News articles - 2012
Following a report that showed that the largest number of drink-drivers in the UK were young drivers, Red Driving School undertook a survey that suggested that the majority of them are not aware of the legal drink-drive limit.
A recent survey carried out in Blackpool has revealed that a shocking number of drivers are flouting road safety laws at some of the city's busiest junctions.
Ford has recently introduced MyKey technology for their cars to help restrict young drivers from acting dangerously whilst in the car.
Police in Wales are targeting young drivers over the Christmas period in a bid to reduce drink driving.
A remarkable iPad app has been released to help learner drivers prepare for their driving test.
Premiership football club, Liverpool FC have teamed up with Merseyside Police and car manufacturer, Chevrolet to try and tackle road safety for young drivers.
In a bid to cut speeding on motorways, new Government proposals could be put in force to make offenders take extended driving tests before getting their driving licences back.
With Road Safety Week underway many groups, including the Association of British Insurers (ABI), are keen to reduce road accidents and save lives.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) have launched a new campaign that's aim at helping young drivers get their cars ready for the wintery season.
As a young driver the cost of motoring can be a burden - whether it’s fuel prices taking their toll on your wallet or young drivers’ insurance. As a result you’ll undoubtedly be looking for ways you can save money.
The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) have put a new rule in place that states that a vehicle's mileage for the current test as well as a history of mileage from the previous three tests must be recorded.
British petrol sales have dropped significantly this year - according to official figures released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
A new report has revealed that over a third of UK drivers have reduced their speed to cut down on fuel costs.
A recent one-day crackdown by police in Scotland has resulted in 331 drivers being caught for using a mobile phone whilst driving.
Widespread 20mph speed limits have been called for by the Liberal Democrat party to help make UK roads safer.
A 25 year-old Scots Guard soldier from Lancashire who lost both legs and his right arm in a bomb blast in Afghanistan is taking to the road to learn to drive.
Research company, e-digital has revealed that parents of learner drivers are forking out a whopping £5K on average to get their children driving.
Young drivers are facing increasing motoring costs - including record high garage labour rates of £82.86 an hour, according to Warranty Direct.
A learner driver from Holyhead has called on the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) to bring driving tests back to the area.
A learner driver from Argyll in Scotland has passed first time in-spite of a terrifying crash an hour before her driving test.
A recent study by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has revealed that young male learner drivers are almost 6.5% more likely to pass their practical driving test than young women.
Learner drivers have come under fire in a new survey conducted by a tyre manufacturer in Ireland.
Driving instructors are calling for cycle safety to be included as a mandatory part of the practical driving test.
A learner driver from Wirral, Merseyside is the first teenager to graduate from a unique driver training scheme that's aimed at reducing deaths on the road.
A suspected car thief has been apprehended after West Midlands Police used the vehicle's onboard telematics technology to track the car.
According a new study by British Car Auctions (BCA) more and more UK drivers are keeping their cars for longer.
The Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) has issued a warning over used-car dealers following a large number of complaints.
According to a report by GEM Motoring Assist UK drivers are confident about their skills on the road.
Rural areas of the UK are believed to be the best place to learn to drive thanks to the high driving test pass rates, according to a report by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA).
With the likes of Ford, Toyota and Vauxhall all embracing new technology to improve the driving experience young driver insurance holders could look forward to a brighter-future.
Around 1 million crashes in the UK are the result of drivers being distracted by attractive pedestrians, according to a study by one insurer.
A fleet software and risk management company have said that tougher rules need to be put in place for young drivers who use cars on work-related journeys.
A recent study by the Institute of Advanced Motorists suggests that young drivers would be safer in newer vehicles.
Young drivers in Scotland are being urged to make sure they have valid young drivers insurance
Premium car manufacturer, Mercedes-Benz is looking for the UK's best young driver through a driving competition.
Fraudulent vehicle and MOT documents found in the Stockton and Durham area have sparked concerns that they may have spread further afield.
Tyre company, HIQ have released a report that suggests young drivers are putting themselves at risk by failing to take their cars for annual services.
Learner drivers in Frome, Somerset will not have to travel as far to take their practical driving test, following the decision by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) to make two new local test centres permanent.
