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DANGEROUS TAILGATING GETS A THUMBS DOWN IN IAM ROADSMART SURVEY

22 Jul 2022 14:48:10

Being followed too closely by other drivers is the behaviour that distracts motorists most on Britain's roads, latest research reveals. A survey commissioned by IAM RoadSmart asked 1,000 motorists to rank a series of occurrences on how distracting they are, with one in three (30 per cent) of the drivers surveyed deeming tailgating to be the most distracting factor. The research comes in the wake of figures from National Highways revealing that tailgating is a factor in 1 in 8 crashes on their road network. Neil Greig, Director of Policy and Research at IAM RoadSmart, commented: "The sight of a fellow driver in your rear-view mirror following too closely can be very disconcerting, and our survey shows it is the leading cause of driver distraction on Britain's roads. However, it is clear that tailgating is not just a minor inconvenience, with figures from Highways England revealing that far too many people are being left scared, angry and frustrated by the aggressive and reckless behaviour of tailgaters. "It is worth remembering that you will cover 62 metres every two seconds when travelling at 70 miles per hour, meaning you need around 96 metres to stop, making adequate stopping distances absolutely critical to curtail the tailgating problem." Tailgating was closely followed by children or other passengers as the second most distracting occurrence, with one in four (26 per cent) agreeing that having others in the car can affect their ability to focus on their driving. The survey also revealed that traffic is a significant source of distraction for motorists, with one in five (21 per cent) rating this as a factor that disconcerts them. Neil concluded: "Whether it be from reckless behaviour from another road user, or even a screaming child, distractions while driving can come in many different forms. Drivers should always take control and do all they can to mitigate for them. This way, together we can all ensure Britain's roads are as safe as they can possibly be."

SURVEY SEES CAR BUYERS WORRY ABOUT STAYING WITH COMBUSTION ENGINES

22 Jul 2022 14:46:41

An online Opinion Matters poll commissioned by The Motor Ombudsman, the Ombudsman dedicated to the automotive sector, has shown that, with prices at the pumps continuing to increase and reach record highs, nearly half (48%) of UK car owners are concerned about having a pure petrol or diesel-powered vehicle, therefore making a switch to a battery electric car for their next purchase more likely. The cost of filling up an average family car with a 55-litre fuel tank recently hit £100 for the first time, whilst the price of petrol has equally surpassed £8-a-gallon, a figure never seen before in this country. The recent Motor Ombudsman survey of more than 2,000 UK car owners revealed that individuals aged between 16 to 24 (64%), and those living in Greater London (65%) are amongst the most worried about petrol or diesel vehicles. The study also found that, nationally, a similar proportion of male and female drivers (46% and 49% respectively) are apprehensive about owning a petrol or diesel vehicle at a time of soaring prices on the nation's forecourts. The latest findings have been published by The Motor Ombudsman to mark the launch of its new online electric vehicle (EV) Resource Hub. Named "TMO EVolVE", the portal, which can be accessed via the Electric Vehicles tab at the top of every page of The Motor Ombudsman's website (TheMotorOmbudsman.org), has been designed to bring together the body's EV-related content in one easy-to-navigate area. As well as the latest EV news from The Motor Ombudsman, users of the Hub have direct access to the body's dedicated Knowledge Base questions and answers on electric cars, in addition to case studies, webinar recordings, and infographics highlighting the principal sources of disputes brought to The Motor Ombudsman by consumers in relation to EV purchases and ownership. Furthermore, The Motor Ombudsman research showed that, out of those respondents who stated they were worried about owning a car running solely on conventional fuel, and favoured a move to plugging in when buying their next vehicle, a quarter of male drivers estimated that they would be purchasing an electric car within two to three months. 'Generation Z', i.e. those individuals falling into the 16 to 24 category, also led the charge in terms of being the fastest to make the swap to electric out of any other age group, with 33% stating that a change could be on the cards within eight to twelve weeks. When looking at the results from a nationwide perspective, the study found that the city of Leeds had the biggest proportion of people (27%) who wished to leave pure petrol or diesel power behind within a two-to-three-month period. Similarly, around a fifth of those living in London and Manchester said that they would consider getting behind the wheel of an electric vehicle within four to six months.

FAR EASTERN CAR BRANDS ATTRACT MOST OWNER SATISFACTION SAYS SURVEY

22 Jul 2022 14:45:30

The balance of power in Britain's car market is swinging eastwards, according to this year's Auto Express Driver Power ownership survey. Far Eastern brands have claimed seven of the top ten rankings for ownership satisfaction. The latest Auto Express Driver Power 'Best Cars To Own' survey also features a bespoke EV in the top ten for the first time, and highlights that the SUV body style is king in terms of owner satisfaction. Driver Power provides the most comprehensive insight into drivers' long-term experience of their cars, with up to 60,000 people assessing ten main aspects of ownership, ranging from performance and comfort to practicality, safety and running costs. As well as providing a vital independent benchmark for car buyers, car manufacturers also use its insights to refine their cars and identify areas for improvement. Skoda and SEAT are the only European brands represented in a top ten this year dominated by Kia - which scoops three places - along with Mazda, Hyundai, Honda and Toyota. Kia's XCeed is the clear winner, with Auto Express noting an unusually strong margin of victory over the most popular runners up, the Mazda CX-5 and Kia Rio. Tesla's appearance as the 9th best car to own also signals a landmark moment in EV popularity, with the Model 3 also topping the Executive car class. Editor-in-Chief Steve Fowler said: "It's clear that far eastern manufacturers like Kia are extending their appeal over European badges in terms of the long-term ownership experience, while the appearance of an EV in the top ten for the first time is another sign that electric cars are becoming a force to be reckoned with. "But, despite the dominance of the overall top ten by far eastern brands, a number of European names continue to win in the premium car segments, with notable performances by Volvo, Jaguar and Mercedes."

