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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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Why were smart motorways created?

Our Serious Injury Solicitor, Rob Jones, explains how smart motorways came about, how to stay safe on smart motorways and what happens if someone has a collision… Smart motorways were first trialled in the UK in 2006. There are now approximately 500 miles of smart motorways across the country with plans to extend the network by a further 300 miles by 2025. The rationale behind their introduction was to reduce road congestion by using the hard shoulder in combination with supposedly groundbreaking traffic management technology. As well as creating more space on the road, smart motorways were said to come
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Cutting down on life admin: How a Will in Expectation of Marriage could be the answer

An estimated 64% of weddings were cancelled or postponed last year due to coronavirus. But fortunately, we could see a big increase in weddings taking place this year, after lockdown restrictions are lifted. As you’ll already know, getting married comes with a fair amount of admin.  For example, you might need to apply for a replacement passport and driving licence in your new name (if applicable), arrange to change the account-holder details on household bills, mortgage or credit/debit cards, or even move house. Added to that, did you know that marriage revokes (cancels) your Will, so arranging to make a
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Are Smart Motorways Safe?

At present, there are 500 miles of smart motorways in the UK, with a further 300 miles planned by 2025. Smart motorways are sections of the motorway that use technology to reduce congestion, though they have received a lot of negative press. There are major concerns about the safety of smart motorways, with 38 fatalities caused in the last five years. However, the intentions for smart motorways were good, as they ease congestion and reduce carbon emissions. But smart motorways are in need of technical improvements such as better monitors to spot broken down vehicles. We take a look at
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