Category Archives: Technology

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Traffic Fury: The Indicators

When the driving test was first introduced in 1935, drivers were required to indicate their intentions by means of hand signals (that’s the government approved official ones by the way, not the varied selection of unofficial and highly demonstrative ones). Whatever the weather the window had to be wound down so an arm could be extended and flapped about in the designated manner. The ability to correctly use these signals was a requirement of the driving test, right up to 1975, despite the much earlier introduction of the ‘The Trafficator’. Continue reading

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Playstation Gran Turismo Training For Police Drivers

At legendary Silverstone a few days ago PlayStation partnered up with the Lincolnshire Police Force to offer supplementary training to their specialist police drivers using GT Sport, the latest game in the ultra-realistic Gran Turismo series. You can see the video of the day below. Continue reading

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Killing Bambi & Other Distractions

Much is made these days of the distractions of modern driving. Smartphones in particular come in for a lot of criticism although to be fair it of course the users who commit the crime. Our modern cars are full of such attention-takers. Touchscreens, over-talkative passengers, infotainment centres all distract drivers from keeping their eyes on the road, often with unwanted, inevitable and sometimes tragic consequences. Continue reading

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Artisan Cars

First there was wheat. Then someone said, “I know, let’s grind it up, mix it with water and yeast and cook it. We could call it ‘bread’. And that’s pretty much how things stood for centuries, until someone decided that it would be better if they removed most of the nutritional value, cooked it over water so that is was steamed, slice it, wrap it and stick it on a shelf where it will last for ages and thus be more cost effective. Welcome to the modern world. Continue reading

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Scotland Plans to Phase Out Petrol and Diesel Vehicles by 2032

The news that the government planned to scrap new diesel and petrol cars by the year 2040 came as a major shock to UK drivers. However, for Scottish drivers this change could come sooner than they think. Continue reading

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Car Mechanics Less Popular Than Estate Agents Shock

A few days ago I wrote about an excellent independent garage that now attends to my personal transport and a jolly good job they do too. Main dealers are more expensive and can be intimidating places for people who are not versed in car knowledge. Now, although we live in a modern world ablaze with the white heat of cutting edge technology, some things seemingly never change. A survey has just offered the opinion that customers hate dealing with repair garages and car mechanics more than any other trade. Continue reading

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Are We Ripped Off On Car Insurance?

We live in a world where we take advice from a meerkat. Worse still, we are obliged to take advice from government ministers and that advice is to switch. Everything. All the time. Not that many years ago we took out car insurance with this or that company and there we stayed, our policies renewing year on year. Continue reading

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2040: Yes, But Have They Thought It Through?

Following the government’s announcement that the sale of petrol and diesel cars must stop after 2040 a taxi driver was interviewed by some television Johnny. He was broadly in agreement with the idea but wondered how taxi drivers – for example – would manage given the EV range issue as it stands today. Continue reading

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Driving Standards Down The Drain

Recently a report noted that some children don’t know that chips are made from potatoes. A quick butcher’s on the internet showed that this should come as no surprise. Pork comes from pigs they are astonished to learn and what are tomatoes exactly? On the very first search page without any effort, reports on the ignorance of children when it comes to food dated back to 2012. The surprise is that in the intervening five years, although the issue is much discussed, nothing has actually been done to change things. Sounds wearingly familiar doesn’t it? Continue reading