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Winter driving: advice for drivers to wise up on winter roads

UK weather can be unpredictable. Severe weather conditions can arise when least expected and be extremely dangerous if you’re on the road. Driving is a risky business at the best of times – 5 people die on UK roads every day – so hazards such as darkness, rain, fog, ice, and even low sunshine, only add to the danger. Use this advice to help you stay safe in winter. Before you set off Consider whether your journey is necessary – the best way to stay safe in bad weather is to stay off the roads. Check forecasts and traffic news
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Driving in Bad Weather: the do’s and don’ts

  Snow can cause chaos on the roads. Black ice, dark nights and fog can all hinder your visibility and driving. But it is also one of the ‘most wonderful times, of the year’… so with more people hitting the roads than usual over the winter months to see family and friends, it’s extremely important to ensure your vehicle is safe and you are well prepared for whatever the weather holds. Keeping Your Vehicle in Order During the winter months, you should follow the advice given by the RAC to make sure you and your car are prepared at all
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After dark: Road safety tips for driving in the winter evenings

Two weeks after the clocks go back, there are around 278 more road traffic collisions than in the two weeks before. That amounts to around 20 more incidents per day¹ – a figure that can be reduced if we take the right safety measures.  Why do the clocks go back? At 2am on the last Sunday in March, the clocks go forward, giving us lighter evenings. The earliest sunrise in the UK is during the middle of June around 4.40am. Without daylight savings time this would be 3.40am! Near the end of December, the latest sunrise is around 8.06am –
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Christmas drink and drug driving campaigns run morning, noon and night

Towns and City Centres have switched on the Christmas lights to herald the start of the festive season and revellers will soon enjoy celebratory drinks with friends, family and colleagues. The strong message against drinking and driving will have been heard by everyone many times over. You would think that by now only an unreachable few will deliberately flout the law. On this issue it is certainly true that some people you just can’t reach (failure to communicate is not the reason!).   Obstinate lawbreakers aside, it is probably accurate to say that the overwhelming majority of people intend to
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The ‘Houndway’ Code: The laws you need to know when driving with your dog

  Dog-lover? Us too. There’s nothing quite like heading out on an adventure with man’s best friend in tow, and let’s be honest – those puppy dog eyes are just too heartbreaking to leave them at home. There are approximately 27 million pets in the UK and unsurprisingly, dogs are the pet-of-choice for many of us – with over 7.3 million in homes all over the country. (1) It’s official; we are an undisputed nation of dog-lovers. But with great canine companionship comes great responsibility. In the same way that there are laws regarding dogs on leads and fines for
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Driving in the #Digital Age; the driving laws you should know

When it comes to advanced technology that’s here to make life easier, planet earth is already on it. Only a year ago, research found that the average UK household owns 8.3 digital devices – with technological consumption only set to skyrocket as brands bring out bigger and better electronics to save you time and keep you awe-inspired.  10 years on from the release of the first Smartphone too, Ofcom have released their Communications Market Report,  pinpointing the UK’s digital habits with some hard-hitting findings: Britons spend an average of 24 hours a week online and we check our mobile phone every 12
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Driverless Cars & the future of UK Driving Laws

Man has conquered the hologram, voice recognition, virtual reality and solar power. We’ve developed technology that has changed the face of society, the workplace, our social interactions and our daily habits. Now we’re entering the realm of technology that many of us thought we would never see in our lifetime. Driverless cars. They may still seem like a sci-fi creation, but car manufacturers and technology giants like Apple, Google & Volkswagen are adamant about getting autonomous tech out onto our roads. Loaded with computers, sensors and other hi-tech software, specially-built vehicles are about to catapult the age of automobiles into
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Do pedestrians always have right of way on roads?

The short answer to this question is no. Many of us are stepping outside once a day to make the most of our exercise regime during this difficult time. It is a good time to remind ourselves how to observe the law and keep safe when it comes to pedestrians and drivers.  When pedestrians DO have right of way This is the basic list: If a pedestrian has started to cross a road at a junction and a driver wants to turn into that road the pedestrian has priority and the driver should give way (see Highway Code Rule 8)
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Home-school road safety tips to teach your kids

No matter how old your children are, it’s always a good idea to keep their knowledge fresh. Whether they’ve just started nursery or they’re in their last year of school, there’s always something about road safety you can teach your kids – even if you’re currently homeschooling your children.  As soon as they can walk As soon as your little one can walk, they can run! This is the perfect time to instil good habits such as stopping at the kerb, waiting for the green man, checking for traffic even if the green man appears and holding your hand when
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Crackdown on drivers using mobile phones

Rob Jones, Associate Solicitor for our Serious & Catastrophic Injury team, discusses the nationwide campaign to encourage drivers not to use their mobile phones on the road. Last year the National Police Chiefs Council ran a national campaign to crackdown on drivers using mobile phones. The offence received a great deal more publicity when a certain former England football captain emerged from Bromley Magistrates Court only days later minus his driving licence. The National Police Chiefs Council have launched another campaign this year to promote road safety and usage of mobile phones.  Using a hand held mobile phone at the
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