Blog 2019

Photo of a lorry - Drivers on Demand Aug blogAugust 2019 - M1 Safety Initiative Reduces Collisions by a Third

The M1 Highway England safety initiative, which took place between 13th and 19th May, resulted in a fall in collisions from 90 to 64. This is the 4th lowest number of collisions of 2019 and 2nd lowest outside school holidays.

The safety initiative saw all three of Highway England’s unmarked HGV supercabs take to the M1 motorway, to allow police officers to film evidence of unsafe driving behaviour by pulling alongside the vehicles. The drivers are then stopped by police cars following a short distance behind. They recorded over 200 offences which included 57 drivers on mobile phones, 37 not wearing seatbelts and 27 who were driving carelessly or not in proper control of their vehicles. They also released a video of a driver using credit card to make a payment on his mobile phone.

Police officers filed 133 traffic offence reports – usually requiring drivers to attend a driver education course, plus points on their licence and a fine – and there were also five prosecutions for more serious offences.

Highway England’s traffic officers also joined forces with emergency services to provide free tyre checks and safety tips to hundreds of drivers at motorway services along the M1.

PC Dave Lee from Safer Roads Team said “Our main priority is to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads by clamping down on speeding, drink/drug driving, seatbelt and mobile phone use”

Tom Cotton, Road Haulage Association’s head of licensing and infrastructure policy said “A minority of drivers think it is okay to endanger other road users by taking unnecessary risks behind the wheel – it’s not. No phone call or text is so urgent that it can’t wait until the driver is safely parked”.

Following their success on M1, similar initiatives are planned for other motorways across England. Therefore, next time you are on a motorway, drive safely as “big brother may be watching you”

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/m1-safety-week-reduces-collisions-by-a-third

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 June 2019 - Risks associated with Diving in Hot Weather

Drivers on Demand - Driving on a Hot Day photoWith Temperatures rising to 34oC tomorrow (Saturday 29th June) in London and France recording the highest ever temperature  of 45.9oC, here are some of the risks associated with driving long distances in hot weather:

Keep Hydrated – On a hot day it is vitally important to keep well hydrated. Keep some bottles of water in your car and if you have a cooler box, use it to keep the water cool. Dehydration will affect your concentration levels. Although tea and coffee will keep you awake, it causes dehydration and hence do not drink too much of it while on a long journey.

Protect Your Eyes – Bright sunlight can cause havoc on visibility. Wear sunglasses and make full use of the visors. Ensure your sunglasses are polarised as they reduce glare. However, blue tinted sunglasses can cause confusion as studies have shown that some drivers are unable to differentiate between amber and green traffic lights.

Check Your Tyres – Hot weather will make the air in the tyres expand, which can cause a blow-out. Check for the damage to the tyres or uneven wear, especially on the inside shoulders and make sure the pressures are correct.

Keep Your Medication Easily Accessible – Frequent sneezing, runny eyes and congestion caused by hay fever could cause serious problems while driving. Ensure that the medication is easily accessible and is non drowsy.

Ventilation – Ensure that the conditions inside the car are comfortable on a hot day. If you have air conditioning, use it or else keep the car well ventilated to avoid drowsiness.

Top up Fluids in your Vehicle – Ensure that the windscreen wiper fluid is topped up. During summer, the windscreen is likely to be battered by flies and other insects. Your windscreen may need to be cleaned regularly and hence keep the fluid topped up. Also ensure that the radiator fluid is topped up to stop the engine overheating and check the engine oil before setting off.

Plan Ahead - When driving in hot weather it is always worthwhile planning ahead. The hot weather inevitably means more people on the road and therefore more congestion. Do you have a way to get out of it, either to bypass the traffic or take some quiet time to let the build-up subside? A plan will especially help when there are children involved.

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April 2019 - Porsche Tops the list of Prestige Cars Clamped by DVLA

Clamped Car - Drivers on Demand BlogAccording to the figures released by DVLA, Porsche topped the list of prestige cars clamped for being untaxed in the last financial year 2017/18.

There were 133,000 vehicles clamped last year, an increase of 13% from previous year, of which only 350 (0.26%) were prestige cars, out of which 199 were Porsches, followed by Italian supercar Abarth (28), Maserati (23) and Bentleys (20). However, taking the top spot overall was Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra with 6000 clampings each. Obviously these are the UK’s most popular cars and hence there are more of them on the roads. The most popular colour to be clamped was silver with more than 32,000 being clamped. Again, silver is the most popular car colour in the UK.

It does not matter what vehicle you drive, if it is not taxed, it will be clamped, Last year, 73 London Taxis, 5 Harley-Davidsons, 4 motorhomes and a double decker bus were clamped.

Since the car disc was abolished, the number of clampings have more than doubled. Previously it was obvious when the car tax expired by looking at the disc on the windscreen. Now we have to rely on post or email reminders which are easy to overlook in our busy lives. However, if you are worried about when your car tax or MOT is due, there is an easy way to find out by visiting the Gov.uk website and entering your car registration - https://www.gov.uk/check-vehicle-tax

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Feb 2019 - Fancy an Armoured Rolls Royce Silver Spur with Royal Heritage?

A 1987 Rolls Royse Silver Spur is on sale at “Bring a Trailer” auctions in USA. It was ordered by the UK Foreign Office for use at its Embassy in Washington D.C., but its real claim to fame is that it was used by Princess Diana on her official visit to USA in 1990. She was photographed in it on numerous occasions including a visit to the Royal Gala Evening to benefit the London City Ballet and Grandma’s house, a home for HIV positive children, both in Washington D.C.

Rolls Royce Silver Spur with Princess Diana

Rolls Royce Silver Spur

The Rolls Royce Silver Spur is the long wheel base version of the Silver Spirit and is currently owned by Chicago Vintage Motor Carriage. The car was armoured by coachbuilder McNeille & Son of Walsall, England with carbon steel and Kevlar plates, extra door and hinge reinforcements and polycarbonate windows. It has a 6.75 litre fuel injected V-8 engine.  In addition, it has numerous special features including a sun roof. The Silver Spur has clocked 61,000 miles and is in its original Balmoral Green Metallic Colour. The interior is in beige leather with green carpet and sheepskin rugs. The car has no accident history.

The bid price was $26,000 at the time of writing this blog. The auctions ends on 6th March. If you are interested, follow the link below.
https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1987-rolls-royce-silver-spur-2/

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