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DRIVERS THINK THEIR CAR REFLECTS THEIR PERSONALITY
- 03 May 2022
DRIVERS THINK THEIR CAR REFLECTS THEIR PERSONALITY
From Volvo Vibers to Porches Patrols, nearly half (45 per cent) of drivers think their motor represents their personality - with many believing its colour (41 per cent), acceleration (20 per cent) and sound system (17 per cent) speak volumes about them as a person. New research from Your Red Car, found drivers of robust SUVs are the most family orientated - with three in five (59 per cent) of these motorists claiming to 'always' put their loved ones first. Half (48 per cent) of hatchback drivers believe they are loyal and reliable, with only a five per cent saying they 'live life in the fast lane' and 41 per cent of station wagon drivers proudly declare they are organised. In contrast, as many as one in three (33 per cent) of those behind the wheel of a 4x4 like to 'go anywhere, at any time'. Of those who believe their car represents their personality, many think their vehicle says more about them than their job (20 per cent), dress sense (18 per cent) and even music taste (17 per cent). A quarter (26 per cent) have even opted for a vehicle which better matched their personality, rather than going for something more practical. Your Red Car has also developed a quiz (at https://visityourredcar.co.uk/) to help drivers reveal their 'car personality. The quiz tells motorists if they are in the 'Fiat 500 gang', a kid centric 'Volvo Viber' or likely to be a 'fast and furious Porsche driver', among other profiles.
CAR THEFT ON THE RISE
- 03 May 2022
CAR THEFT ON THE RISE
Car theft is continuing to be a prominent issue in neighbourhoods across the UK, with thieves targeting valuable car and car parts to resell for profit. With the latest Office of National Statistics figures reporting over 348,481 vehicle offences - including theft from and of vehicles in the last year. It is vital to protect your car from opportunists. From airbags, to steering wheels and catalytic converters. Criminals are taking just minutes to rip valuable parts from our cars, even if they're parked on our own drives. In a recent report from Admiral Insurance, steering wheel theft to retrieve airbags was stated to have risen by 68% in the last year due to supply chain issues. The result for the owner. a high insurance premium and an expensive repair bill that could reach into the £1,000s. And for the criminal, a healthy profit, with parts on the black market reaching £200-£500. Adrienne Sharkey-Perves, Senior Marketing Director at surveillance camera brand Arlo comments: "Recent reports show that steering wheel theft has risen by 68% in the past year, leaving victims of theft with high insurance premiums and expensive repair bills. Often utilising devices to 'hack' car keys left in clear view, culprits are quick to seek out vulnerable areas like doors, letterboxes and windows to unlock vehicles remotely, so storing keys in a safer place out of sight is a quick first step to security.
BRITS PUT THE BRAKES ON DRIVING TO WORK
- 03 May 2022
BRITS PUT THE BRAKES ON DRIVING TO WORK
A significant number of Brits have put the brakes on driving to work - potentially for good - as new research reveals the pandemic has drastically altered the nation's commuting routines. Data released by Volkswagen Financial Services has shown that a considerable 40% of the population have not driven for work, at all, since January 2021. And a quarter (25%) of respondents said they have driven less for work over the past 14 months than they did pre-pandemic. The research also shows that 87% of Brits have driven fewer than 10,000 miles for leisure since January last year, with more than a third (38%) saying they've driven less compared to before the pandemic. According to the Department for Transport's National Travel Survey, average miles travelled for commuting purposes declined to 799 miles travelled per person in 2020, a decrease of 37% compared to 2019 (1,276 miles travelled per person) and an overall decrease of 43% compared to 2002 (1,400 miles travelled per person). Volkswagen Financial Services UK's data insights team suggest the widespread shift in behaviour has largely been driven by the accessibility of hybrid working, but report that rising fuel costs may see this trend become irreversible. Rising fuel costs The leading car finance provider's study highlighted that if fuel prices continue to rise, almost three quarters of the population (73%) would change their driving habits in some way, with 41% saying they'd be forced to drive less. Rising fuel costs would disproportionally affect younger people, with nine in 10 (90%) under 34s saying they would have to alter their driving habits - a significantly higher percentage than all other age groups. However, millennials are far more likely to waste fuel, with 22% of under 34s claiming they nearly always leave their engine running when parked temporarily, versus just 6% of people aged between 55 and 74. Across the breadth of the population, 52% say they nearly always turn off their engine when waiting outside a friend's house or stopping to pick someone up. The majority of drivers (78%) spend less than £50 a week on fuel, but people living in the north of England are more likely than anywhere else in the UK to spend over £50 a week on fuel. However, a significantly higher proportion of women (47%) spend under £20 on fuel per week than men (40%). Are EVs the answer? More than a third (35%) of people surveyed are now more likely to buy a new electric vehicle when they choose their next car as a result of the fuel crisis, whilst almost half (49%) are open to buying a used EV.
FUEL CONSUMPTION NOW KEY FOR NEW CAR BUYERS
- 03 May 2022
FUEL CONSUMPTION NOW KEY FOR NEW CAR BUYERS
Fuel consumption is now the number one priority for UK car buyers, with 57% declaring it as one of their most important factors when considering their next vehicle purchase, a new study has revealed. The survey, commissioned by used car marketplace CarGurus, found that owners are using their current cars less, prioritising fuel-efficient models more heavily when shopping for a new car, and contemplating purchasing EVs in greater numbers than before. Fuel consumption (57%) relegates reliability (55%) to second on the list of buyers' concerns, ahead of road tax (25%), which has climbed from sixth to become Brits' third most significant consideration as the cost of living continues to increase. Design/style and passenger/luggage capacity have slipped from third and fourth to fifth and sixth respectively. When contemplating which factors would be most likely to push them toward a more eco-friendly or fuel-efficient car, nearly half (43%) cited increased fuel prices, with almost a third (31%) referencing the fight against climate change. Just 57% of respondents said they would still have bought the car they own had fuel prices been the same today. Almost a quarter (23%) would have chosen a model that was cheaper to run, and nearly one in ten (8%) said they would have either purchased an EV or nothing at all. Respondents also reported that increased fuel prices have caused them to shift how they use their cars. Nearly half (47%) said they were avoiding unnecessary car journeys, with 37% choosing to walk more often, 18% using public transport and 12% cycling. In total, CarGurus' survey found UK car owners to be driving an average of 17.8 miles fewer per week than they were prior to the fuel price rises, the equivalent of removing 564 million miles-worth of journeys or 86,809 cars' from the UK's roads. When it came to swapping their combustion-powered car for an EV, nearly a quarter of respondents (22%) said that they had started considering purchasing an electric vehicle since the recent fuel price rises. With over half (51%) of UK drivers now contemplating the switch in total, factors such as cost (68%), lack of public charging infrastructure (45%), lack of domestic charging infrastructure (40%), and range anxiety (39%) remained key in dissuading them that the time was right to do so. Over three quarters (67%) of those who are considering purchasing an EV said that fuel price rises had brought forward the date by which they thought they'd own an electric vehicle, with nearly a fifth (18%) saying they now saw themselves driving an EV up to three years sooner than they otherwise might have done.
