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Recent research from motor insurers Britannia has unearthed some pretty shocking results

The survey – which looked into motorists ability to carry out basic car maintenance – found that a staggering 10% of drivers couldn’t even open their car’s bonnet!

Even the vast majority of those able to open a bonnet had no idea of basic car maintenance, with almost three-quarters of the 1500 adults surveyed admitting that they struggled with basic tasks like refilling windscreen washer fluid and checking oil levels.

The research also found that the majority of drivers don’t carry devices like tyre inflators or battery chargers in the car with them – measures that could get them up and running again after a breakdown.

Given that evidence suggest that as many as one in seven breakdowns could be prevented through basic maintenance, Britannia Rescue’s managing director, Peter Horton, has reiterated the need for drivers to be proactive when it comes to maintaining their vehicles.

“Regular car maintenance is crucial, whether your car is old or new.” he said. “Looking after your car will determine the length of time that it remains in good condition and will stop you having to pay expensive repair costs. Checking your car’s oil level is one of the most important things you can do to extend the life of your car’s engine – so don’t wait for a warning light or indicator to come on.”

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Bad driving behaviour figures remain constant

The latest round of ‘driver behaviour’ statistics have been released, and they suggest that not much has changed from last year.

The research, carried out by Sainsbury’s Car Insurance, found that 6% of drivers are still owning up to driving after having an alcoholic drink – exactly the same figure as last year. (Read More)

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Car Maintenance – Can you do it?

Recent research from motor insurers Britannia has unearthed some pretty shocking results.

The survey – which looked into motorists ability to carry out basic car maintenance – found that a staggering 10% of drivers couldn’t even open their car’s bonnet!

Even the vast majority of those able to open a bonnet had no idea of basic car maintenance, with almost three-quarters of the 1500 adults surveyed admitting that they struggled with basic tasks like refilling windscreen washer fluid and checking oil levels.

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The research also found that the majority of drivers don’t carry devices like tyre inflators or battery chargers in the car with them – measures that could get them up and running again after a breakdown.

Given that evidence suggest that as many as one in seven breakdowns could be prevented through basic maintenance, Britannia Rescue’s managing director, Peter Horton, has reiterated the need for drivers to be proactive when it comes to maintaining their vehicles.

“Regular car maintenance is crucial, whether your car is old or new.” he said. “Looking after your car will determine the length of time that it remains in good condition and will stop you having to pay expensive repair costs. Checking your car’s oil level is one of the most important things you can do to extend the life of your car’s engine – so don’t wait for a warning light or indicator to come on.”

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Buyers Remorse

We’ve probably all experienced the phenomenon of ‘buyers remorse’ at some point in our lives. You know, that post-purchase feeling of…‘did I really need that new car?…should I have paid THAT much?’

Well, spare a thought for the anonymous internet bidder who, less than three months ago, paid £40,000 over the ‘guide price’ for a Rolls Royce previously owned by…wait for it…Sir Jimmy Savile. Ouch! (Read More)

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Five speeders caught doing over 140 mph

New figures from insurers LV have revealed that at least five drivers were caught speeding at over 140 mph on Britain’s roads last year.

The insurance company made Freedom of Information requests to police forces across the country to obtain the information, with the highest speed recorded being a motorbike on the A27 in Sussex which was clocked at a staggering 152 mph. (Read More)

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Drivers urged to switch off engines when idling

If drivers switched off their engines when idling for one minute on every journey, this would collectively save the country hundreds of million pounds. That is according to new research from the Energy Savings Trust who claim that London drivers alone are wasting £60 million per year in fuel by idling when in stationary traffic. (Read More)

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New research by online company Motors.co.uk has found that frustrated British motorists are radically changing their driving habits.

High fuel costs, escalating insurance premiums, badly maintained roads and continuous road works were cited as reasons why more drivers than ever were leaving their vehicles at home. (Read More)

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Drink driving campaign misses the spot

Police have expressed disappointment over the results of a summer drink driving campaign, which has yielded relatively modest results.

Statistics for June showed that 5.8% of the 83,224 motorists tested, either refused or failed a breath test which is a marginal improvement on last year’s 6% figure, but the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) said the decrease was not enough: (Read More)

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Manager murdered in Indian Suzuki riots

India’s largest carmaker has been hit by a devastating riot which caused the death of a Human Resources manager, and left of many other managers hospitalised.

The indiscriminate violence at the Maruti Suzuki plant near New Delhi has seen all 3000 of the factory’s union workers charged with murder for the mob attack that caused the death of Awanish Kumar Dev, and resulted in at least 70 injuries. (Read More)

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Worrying times for French car industry

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What's happening to the French?

What has happened to the once-thriving French car industry?

Recently it was announced that, amongst other cutbacks, Peugeot-Citroen will drastically reduce output by closing its big Aulnay factory near Paris, with the loss of 8,000 jobs, in an attempt to stem crippling financial losses which are in the region of £150 million per month! (Read More)

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