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The ever-popular 12-year-old General Tufto prepares for his 200th career start in a Southwell handicap before Christmas.
Wednesday 27th December 2017

In a week when a new pretender emerged for the Middle Distance crown, one veteran was competing in his 200th race. Meanwhile, jockey Fran Berry had five reasons to be happy on a busy day at Southwell and Wolverhampton.


Motoring myths: what ‘black boxes’ reveal about our driving habits
Friday 22nd December 2017

‘Black boxes’ hold an amazing amount of data about UK drivers, making them able to prove, or indeed disprove many popular theories about young drivers, female drivers and male drivers.

Patrick Collinson, The Guardian, reports:

Rise of the white van woman: a third of commercial vehicles are now owned by female drivers
Friday 22nd December 2017

There has been a 29% increase in female applications for heavy vehicle licenses, and this has resulted in 32% of van buyers now being female. Therefore, the stereotype of ‘the white van man’ is clearly dying out!

Rob Hull, the Mail Online, reports:

Tailgating really doesn’t get you to your destination faster, Scientists prove it causes traffic jams that could double your commute time.
Friday 22nd December 2017

Traffic jams are one of the biggest inconveniences of modern life and a new study suggests that tailgating could be causing them.

Joe Pinkstone, Mail Online, reports:

Beware of ‘Frantic Friday’: RAC warns of huge delays on 22nd December as 1.25 million motorists take to the roads before Christmas.
Wednesday 20th December 2017

Drivers are being urged to avoid travelling on 'Frantic Friday' this week when the last of the year's commuter traffic will clash with the Christmas getaway.

Keiran Southern for MailOnline reports:

Be prepared next time with this winter driving checklist
Monday 18th December 2017

Less than a third of drivers say they carry a shovel in their car in winter, but you can be much more prepared by filling your boot with some of these necessary supplies.

Rob Hull, The Mail Online, reports:

Mountain Bell wins Marathon Fast Track Qualifier
Sunday 17th December 2017

Trainer Ralph Beckett, who won the 2016 All-Weather Championships Marathon Final, has another smart Good Friday prospect on his hands following Saturday’s Fast Track Qualifier, while another potential star son of the great Frankel made a striking racecourse debut at the weekend.

Mazda MX-5 Z-Sport announced for the UK
Friday 15th December 2017

The exclusive Mazda MX-5 Z-Sport is limited to 300 models, and comes with a red roof, 17-inch wheels and new leather trim.

Dan Smith, AutoExpress news, reports:

The number of drivers caught on mobile phones falls by 10% in three months after the introduction of tougher penalties
Wednesday 13th December 2017

In March, the penalty of driving with a mobile phone was increased to 6 points, and this seems to have reduced the number of drivers committing the offence.

James Salmon, The Daily Mail, reports:

Never Back Down wins Fast Track Qualifier at Wolverhampton
Tuesday 12th December 2017

Newmarket trainer Hugo Palmer clinched his second Fast Track Qualifier of the season at snow swept Wolverhampton last weekend while Lambourn trainer Jamie Osborne continues in top form.


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