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Most drivers think headlights are too bright

New research has found that 85% of motorists think the problem of headlight glare is getting worse. An RAC survey of 2,000 drivers found a huge nine-in-10 (89%) think at least some headlights on cars on the road today are too bright, of which three-in-10 (28%) – a higher proportion …

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End of an era: Just 3% of new cars come with a spare wheel

Flat tyre

A review of 313 new cars across 28 brands by the RAC found that just eight models came with a spare wheel as standard. The trend means there are an increasing number of breakdowns where drivers need help in the event of a unrepairable flat tyre. The dramatic decline of …

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Worst speed limit breakers: Cars, vans or lorries?

30mph speed sign

Half (50%) of car drivers broke the speed limit on 30mph roads in 2022 compared to 45% on motorways and 11% on national speed limit single carriageway roads, according to new data from the Department for Transport. The DfT figures also revealed that 48% of vans exceeded the speed limit …

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Be prepared for the big Easter getaway

Motorway traffic

Drivers are set to embark on up to 17 million leisure trips by car this Easter bank holiday, with Good Friday and Easter Sunday set to see the largest number of journeys made. Research by the RAC and data from transport analytics experts INRIX suggests there may be long delays …

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Top reasons for cars failing MOTs

MOT testing station

Lamps, reflectors and indicators continue to be the most frequent reasons for vehicles fail their MOTs, according to DVSA data analysed by the RAC. However, brakes and tyres overwhelmingly that are more likely to cause the most “dangerous” MOT failures. Failures for non-working headlights, indicators and reflectors accounted for just …

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Number of speeding drivers in the countryside accelerates

Kill your speed sign

Nearly a half of all motorists admit to breaking the speed limit on 60mph country roads – the highest level since 2016, according to new RAC data. Some 48% of the 3,102 drivers questioned for the RAC Report on Motoring say they have driven faster than the limit in the …

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Drivers ‘should make sure passengers belt up’

Safety belt - Volvo Cars

More than two-thirds of motorists believe drivers should be responsible for ensuring all their passengers wear seatbelts, according to new RAC research. The study coincides with the 40th anniversary of a UK law coming into force requiring drivers to wear seat belts. Currently, drivers only have responsibility to make sure …

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Pothole-related breakdowns are accelerating

Road pothole - RAC

RAC patrols attended nearly a quarter more breakdowns where potholes were likely to blame in the last three months of 2022 compared to the previous three months, according to new RAC figures. Released to mark today’s National Pothole Day show, the data show’s the motoring services company’s roadside staff went …

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Revealed: The soaring cost of rapid charging an electric car

Electric car charging bay

The cost of rapid charging an electric car up has shot up by a staggering 50% in eight months, according to new data from RAC Charge Watch. It now costs an average of 70.32p per kilowatt hour to rapid charge on a pay-as-you-go basis – up from 44.55p (58%) last …

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Drivers continue to be overcharged at the pumps

Filling up with petrol

This Christmas is set to be the most expensive ever on the roads with petrol and diesel both at record highs for the festive period. Petrol is currently being sold for an average of 152.96p a litre which is 7p more than it was on 22 December 2021 (145.66p), according …

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