IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman, gives eight points of advice on driving home for Christmas. Richard says 'Careful planning and preparation can ensure your Christmas drive home is a safe and smooth one.'
Government figures show UK motorists travelled 327 billion miles in 2017 – 1.3 per cent more than in 2016. Of the total mileage, 254 billion were covered by passenger cars, 51 billion by vans, 17 billion by lorries, three billion by motorcycles and two billion by buses. Data from the Department for Transport (DfT) also shows the volume of greenhouse gases emitted by cars has decreased by three per cent since 1990, despite car traffic having risen 22 per cent over the same period of time.
Motorists are being warned of expensive bills for replacement headlight bulbs after a study by consumer magazine What Car? found the cost of bulb replacement on some of the UK’s most popular small cars, including the VW Polo, Suzuki Swift and Honda Jazz, could be as much as £846.
Millions of motorists are unprepared for winter driving – with nearly half admitting they have not conducted any maintenance checks on their vehicle, according to research. One in six revealed they have previously broken down in the cold season due to not checking their vehicle and, as the weather worsens it’s clear drivers are not taking proper precautions.
Motorists that take their vehicles to franchised dealers for a diagnostic check aren’t always getting a fair price when it comes to finding out what’s wrong with their cars, experts behind research - which shows the huge variation in prices - charged have said. While diagnostic checks are often free when the car is still under warranty customers outside warranty can be charged an average of £102 across all 27 manufacturers checked.
From 9 November, grants for new plug-in hybrids will be scrapped, while discounts on all-electric cars will be cut from £4,500 to £3,500. A number of motoring groups have spoken out against the decision to cut subsidies for buying greener cars. The Department for Transport (DfT) said the Plug-in Car Grant was introduced seven years ago to help the market become established. The DfT has now said it is time to focus support on zero-emission models like electric and hydrogen fuel cell cars.