TyreSafe, the UK's charity dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of tyre safety has launch its Summer campaign. TyreSafe is reminding all motorists whether they're a day tripper or holiday-maker, that they should be aware that more tyre-related incidents happen on Britain’s roads during the summer months than at any other time of year. To keep risks to a minimum, everyone should ensure they have checked their vehicle's tyres before starting their jouney.
TyreSafe says, "You’re likely to be carrying more luggage and more passengers, and travelling further too. This makes it essential your car tyres are in tip-top condition.
Remember, never change a tyre yourself on the hard shoulder of a motorway or dual carriageway. Call for assistance using the emergency phone provided on the hard shoulder or your breakdown recovery service and then stand in as safe a place as possible."
UK drivers are being urged to test their eyesight after a DVLA survey suggested 50% of motorists were not aware of the minimum standards needed for a licence.
Drivers must be able to read a number plate from 20m (65ft) away.
But the agency's survey found only half of drivers knew about the eye test and used it to regularly self-check, as they are legally required to do. Those who do not pass the test should visit an optician, a DVLA doctor said.
From Monday 4 June 2018 learner drivers will be able to take driving lessons on motorways in England, Scotland and Wales, although it will not be compulsory for everyone to do so. The aim is to help to make sure more drivers know how to use motorways safely.
Since 2006, young drivers in Wales have been able to participate in Pass Plus Cymru, an enhanced version of Pass Plus, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency’s (DVSA) post-test course. Ever since the scheme was conceived, the Welsh Government has provided road safety grant funding to local authorities to enable young drivers in Wales to contribute just £20 to the cost of attending Pass Plus Cymru.
Consisting of an interactive workshop followed by a practical element, the course has traditionally involved driving in town, on rural roads and on dual carriageways; areas that many young drivers may have already covered in their driving lessons. Pass Plus Cymru builds on these skills and teaches drivers how to deal with a wide range of situations that they may not have encountered whilst learning to drive, including driving on motorways.
The Department for Transport has announced innovative new laws which will mean people can use technology like remote control parking on British roads from June.
Changes to the Highway Code and relevant regulations were consulted on earlier this year and received overwhelming support from a range of groups including manufacturers, insurance groups and haulage companies.
Developments like remote control parking and motorway assist have the potential to transform car travel for those with mobility challenges, unlocking tight parking spaces and using computers to help driver accuracy on the road. Not only that, but technology has the potential to make driving more energy efficient meaning cheaper, cleaner journeys, with improved air quality for both drivers and pedestrians.
DVLA has confirmed that they do not send emails or text messages that ask you to confirm personal details or payment information such as for a vehicle tax refund.
With so many more transactions now available online, it can sometimes be tricky to remember exactly what you have applied for. However, if you receive anything purporting to be from DVLA don't open any links and delete the email or text immediately.
Beware also of misleading third party websites passing themselves off as DVLA. These sites might, for example, offer to help you apply for a driving licence, tax your car or connect you to our contact centre. These sites will often charge additional fees for services that you can get for free or at a lower cost on GOV.UK.
As we know, owning and running a car is expensive, and if you find that you are using the car less and less as you get older, the cost of tax, insurance, servicing, MOT, repairs and fuel will be far greater than using public transport, or even a taxi.
For many people it may make good financial sense to use their money for other ways of getting about, instead of running a car, especially if they don’t drive very much.
RoSPA’s new Cost Calculator can help to estimate how much it costs to run a car and how much would be needed to spend on public transport. It then estimates how much money this would provide every month, or year, for three years to use for public transport.