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Driverless Brits could head to the suburbs

Volvo's autonomous driving vision

New research has revealed that 40% of motorists would consider giving up city life for the suburbs if they could avoid congestion by using a driverless vehicle. According to the Goodyear Tyres UK study into the effects of traffic congestion, nearly half (46%) might also think about changing their job …

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Top 50 most common driving distractions revealed

Dazzling high beams

Heavy rain, backseat drivers and spiders in the car are among the most common motoring distractions, it has emerged. Researchers who carried out a detailed study also found debris on the road, children squabbling in the back and dashboard warning lights lead to drivers taking their eyes off the road. …

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World’s first PS4 controller-operated Nissan GT-R

world's first PS4 controller-operated Nissan GT-R

Nissan has brought reality and virtual together with the ultimate remote-control car for gamers – the Nissan GT-R /C. Operated by GT Academy winner and NISMO driver Jann Mardenborough, using an unmodified PlayStation 4 DualShock, the remote-control GT-R raced around Silverstone reaching speeds of 130+mph. Jann controlled the GT-R /C …

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New four-year MoT plan ‘risks lives’

MOT test engineer

Controversial planned changes to the MoT test will increase the number of unsafe vehicles on Britain’s roads, according to Government figures obtained by consumer motoring site HonestJohn.co.uk. The Government’s plans to extend the annual roadworthiness test from three to four years – which is currently undergoing a consultation period – …

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Most expensive UK cities for car repairs

Garage servicing

New research looking at the most expensive average price of car repairs in the country’s 20 biggest cities has revealed that London DOES NOT top the league. Coventry is the holder of the dubious title thanks to an average cost of £290.52, while the average for the UK as a …

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Honda tops servicing satisfaction survey

Car servicing satisfaction

Japanese and Korean car brands dominate the servicing satisfaction rankings for both newer and older cars, with Honda taking the No 1 spot, according to a new survey. The research by What Car? shows Honda enjoying an overall satisfaction rate of 91.2%, while fellow Japanese brands Lexus, Subaru and Toyota …

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Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV is a record-breaker

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Nurburgring lap record

The all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio has lapped the epic 12.9 mile Nürburgring Nordschleife in a record 7 minutes 51.7 seconds. It’s the fastest time ever posted by a production SUV, beating the previous benchmark by a full eight seconds. Alfa Romeo now holds two Nürburgring lap time records with …

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Smoking can slash a car’s value

Smoking in a car

People who smoke in their cars run the risk of losing thousands of pounds when they come to sell or trade in, claims a new study. According to a Carbuyer survey of 6,000 people, 87% wouldn’t buy a used car that had been smoked in. Worse still, automotive data specialists …

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Millions still flouting mobile phone driving law

​Nine million people are refusing to quit using their mobile phones while driving, claims new RAC research. A hard-core of motorists still admit to flouting the law by habitually using their handheld phones while driving despite the fact that penalties for the offence doubled on March 1, 2017. In September …

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Beware: car clocking cases are accelerating

Car clocking on the increase

The number of cars on UK roads showing mileage discrepancies has also risen to one in 16, according to the latest data. hpi, the UK’s leading authority on vehicle checking services, claims the figure has worsened from one in 20 cars less than three years ago. What’s more, it reckons …

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