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Keep your dog cool in the car

Dog in a car - GEM Motoring Assist

As the hot weather returns, road safety and organisation GEM Motoring Assist is encouraging pet owners to ensure their dogs are safe and comfortable on car journeys. And remember, it’s both dangerous and illegal to leave an animal in a hot vehicle. “If the dog becomes ill or dies, you …

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Find out why there’s no need for speed

Speeding car - GEM Motoring Assist

It’s Road Safety Week (16-22 November) and the theme for the 2020 campaign is “no need for speed”. Organised by the road safety charity Brake, it offers opportunities for everyone to reflect on how they use the roads, and what they can do to reduce risk. “In a crash, just …

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Safer driving tips for senior citizens

Older-drivers-GEM-Motoring-Assist

More people are are driving for longer than even before. Today, two thirds of people aged 70 and over still hold a driving licence, compared with less than 40% in the mid 1990s. However, recently released road casualty figures for 2019 show a 9% increase in the number of people …

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Hidden danger: concern over obscured road signs

Obscured road sign - GEM Motoring Assist

Drivers are being encouraged to report any road signs hidden by trees or bushes by breakdown and road safety organisation GEM Motoring Assist. Hidden road signs are at best a nuisance for drivers, and at worst can be misleading and dangerous, according to GEM. The safety call comes at a …

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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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Don’t leave dogs in cars during the heatwave

Dog in a hot car - GEM Motoring Assist

As temperatures soar, road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist has some timely advice for dog owners. GEM’s Neil Worth warns that it’s both dangerous and illegal to leave an animal in a hot vehicle. “If the dog becomes ill or dies, the owner is likely to face a …

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How to combat tiredness on journeys

Tired driver

Five tips for fighting fatigue for drivers, courtesy of breakdown and road safety organisation GEM Motoring Assist. As we head towards the summer holidays, drivers need to be properly rested before setting off on long journeys. Being tired when you’re driving raises the risk of a collision, because you’re less …

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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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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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Rural road summer safety tips

GEM country road hazards

Road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is urging drivers to expect the unexpected on rural road journeys this summer. Although traffic levels are generally lighter, rural roads account for nearly 60% of all fatalities (a total of 943 in 2015, compared with 577 on urban roads). “Driving in …

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