BREAKDOWN COVER UNDER THREAT
- 03 May 2022
BREAKDOWN COVER UNDER THREAT
As the cost-of-living crisis deepens, millions of motorists are now considering cancelling their breakdown insurance in a bid to cut back on everyday outgoings. Research commissioned by the UK's leading road safety charity, IAM RoadSmart, has revealed that one in five (21 per cent) of the 1,000 drivers surveyed are considering cancelling their vehicle's breakdown cover. Worryingly, this figure means that millions of drivers across the nation could find themselves stranded by the roadside, without cover in the event of a vehicle fault or accident. Perhaps unsurprisingly, half (50 per cent) of 18-24-year-olds surveyed stated that they have considered cancelling their cover, in stark contrast to just 14 per cent of 55-64-year-olds and seven per cent of drivers over 65. Answers also varied according to region, with nearly half (44 per cent) of Londoners stating they are considering cancelling their cover, making them the most likely to cut costs. This compares to just one in ten (10 per cent) of residents from the North East. Neil Greig, Director of Policy and Research at IAM RoadSmart commented: "Most fatalities on motorways involve a stationary vehicle, so having cover means you are more likely to be rescued quicker, reducing your chances of being hit on the hard shoulder or in a running lane. "Having said this, households up and down the country are being forced to cut back on everyday outgoings in an effort to balance the books, and our findings reveal that breakdown cover could be one of the first expenses to be axed by drivers. "So, while we will always urge motorists to take out breakdown cover, those who are unable to afford it during such straitened times should carry out a series of regular vehicle checks themselves, which may prevent any avoidable breakdowns. These include ensuring engine oil is topped up, checking tyres daily, practising good driving habits and paying attention to warning lights and strange noises."
STAYCATIONS LOSE THEIR SHINE
- 03 May 2022
STAYCATIONS LOSE THEIR SHINE
More than a third of households are thinking twice about staycations this year as surging fuel costs threaten to price families off the road, according to Auto Trader research. The company's survey of 2,400 users of its online marketplace found that 38% were less likely to choose a UK holiday this year - with almost nine in ten respondents, or 85%, blaming the decision on the rising cost of fuel. The shift in attitude towards holidaying in the UK comes despite the travel chaos faced by millions of holidaymakers seeking overseas getaways at under-staffed airports during the Easter holidays. More than half of those still planning staycations, or 51%, plan to holiday closer to home due to the price of fuel, while 52% are planning fewer staycations by car because of the rising financial pressure. Nearly a third, or 29%, are also less likely to embark on foreign driving holidays, the survey found. While UK roads are expected to be busy for the looming Bank Holiday weekend, Auto Trader's research also found 60% of respondents driving less due to the soaring cost of filling up. As of April 25th, the cost of petrol and diesel remains near record highs at 161.8p and 176.3p a litre, despite the impact of Chancellor Rishi Sunak's 5p a litre fuel duty cut in last month's Spring Statement. Official figures showed the cost of petrol jumped by a 12.6p a litre in March, the biggest monthly rise since Office for National Statistics records began in 1990. Diesel rose by 18.8p a litre, also a record. Two-thirds, or 66%, of respondents told Auto Trader that they would drive less if fuel prices continued to climb, up from 38% in February. The research also found one in four or 26% are using public transport more due to rising forecourt costs. Ian Plummer, commercial director at Auto Trader, said: "The Covid-19 pandemic triggered a staycation boom, but it looks like being short-lived as foreign destinations reopen to travellers and drivers face the harsh reality of rising petrol and diesel costs for journeys at home. "It is little wonder that would-be staycationers are thinking twice about embarking on lengthy road trips when it costs around £90 to fill the tank of a typical family car. This inflationary pressure is squeezing budgets across the entire economy and next March the Chancellor will be clawing back the temporary respite on fuel duty."
NINE IN TEN MOTORISTS NOW THINK IN MONTHLY PRICES WHEN BUYING A CAR
- 25 April 2022
NINE IN TEN MOTORISTS NOW THINK IN MONTHLY PRICES WHEN BUYING A CAR
The "total price" of a car is becoming increasingly meaningless to car buyers with new research from AA Financial Services suggesting people now think about the cost in monthly amounts, with the majority having a clear idea of their monthly spend. A new report tracking the average monthly car budget of drivers looking to change their car in the coming months found 94% had a monthly, rather than total, figure in mind. This proportion rose to 98% of prospective car buyers under 35, falling only slightly amongst older car buyers (84% of those aged over 55). The figures showed that among drivers looking to change car in the coming months, the average amount people are looking to spend is £422 per month. There were, however, some notable differences in the average monthly budgets of some groups. The results showed that men planned to spend on average 38% (£130) more each month than women on their next car. As a proportion of all outgoings for the month, male car buyers were prepared to commit 22% of their monthly income for their car, compared with 20% of female car buyers. Men were also more likely to be planning to change their car in the coming months than women - 30% vs 22%. By region, car buyers in London had by far the largest monthly budget for that next car of £649, with one in seven (15%) car buyers intending to spend more than £500 each month. This figure was more than double that of other regions, including the East Midlands (£280 per month) and the South West (£272 per month). London car buyers were prepared to commit around 26% of their total monthly budget to get the car that they wanted, compared with an average of 21% for the rest of the country. London was also the region most likely to be looking to change cars in the coming months - 33% (compared with 26% of the rest of the UK). Similarly, those in the South East had the next highest budget (£506), which equated to 24% of their monthly budget.
