Category Archives: Driving

Will automatic braking make drivers lazy?

Brakes are fully applied and the vehicle will stop if driving at less than 15mph

Brakes are applied and the vehicle will stop if driving at less than 15mph

Volvo is introducing a new safety system which automatically brakes when a pedestrian walks out in front of the car.

Known as ‘Pedestrian Protection’, the new technology will feature in the Volvo S60 when it goes on sale next year.

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What was your first car?

Auto Trader's Adrian Hearn owned a Mk1 VW Golf as his first car

Auto Trader's Adrian Hearn owned a Mk1 VW Golf as his first car

Drivers are getting their first car at a younger age than ever before, it was revealed today.

How old were you when you bought yours and when did you buy it?

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Do you think congestion has dropped?

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Congestion on motorways and trunk roads has seen a 31 per cent reduction in the last two years due to the credit crunch, according to a new report.

The AA and Trafficmaster said of those commuters who have lost jobs, 23 per cent have done so in the last 12 months, leading to 15 per cent less congestion in the weekday morning rush-hour.

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Are ‘child bollards’ a good idea?

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A school in Leicester has been the first to receive ‘child bollards’ in a bid to tackle speeding.

The 3ft statues – which have been placed near the edge of the pavement – are supposed to look like real children crossing the road.
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Car jargon busted

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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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Budget 2009: What’s in store for drivers?

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Higher car tax, extra fuel duty and a £2,000 new car ‘scrappage’ scheme are expected to feature in the 2009 Budget when it’s announced on April 22 at 12.30pm.

What are you expecting in this year’s Budget? And what would you like to see?

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Should the national speed limit be cut to 50mph?

The national speed limit is being vut from 60 to 50 mph

The national speed limit is being cut from 60 to 50 mph

The national speed limit in Britain is to be cut from 60mph to 50mph according to plans revealed by roads minister Jim Fitzpatrick.

Is this a step in the right direction or another unnecessary restriction on our driving freedom? Continue reading

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

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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 going to buy a new or used car in February?

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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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Are you stuck in the snow?

Keith's snow-covered car

Keith's snow-covered car

Heavy snow has fallen across much of southern England making driving conditions treacherous.

Most of the Auto Trader editorial team made it in to work at our Wimbledon office this morning but some staff have been halted by the snow – that’s assistant trade editor Keith’s car in the picture above. Here are some of the pictures sent in by Auto Trader readers:

Send photographs to us using the Auto Trader drop.io.

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