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In the Covid pandemic, drivers say having a car is even more important and public transport is not a great option

According to recent research by the RAC, 57% of drivers say they value having a car more today than they did in 2019. Motorists are now less likely to switch to public transport than ever before. Just 43% of those surveyed said they would use their cars less, even if other modes of transport improved - the lowest figure since 2002.

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Driving tests might start in supermarket car parks instead of test centres as part of a pilot scheme by the DVSA

The DVSA are considering this as a way to save costs and improve convenience for learner drivers taking their test. DVSA's Chief Executive said "Is it better to meet people in an area where there's a bigger car park, where it's more convenient, at a time that is better for them, rather than asking them to try and park somewhere close to a test centre?"

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Airless, 3D-printable, and even oxygen-breathing tyres could soon become a reality - check out these amazing designs!

Michelin and General Motors have developed an amazing airless tyre. With a complex internal architecture of composite rubber and high-strength fibreglass, these tyres don't need compressed air to support the vehicle's weight. And a bicycle has been ridden with airless, 3-D printed tyres that can be customised for tread pattern and wheel size.

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The Government intends to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel powered cars and vans from 2030 onwards

Originally 2040, this was brought forward to 2035 earlier this year. This latest move to 2030 is part of the Government's aim to make the UK the world's number one green economy and reach net zero emissions by 2050. Hybrid-powered vehicles could still be sold until 2035, but after that all new cars and vans would have to be fully electric.

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31% of UK drivers fear driving at night, and 40% of all road accidents happen when it's dark, according to new figures from RoSPA

Nodding off at the wheel leads to 20% of serious accidents on motorways, which are repititious enough in the daytime but become utterly featureless at night. 91% of drivers are regularly dazzled by oncoming traffic. Notably, it can take the human eye up to nine seconds to fully recover from glare - more than enough time for an accident to happen.

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Turn around and find another route, or press on? Some helpful tips for driving through flood water (if you have to)

Driving through deep water can damage your vehicle and could leave you with an expensive repair bill, not to mention the fact that you could be left stranded. Crucially, it could also result in your claim being denied by your insurer, if it's proven that you've deliberately driven through a larger amount of water than your vehicle can adequately cope with.

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A 60mph speed limit is being implemented on some stretches of motorway. Where are they, and why is this being done?

Starting in October 2020 and set to remain in force for a year, a new 60mph speed limit will apply on key five-mile stretches of the M1, M5, M6 and M602. Highways England hope the 10mph speed difference could reduce the amount of harmful pollutants on roads which experience poor air quality, particularly those close to residential areas.

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New research suggests that wearing a helmet may put cyclists more at risk of being injured in a road traffic collision

Former Cycling UK councillor Colin Clarke and author and journalist Chris Gillham analysed overall changes in accident risk with increased helmet wearing. Their findings are set out in a paper entitled 'Effects of Bicycle Helmet Wearing on Accident and Injury Rates', presented at the National Road Safety Conference in Telford.

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What do the size numbers on tyre sidewalls actually mean? A lot of people don't know, so here's a quick explanation

Those numbers on the sides of your tyres... are they just industry gibberish that only people in the know can understand? No; they're actually quite simple and rather handy once you know what they all signify. They're not just useful to know the next time a tyre garage asks you what size tyres your car has; they also tell you a lot about what your tyres can cope with.

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How does the UK's vehicle number plate system actually work? Here's a quick and simple explanation

You probably know what the numbers mean - but what about the letters? Since 2001, a standard British plate has seven characters. The first letter is a general area code. So cars registered in London carry plates starting with "L", and cars registered in Birmingham start with "B", and so on. The second letter refers to the local DVLA office.

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If you're struggling financially due to coronavirus, you may welcome the Chancellor's promise to implement mortgage payment holidays

The payment holiday provides flexibility by allowing you to stop or reduce your monthly payments for up to three months. This won't be suitable for everyone but could provide much needed help if you need it, although you need to be aware that this is not free money and you will be required to pay this back when your payments start again after the payment holiday.

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