The UK's capital has become a global focus-point thanks to the Olympics, however, those planning on driving through London could be subject to heavy traffic, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) have warned.
MPs revealed plans last month to host driving tests from Halfords and Fire Stations in an efford to provide a local service for learner driver insurance holders.
A recent poll has revealed that the Ford Fiesta is the most commonly bought used-car.
An ex-drink driver from Sittingbourne, Kent is backing the local police force in their attempts to clamp-down on offenders.
A guidance booklet for new drivers is set to be issued by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA), along with every set of driving theory test results from the beginning of August 2012.
According to research by the Vehicle Remarketing Association (VRA) the drop in the price of second-hand cars is slowing.
A road safety group has called for off-road driving practice for teenagers before they hit 17.
A number of road safety organisations are backing the Transport Select Committee's call for the British Government to provide stronger leadership on road safety.
The UK police have suggested that incidents of drink-driving have increased amongst young drivers and the number of road accidents tend to be highest in this group.
UK learner drivers can sometimes feel like they're facing an uphill struggle and learning to drive can be pretty stressful at times.
A recent study by Towers Watson suggests that the cost of car insurance is falling.
Over the last two years the number of black box insurance policies sold has increased by 1,500%, according to the British Insurance Brokers' Association (BIBA).
A recent study by Jean Hopkin Research Associates has revealed that 90% of advanced motorists are safer drivers.
The first rise in road fatalities in almost a decade has prompted concerns from road safety charity, RoSPA.
Car manufacturer, Ford, has unveiled a new driving aid that is set to take all the hard work out of the stop-start in traffic jams.
A learner driver in Borehamwood had to be freed from her car when it was involved in a serious accident earlier this month.
A 62 year old man from Northumberland has been fined and received 10 penalty points on his driving licence for supervising a learner driver insurance holder whilst drunk.
With the wet weather continuing across the UK, young driver insurance holders should ensure that they keep their eyes on the road to prevent mishaps whilst driving.
A bizzare study into which cars attract the most bird poo has revealed that those of the red variety are frequent toilets for our feathered friends.
Increasing numbers of young drivers are ignoring their fuel warning lights, according to recent research.
Following a decline in car manufacturing due to the credit crunch it has been announced that billions of pounds will be invested to help rejuvenate the industry.
A recent study has revealed that almost 60% of American high school student text whilst driving.
Young driver insurance holders are being urged to think before they drink and drive following a new initiative by UK police.
A new "micro-car" known as the Volpe has been announced as coming to the UK automotive market in 2013.
Government spending cuts have lead to a number of transport staff, driving test examiners and coastguards taking further measures to strike on June 8th after 39 offices across the UK went on strike June 1st.
A lady in Midlesbrough has finally passed her driving test... on her 35th attempt, after accumulating £2,000 in driving test fees.
Bolton learner drivers from a local college have received training on the dangers of getting behind the wheel.
A recent survey by a price comparison website* has revealed that almost three quarters of newly qualified drivers are opting for a car with an engine size under 1.3 litres.
A learner driver in Worthing was faced with a bizarre and scary situation involving an elderly driver.
According to recent figures learner driver insurance holders in Scotland have been involved in 46 accidents in the past 5 years during their driving test.
A young driver was lucky to escape with his life after his car was trapped under the side of a lorry on a motorway.
Young drivers could be interested in an internet game that allows them to make guesses on the outcome of forthcoming Formula One races.
Learner drivers will now be able to take their driving tests in Southend for the first time in four years.
Radical changes to learner driver speed limits and age restrictions are under consideration in Northern Ireland.
A school in Berwickshire is providing its pupils with driving lessons from the age of 14.
ENGAGE - a police-led scheme in Wirral is aimed at improving road safety for learner driver insurance holders.
According to Irish police 43% of learner drivers are getting behind the wheel unaccompanied, which highlights a possible concern in the UK as well.
Parents of teenage drivers are concerned that their children drive too fast behind the wheel, according to a recent poll by Good Egg Safety.
Young drivers between 17 - 25 are encouraged to look at black box policies as an alternative to help bring down the cost of car insurance.
TyreSafe, the tyre safety group, have warned that young drivers who believe they can save money by driving on worn tyres are putting themselves and others at risk.
