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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.

Police are using buses to catch drivers on mobile phones

posted 9 May 2019, 12:20 by selectdrivinghalifax

Police officers are riding on buses to catch drivers using their mobile phones.

Road Safety Officers from Hampshire and the Thames Valley are taking part in a joint operation, using the height of a bus as a vantage point to spot wrongdoing.

Those caught using a mobile phone while driving can get a fixed penalty notice.

UK speed camera tolerances revealed: is your car's speedo accurate?

posted 29 Apr 2019, 06:26 by selectdrivinghalifax

At the start of 2019, rumours swept the internet that speed camera tolerances on certain motorways were so strict, they would issue tickets if drivers exceeded the 70mph limit by just 1mph.

Those stories turned out to be untrue and unfounded. But rather than allow misinformation about speed camera ‘thresholds’ to circulate unchecked, Auto Express asked the UK’s 45 police forces via Freedom of Information requests how strictly their 3,224 speed cameras enforce limits.

New super 'yellow vulture' speed cameras can catch drivers including those eating behind the wheel

posted 18 Apr 2019, 23:03 by selectdrivinghalifax

New super 'yellow vulture' speed cameras that can catch drivers who are using their phone or eating behind the wheel have arrived in the UK.

The cameras feature new LED infrared equipment and they look nothing like the traditional ones that drivers are used to seeing at the roadside.

They face oncoming traffic and some motorists may not realise they are cameras at all.

In addition to speeding, the equipment can catch drivers who aren't wearing a seatbelt or are using their phone, eating, drinking or smoking when they're meant to be concentrating on the road.

New ‘speed on green’ cameras – What they are and why they can land you a hefty fine

posted 22 Feb 2019, 23:50 by selectdrivinghalifax

Newer traffic lights are being tested in the UK which will penalise those who try to speed up and 'beat' a traffic light - https://www.intelligentinstructor.co.uk/new-speed-on-green…/
See my recommended approach to traffic lights at https://youtu.be/WAljF6JIF1g

Brexit: UK drivers living in the EU urged to get new licence

posted 19 Jan 2019, 13:50 by selectdrivinghalifax

Drivers from the UK living in the EU have been urged to swap their licence for a local one as soon as possible in case there is a no-deal Brexit.

If they do not, they might have to pass a test in the country where they live.

The government also said those living in the UK who want to drive in the EU after 29 March might need an international driving permit (IDP).

The new driving laws everyone needs to know for 2019

posted 7 Jan 2019, 10:05 by selectdrivinghalifax

It's up to you, the driver, to make sure you're aware of all the new laws

The way you drive is set to change in 2019.

Across 2019, a string of new rules are set to come into effect - and they could massively impact your driving.

These include new motorway, MOT and learner driver rules.

As cars and road travel changes with technology the rules have to adjust to match them.

And, as a driver, the responsibility falls with YOU (and you alone).

Daytime running lights creating confusion for other drivers

posted 4 Jan 2019, 01:40 by selectdrivinghalifax

All new EU cars and small vans must have dedicated daytime running lights (DRLs), to improve road safety but a survey by the RAC shows these lights cause unintended confusion for some drivers.

While all new vehicles must have daytime running lights at the front, they aren’t mandatory at the rear and this issue is what appears to be causing confusion and annoyance for road users.

Illuminating facts

Daytime running lights are lights fitted into a car’s existing headlights and taillights. The lights shine white at the front and red at the rear. These lights began in Nordic countries with low light levels during winter and, in 1977, Sweden was the first country to make them mandatory. Seven years later, the Volvo 240 became the first vehicle on UK roads with DRLs.

Studies show that DRLs can reduce the risk of road accidents; a 2008 American study on the effectiveness of DRLs on road safety reported only a 0.3% reduction in collisions while a 2003 EU investigation suggested a reduction in multi-party collisions of between 5% and 15%.

Research by the RAC now shows that many drivers don’t turn on their dipped lights or sidelights in dull driving conditions, perhaps assuming, because they have DRLs on at the front, the same applies to the rear lights.

In a RAC Opinion Panel survey of 2,061 motorists, 62% said they saw cars and vans driving around in dull overcast conditions with lights on at the front of their vehicles, but with unlit rear lights.

When asked whether the car they drive most often had DRLs, and if so, were they fitted to the front and/or back of the vehicle, survey respondents answered in the following ways:

Vehicle has no DRLs: 47%
Vehicle has front DRLs only: 29%
Vehicle has both front and rear DRLs: 14%
Vehicle has front DRLs, but driver uncertain if the car had rear DRLs: 8%

‘A very worrying finding’

Head of PR and External Affairs at RAC, Pete Williams said of the Opinion Panel survey results:

“This is potentially a very worrying finding as it implies that many drivers are driving without any rear lights believing that because they have running lights that switch on automatically at the front, they are also on at the rear.

“Alternatively, and arguably just as concerning, these drivers could simply have decided the light conditions were not bad enough to merit turning on their dipped lights or sidelights.

“While daytime running lights are clearly bringing a very valuable safety benefit to the UK’s roads, it would be good for every driver to take just a few minutes to make sure they know whether the vehicles they drive have them or not. And if they do, then check to see if they have them at the rear as well as the front. That way those that don’t have them at the back will be far more likely in poor daylight visibility to switch on their dipped lights to make their vehicle more easily seen from behind.

“We strongly urge everyone to carry out this check as those few minutes could make an important road safety difference.”

Dazzled by science

Fitting DRLs isn’t essential—vehicles produced before February 2011 do not need retrofitting—but fitting them may prevent an accident. If you want to fit DRLs in your car, you can choose from various aftermarket kits—look for an embossed approval mark on the lamp containing the letters ‘RL’. If you’re fitting DRLs, install them, so they come on with the engine and go off when you switch on the headlights. The lamps should come with fitting instructions but contact a qualified auto electrician if you’re in any doubt about fitting them. You might, instead, use your car’s existing sidelights during the daytime although they won’t be as bright as DRLs.

It is becoming more common for DRLs to contain light-emitting diodes (LEDs). LED lights consume little energy, which helps keep fuel consumption as low as possible. Using DRLs instead of driving with headlights or sidelights also means that rear lights and instrument lights aren’t on during the day.

LED DRLs are brighter, making them easier to spot in daylight. Manufacturers designed DRLs to make cars more obvious to other road users in daylight conditions, not to illuminate the road ahead.

Daytime running lights switch on when the engine is running. They should usually switch off when you turn off the main 

11 incredibly common driving errors – and how to fix them

posted 5 Nov 2018, 00:14 by selectdrivinghalifax

We’re afraid to say that you may have been driving the wrong way for all these years. But you’re far from alone. Here’s the What Car? guide to common motoring errors, and how to avoid them:

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