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Half a century of the breathalyser

The drink drive breathalyser is 50 years old this week. Yes, police carried out the first roadside breath test on a motorist in Shropshire on October 8th, 1967. Before the breathalyser it was more a case of whether you could touch your nose with your eyes shut, walk in a …

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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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Most drivers unable to identify road signs

Highway Code road signs

Millions of motorists have forgotten what they were taught when they were learning to drive – with many even now unable to identify common road signs. New research has revealed that three quarters of drivers no longer know the meaning of all the road signs featured in the Highway Code. …

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Car dashboards baffle drivers

Car warning signs

Millions of British motorists are driving their cars without any knowledge of the symbols on the dashboard, according to new research. An Accident Advice Helpline study of 2,000 drivers shows nine in 10 have had a symbol pop up on the dashboard which they haven’t recognised. One in three cannot …

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Fast food steers UK motorway drivers

Motorway services

Nine out of 10 motorists pick a service station based on their favourite fast food outlet, new research has revealed. A third said the choice of a variety of places to eat is the most important thing to them when visiting services, according to vehicle rental giant Europcar UK. However, …

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Poor eyesight: drivers risking ban

Vision Express eye test

One in three motorists in the UK is risking a driving ban due to overdue eye tests, a new study has revealed. Almost 30% of drivers are overdue an eye test, with 4% admitting to never having had one, according to the research for Vision Express. Drivers with uncorrected vision …

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Drivers admit they’d struggle to pass test now

A Young Driver in action

Most motorists think they are a worse driver now than when they first passed their test, according to a surprising new study. Research from Young Driver, the UK’s largest provider of pre-17 driving lessons, revealed that only 43% felt they were better behind the wheel now than when they first …

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Drivers urged to put safety first

automatic emergency braking - aeb

New car buyers are more likely to upgrade infotainment systems than choose enhanced safety features, according to new research. Four in five motorists say that safety technologies are important when buying a car, but a fifth refuse to pay extra for them even if it reduces the chance of having …

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Mobiles phone use ‘safer than speeding’

Driver on phone

A quarter of British motorists think it is better to drive while using a mobile phone than speeding, according to new research. The findings emerged from a survey of 2,000 motorists after tough new legislation came in to introduce an increase in fines for those caught driving while using a …

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