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Nov 18

30 Billion Funding Boost for Road Network


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Ministers in the United Kingdom have dubbed as “the biggest ever” the investment of £30 billion in Britain’s roads, which was revealed in last week’s Budget, with the great majority of the funding coming from road tax.

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Jan 18

Koenigsegg Smashes Production Car Speed Record


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November 2017 has seen a Koenigsegg Agera RS create a new record for the highest speed ever recorded in a production vehicle. Niklas Lilja, the driver of the vehicle, was able to average a top speed of no less than 277.87 miles per hour in the two runs he took in the $2 million coupe.

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Nov 17

James Bond’s Cars: Aston Martins and Much, Much More


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The James Bond film franchise has been running for more than half a century now, so it is unsurprising that it is littered with icons such as the Walther PPK, expertly designed suits, beautiful women and vodka martinis that are shaken, not stirred. Perhaps the most memorable icons of them all however are the methods of transportation that the super-spy chooses to make use of. 007 has driven a wide variety of vehicles, ranging from the much loved Aston Martins to aircraft and submarines. There are, however, some rather odder choices that Bond has used on occasion which are well worth a second look.

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May 17

The Range Rover Story


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There are some cars, apart from the coveted classics, which are regarded as iconic, and the Land Rover is one such vehicle. Ever since the Land Rover was first revealed to the public in 1948, the brand has continued to sell, especially to landowners and the well-off. The Range Rover took the brand in a new direction, however. Here’s a look at some aspects of the Range Rover family’s story.

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09
Feb 17

British Leyland: A Great British Failure


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British Leyland began life as a merger between two companies, Leyland Motors and British Motor Holdings, forming the British Leyland Motor Corporation Limited in 1968. The company hit problems some years later and was nationalised by the British Government in 1975, and in 1978 became known as British Leyland. By then, the company was generally referred to as BL, responsible for 40% of the car market in Britain. At the height of its production, the company operated more than forty manufacturing sites across the UK.

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Oct 16

Ford’s Self-Driving Car — Would You Get in One?


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It seems that some people are enthralled by the thought of a self-driving car, while others may choose to walk rather than get into an autonomous vehicle. Ford has been having trials of their driverless vehicles, with a view to introducing driverless taxis around 2021.
While there are already some driverless vehicles on the road, especially in the United States, accidents have been reported… but reluctantly. At the moment, Google and other manufacturers don’t always seem to be able to predict how the driverless car will perform in an unexpected or non-programmed situation.

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Aug 16

Ford’s Early Days


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Young drivers are as likely to start with a well-loved Ford Fiesta as anything else – and have been for years! But have you ever wondered about the early days of0 this global name? Here we’ll take a look at the story.

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Aug 16

Holiday Car Rental Cons


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Are you holidaying in the UK and want to drive something different for a change, or going abroad and want to get about? Car rental is usually the answer. There are good and bad car rental companies, both at home and abroad, and in the majority of cases, they are pretty good. At the same time, some firms and their employees come up with cons that you may not have considered. This article offers a few tips on what to look out for.

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Mar 16

A Look at Budget Sat Navs


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For new drivers, navigation can be a major challenge. It can be hard to remember all you’ve learned about how to be a good driver, and concentrate on getting to where you need to be at the same time! Thank goodness satellite navigation technology can help us get from A to B with minimal fuss – they’re a great investment for any new driver. But with such a huge range out there to choose from, where do you start? We’ve attempted to find a functional sat nav system that won’t break the bank.

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Dec 15

Parents urged to sit in during Children’s Driving Lessons


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Have you ever had two different instructors who conflict in their teaching? As a student, experiencing this can be extremely confusing and rather damaging to the learning process. It is for this very reason that the DVLA is keen to work alongside parents, in the hope to stop undoing the work of professional instructors and instead start understanding how the testing process has and will continue to change.

Though well aware that parents who take their children out for private practice have their best interests at heart, the DVSA is becoming increasingly concerned that students could be hampered if they secondary teacher has out-dated knowledge. For example, recent years have seen the trialling of sat navs and the introduction of new manoeuvres, designed to better reflect real-life driving, both things of which older, more experienced drivers may not have much idea about.

Head of policy and registrar at the DVSA, Mark Magee said: “We need to get across the message that learning to drive is changing. It’s not about vehicle control, it’s wider aspects. Parents also need to understand what we’re trying to encourage approved driving instructors to do, so that they work with them and no against them and actually undo some of the work that’s being done.”

His big plan to help combat the problem is to involve parents as much as possible, even to the extent of sitting in on lessons so that parents can see the quality of tuition their loved ones are receiving. Magee has even launched a handful of schemes around the UK to promote the concept, but sadly some parents are said to be reluctant to get on-board.

One instructor told us, “I encourage parents to come and sit in on a lesson and they never want to.”

But Magee isn’t the only one pushing for a change. Standards compliance manager for the Institute of Advanced Motorists, Richard Gladman said, “We agree with the idea of encouraging parents to be aware of the sort of training their offspring are getting from an ADI. If it’s their intention to supplement the training with independent practice, it will be much more beneficial if this takes the same form as the professional input.

To us, it’s clear that, to get the most from a qualified driving instructor, parental involvement is key, even if it’s just with regards to identifying the right instructor. Learners will some in all shapes and sizes, as do instructors. To find the right fit for your child you may need to spend some extra time researching or pay slightly more, but in the long run we think it can be agreed that there’s both financial and safety benefits in doing so.

Are you for or against parental involvement when it comes to learning to drive? Would you sit in on your child’s driving lesson to brush up on your skills? Use the comments section below to let us know!