The problem of ‘blinding’ car headlights – and how to stay safe on the road

LEDs give off a very directional light, which means if one is pointing straight at you it will appear far brighter than a halogen lamp. But the colour tone is much more like natural light so when you’re driving a... Read more

The problem of ‘blinding’ car headlights – and what you can do about it

LEDs give off a very directional light, which means if one is pointing straight at you it will appear far brighter than a halogen lamp. But the colour tone is much more like natural light so when you’re driving a... Read more

The A to Z of motorcycling in winter

I collected the latest entrant to the English “dream garage” last week, a Honda C90 E Cub. January might not be the best of months to be swanning around on the roads, but I managed to have such fun, draining... Read more

Don’t be caught out by Highway Code changes that give cyclists priority over drivers

And the RAC head of roads policy Nicholas Lyes added: “A concerted effort must now be made to communicate the changes to drivers because as we know, many do not read the Highway Code for long periods after passing their... Read more

Pedal-pushers have taken over British roads – even as a cyclist, I think it’s time to rein them in

And yet… Is it any wonder we feel as if the cyclists are taking over? In 2020, the National Cycle Network recorded 12,739 miles of signed routes, of which 5,220 miles were traffic-free paths and 7,519 miles were on-road. As... Read more

How to claim for pothole damage to your car

If the pothole was on a minor road, however, it will be the responsibility of the county, city or borough council that manages the roads in the area of the pothole. If you can safely take a photograph of the... Read more

The Highway Code is changing – and cyclists get even more priority over drivers

AA president Edmund King said: “By making mobile phone use as socially unacceptable as drink driving, we are taking big steps to making our roads safer.” Newer drivers can tow heavier trailers Prior to 16 December 2021, the rules governing... Read more

How to drive your car safely in snow and ice this winter

In a manual car, move away slowly by slipping the clutch as gently as you can, keeping the engine revs low, and ensure you change gear early as you accelerate and late as you decelerate, again so that you keep... Read more

Is Santa’s sleigh road legal? Why Father Christmas might be flouting British laws tonight

The sleigh has few practical advantages over a modern car, but even our resolutely pragmatic motoring desk understands the importance of tradition at this time of year. Of course, Father Christmas would be significantly better off in a solid Volvo... Read more

Eight ways to make a breakdown safe and bearable

Vehicle breakdowns can be disruptive and dangerous. With road traffic accidents accounting for 13% of all deaths in the UK – 60% of which occur on country roads – and with the much-debated “smart” motorways tragically taking 38 lives in... Read more

How to stay safe when driving through flood water in the UK

Yet more persistent and prolonged rainfall has led to widespread localised flooding in many areas, while standing water after heavy downpours on already sodden ground is also a major hazard to drivers – and one that should not be underestimated.  We... Read more

Top tips on how to pass your UK driving test as a learner in 2021

Heard the one about the learner driver who, in January 2021, passed his theory test at the 158th attempt? It’s actually true and the joke was on him because, at £23 a pop, it cost him £3,634 in tests alone.... Read more

How to de-ice your car windscreen in frosty weather this winter

How to de-ice a car The only things you should ever use to de-ice your car is an appropriate ice scraper and/or some de-icer liquid. Some drivers appear hell bent on destroying their credit cards by using them to clear... Read more

How to de-ice your car windscreen in frosty weather

How to de-ice a car The only things you should ever use to de-ice your car is an appropriate ice scraper and/or some de-icer liquid. Some drivers appear hell bent on destroying their credit cards by using them to clear... Read more