Learner driver insurance holders taking lessons with Hornby Driver Training in Belton could have reasons to be thankful.
A learner driver has been jailed following an accident where three parked cars were damaged after he drunkenly ploughed into them.
Geely, a car manufacturer based in China are planning on selling it's cars based on "ease of ownership", rather than just price.
Over 50% of motorists have been cut-up by another vehicle in "Sorry Mate, I Didn't See You" or "SMIDSYs" incidents in the past six months, according to the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).
It could be good news for learner driver insurance holders as official Government figures suggest that the number of heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and buses on the road are dropping.
Learner drivers are sending local people in Heaton, Newcastle crazy by hogging their roads.
For learner drivers looking to commute to work once they pass their test the advice offered by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) could be very useful.
The UK Government have put forward advice to local councils to help them tackle the problems posed by potholes in their constituency.
New car sales saw an increase last month, after the new 12-plate registration numbers came onto the market, according to a report by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
Learner drivers are urged to swot-up on their Highway Code knowledge following shocking results of a survey of Highway Code knowledge amongst motorists.
Under-age and learner driver insurance holders are being offered the benefit of learning the basics of car control in a safe environment that could benefit them as well as other road users living on popular teaching routes.
Two learner driver insurance holders up in Skegness have both achieved 100% scores with no minor faults, according to Fast Lane Driving School.
Official figures suggest learner driver insurance holders need to maintain standards after passing their test.
According to a new report uninsured drivers continue to be a big issue in the UK and can hike up premiums for other road users, even though overall they are decreasing in total.
The assertion that older people are more likely to be killed in car crashes than younger drivers because they are worse drivers has been dismissed by experts.
The Debt Advisory Line has advised motorists to plan journeys, car share and ensure their tyres are inflated properly in a bid to offset soaring fuel prices.
UK drivers struggle to spot speed limits on the roads and are being caught out by speed cameras as a result.
Young people are putting their lives at risk by texting, talking and surfing the web on their phones while driving.
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned an advert for a website which offers motorists advice on how to get out of paying speeding tickets.
The vast majority of petrol tanker drivers have voted in favour of a national campaign of industrial action, Unite has said.
Of all the things which can trigger young drivers' car insurance claims, Susan Boyle CDs may not be among the first causes which spring to mind.
Britain's roads keep getting safer but some are still 10% riskier than others, according to new research.
Chancellor George Osborne's Budget offered little financial support to hard-hit motorists, as it failed to scrap this summer's fuel duty increase.
Research has suggested that many drivers take risks behind the wheel after being stuck in traffic.
A quarter of young drivers in the UK currently make use of cars which require repair work, according to new research.
New evidence has been added to the age-old debate over which sex is the better driver.
Over half of drivers are in support of a new way of calculating the cost of car insurance which takes into account the way a person drives rather than their age or gender.
A report has said it will take 11 years for councils in England to get up to speed and fix the country's pothole problem.
A new study has found that one in six UK drivers (16%) has driven a car without insurance.
The Public Accounts Committee has expressed fears over how budget cuts will impact upon the upkeep of UK roads.
Research has suggested that motorists in the South East were responsible for nearly a third of complaints levelled at garages last year.
Drivers looking to save money have been urged to reduce fuel costs by making sure their tyres are correctly inflated.
An average of £143 needs spending on failed vehicles to get them through their MoT test, nearly double the £82 average cost of 18 months ago, according to Halfords Autocentres.
Ministers have confirmed that the proposed 80mph speed limit will not apply to all sections of motorway if it is introduced.
When it comes to cars it seems Britons are prioritising appearance over safety.
Drivers are being put at risk after an investigation highlighted that almost half of all British roads are not sufficiently marked.
One of the biggest dangers to the car insurance histories of young drivers has been highlighted after a survey revealed that motorists on long journeys drive for only 11 minutes before mentally 'switching off'.
A new survey has shown that more than half of all UK drivers (53%) own up to tailgating on motorways, an increase of 4% compared to 2004.
People investing in young drivers insurance have been urged to take a closer look at new black box policies.
Samsung has revealed its new Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Android tablet at MWC 2012 in Barcelona.
A Freedom of Information request by Autoglass has revealed that more than one in two drink-driving offences are committed in the morning in some UK areas.
