipers. The revised list of tasks in order to pass the new driving test also includes asking candidates to pull up on the right hand side of the road and reverse two car … [Read more...] about What are the new driving test rules, will I have to use a sat nav and when will learners have lessons on motorways?
TV car adverts are putting Brits off buying cars, according to a new study. Car makers are getting it all wrong with high-octane car chases, hot young women and villainous men, the report claims. The Auto Trader research revealed women AND men aren't interested in the "hyper-masculine" ads pumped out by agencies. And luxury sports car brands were most guilty of being "too manly" in their ads, according to those quizzed. The investigation looked at adverts from the UK’s top car brands, including BMW, Bentley, Ford, Mazda and Jaguar. It found 87 per cent of Brits feel increasingly disconnected from car marketing. Almost three-quarters agreed car ads personify gender stereotypes or are directed to appeal exclusively to men. "Hyper-male" ads include Jaguar's villain films from 2015 featuring Ben Kingsley, Mark Strong and Tom Hiddleston and the 2018 Bentley Continental GT ad which shows the luxury motor tearing along a mountain pass with a young, attractive woman … [Read more...] about Car adverts are ‘too manly’ – and it stops women AND men buying motors
BRITS would be lost without white van man, according to a new study. A report claims the UK commercial drivers are the "backbone of Britain" with consumers relying on them for everything from rubbish collections to online deliveries. Taxi drivers, ambulances and food deliveries are also included in the study that shows nine in 10 Brits would be worse off without vans. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said almost half of us had benefited from a commercial vehicle (CV) in the last 24 hours. Receiving post and online deliveries for medicine, clothes and food were the most popular daily uses with £67.3billion spent online last year and 15billion letters delivered annually. The UK is also home to nearly 18,000 ambulances that carry five million people to A&E a year. Utility and delivery vans and trucks together move three times more goods than water and rail combined, according to the report. This work contributes around £27.5 billion to the UK economy, … [Read more...] about Brits can’t live without ‘white van man’ as figures reveal UK’s incredible reliance on commercial drivers
There has been a rise in centenarian drivers, figures show, as the RAC and AA say drivers need not give up their cars too early. The number of over-70s holding a driving licence has exceeded five million for the first time, new figures show. Analysis of DVLA data reveals 265 Britons over the age of 100 hold a licence, up from 162 in November 2012, with four people aged 104 the oldest licensed drivers. There has been a 15 per cent spike in centenarians with licences since October 2015. Once people reach 70 they must declare whether or not they are fit to drive every three years, without having to take a driving or medical examination. Concerns have been raised that some elderly people are continuing to drive when they are not fit to do so. In particular some families who have been bereaved as a result of mistakes made by older drivers have called for a change in the law. But motoring organisations resisted calls for older people to be re-tested in order to keep their … [Read more...] about Rise in centenarian drivers as RAC and AA say no need to give up your car too early
Warning: contains NSFW language and the 'N-word' The hunt is on in New York for a man filmed knocking a police officer down with his car during an escape from Times Square, where he and some buddies were causing trouble. The offender was driving a black Mercedes C63 AMG, drifting and lighting a one-tyre fire along sections of the famously brightly-lit square in Manhattan before an NYPD cop, on foot, tried to arrest him. The driver hit the gas and pushed the policeman a short distance before knocking him to the floor and speeding away. After that, the chase, filmed the whole way, moved down a block or two where it seems that the driver side-swiped a whole bunch of cars in order to get away. There’s every chance that the car was stolen, the driver had no licence and/or insurance, or there was a huge stash of drugs on board. Or worse. Be warned, this video contains NSFW language and the use of the ‘N-word,’ which some may find offensive. … [Read more...] about NYPD Cop Knocked Down By Drifting Mercedes C63 In Times Square