Caught by a speed camera

If you missed the flippin’ great flash in your mirror when the speed camera snapped you, the first you’ll know about being caught out is when the Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP, or FPN for Fixed Penalty Notice) or court summons, drops through your letterbox. Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) This will tell you when and […]

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Stopped by the police

The police can pull you over for all sorts of stuff: a light not working, your rust-bucket exhaust dragging on the road, your motor over-crammed with mates. They don’t even have to give you a reason. Don’t panic if you’re pulled over; here’s what to do: You must stop; failing to pull over could cost […]

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Breakdown

Get your vehicle off the road if possible. Turn your hazard lights on to warn other traffic. Wait outside the vehicle – your car could easily be rear-ended. Try to wear light-coloured clothing or pull on your hi-vis jacket. Put the warning triangle on the road, 45 metres behind your broken-down car. Be very careful […]

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Mobile phones

Would you drive while wearing a blindfold? Hmm, probably not. But when you’re busy texting or checking a missed call, that’s essentially what you’re doing: driving blind. The risks  According to research by the RAC Foundation, a driver who’s texting is more dangerous than a driver who’s been smokin’ weed or drunk the legal alcohol […]

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Seat belts

Maybe you’re just nipping five minutes round the corner. Or driving to your mate’s gaff – a journey you do every single week, so you know every bend and junction back to front. You don’t really need to wear a seat belt… do you? Er, yes you do. Research proves that, in a crash, someone […]

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Drink driving

Mixing alcohol with cars is deadly. Research shows that alcohol slows reaction times, sends your concentration into freefall and affects ability to judge speed and distance. If you drive at twice the legal alcohol limit you’re at least 30 times more likely to cause a road crash than a driver who hasn’t been boozing. “Never […]

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Peer pressure

You respect your mates and your mates respect you. They’d hate to put you – or themselves – in danger. But sometimes they can push you into doing dumb stuff. Driving too fast, for instance. Or showing off in a road race. Did you know that one third of young people in the UK have […]

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Advanced driving courses

Reckon your driving skills are already pretty advanced? Seriously, not likely! The only way to make yourself a genuinely advanced driver is to go on a course, for instance from the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) or Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). These courses can improve your driving technique, make you safer […]

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Probationary period

You’ve passed your test, you’ve got your wheels, you’re ready to hit the road… Well, take it easy because for the first two years after you pass your driving test, you only need six points to lose your shiny, new licence (normally it’s 12 points). And if you lose your licence, you’ll have to reapply […]

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Top 10 tips for staying in the speed limit

“I think it’s down to showing off and not being experienced enough to make the right decision. I think you need to give yourself enough time and space so if you need to change your mind you still can. Keep to speed limits and be safe not showing off,” says Arsenal and England star Theo […]

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