RISING FUEL COSTS DRIVE MOTORISTS OFF THE ROADS
- 25 April 2022
RISING FUEL COSTS DRIVE MOTORISTS OFF THE ROADS
The rising cost of fuel is driving motorists off the roads as drivers cut back on unnecessary trips. New research from Confused.com found that two in five (40%) UK drivers are making a conscious effort to drive less in order to save on fuel, as recent increases in the cost of fuel puts prices at the highest on record. Reports suggest that fuel prices could reach £2 per litre, which puts the average cost of filling a medium tank at a staggering £100(2). This means motorists who drive regularly could be forking out hundreds of pounds in a month to top up on fuel. Worryingly, these costs are forcing drivers to avoid topping up, with many drivers admitting to making their fuel stretch as far as possible. While the majority (86%) of UK drivers generally keep their fuel topped up before, or shortly after the fuel light comes on, more than one in four (27%) motorists who can see their mileage on their fuel gauge admit to travelling with 10 miles or less in their tank. But it seems this risky behaviour is driven by the current cost of fuel, as one in seven (13%) drivers who've travelled with 10 miles or less in their tank claim they were trying to make the fuel last as long as possible so they wouldn't need to top up, while one in 10 (11%) couldn't afford to top up their tank. Although, experts at Confused.com suggest there are ways drivers can improve their fuel economy and make the miles last longer, without risking levels falling to zero: Inflate tyres to the correct pressure - the surface area that's in contact with the road increases when a tyre is under-inflated. The more surface area in contact with the road, the more drag on the wheel. ? Go easy on the accelerator - try to keep your driving smooth. Gentle acceleration and using the highest safe gear should use less fuel. ? Avoid idling - running your engine at idle consumes roughly half a gallon to about a gallon of fuel every hour. This means you're burning about 1.067 to 2.13 ounces of fuel every minute you're idle. ? Only top up with what you need - keeping your fuel topped up may be more cost effective
THE WORLD'S MOST UNDER-RATED ROAD TRIPS NAMED
- 25 April 2022
THE WORLDS MOST UNDER-RATED ROAD TRIPS NAMED
A recent study by confused.com has revealed the world's most underrated road trips. The study analysed the top 50 best-rated drives that have had the fewest Google searches over the last 12 months, to reveal the world's most underrated road trips. The most underrated road trip is the UK's Causeway Coastal Route in Northern Ireland. Despite 98.1% of the journey's Tripadvisor reviews being positive, the road trip had just 23,700 searches in the last 12 months. The trip takes in many popular sights such as the Glens of Antrim, as well as well-known filming locations from Game of Thrones. Ranking second is the Route des Cretes in France. Despite the stunning and highly reviewed views this road trip has to offer, this trip was searched just 131,200 times in the last year. Following closely behind in third place are two US-based road trips - Foothills Parkway and Lamar Valley. Foothills Parkway in Tennessee provides spectacular views of both the Great Smoky Mountains and the Tennessee Valley. Lamar Valley, on the other hand, provides the opportunity for wildlife spotting, often being referred to as 'America's Serengeti', drivers may get the chance to see wolves, bison, badgers and bears. Alex Kindred, car insurance expert at confused.com comments: "Road trips have become a popular way to see the world, particularly post-Covid as more people feel uncomfortable travelling by public transport. However, as the popularity of road trips increases, so does traffic along the route. Therefore, choosing an underrated route is a great way to experience the fun of a road trip while avoiding the crowds." "If you're planning an upcoming road trip, the route isn't the only thing you need to consider before embarking on your journey. If you plan to drive your own car along the route, it's important to check your car insurance to ensure your vehicle is fully insured abroad. Alternatively, if you're planning on hiring a car for your trip, always check the cost of car hire abroad. Car hire can be a huge expense, especially when combined with the cost of fuel, which again varies from country to country."
CAR INSURANCE PRICING LEVELS OFF
- 25 April 2022
CAR INSURANCE PRICING LEVELS OFF
According to the Consumer Intelligence organisation, price "equilibrium" is returning to the car insurance market after new rules that came into force on 1 January 2022 to tackle the practice of "price walking" pushed premiums up by as much as 5% in the month of the announcement, according to the latest analysis from insurance pricing experts at Consumer Intelligence (please see the attached press release). Premiums are now 4.3% higher since the start of 2022, with almost all this rise accounted for in the month of January alone. Average overall premiums have increased 16.4% since October 2013 when Consumer Intelligence first started collecting data. Although premiums today are still more than 10% lower than pre-COVID prices, and 16.3% off their pricing peak in September 2017. Average premiums have risen 6.2% for the over-50s in the last three months, with motorists aged 25-49 also seeing increases of 4.1%. Only our youngest driver cohort - the under-25s - have recorded price falls in the last three months of 2.3%. The annual cost of car insurance is still an eyewatering £1,717 for the under-25s; this compares to £610 for those aged 25-49 and just £370 for the over-50s. The South West (6.6%) and Wales (6.2%) have led the way with the biggest increases to their premiums in the last three months. All other UK regions recorded price increases in the last three months, although London saw the smallest uptick of just 0.8%. Yet Londoners (£1,216) continue to pay the most for their annual car insurance, with the West Midlands (£876) following in second. Scotland (£416) is now the cheapest UK region to buy car insurance.
NEW RESEARCH REVEALS THE UK'S MOST POPULAR USED CARS
- 25 April 2022
NEW RESEARCH REVEALS THE UKS MOST POPULAR USED CARS
Used car prices rose by almost a third (30.5%) in December 2021 on a year-on-year and like-for-like basis. New research by Zuto has uncovered the nations favourite make and model of car to buy second-hand, from a Vauxhall Corsa to a Ford Fiesta. Vauxhall and Ford take up the top 4 spots for both men and the women, making them the clear favourites for UK drivers as a whole. Audi and Volkswagen were also popular choices making an appearance in both of the top 10s. The main difference is Nissan, which is more popular with women than with men. The Nissan Juke and Qashqai took the 5th and 6th spot respectively for women yet did not appear in the top for men. The Fiat 500 also makes an appearance on the women's top 10 and not in the men's. When it comes to the men, the only make that features on their top 10 and not the women's is BMW, with the 320D coming in at 10th place. The data from Zuto has also revealed the top 10 cars for different age groups: Ford and Vauxhall take the top 3 spots for every age category yet again, and if not for 17-24 year olds choosing Volkswagen Golfs as frequently as they did, they would have the top 4 in every group! Whilst the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra remain the most popular models in most locations in the UK, there are a few car models which rank higher in popularity in some areas than others. In London the Audi A3 is ranked as the 3rd most popular second-hand car model, whereas it is ranked as the 7th most popular model in Norfolk. Additionally, the Range Rover ranks as the 6th most popular model of car in Inverness-shire, whereas in Scotland's County of Midlothian (home to its capital Edinburgh), the Range Rover does not make top 10 models. Similarly, the Fiat 500 is 8th most popular second-hand model in West Yorkshire whereas it does not make the top 10 models in North Yorkshire. Highlighting that despite the short distance between locations, the most popular models of second-hand cars can differ between regions. In recent years, the cost of used cars has increased rapidly due to a shortage of semiconductor chips. Leading to a decrease in the production of new cars which has caused the demand for second hand cars to soar. With the reduction of new car production, means that the supply of second-hand cars is limited which inflates the price of them. When looking at online interest over the past 12 months, Zuto found that the Ford Fiesta ranked first, with 301,0-00 searches, followed by the Audi A3 (246,000) and then the Ford Focus (207,000).
