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Swindon roads “safer” after Gatsos axed

The first town in Britain to axe speed cameras has revealed its roads are safer since its Gatsos were removed.

Swindon council said while there had been one fatal accident on the roads covered by the cameras in August-October 2008, there had been no deaths in the same period this year. Continue reading

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Electric cars: bad for the environment?

Are electric cars good or bad for the environment?

Are electric cars good or bad for the environment?

Electric cars could result in higher overall CO2 emissions and oil consumption, according to a new report.

Do you think electric vehicles are the answer to reducing harmful emissions on our roads, or are they a bad idea?

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Essential sweets and games for long journeys


The August bank holiday weekend is expected to see the most amount of traffic on UK roads.

Thousands of drivers are heading to music festivals and going on holiday – but what do you do to keep the passengers entertained?

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Car jargon busted


We’ve just produced the Auto Trader A-Z of motoring: a list of car terms, common phrases and motoring acronyms.

Is there any confusing car jargon we’ve missed? Let us know what we should add to our dictionary of car terms.

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Clamping laws tighten up: good news for car owners?


Cowboy wheel clampers with “sky-high” charges face a crackdown under new proposals announced by the Government.

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith plans to set up an appeals process for motorists who feel they’ve been unfairly treated, and to ensure all clamping firms are regulated.

Could this mean the end of fines up to £545?

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Do you have a hands-free kit in your car?


Shocking statistics reveal that more than a million accidents have been caused by motorists who’ve used a mobile phone while driving.

It’s illegal to use a mobile phone while driving and if caught you could face a £60 fine with three penalty points.

Have you used a mobile phone in your car?

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Are you buying a new ’09’ plate car?

'09' plate cars

'09' plate cars

This weekend saw the launch of the new ’09’ plate.

And, a whole host of incredible new machinery is going on sale in March sporting the latest digits.

The Ford Focus RS, Ferrari California, Nissan GT-R, Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder, Jaguar XFR, Kia Soul, Mini Cabriolet and Smart ForTwo CDI will all be gracing showrooms for the first time.

Are you buying a new ’09’ plate car? Did you get a good deal on a ’58’ plate instead? Please leave a comment below…


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Is your driving licence out of date?


Many drivers don’t know their driving licence has to be renewed every ten years.

Thousands of unaware motorists could face £1,000 fines if they fail to renew their photocard licenses when they expire.

Have you renewed your licence?

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Are you going to buy a new or used car in February?


A mixture of hot coupes and affordable city cars are heading our way in February – including the frugal Smart Fortwo CDi and the face-lifted Porsche Boxster S.

There are plenty of great deals on new and used cars, making now the best time to buy.

Are you going to buy a new or used car this month?

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How one Auto Trader reader saved £175 on his insurance bill


Some UK insurers have warned car insurance premiums could rise by 20 per cent this year, according to a report by The Daily Mail.

We found one motorist who was paying £404 for his car insurance, and helped him cut £175.70 from his bill using Auto Trader Compare.

How much are you paying for car insurance?

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