Despite the general drop in the sales of new cars the high price of fuel is driving buyers to superminis and more fuel efficient cars new figures reveal.
Motorists in the UK are paying over the odds for car servicing compared with our European neighbours. A recent report by the Trading Standards Agency (TSA) has revealed the striking difference between what garages charge in different EU countries and also the low standards of work done here.
Government statistics recently reported have shown that more than 1000 young people under 25 years of age are killed on our roads every year.
Most motorists in the UK will admit to getting their car serviced probably only once a year at the same time as the MOT and then really do nothing with their cars apart from top-up the washer bottle.
Nearly a third (28%) of British motorists are planning to drive less in 2012 and intend to walk or cycle more, according to a recent Be Wiser Insurance poll.
Mark Bower-Dyke, chairman of Be Wiser Insurance, comments:
39% of British drivers would consider buying a new electric or hybrid car under the government's newest green car rebate scheme.
Many motorists across the country are feeling the pinch and are trying to hold on to their independence by keeping their car on the road, sometimes at the expense of other essentials.
The thought of driving in certain counties conjures up romantic images especially in places like America with its classic Route 66 or Australia with the Great Ocean Road. Where in Britain invokes this same strong imagery – well nowhere apparently.
We are all aware of road cameras but the police may have another secret source of information about the roads and the traffic on it.