A SHADE TOO FAR?
- 25 April 2022
A SHADE TOO FAR?
Car colour names are becoming so ridiculous, that brits can't tell the difference between their Norfolk Mustards and their Elephant Breaths. And even as BMW unveiled its colour changing concept at CES in Las Vegas, consumers still can't distinguish between a car colour and a decorative paint. A survey by Leasing.com research found that the descriptions provided by automotive manufacturers have become so ethereal as to become baffling. Almost two thirds (61%) think Norfolk Mustard is a wall paint, when in fact it's a colour developed by Lotus for its sports cars. More than half (54%) believe the same for Mystic Olive Green, one of Hyundai's palettes. Other examples include BMW's Thunder Night (67% guessed incorrectly that it was a wall paint) and Lexus' Truffle Mica also saw 46% baffled and bemused. BMW recently announced its new concept car, the iX Flow, which has the ability to literally change colours. The 'E ink' technology is specially designed within a body wrap of the car allowing for seamless colour changes. Katherine Templar Lewis, Creative Neurologists, says that however fancy some of the colours become, everyday drivers choose vehicle colours based on how they as individuals want to be perceived by society: "Inside our homes we have more freedom to express who we really are. With a huge number of shades to choose between, fun names are a means to distinguish and bring the colour to life. Cars are something we want to reflect an air of seriousness as we need them to reflect our more professional side." The survey looked at 19 colours, from both car and the domestic paint companies, to understand why automotive brands are choosing such fanciful names, when data from the Department of Transport shows the most popular car colour is black (six million vehicles are black according to all registrations in 2020).
THE UK'S NOISIEST CARS AND BRANDS
- 19 April 2022
THE UKS NOISIEST CARS AND BRANDS
What are the UK's noisiest new cars? Recently, confused.com took an average of each vehicle model and manufacturer's reported noise level in decibels dB(A) from the last 5 years, to find out. The loudest vehicle of the past five years is the 2019 version of the Jaguar F-Pace SVR, with a decibel level of 86. To put that into context, it's said that being exposed to noise over 70 dB(A) for a prolonged period of time could damage your ears. While you might not expect a Kia to rank among the loudest cars in the country, it's the 2022 model year ProCeed that comes in second place (79.68 dB(A)). The Mercedes GLE-Class follows closely behind in third place with an average noise level of 78.50 dB(A), just beating the likes of the GLE Estate Model (78.17 dB9(A)). Following another Kia in fifth place (the Ceed), were 15 different vehicles all with a noise level of 75 dB(A), including 4 from Jaguar and 3 from Audi. Taking an average across all cars for each manufacturer in the last five years, the loudest (albeit by a small margin) is Lotus, with an average noise level of 73.65 dB(A). While no Lotus model appeared in the loudest overall, the small number of models produced by them had a consistently high noise level. The research also revealed the quietest car models and manufacturers: Unsurprisingly, each of the cars with the lowest average noise levels were electric vehicles. The Lexus UX 300e is the quietest overall despite Lexuses in general being amongst the loudest cars. The quietest car brand overall is Mazda, with an average decibel level of 67 dB(A).
MIDDLE AGED MEN FROM HULL TURN OUT TO BE BRITAIN'S MOST DANGEROUS DRIVERS
- 19 April 2022
MIDDLE AGED MEN FROM HULL TURN OUT TO BE BRITAINS MOST DANGEROUS DRIVERS
New research from Zutobi has revealed that men aged 25-34 are the most dangerous drivers in the UK, with men making up 62.6% of all road accidents. Meanwhile Kingston upon Hull is the area in the UK which has the most accidents, with 232.1 accidents per 100,000 people. The analysis used data from the Department for Transport's road traffic statistics and took into account incidents where at least one person was injured. The analysis showed that when it comes to men vs. women, males are most likely to get into road accidents, with 62.6% of incidents involving a man being injured. Meanwhile women are involved in 36.8% of road accidents. When looking at the age groups that are the most dangerous drivers in the UK, drivers aged between 25 and 34 are the most likely to be in a road accident, with more than a quarter (22.56%) of all incidents involving people in this age range. Kingston upon Hull is the area of the UK which sees the most road accidents per 100,000 people, with 232.1 accidents per 100,000 people in the population. In terms of areas that have the highest number of accidents overall, Kent comes out as the most dangerous area, with 2,964 road accidents reported in the area across the year. An estimated 1.3 million people worldwide are fatally injured each year as a result of road collisions, and many more are affected by crashes. Although driving in the UK is safer than in most countries in the world, and home to one of the lowest fatality rates, road collisions are not uncommon.
OVER SIX MILLION MOTORISTS UNABLE TO CARRY OUT BASIC MAINTENANCE
- 19 April 2022
OVER SIX MILLION MOTORISTS UNABLE TO CARRY OUT BASIC MAINTENANCE
New research from breakdown provider Green Flag reveals one in six drivers (15 per cent or 6.2 million) are not confident in performing basic vehicle maintenance, despite 9.4 million drivers finding themselves in a breakdown situation over the past five years. Following a breakdown, over half (56 per cent) of motorists called a roadside assistance company to fix the problem, while one in six (17 per cent) relied on another person they were with to resolve the issue and one in eight (12 per cent) called a friend or family member to help. Only 14 per cent were able to fix the problem themselves. Only half of drivers (53 per cent) would feel confident doing basic tasks like refilling the oil levels in their car or checking tyre tread depth (50 per cent). Just one in eight (13 per cent) would be able to tell if there was a problem with the anti-lock braking system, an important safety element when driving and usually indicated by a warning light. Despite this lack of knowledge, one in four drivers (24 per cent) don't have breakdown cover in place, leaving them at risk when their cars let them down. Car batteries are the most common cause for breakdowns, accounting for 35 per cent of Green Flag callouts. But, worryingly, just one in three drivers (33 per cent) feel confident in checking their car battery. One in six (17 per cent) of the callouts Green Flag supports are for tyre or wheel related issues, which is not surprising given only 37 per cent of drivers know how to change a tyre. Young people (aged 18-34) leave themselves most at risk. Only 59 per cent have breakdown cover in place, with the group also lacking knowledge compared to those aged over 35. When asked how confident they'd be in carrying out 19 common car maintenance tasks, young drivers were 100 per cent less confident of completing them than those aged over 55.
