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Coronavirus: Six-month emergency MOT extension

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Drivers worried about getting an MOT because of the coronavirus crisis have been handed a reprieve. Cars, vans and motorcycles due their MOT from March 30, 2020, will have their MOT extended by 6 months. However, the government has warned that vehicles must be kept in a roadworthy condition. The …

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Top tips for avoiding parking prangs

Car parking accident - GEM Motoring Assist

It’s estimated that there are more than 1,000 low-speed collisions in car parks every day with the average repair bill topping £1,500. Council car park spaces can legally be up to 8ft 10 in (270cm) wide, but most spaces these days are little wider than the minimum 7ft 6 (228.6cm) …

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Motorists urged to buckle up

Seatbelt - GEM Motoring Assist

All drivers are being urged to ensure that they and their passengers use seatbelts on every journey. The call from road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is in support of the latest week-long seatbelt enforcement operation by police forces. Wearing a seatbelt is not only a legal requirement …

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Nissan Micra is still best new first car

Nissan Micra

The Nissan Micra has been crowned ‘New Car of the Year’ at the 2019 First Car awards, as well as winning the inaugural ‘Supermini of the Year’ category. Retaining the New Car of the Year title it won in 2018, the Micra was praised by David Motton, FirstCar’s editor and …

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Five essential tips for Road Safety Week

Bike Smart tips from GEM

Road safety organisation GEM Motoring Assist is encouraging drivers to ‘Bike Smart’ for Road Safety Week (19-25 November). The initiative is an effort to raise awareness of the risks faced by cyclists and motorcyclists. GEM has drawn up five simple but effective tips that can be adopted right now by …

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Don’t be dazzled by the summer sun

summer driving glare - IAM RoadSmart

Nothing beats taking to the road on a glorious summer’s day. However, the glaring sun takes no prisoners and being dazzled can be a major distraction and is often a factor in summer collisions. Here’s some essential tips on how to stay safe on the road at this time of …

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Most drivers don’t know mobile phone penalties

Almost two-thirds of drivers are unaware of the punishment for using mobile phones at the wheel, more than 12 months after the introduction of tougher laws, claims a new poll. The RAC found only 36% of the 2,000 UK motorists surveyed knew offenders face six penalty points and a £200 …

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Bad habits develop ‘two weeks after passing driving test’

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Motorists begin driving without a seatbelt just two weeks after passing their test, according to new research by commissioned by Comparethemarket.com. Furthermore, after three weeks they are tailgating and even illegally using their phone to text when driving. The study, timed ahead of the new driving test from December 4, …

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See and be seen this winter, motorists advised

Dark evening driving GEM Motoring Assist

Drivers are being urged to see and and be seen during the coming winter months by road safety organisation GEM Motoring Assist. Darker days bring poor visibility and higher risk of collisions, simply because it can be harder to spot hazards. However, a combination of straightforward actions can reduce these …

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F1 star David Coulthard backs Tyre Safety Month

Cooper Tire Safety and Performance Ambassador David Coulthard

Ex-Formula One driver and Cooper Tire Safety and Performance Ambassador David Coulthard features in a new video produced for Tyre Safety Month. Coulthard explains the importance of setting and maintaining the correct air pressure in your tyres, to keep you safe and improve the performance of your vehicle. “Keep an …

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