News

March 2019

DIY car repairs on the rise but drivers end up paying £170 to fix their mistakes, study shows

Almost 40 per cent of ‘home mechanics’ have had to take their car into a garage to correct their mistakes, costing them as much as £170 to get the work done professionally, new research suggests. The study also claims that a growing number of British motorists attempting to repair their own vehicle with 57 per cent now buying spare vehicle parts.

February 2019

Motorists still unaware of rules around vehicle warranties

Almost half of Britain’s car owners (44%) believe that getting their car serviced by an independent garage will invalidate their warranty, despite a change in the law nearly 15 years ago that prevents this from being the case. Motorists have a choice and can legally take their vehicle to be repaired or serviced at any independent garage, franchised dealer or autocentre, according to the IAAF’s Your Car – Your Choice campaign.

Police seize vehicle after owner uploads 170mph speeding video onto Facebook

A driver held on suspicion of dangerous driving and later released under investigation has had his vehicle seized after speeding at 170mph and uploading the footage to Facebook.

 

January 2019

Government’s Clean Air Strategy outlines plans to tackle tyre and brake emissions

Much of the government’s focus has been on the reduction of emissions from vehicle exhausts but the government’s Clean Air Strategy 2019 report claims friction during driving also generates fine particles from brakes, tyres and the road surface. Responses to the government’s recent call for evidence on tyre and brake wear are currently being analysed and will help shape policies to address the problem.

Motorist with iced windscreen almost collides head-on into police car

The driver of a car which veered onto the wrong side of the road and nearly collided head on with a police car has had his vehicle seized. Police stopped the uninsured driver and photographed the inside of the car to show how much his vision was obscured.

 

December 2018

Driving home for Christmas

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.'

UK motorists travelled record number of miles in 2017

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.

 

November 2018

New tech sees the cost of replacement headlight bulbs soar

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.

Drivers unprepared for winter driving

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.

 

October 2018

Main dealer customers aren’t getting a fair price, researchers say

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.

Government to cut grants for electric and hybrid cars

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.