KIA THE UK'S FASTEST-GROWING CAR BRAND
- 19 April 2022
KIA THE UKS FASTEST-GROWING CAR BRAND
Kia is the fastest growing car brand in Great Britain, new research has revealed. The study by car insurance experts CarInsurance.ae used Department for Transport data for all licensed and registered cars of 26 major brands to analyse how many of each brand were on the road in 2010 compared to 2020. The study revealed that Kia has seen the most growth, with registered cars nearly tripling from 300,500 in 2010 to 869,500 in 2020 - an increase of 189%. The company was founded in 1944, making it the oldest car manufacturer in South Korea, but was bought by the Hyundai Motor Group in 1998. Kia is now flourishing in Great Britain, with more cars on the road than the iconic British Mini. However, Mini does come in second place with a 127% increase. The brand, bought by BMW in 2000, more than doubled its registered cars in ten years, from 346,600 in 2010, to 786,800 in 2020. In third place is Hyundai, another brand from South Korea. The brand had 852,400 registered cars in 2020, from just 382,200 in 2010, giving it an increase of 123%. Skoda, which once had a poor reputation in the UK, is now the fourth fastest growing car brand in Great Britain, with a 102% rise in registered cars. Skoda went from 383,600 registered cars in 2010, to 774,300 in 2020. The fifth car brand with the biggest growth is Audi. The German manufacturer saw a 102% rise in registered cars from 874,900 in 2010 to more than 1.6 million in 2020. That is an increase of 808,900 cars over the ten-year period, equalling an average of 222 newly registered cars every day. In sixth place is the Spanish brand Seat, which started with 310,200 registered cars in 2010 and increased by 80% to 557,500 in 2020. Mercedes comes in seventh place with an increase of 68%, followed by Land Rover with 65%, and BMW in ninth place with a growth of 56%. In the final spot on the top ten list is the brand Lexus, which had an increase of 43% from 2010 to 2020. Ford, Vauxhall, and Volkswagen have the highest number of registered cars in the database, with these three brands making up a third of all cars on the road. However, both Ford and Vauxhall have seen a decrease in registered vehicles over the ten-year period, of 6% and 12% respectively. Seven additional brands also saw a fall in registered cars, with French brands Renault and Peugeot experiencing the largest decreases of 42% and 29%.
TOP TIPS ON HOW TO SAVE MONEY ON YOUR CAR COSTS
- 19 April 2022
TOP TIPS ON HOW TO SAVE MONEY ON YOUR CAR COSTS
With high petrol prices and a rising cost of living, people are looking for easy ways to save some cash. So, if you can't save money on petrol, how else can you cut costs on your car? Here are some top tips on how to slash the cost of running your car. From car-sharing schemes to renting out your parking spot, these tips could help you save over £1,000 a year! 1. Reduce the cost of your MOT Whilst there is a maximum test fee set by the government of £54.85, this doesn't mean that you'll always have to pay that to get your MOT sorted. Some garages will offer reduced fees to attract new customers, so always check out your local garages before you book your test. 2. Make money from your parking space If you've got an empty driveway, spare parking space or a garage you don't use, you can put the space up for rent on various different websites such as YourParkingSpace or JustPark and make some extra money back from your otherwise empty space. The prices vary depending on where you live, so if you have a space in a busy area, you could be looking at some serious cash every month! 3. Join a car-sharing scheme With increased public transport and petrol costs, car-sharing can drastically reduce your outgoings and according to liftshare.com it could save you up to £1,000 a year in fuel costs! If having a stranger in your car would put you off this option, see if any of your colleagues at work live nearby to help save money on fuel costs. 4. Invest in a car with low emissions If you're in the market for a new car, cars with low CO2 emissions are exempt from car tax charges, whereas new diesel and petrol cars incur a big chunk of money in car tax. In addition to cutting your costs with a green car, you're also helping the planet! 5. Find cheap car parts If your car needs fixing or needs a part replacing, try searching for used car parts on AutoTrader's used car part finder. They are salvaged by experts to ensure top quality and they reduce the cost of fixing your car by a great amount. 6. Drive more efficiently Some simple things such as removing unnecessary weight from your car, not overusing the aircon, driving smoothly, changing gears properly and ensuring your tyre pressure is at the correct level can all contribute to helping you save fuel!
THE NEED TO CHECK YOUR TYRES
- 19 April 2022
THE NEED TO CHECK YOUR TYRES
With the DVSA releasing the latest vehicle enforcement data at the end of March, the figures showed the surprising reason most drivers fail enforcement checks at the roadside, is because of the condition of their tyres. According to the law, the tread depth of a tyre must be a minimum of 1.6mm across the main three quarters of the tyre. If part, or all of this area is below 1.6mm, the tyre would be classed as illegal. Although this is the legal limit, it's recommended that you should change your tyres when the tread depth reaches 3mm. This ensures your grip is at optimum levels, which is particularly important in winter, when the weather conditions cause the roads to be more slippery. There are a few ways to check your tread depth: Look out for tread wear indicators built into the main grooves of the tyre - if the tread is level with the top of the indicator, they need to be replaced. You can also use a calibrated tyre gauge which will show you how close you are to reaching the limit. If you don't have either of the above, you can do the 20p test. Place a 20p coin into the groove of your tyre - if the outer rim is obscured, your tyre is above the legal limit. Tyre Pressure Ideally you need to check your tyre pressure every 1-2 months. You can find your car's recommended pressure in the owner's manual, and there is often a sticker on your car door too. Plus, with fuel prices skyrocketing, it's even more important to keep an eye on your tyre pressure - as underinflated tyres can minimise fuel economy, leading to you using more fuel unnecessarily. If you're unsure how to check your tyre pressure, you need to use a pressure gauge when your tyres are cool. This will take a reading that will tell you if your tyre is under or over inflated. If it's over inflated, you just need to let some air out by unscrewing the cap. If it's underinflated, you'll need to use the machine at your local petrol station to put some air in. Tyres will always wear down over time, but there are a few factors that contribute to wear: Avoid aggressive cornering and braking. Frequent high speed driving increases temperature and wear, so always stick to the legal speed limit. Excess load increases wear, so if you're frequently carrying heavy loads, expect to see your tyres wear down more quickly. Check your alignment - if it's wrong, or your suspension shock absorbers are worn, this can cause your tyres to wear. If you are driving with unroadworthy tyres, you can be stopped by the police and fined up to £2,500 per tyre. This means that if all of your tyres are below the legal tread depth, you'll be faced with a fine of up to £10,000.
