Tag: road safety

Nearly half of British motorists would change jobs to halt traffic misery

Nearly half of British motorists would change jobs to halt traffic misery

Tuesday 6th February 2018 | 0 Comments

UK traffic volumes are rising at unprecedented rates, and Goodyear Tyres UK has examined the impact the resulting congestion is having on everyday British lives. The stress of getting stuck in traffic is having such a profound impact on wellbeing that nearly half (46 per cent) of those surveyed would consider changing their job as a result. Not only that, but with driverless vehicles promising to alter the traffic equation by making commutes more convenient, 40 per cent would consider giving up their city life to move to the suburbs.

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Pothole-related breakdowns on the increase, says RAC

Pothole-related breakdowns on the increase, says RAC

Tuesday 30th January 2018 | 0 Comments

RAC patrols attended 11 per cent more breakdowns that could be attributed to potholes in the last quarter of 2017 than in the same period in 2016, according to new data used to compile the RAC’s Pothole Index.

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Drive like a woman: Hankook Tire awarded for safety campaign

Wednesday 13th December 2017 | 0 Comments

When my mate Scotty uttered that I drove like a woman he meant it as a slur, but the joke is now on him – it turns out that this is an award-winning driving style. The award is a bronze 2017 Epica Award in the online campaigns – automotive category, and was given to Hankook Tire Sweden for a short video highlighting the over-representation of men, and younger men in particular, in Sweden’s road accident statistics. The campaign is titled Kör som en kvinna, which in English means ‘Drive like a woman’.

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Driving in snow is nerve-racking for majority of motorists finds Goodyear

Thursday 30th November 2017 | 0 Comments

With the Met Office issuing yellow warnings for icy patches and snow, driving conditions are set to deteriorate and there could be severe disruption to the daily commute. According to research commissioned by Goodyear Tyres UK, over half (53 per cent) of motorists surveyed say they find driving in the snow and ice nerve-racking, with a further 48 per cent listing de-icing wind screens in the mornings as a problem.

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Research shows willingness to break road safety laws

Wednesday 22nd November 2017 | 0 Comments

New research by car finance broker, CarFinance 247, found that despite the new, increased speeding penalties that came into force more than six months ago (24 April 2017), UK drivers are still willing to break the law to satisfy the love of their need for speed.

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Drivers ‘putting lives at risk by missing eye tests’

Wednesday 22nd November 2017 | 0 Comments

Road Safety Week – the UK's biggest road safety event, coordinated annually by Brake, the road safety charity – runs to 26 November and aims to inspire schools, organisations and communities to take action on road safety. While there are many issues that affect road safety, poor eyesight is often overlooked.

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New safety campaign calls for more graphic speed limit signs

Wednesday 22nd November 2017 | 0 Comments

A new road safety campaign proposes the radical adoption of a ‘fag-packet approach’ to UK speed limit signs. The suggested new tactic has already been backed by over half the nation, in the wake of research showing that millions of motorists ignore or don’t even notice speed limit signs in their current format.

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“Filling in potholes is no substitute for more dynamic infrastructure” – LeasePlan MD

Tuesday 14th November 2017 | 0 Comments

New figures from the DFT showed that over 100 cyclists are injured in accidents caused by crumbling roads, because councils are failing to fix potholes as they are not deep enough.

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Poulton-Le-Fylde tyre retailer, GT Radial host women only tyre safety event

Friday 27th October 2017 | 0 Comments

GT Radial and Poulton-Le-Fylde tyre retailer Carleton Tyres and Exhaust Centre have teamed up to host a women only tyre safety event. The companies hosted 24 female customers at Carleton’s Bipsham Road premises, presenting a general tyre safety overview, including advice on checking tyres, measuring tread depths, legal limits and stopping distances.

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LeasePlan UK to include driver pack including dash cam

Wednesday 25th October 2017 | 0 Comments

Vehicle management group LeasePlan UK is to introduce a new Driver Pack including a dashboard camera (dash cam) in its vehicles as standard. LeasePlan says it is the only vehicle leasing company in the UK to offer this pack to all drivers.

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100,000+ MOTs failed due to tyres in 2016

Tuesday 17th October 2017 | 0 Comments

The Daily Telegraph Motoring column, Honest John, has recently produced an article detailing the cars with the greatest MOT failure rates in the UK, along with the regions with vehicles most likely to fail the test. Analysis of more than 400m MOT records from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) by consumer website HonestJohn.co.uk shows that one in six cars fails its first test, with brakes, lighting and tyres among the most-common reasons.

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Tyred Campaign wins widespread support in first 3 months

Friday 6th October 2017 | 0 Comments

In the three months since the Tyred Campaign for a ban of all tyres older than ten years on all commercial vehicles launched, support has been forthcoming from a broad base of sources. Powerful and influential people in business and politics getting behind Tyred include Maria Eagle MP; Steve Rotherham, Liverpool Metro Mayor; Stefan Hay, CEO – National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA); and Vinay Parmar, executive director of National Express Coaches.

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TyreSafe asks: Are you having a Good or Bad Air Day?

Monday 2nd October 2017 | 0 Comments

TyreSafe has started the 2017 Tyre Safety Month with a question: Are you having a Good or Bad Air Day? The organisation is taking on the rampant underinflation of tyres in the UK; its figures show that more than half the tyres on Britain’s cars and vans are being driven at lower pressure than required.

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Benchmarking aids fleet risk strategy

Monday 2nd October 2017 | 0 Comments

According to LeasePlan UK, there are an estimated 3 million company cars on the roads and roughly 1 in 3 will be involved in an accident each year. Over 17 per cent of these incidents will take place on a Tuesday, with damages from fault and non-fault incidents costing companies upwards of £6.4 million over the past three years, just for the one day.

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TyreSafe: casualties from tyre-related incidents down slightly

Thursday 28th September 2017 | 0 Comments

The latest figures from the Department for Transport in its annual Reported Road Casualties Great Britain report show the number of people killed or seriously injured in tyre-related incidents fell to 158 from 162. Slight injuries were also down meaning the total number of casualties was 876, its lowest level recorded. Following the welcome but slight decrease in casualties caused by tyre-related incidents in 2016, TyreSafe is urging drivers and stakeholders to continue their efforts, not become complacent. Indeed, Scottish figures were significantly worse than 12 months ago.

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