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Car tech to guard against distracted driving

posted 10 May 2020, 23:01 by selectdrivinghalifax

Distracted driving puts not only drivers on the road at risk but also passengers, cyclists and pedestrians. In 2018, it led to the deaths of 2,841 people, according to the most current data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Holding a phone and texting are two of the most common causes, but eating, changing the radio, or anything else that causes you to lose focus on the task of driving can also be considered a distraction. The problem is so widespread that NHTSA and the Centers for Disease Control have addressed the issue on their websites.

Automakers and technology companies are coming out with features aimed at reducing injuries and deaths related to distracted driving. Edmunds experts have selected five new car technologies designed to reduce distraction and help make you a safer driver.

Safety charity urges closure of learners' penalty point 'loophole'

posted 16 Aug 2019, 10:07 by selectdrivinghalifax

A leading road safety charity has called on the government to close a loophole in the law that allows learner drivers to amass more points than a newly qualified driver before being banned.

Under present rules, newly qualified drivers will have their licences revoked if they pick up six or more penalty points in the two years following their driving test. However, the law currently allows learner drivers to retain their licences despite collecting more than six points. In fact, learners can hold up to 11 points, and those who pass their tests with this number of points will only be banned if they receive more points after they qualify.

New long range speed cameras set to go nationwide - How they work and can fine you

posted 29 Jul 2019, 09:11 by selectdrivinghalifax

New long-range speed cameras could be rolled out nationwide to prevent motorists committing driving offences while behind the wheel of their cars. These cameras which have a range of over 1km has been rolled out in areas of the UK and have proven to be successful in catching drivers. For example, in its first month, the device set up on the A417 and A419 in Gloucestershire managed to catch 1,200 speeders and 32 other offences. The long-range cameras can spot a driver committing a driving offence from over one kilometre away and is dubbed ‘the Long Ranger’.

DVSA reveals top driving test faults made in the first year of the new test

posted 25 Jul 2019, 23:42 by selectdrivinghalifax

Failing to look properly at junctions and not using mirrors effectively are the top reasons people failed following changes made to the driving test in 2017.

Drivers face penalty points for not wearing seat belts

posted 19 Jul 2019, 01:26 by selectdrivinghalifax

Drivers caught not wearing a seat belt will face points on their driving licence under plans to increase penalties for motoring offences.

Currently, motorists in England, Scotland and Wales who do not buckle up are given a £100 fine.

The Department for Transport has not said how many points may be given.

Speed cameras and their tolerance levels, how fast do you have to be travelling before they are triggered?

posted 11 Jul 2019, 13:28 by selectdrivinghalifax

We've all been there, travelling down any given road at what we believe to be the correct speed limit, not realising that our speed may have crept up by a mile per hour or two, and then we see the flash from a speed camera in our rear-view mirror. We then wait nervously for a couple of weeks to see if a fixed penalty notice arrives on our doorstep.

But what is the speed camera threshold? At what point does a camera get triggered?

Driver WARNING - Motorists warned about new ‘hide and crash’ scam as hundreds targeted

posted 4 Jul 2019, 22:13 by selectdrivinghalifax

UK drivers are being warned about a new type of scam which is being adopted by fraudsters across the country. The tactic dubbed ‘hide and crash’ is an evolution of previous tactics and involves a fraudster hiding in a driver’s blind-spot before quickly moving in front to ‘slam on’ the brakes. According to anti-fraud experts, the tactic is being used to try and trap unsuspecting drivers in a ‘crash for cash’ scam. The warning comes from experts at AX, which has previously exposed ‘flash for crash’ scams.

Cycling UK and Uber team up to teach Dutch Reach to drivers and passengers

posted 27 Jun 2019, 23:05 by selectdrivinghalifax

Cycling UK and ride-sharing firm Uber have teamed up to teach drivers and passengers the Dutch Reach technique to help prevent cyclists from being doored.

The technique encourages car occupants to use the hand furthest away from the door to open it, meaning that their body naturally twists round so they are naturally looking over their shoulder and thus able to see any cyclists approaching.

While the technique is taught in the Netherlands and elsewhere and has been covered in the press here after Cycling UK campaigned for it to be introduced to the driving test  following the death of Leicester cyclist Sam Boulton, who crashed into the path of a van when a taxi passenger opened a door into his path, it is still little-known here.

How you can be fined for drink driving - without actually being over the limit

posted 20 Jun 2019, 23:27 by selectdrivinghalifax

Motorists are being warned it's possible to face a drink drive conviction - without actually being over the limit.

While you may think you're safe to get behind the wheel, police can still issue a hefty fine regardless of the breathalyser reading.

Most drivers caught intoxicated behind the wheel will end up with a conviction code of ‘DR40’ on their licence - for being ‘in charge of a vehicle while alcohol level above limit’.

But there’s another type of conviction - a DR50 - which means you can still be prosecuted without ever failing a breathalyser test.

Never mind watching you, Big Brother will soon be listening too!

posted 10 Jun 2019, 00:48 by selectdrivinghalifax

'Acoustic cameras' tested in bid to cut noisy vehicles

Motorists with vehicles breaching legal noise limits could face fines if new "acoustic camera" technology is developed, the government has said.

The Department for Transport will test noise-detecting cameras in various locations over the next seven months.

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