PETROL PRICE FLUCTUATION GOES GLOBAL
- 11 April 2022
PETROL PRICE FLUCTUATION GOES GLOBAL
Petrol prices at the pump hit record highs last month due to the ongoing geopolitical turbulence. In the UK, the price of petrol climbed to 163.46p per litre whilst diesel reached 173.44p. And the UK is not alone in facing soaring petrol prices, as the fuel price in many countries around the world rises to levels never seen before. New data from vehicle leasing company, Nationwide Vehicle Contracts reveals which countries currently have the highest petrol prices and which countries have experienced the highest increase in petrol prices in the last year. The country with the highest average cost of petrol is Hong Kong at £2.12 per litre. All local refined oil products in Hong Kong come from Singapore. Norway and Denmark follow closely behind at £2.02 and £1.80 per litre respectively. The UK ranks in 21st place at an average of £1.53 per litre in March 2022. Whereas the US ranks in 98th place at an average of £0.88 per litre in March 2022. Venezuela is the country with the lowest petrol price in the world as of March 2022, at a mere £0.02 per litre. Fuel is so affordable in the country as it is home to some of the largest oil reserves in the world! These are the countries with the highest increasing costs of petrol per litre from March 2021 to March 2022. Out of all the 167 countries studied, Sudan has seen the biggest increase in petrol prices in the past year at a huge 162%. On 1st March 2021 petrol was priced at £0.27 per litre, this has now increased to £0.71 as of this month! The UK saw a 24% increase in petrol prices compared to this time last year. While the USA saw prices double from £0.58 to £0.88 in the past year, rising by 53%. On the other end of the table, Syria, Russia and Yemen have witnessed a decrease in petrol prices compared to this time last year at -49%, -39% and -39% respectively.
CHEAPEST AND PRICIEST UK STADIUMS FOR PARKING NAMED
- 11 April 2022
CHEAPEST AND PRICIEST UK STADIUMS FOR PARKING NAMED
New research reveals the most expensive (& the cheapest) stadiums for parking in the UK - with Wembley being named the most expensive for parking, whereas Anfield is the cheapest. The study by confused.com analysed the cost of event parking at 20 of the largest stadiums in the UK to reveal the most expensive and the cheapest stadiums for parking. It comes as no surprise that the most expensive UK stadium for parking is Wembley stadium, based in the UK's capital city, London. The stadium can hold up to 90,000 fans watching either football, rugby or American football and parking can cost up to a whopping £40 per event. The second most expensive stadium in the UK for parking is the Twickenham Stadium, again in London. Home to England's national rugby union team, the Twickenham Stadium holds 82,000 fans and event parking at the stadium costs up to £25 - £15 less than Wembley. Liverpool's Anfield stadium, home to Liverpool football club, is one of many stadiums that doesn't actually offer official parking at the stadium itself. But if you arrive early you can actually park for free at the nearby Stanley Park. Ranking in second place for the stadium with the cheapest parking is the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, home to Sunderland A.F.C - parking costs £1.20 per event and the stadium seats approximately 49,000 fans.
UK'S MOST COMMON CAR CRIMES
- 11 April 2022
UKS MOST COMMON CAR CRIMES
Go Shortly has analysed data from a series of Freedom of Information requests and government sources to reveal the most common car crimes. Speed limit offences are the most common car crime in the UK. Speed limits are a vital part of road safety strategy, ensuring that drivers only go as fast as is considered safe for each stretch of road. These limits have prevented an untold number of accidents and saved countless lives, so should not be taken lightly. The second most common car crime is theft from a vehicle. This refers to any time a theft has been committed where the thief has stolen items that were left in the vehicle. These thefts are often unplanned, as the opportunistic thief might spot something of value on the back seat of the car and attempt to steal it, so you should always keep any valuables out of view if you need to leave them in your vehicle. The third most common car crime is criminal damage to a vehicle. This offence refers to when someone knowingly causes damage to another person's vehicle, such as scratching the paint or breaking a window. Further findings from the research: Lincolnshire has the highest number of speeding offences with 13,420.07 per 100,000 people. London saw the most thefts from a vehicle with 687.51 per 100,000. Essex has the highest number of seat belt offences with 286.57 per 100,000. Thames Valley saw the highest number of parking offences with 144.21 per 100,000 people. Cumbria was the area with the most cases of using mobile phones whilst driving, with 80.03 per 100,000.
LIVING COST HIKE CAUSES DRIVERS TO DELAY SERVICING
- 11 April 2022
LIVING COST HIKE CAUSES DRIVERS TO DELAY SERVICING
An online Opinion Matters poll of more than 2,000 UK car owners commissioned by The Motor Ombudsman, the Ombudsman dedicated to the automotive sector, has revealed that the majority (56%) of respondents who do not currently have a service plan in place*, are planning to miss (33%) or delay (23%) their car's annual service this year beyond the vehicle manufacturer's recommended interval, in order to save money in the face of the sharp rise in the cost of living. April has already proved to be a challenging period for the nation's households, resulting from the introduction of a 54% increase in the price cap for gas and electricity bills, and rises in council tax and Vehicle Excise Duty (road tax), which all came into force at the beginning of this month. This has come on top of the current high cost of petrol and diesel at the pumps - a concern for 87% of car owners according to The Motor Ombudsman poll, as well as surging inflation, making goods on shelves even more expensive. In addition, as the new tax year begins tomorrow, consumers are set to have even less money in their pockets due to having to pay 1.25% more in National Insurance contributions, with 69% of individuals surveyed saying that this was another source of worry. Aside from the legal requirement of an annual MOT for cars aged three years and over, taking a vehicle to a garage on time for a yearly service is important to keeping it both roadworthy and safe for occupants and fellow road users. The study revealed that female car owners (57%), individuals residing in Wales (66%) and 45- to 54-year-olds (64%) emerged as being the least likely to, either get their car serviced at all this year, or to take their car to a garage on time once they had reached the next servicing interval based on the mileage completed, or on the 12-month anniversary since the last check. When car owners were also asked how else they were planning to reduce their motoring spend this year, which applied to 68% of those who said in the survey that they were looking to make savings in 2022, there were five key areas where these individuals were looking to cut back. These were namely, by using their vehicle less, walking or cycling to destinations where they would have previously gone in the car, driving more efficiently to save fuel, shopping around for cheaper car insurance, and using public transport more often.
