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Local artist creates an invisible car!

 Art student Sara Watson is studying drawing and image making  Photo: PA

Art student Sara Watson with her invisible car. Photo: PA

Sara Watson, an art student from Ashton under Lyne, has found the ultimate way of avoiding traffic wardens – by making her car invisible.

The 22-year-old student at the University of Central Lancashire spray painted a battered Skoda Fabia to match the car park and entrance to her art studio.

Her work, created as part of her drawing and image making course at the university, creates the illusion that the car is see through. She was given the car from a breakers yard and worked for three weeks to ensure that it blended perfectly with its surroundings.

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Drivers of black cars ‘more likely to speed’

According to a recent study of 1.7 million drivers by insurance company elephant.co.uk, drivers of black-coloured cars are the most likely to break speed limits.

The survey found that 25.4% of black-vehicle owners have speeding convictions, and they are also 9% more likely than the average driver to have speeding endorsements on their driving licences.

The next “speediest” colour was grey, with 25.1% of grey car owners having speeding convictions, followed by silver, blue and brown.

Owners of purple-coloured cars were least likely to have been caught exceeding speed limit, while owners of white, yellow and red cars have comparatively few convictions as well.

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Making Britain’s Roads Safer – Have Your Say!

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Road Safety Consultation

Following the recent publication of the results of the DSA’s Learning to Drive Consultation comes the Government’s latest document seeking views on the vision, targets and measures for improving road safety in Great Britain beyond 2010.

“Making Britain’s Roads Safer” is the title of the consultation document, and we would urge you all to get involved and make your opinions known.  The full document and related research articles can be found hereThe closing date for this consultation is 14th July 2009.

The key challenges for the new strategy are as follows:

  • reducing the number of road deaths, which have fallen at a slower rate than serious injuries;
  • pedestrian and cyclist casualties in our towns and cities – particularly in deprived communities;
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ESP to become mandatory by 2011

Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) will be mandatory on all new cars in the EU from November 2011, the European Parliament has announced.  Currently, just over 50% of new cars sold in Europe are fitted with ESP.

ESP is proven to significantly reduce fatal accidents, as the following video demonstrates:

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“ESP can prevent up to 80 percent of all skid-related accidents,” said Dr. Werner Struth, president of the Chassis Systems Control division at Bosch, where ESP systems are made. “After the seat belt, the system is therefore the most important safety technology in the car.”

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Could YOU be a hands-free killer?

mobilecarI see this every day… people driving whilst talking on mobile phones, or even worse – texting.  But although the average driver may think that hands-free equipment is perfectly safe, this may make you think again.

In what is seen as a landmark case, a sales boss, Lynne-Marie Howden, who was using a legal hands-free phone when she crashed and killed another driver, was recently found guilty of causing death by careless driving.  The prosecutor said: ‘She lost control because she was distracted by the call.  The collision would not have happened if she had not been on the phone and had been paying attention.’

Her final call was to a work colleague at 8.23am which lasted five minutes before she lost control of her car.  She later told officers: ‘It is entirely legal to use a mobile phone with a hands-free kit. I regularly make and receive calls while driving.  My car is effectively my office.’

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Fancy a free £5,000? Buy an electric car!

Under new government proposals and as part of the government’s £250 million strategy to reduce carbon emissions, motorists are to be offered incentives of up to £5,000 to buy electric cars.

It has not yet been decided how the money would be distributed, but incentives would only be available to people buying cars that ran entirely, or for the vast majority of their time, on electricity. The scheme, which would be enforced by setting a ceiling for the amount of carbon dioxide a car emits, will become operational in 2011.

In addition, it is proposed that about 200 electric cars will be available in city centre across the country for the public to try out.

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Twitter users a danger on the roads?

twitter2According to esure car insurance, users of the new social networking site Twitter are causing significant danger on the roads.  The Association of British Drivers have hit back at the claims though, making it clear that many of the Tweets were not UK based.

Research by esure car insurance released last week finds that some motorists are putting themselves and others at risk by Tweeting behind the wheel. The insurers say nearly one in ten of motorists questioned are using mobile internet services and social networks whilst driving.

To prove the point, esure released the following list of driving Tweets:

“Driving with my knees and peeling an orange…Probably not the safest thing to be doing.”

“Driving school bus”

“Irresponsible twitter driving woo!”

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Brown raises fuel duty to a shocking 71%

Fuel duty will rise again by roughly 2 pence per litre in 2 weeks time, bringing the total tax paid at the pumps to 71 pence in every pound.  And this is despite Prime Minister Gordon Brown promising not to raise fuel duty back in July 2008.

From 1st April 2009, 66 pence of the average litre of fuel will go straight into a central government tax pot, the funds of which can be spent on anything the government so desires – housing, education, the NHS, pensions or even banking bailouts.

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