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Sep 16

The Story of Top Gear


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Anyone who owns a television set, or has ever opened a newspaper, will have heard about Top Gear. However, the programme may not have entered your world until just over a year ago, when the lead presenter Jeremy Clarkson was fired for his treatment of a back stage colleague. So, what is the rest of the story?

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Sep 16

What is Biofuel?


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Almost everyone has heard of biofuel, but not everyone is clear on what it is, or why it might be a preferable alternative to petrol or diesel when fuelling a vehicle. In recent years, there has been considerable emphasis on how we treat Planet Earth, and the things that we can do if we want to slow down the buildup of greenhouse and other harmful gases.

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Sep 16

Cutting Emissions and Fuel Costs


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One of the major, ongoing costs of driving a car is the cost of fuel. Whether you have a petrol or diesel engine car fumes can cause the most damage when a car is stationary but the engine is still running. If you are concerned about damage to the environment and to people’s health, as well as the cost of driving your car, there are ways to cut both your costs and the cost to the environment.

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08
Sep 16

Know Your Limits


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It is illegal to drive faster than the stated miles per hour limit on any road; at the same time, driving too slowly can also result in problems. Don’t keep your speed down to 40mph on a dual carriageway where the speed limit might be 60, as you can hold up other drivers and this can cause accidents. Speedometers are not always accurate, so it is best to adjust your speed a little to allow for that. If, for example you are driving in a zone that has a 40 miles per hour limit, then you should aim for something between 35 and 40 miles.

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01
Sep 16

Driving Test Shakeup on the Cards


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New technologies, and their increasing use in everyday life, often require a new look at how we assess things, including the skills needed to drive a car. From power assisted steering to satellite navigation systems, the way we drive, and what we expect from modern vehicles has changed dramatically in the last few decades. Some of these changes have prompted calls for new ways of assessing the skills of someone learning to drive.

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25
Aug 16

What’s the Latest on Self-Driving Cars?


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Nobody ever really thought that they would see the day (other than in science fiction movies) when driverless or self-driving cars could be seen on Britain’s roads. Times change however, and technology has advanced much farther and faster than anyone might have thought even ten years ago. Britain’s largest car manufacturer, Jaguar Landrover, plans to launch a fleet of such vehicles in the next few years.

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Aug 16

Changing Jobs? Get a Driving Licence


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Whether you have been in your present job for some time, or you simply feel like a change, having a driving licence could significantly increase your chances of finding work. Recent research by the Royal Motoring Club Foundation indicates that job seekers have a greater chance of finding work if they hold a current driving licence.

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11
Aug 16

Young Drivers: Some Things You Need to Know


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There is a wealth of information out there for new young drivers, mostly about passing the test, getting a used car, or what to do about insurance. The advice in this article looks at some of the things less frequently mentioned, with just a nod to insurance.

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04
Aug 16

Rarely Considered Driving Distractions


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All drivers are (or should be) aware that it is illegal to talk on a hand held mobile phone, or send or receive texts whilst driving. There are, however, plenty of other distractions that are not necessarily illegal, but potentially just as dangerous. While it might be acceptable to deal with phone calls in your car providing you are not holding the phone, it can still distract the driver, which could result in an accident. In 2014, police dealt with 68 deaths on the road, and 445 serious accidents, all due to driver distractions of one kind or another.

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21
Jul 16

Towing a Caravan? Check Your Driving Licence Categories


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Caravan holidays have made a huge comeback this year. While some of this may be due to the fact that many people want to repeat childhood experiences, holidays abroad are becoming more expensive. The Government’s decision to make it illegal for families to take their children out of school for a week or a fortnight’s family holiday has changed parents’ options. The ruling has meant that travel companies have taken advantage of this, and so many people with school age children can no longer afford a family holiday abroad. Whatever the reason for the resurgence in popularity of caravan holidays, if you’re towing a caravan, especially as a new driver, then you need to check the rules on this.

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