KIA CURRENTLY UK'S BEST SELLING BRAND
- 11 April 2022
KIA CURRENTLY UKS BEST SELLING BRAND
Kia is the number one best-selling car brand in the UK year-to-date (YTD), according to the latest figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Kia UK Limited sold 32,119 units YTD, with a 7.7 per cent overall market share - a record breaking performance, beating the previous record set in 2019 with 29,954 units. At the end of the quarter, Kia had sold more than 100,000 units year-on-year. This was thanks to comparatively better supply and huge demand for its new products, as well as the continued success of its award-winning model range. The first quarter began with Kia's successful January, selling 10,504 units, followed by February's 3,795 sales. With the new 22-plate change at the start of the month, and the launch of the all-new Sportage, March continued Kia's success with 17,820 units sold, finishing in second place. Kia's sales in March grew by 58 per cent year-on-year, in a car market that declined by 14 per cent. Sales success across the quarter was helped in no small measure by the all-new Sportage, which was the best-selling Compact SUV, as well as being the third best-selling car of any make for both March and YTD, with 4,563 and 8,697 sales respectively. The electrified Niro continued to see strong demand, ranking as the fourth best-selling Compact SUV and tenth best-selling car of all models with 7,194 sales, YTD. Following exceptional demand, the fully-electric e-Niro ended the quarter as the second best-selling electric vehicle both MTD and YTD, with 1,916 and 3,852 sales respectfully. Launched at the end of 2021, March also saw the multi award-winning Kia EV6 make its first appearance in tenth place in the EV best-sellers list, with 1,578 sales YTD.
THE MOST POPULAR CLASSIC CARS ON THE INTERNET
- 04 April 2022
THE MOST POPULAR CLASSIC CARS ON THE INTERNET
New research has revealed the most popular classic cars according to both Google searches and social media data. The research, conducted by confused.com, analysed annual global Google searches, as well as TikTok views and Instagram hashtags, to reveal the most popular classic cars on the internet. The Nissan Skyline GT-R ranks first with the highest searches overall - 8,207,000 in total. The Nissan Skyline GT-R was revived in 1989, and soon became Nissan's flagship model, remaining relevant through appearances in films such as the Fast & Furious series. The Lamborghini Countach ranks second with 4,827,000 total searches. The Lamborghini Countach is one of the earliest examples of an "Italian wedge" body shape, designed by the Bertrone design house. The Ferrari F40 ranks third with just over 4 million total searches. The Ferrari F40 was the last model to be personally approved by Enzo Ferrari and was the brand's fastest, most powerful and most expensive car upon its launch. The Lamborghini Diablo ranks first with 155,780 tagged posts on Instagram and 14,600,000,000 views on TikTok, this Lamborghini model was the first to be capable of reaching over 200mph. Another Lamborghini model, the Lamborghini Miura, ranks second with over 80,000 tagged posts on Instagram and the same amount of TikTok views as the Diablo model. The Lamborghini Miura was the company's flagship model up until 1973 and is famous for featuring in the opening sequence of The Italian Job. The Honda Prelude rounds off the top 3, ranking third with almost 155,000 tagged Instagram posts and 14,400,000,000 total TikTok views. The Honda Prelude was in production for over 20 years, later becoming a contender to models such as the Toyota Celica, Mazda RX-7 and the Mitsubishi Eclipse. Further Insights: The Ferrari F355 is the car with the highest return of interest overall, with the value of the car increasing by 214% since its release in 1994 - jumping from $65,000 to $204,000. Plus the research reveals that the Lamborghini Miura is the best classic car overall, based on factors such as ROI, rarity and current popularity.
SPRING MOTORING TIPS FOR UNPREDICTABLE WEATHER
- 04 April 2022
SPRING MOTORING TIPS FOR UNPREDICTABLE WEATHER
As the Spring weather remains unpredictable, it's important to take extra care. Green Flag is advising motorists to plan their route in advance, checking for any issues via online maps and travel apps. When behind the wheel drivers should ensure they keep a safe distance from the car in front. Green Flag's tips for driving in the unpredictable UK weather: 1. The three-second rule: Keep a three-second gap to the car in front. When that car passes a landmark, count slowly to three. If you pass the same landmark before you get to three, you're too close. Slowing down a vehicle on icy roads can take three or four times longer than you might expect. 2. Plan ahead: Plan your route and check for disruption that would cause you issues, such as road closures or delays. 3. Stick to gentle movements: The trick to keeping control on a slippery surface is to be gentle with your actions when accelerating or breaking. The more sudden the action, the more likely your car is to break traction. 4. When not to break: If you feel your car starting to slide, avoid touching the brake. Try to steer in the direction you're sliding to prevent the car spinning. 5. Be constantly aware: You need to make sure you are expecting the unexpected, winds can cause movements on the roads and therefore, staying alert will save you and others. 6. Make sure to de-ice: The most effective way of de-icing car windows is still with a scraper. If you don't fancy using a scraper, you can also use de-icer sprays, which are a quick and easy way of getting the job done. Hazards come at us from all angles when we're on the road. It's important that we can see all around us, so make sure you clear the ice from the side windows as well as the entire windscreen.
ENERGY COSTS UP? CUT YOUR DRIVING COSTS!
- 04 April 2022
ENERGY COSTS UP? CUT YOUR DRIVING COSTS!
