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

Michelin is partnering with General Motors to develop an amazing airless tyre. Featuring a complex internal architecture made from composite rubber and high-strength fibreglass, these tyres remove the need for 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 both tread pattern and wheel size.  (Read more...)

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.  (Read more...)

From the 30th March 2020, MOT due dates for cars, motorcycles and light vans will be extended by 6 months.

The Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, has extended MOT deadlines as part of the Government's continuing efforts to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. You don't need to do anything to extend your vehicle's MOT expiry date if it's on or after the 30th March 2020. However, you must keep your vehicle safe to drive.  (Read more...)

Met Office severe weather warning: Arctic conditions set to hit the UK, bringing ice, snow, polar winds and temperatures as low as -14°C

The Met Office is now warning that the UK could be enveloped in an 'Arctic Bubble' over 1,100 miles wide that's going to last 40 days, starting on Sunday 8th December and continuing right through to next year. Temperatures will drop as low as -14°C in some parts of the country, with conditions similar to what is experienced in the Arctic.  (Read more...)

An amazing 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 behind the wheel leads to around 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.  (Read more...)

Turn around and find another route, or press on? Some 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.  (Read more...)

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.  (Read more...)

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 can tell you a lot about what your tyres can cope with, as well.   (Read more...)

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.  (Read more...)


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