Almost half of candidates managed to pass their driving test last year, new figures show.
A Liberal Democrat MP is calling for new legislation to tighten road safety laws.
Britons are underestimating the threat of corrosion damage to their vehicles as a result of road salt.
High fuel costs and bad driving techniques are motorists' greatest bugbears.
A recent study by Kwik Fit has revealed that many young drivers are unable to adequately identify the meaning of their car's dashboard warning symbols.
Nearly nine in 10 drivers take their test before having the recommended 40 hours of lessons under their belt, a survey has revealed.
Plans to implement curfews for young drivers have been ruled out by the Government.
Drivers are taking more risks behind the wheel than ever before as new police figures show the number of fines being issued for using a mobile phone whilst driving is increasing.
Police forces around the country are being inundated with reports of dangerous missiles being thrown at motorists.
Prime Minister David Cameron has said he wants to see legal fees for lawyers on personal injury claims cut in a bid to tackle the UK's "compensation culture".
Ministers are to discuss ways to cut the rising number of insurance claims for whiplash at a Downing Street summit on Tuesday.
Drivers are failing to prepare for the winter conditions, a survey has shown.
Young motorists have been warned of the dangers of driving after smoking cannabis.
The average driver in the UK spends nearly £100 on accessorising their cars, new figures show. But could these extras be putting young drivers at risk of a crash?
Many people looking to take out learner driver insurance and get on the road may be pleased to hear that buying a used car is getting cheaper.
Official figures have shown that marginally more new cars were sold in the UK during January on a year-by-year basis.
Ministers are to discuss ways to reduce the number of whiplash claims in the UK in a move which could potentially pave the way for cheaper learner driver insurance premiums.
A nationwide campaign for compulsory eye tests for all UK drivers has been launched after research revealed a third of Brits are unable to see properly while driving.
A pair of 17-year-old twins have passed their driving tests after both taking exactly 30 lessons.
Around one in three drivers would be required to revert to learner driver insurance if they sat their theory test again - as they claimed that they would probably fail it, a survey has reported.
Black boxes like those in aeroplanes could be installed in the cars of those who have just passed their driving test, according to the DoE in Northern Ireland.
BMW has supplied a specially modified Mini to 17-year-old double Paralympic gold medallist Ellie Simmonds MBE.
A learner driver has spent almost £3,000 taking - and failing - his theory test 92 times.
A body that represents the interests of professional driving instructors has backed recent changes made to the theory test.
Motorists in south-east England could face a petrol shortage after two suppliers in the area went bankrupt and on strike.
The driving theory test has been redesigned to stop budding motorists memorising answers from past exam papers.
Drink driving warnings are being ignored by motorists, and particularly by young drivers, according to figures.
Trust defines the choice made by almost half of motorists when they want a mechanic to fix their vehicle, according to Kwik Fit.
Teenagers who have just passed their test have been warned they should make avoiding buying a cloned car as big a priority as securing cheap car insurance for young drivers.
Ministers have been accused of "failing to grasp the nettle" of accident rates involving young drivers, an insurance chief has claimed.
For young drivers, there is a lot to get used to - and lots to be careful about. But one thing they might not realise even as they look at young drivers car insurance is that driving can be time-consuming.
Driving in the dark can be difficult, and many people find it disorientating.
The Government has confirmed that a decision on whether to raise the motorway speed limit is due soon.
Young driver car insurance firms should offer discounts for young drivers who undergo further training, experts have suggested.
Motoring experts have claimed that drivers would be hit in the pocket by plans to decrease the frequency of the MoT test.
Drivers have been urged to focus on their fuel efficiency in order to make financial savings this year.
Plans to raise the motorway speed limit to 80mph could lead to more accidents, according to a new report.
The "scourge" of the inaccurate satnav will be the subject of a summit hosted by the minister for local transport.
Having a heavy cold or the flu significantly impairs the ability to drive a vehicle, a motoring and cycling retailer reports.
A panel of experts is being put together to help the Government decide if drug-driving should be tackled further and if a new criminal offence should be created to punish motorists.
Scottish local authorities have paid out almost £1.8 million in compensation to motorists for pothole-related damage over the last five years.