As energy prices, Alex Kindred, car insurance expert at confused.com offers some tips for cutting your motoring costs back. "Car insurance: Although your car insurance might feel like a large outgoing, it's actually one of the easiest areas where you could save money. All you need to do is shop around. If you're up for renewal, consider switching insurers as you might not currently be paying the best deal that's already out there. Our latest research found that drivers who shopped around during at the end of 2021 saved £36 compared to the price at the end of 2020. If you can afford to, also consider paying for your policy annually. Monthly payments might help you to budget in the long run, but it's likely you'll end up paying interest on top. "Maintenance: It's also possible to make savings on your car maintenance costs, which includes MOTs and cleaning. This costs add up to around £424 per year, but could be more if you don't look after your vehicle. If your vehicle is due its MOT, make sure you prepare your vehicle properly so that you can avoid failing (and even a costly bill on top if you need to pay for repairs). If you're not sure how your can prepare your vehicle to pass its MOT. Essential checks include: o Lights - are they working correctly? o Tyres - are they at the correct pressure and is the tread depth of the legal limit? o Vehicle body - are your brakes, horn and steering all working properly? o Windows and mirrors - is anything obstructing your view and is there any damage to the wiper blades? o Documentation - make sure that your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) matches the number in your car's log book "Getting your car serviced before it's MOT will ensure that your car is road safe and you're not driving illegally. If you do need repairs, don't be afraid to ask around for different quotes from reputable garages, as you might be able to save money here too. "Fuel: The price of fuel is the topic of conversation right now, with the latest figures showing that fuel prices are surpassing 163p and 175p for petrol and diesel respectively. Our latest research found that two in five (40%) UK drivers are making a conscious effort to drive less in order to save on fuel at the moment. You might not be aware, but there's things you can do to save money on fuel when you drive. These includes: o Removing excess weight from your car - empty the boot of items you don't need, or remove bike racks to make your car lighter o Inflating your tyres to their correct pressure - the surface area that's in contact with the o road increases when a tyre is under-inflated. The more surface area in contact with the road, the more drag on the wheel. o Avoiding your engine being idle - you'll burn less fuel if you just turn off your engine than restarting when you need to move again
EUROPEAN CITY EMISSION ZONE PENALTY CHARGES SHOCKINGLY HIGH
- 04 April 2022
EUROPEAN CITY EMISSION ZONE PENALTY CHARGES SHOCKINGLY HIGH
New research has revealed the cities with the most (& least) expensive low emission zone penalty charges - London ranks as the 4th highest at £80. The study by confused.com analysed the penalty charges for cars across a number of major global cities, to reveal the cities with the most (& least) expensive LEZs. The city seemingly taking the strictest stance when it comes to its low emission zone is the Belgian capital of Brussels. The entirety of the Brussels-Capital Region is deemed an LEZ and petrol and diesel vehicles must adhere to the Euro 2 and 5 emission standard respectively. Failure to comply with the rules means that you'll be hit with a £291 fine. Two more Belgian cities come in second place. Antwerp and Ghent both have minimum emission standards of Euro 5 for diesel vehicles and Euro 2 for petrol and will charge you £125 for a first offence, but this figure will increase rapidly for repeat offences. A number of cities across the Netherlands and Spain are tied in third place, each with penalty charges of £83 for failing to meet the rules in their low emission zones. The city home to the lowest penalty charge is Beijing. The city introduced an LEZ back in 2009, which has since been expanded, although the penalty fee for driving in the zone is just RMBa100, which equates to around £12. Three cities in Norway use low emission zones: Oslo, Bergen and Kristiansand. In each of these cities, all vehicles have to pay a charge to enter the zone, but more polluting cars have to pay extra. Failure to pay the toll results in a fine of £25.
TEN YEAR OLDS CAN DRIVE FERRARIS AND LAMBORGHINIS
- 04 April 2022
TEN YEAR OLDS CAN DRIVE FERRARIS AND LAMBORGHINIS
Children as young as ten can now feel the thrill of actually driving a Ferrari 458 Italia or Lamborghini LP570 Performante supercar, both capable of over 200 mph, through leading experience provider, TrackDays.co.uk. The supercars are available as part of TrackDays.co.uk's Junior Platinum Supercar experience where children aged between ten and 17 get to drive the cars for six miles around a racetrack under full supervision. With the Easter holidays approaching, this new package enables parents and grandparents to give their children and grandchildren an Easter to remember. With prices starting from just £79.00, the Junior Platinum Supercar experience can be enjoyed at ten locations around the UK, including North Wales' Anglesey Circuit as seen on TV show Fifth Gear, and Dunsfold Park in Surrey, which many will know from BBC's Top Gear. The experience includes a welcome to the venue followed by an introductory briefing session from a qualified instructor before the supervised drive commences. When driven by a qualified adult in test track conditions, the Ferrari 458 Italia's 562 bhp V8 will power the car to 62 mph (100 km/h) in an incredible 3.4 seconds and on to a top speed of 210 mph. The Lamborghini LP570 Performante is equally as exciting, and is powered by a V10 of equal power, completing the same sprint in 3.9 seconds and achieving a maximum speed of 201 mph. Dan Jones at TrackDays.co.uk, commented: "We are incredibly excited to be able to bring this experience to kids who probably never imagined that they could end up driving the car of their dreams, or from the poster on their bedroom wall. It's certainly a step up from a first driving experience in their parents' car to get behind the wheel of a 200mph+ Ferrari or Lamborghini!
MILLIONS UNAWARE OF HIGHWAY CODE CHANGES
- 04 April 2022
MILLIONS UNAWARE OF HIGHWAY CODE CHANGES
In the wake of widespread changes to the Highway Code earlier this year, millions of drivers are running the risk of breaking the rules of the road and endangering the safety of other road users and pedestrians. Research commissioned by IAM RoadSmart has revealed that one in five (20 per cent) of the 1,000 motorists surveyed were unaware of the latest changes to the code, which came into force on 29 January 2022. This potentially represents over seven million out of the 35.9 million drivers in the UK. Worryingly, over half (51 per cent) of respondents admitted they can't remember the last time they referred to the Highway Code, while over a third (34 per cent) of those surveyed said they hadn't read the code in over a year. This is despite the fact that well over three quarters (83 per cent) of respondents believe changes and regular updates to the Highway Code are important. Among the January updates to the code was the formation of a hierarchy of road users, a risk-based policy which states that those in charge of vehicles that can cause the greatest harm in the event of a collision bear the greatest responsibility to take care and reduce the danger they pose to others. The updated code also introduces a new section that when pedestrians are waiting at a junction, other traffic should give way. Neil Greig, Director of Policy and Research at IAM RoadSmart, commented: "An alarming number of motorists are driving on Britain's roads without awareness of key changes which fundamentally shift the dynamics of shared use. This is a serious safety risk which could actually see the updated code causing more conflict on our roads rather than less." The lack of awareness of the changes could explain the fact that more than half (51 per cent) of drivers think that the government has not done a good job of communicating changes to the Highway Code.
COUNCILS COIN IT FROM BUS LANE FINES
- 28 March 2022
COUNCILS COIN IT FROM BUS LANE FINES
New research by Moneybarn has revealed the areas of the UK where you're most likely to get fined for driving in a bus lane, and the councils amassing the highest revenue, with the city of Manchester issuing the most fines, and making an annual revenue of over £3.7 million from bus lane fines! Currently, the cost of a penalty charge notice is £60. Bristol ranked second, with over 103,000 fines for driving in a bus lane. Bristol council also charges £60 if drivers make the mistake of driving into a bus lane, with the potential to reduce this to £30 if paid within 14 days. Glasgow was in third place with over 65,000 bus lane fines - significantly less than Manchester and Bristol, but still over 50,000 more than the council issuing the least bus lane fines - Portsmouth. Birmingham and Lambeth rounded up the top five, with 64,325 and 46,609 fines issued respectively. Unsurprisingly, given the number of fines issued, Manchester council was the local authority making the most revenue from bus lane fines, with an eye-watering £3.7million in revenue. Barnet council was in second place, with £2.9 million in revenue, followed by Lambeth with £2.7 million. Further Findings included that Portsmouth was the area that fined drivers the least, with only 10,842 fines in one year. Swindon earned the least revenue from bus lane fines, with only £582.60 in revenue, despite 14,682 fines issued.