Category Archives: Magazine

Traffic chaos on school run

The majority (57%) of AA members with school-age children claim ‘traffic chaos’ during the school run. As a result, the AA is backing Walk to School Week in a bid to reduce the traffic congestion outside schools. Already as many as three in every 50 schoolchildren in the north join a ‘walking bus’ to get them safely to and from […]

Brand new cars rack up repair bill

Nearly 10% of all accidents over the last 12 months involved new 15 and 65-plate vehicles according to a study by Accident Exchange. Accident prone buyers tended to prang their brand new pride and joy on the 57th day after the car was first registered, when averaged out. Putting those cars back on the road is estimated to have cost […]

Drivers need to stay alert

Drivers need to understand their responsibilities behind the wheel as advances in technology mean cars can do more and more independently, the Association of British Insurers (ABI) will warn today. The arrival of automated vehicles will transform the way we drive, reducing both congestion and crashes, but there is a danger some accidents could be caused by motorists thinking they […]

Brands fail to deliver their reputation

WarrantyWise.co.uk has found that many UK car buyers believe cars produced by big German manufacturers are more reliable than they actually are. WarrantyWise asked more than 750 people who they thought were the most reliable manufacturers in the UK, with Mercedes, Audi and BMW all coming in the top 10. Conversely, WarrantyWise’s data shows those brands a lot further down […]

‘Hit worn tyre drivers with fixed penalty’

The Government is being urged to introduce fixed penalties for motorists who are caught driving on illegal tyres. At the moment the three-point penalty and fine of up to £2,500 for each illegal tyre is not mandatory and has to follow a successful prosecution. But Robin Shaw, the managing director of tyre manufacturer Bridgestone UK, says he believes following Ireland’s […]

Manufacturing sees best Q1 since 2004

British car manufacturing continued its strong growth in March with output increasing 9.8% to 159,074 units, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Overseas demand showed the biggest gains, up 14.3% in the month, while production for the home market was broadly stable, falling slightly by -1.4%. It was a trend reflected in […]

Euro NCAP launches website in Chinese

While the Beijing Motor Show has just started, Euro NCAP is announcing the launch of its website in Mandarin Chinese. After English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Russian and Turkish, Chinese has become the tenth language in which content on the Euro NCAP website is available. The addition of Chinese is motivated by the increasing influence that China’s consumers […]

Volvo launches UK ambition

Volvo Cars, is to begin the UK’s most ambitious autonomous driving trial next year to speed up the introduction of a technology that promises to massively reduce car accidents as well as free up congested roads and save drivers valuable time. The Swedish company, whose name has been synonymous with automotive safety ever since it invented the three-point seatbelt in […]

Under construction – Engineering

We speak with those in the know about vehicle construction and the challenges that advanced, lightweight, multi-material usage poses for repair technicians. The technology and materials involved in vehicle construction has changed drastically in recent years, with lightweight, multi-material usage vehicles becoming more of the norm. This has, in turn, had a knock-on effect on the repair industry, with bodyshops […]

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