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Research highlights the importance of having a test drive

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Getting annoyed with our car from time to time is something all drivers have in common but new research from Kia Motors has revealed that this isn't always such a rare occurrence, Motors.co.uk reports.

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Figures reveal average motorway delay of 8.9 seconds per mile

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A new report by the Office for Road and Rail has revealed how bad motorway and A road traffic is in England.

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Cost of running a car falls as bus and rail fares rise

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New figures from the Department for Transport (DfT) suggest motorists in the UK are enjoying some of the lowest running costs for decades, the RAC reports.

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MOT failure data reveals areas of least roadworthy cars

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New data from Automyze reveals that more than half of cars in Dundee failed their most recent MOT test, This is Money reports.

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Government considers diesel tax hike

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In a bid to cut air pollution, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, has hinted at a tax hike for diesel cars, Auto Express reports.

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Hands-free phone use is 'equally distracting'

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Researchers from the University of Sussex have found that using a hands-free phone whilst driving is just as distracting as holding the phone in your hand, BBC News reports.

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Foxes blamed for cut brake cables

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Drivers in Royal Tunbridge Wells are being advised to check their brakes prior to setting off following a spate of incidents in which cables were chewed through by urban foxes

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Drug driving figures revealed

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Figures obtained by BBC Radio 5 live have revealed there were nearly 8,000 arrests for drug driving in England and Wales last year, BBC News reports.

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One in 12 vehicles could have cloned number plates

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New research from the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators (IAATI) suggests that one in 12 of the UK's 37 million vehicles could have cloned number plates, the Telegraph reports.

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Texting behind wheel impedes brain's safety sense

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A new study has found that texting while driving can cause a key safety function in the brain to stop working, making it one of the most dangerous activities motorists can undertake, the RAC reports.

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Committee decides on smart motorway education

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A committee looking at how all-lane running schemes have been working has decided to review the distances between emergency rescue areas (ERAs).

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Fuel prices increase for second consecutive month

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New RAC Fuel Watch data has revealed a second consecutive month of price rises has resulted in British motorists paying an average of 108p per litre when filling up at forecourts.

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Two thirds of drivers think humans should control vehicles

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Research commissioned by IAM RoadSmart, formerly the Institute of Advanced Motorists, has revealed drivers are not so keen on the idea of autonomous cars, the RAC reports.

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Quarter of motorists happy to sleep in autonomous vehicles

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New research by Whatcar.com has revealed more than a quarter of motorists would feel comfortable enough being driven in an autonomous car that they would sleep while travelling.

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More than one in 10 drivers don't leave a note after hitting a car when parking

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It's one thing to return to your car to find a scratch or a dent, but it's another to return and realise there's no note from the person responsible, This is Money said recently.

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Birmingham revealed as 'crash for cash' capital

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Research reveals that Birmingham is England's "crash for cash" capital, with the B11 areas of Sparkbrook, Sparkhill and Tyseley named as particular hotspots for the scam.

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Under-age driving figures revealed

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DVLA figures obtained by the RAC as a result of a Freedom of Information request have revealed hundreds of children were among those caught driving without insurance over a 12-month period.

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