UK CAR BUYERS STILL FEEL THEY GET A GOOD DEAL

22 Jul 2022 14:44:36

More than eight in ten (84%) of UK car buyers are satisfied they got a great or good deal on their most recent used car purchase. That's despite CarGurus' latest Availability Index revealing how used car prices have soared 29.5% over the last year. The findings come from the CarGurus UK Buyer Insight Report, which details how consumers' attitudes have changed towards the car buying process over the last two years. One of the most notable insights from the study was that 32% of respondents felt they got a great deal on their purchase, up from 26% in 2020. More than half (52%) deemed their buy was a good deal, a fraction down when compared to two years ago (55%). Only two percent of survey respondents believed the deal they got on their car purchase in 2022 wasn't a fair one. Topping the reasons of how buyers judged a great deal were how easy the buying process was (44%) and the level of trust they had in the seller (36%). Price paid compared to the buyer's budget (28%) and price paid compared to the initial sticker price given (25%) were not as important. CarGurus' UK Buyer Insight Report also delved into how much people enjoyed the car buying process, or not, when buying their last car. More than half (53%) of buyers found parts of the process stressful, however the same respondents also admitted to relishing (55%) parts of the experience. New car (70%) and electric vehicle (69%) buyers over indexed on their levels of enjoyment when going through the car buying journey. Additionally, the report looked at how long consumers took to buy their car in the last 12 months. In buyers' minds, the buying process began five weeks before they purchased a car. The first three weeks involved actively researching, before contacting a dealer in the remaining two weeks. In that two-week period consumers contacted three dealers and visited two on average, although 45% visited only one dealership before buying.

ROAD DISTRACTIONS MEAN MOTORISTS MISS OUT ON MEMORIES

22 Jul 2022 14:43:40

Nearly three quarters (73%) of UK motorists enjoy driving, yet distractions on the road leave Brits missing out on making memories this summer as they focus on sat navs, traffic and avoiding roadworks. The study of 2,000 motorists commissioned by car manufacturer Hyundai, revealed a whopping 72% of drivers have turned up to the desired location with no real recollection of the route they took. Over a fifth (21%) go on to say how driving an electric car increases their chances of a memorable journey, because planning the route enables drivers to take a break and not only charge the car but refresh ahead of the next leg of the journey. Others agreed an electric car adds benefit to any potential road trip and memory making, with no changing gear potentially creating a more relaxed driving environment. When it comes to making memories, talking to passengers, worrying about how much fuel is left and engine noise are revealed as other common distractions. The research discovered that over a third (34%) are more likely to remember a car journey when travelling with others - as opposed to being alone. A third (33%) also state that the most prominent memory from previous driving trips have been who they have travelled with, beating amazing views (33%), passing famous landmarks (30%) and the destination itself (29%). However, when asked about what sounds are most associated with a road trip, the sound of the engine (38%) surprisingly beat the radio or podcasts (36%) and the sound of the sea (16%). Hyundai has curated 10 memorable driving routes for the nation to enjoy this summer using the top 20 things that make a car journey memorable1. TOP 10 MOST MEMORABLE DRIVES IN THE UK: North Norfolk Coast: King's Lynn to Cromer via the North Norfolk Coast Through Kielder Forest: Hexham Abbey to Hawick London After Hours: Notting Hill to Greenwich Surrey Hills: Dorking to Petworth Edinburgh and East Lothian: Edinburgh to North Berwick From Highlands to Coast: Glenshee to Banff portion Dartmoor: Tavistock to Ashburton Welsh Coast: Llyn Peninsula to Fron Haul Jurassic Coast: Swanage to Weymouth Somerset: Clifton in Bristol to Glastonbury One in four (26%) motorists don't pay as much attention to their surroundings when driving as they should and rarely take time to notice the scenery they're driving past. 44% agreed that taking breaks is a sure-fire way to help focus on the journey and the driving experience, as well as planning the route (38%), talking to passengers (28%) and even making sure you're well rested (28%) and fed beforehand (23%).

PARENTS SAY ELECTRIFIED CARS HELP YOUNGSTERS MORE EASILY FALL ASLEEP

22 Jul 2022 14:42:00

Parents that have switched to electric, plug-in hybrid or hybrid vehicles say their current cars are more effective in helping young children fall asleep than the previous petrol or Diesel cars they have owned, according to the latest research by Citroen UK. In a study of 2,000 UK parents with babies and young children, 56.4% of those owning an electrified vehicle said their child found it either as easy or easier to nod off in their current car, compared to petrol or Diesel models they had previously owned. Just 11.9% said an electrified vehicle made it harder to get their children off to sleep, while 15.8% were unsure either way. Nearly half (44%) of all the parents surveyed said they had taken their child on a short car journey specifically to help them fall asleep. Citroen UK's research also highlighted how effective using a car can be to help kids have a snooze, with the data showing that on average it takes a child 161/2 minutes to fall asleep in a car, with 96% of parents saying their child typically falls asleep in 30 minutes or less. The top factors that parents felt were most beneficial in helping babies and young children fall asleep on a car journey, were the gentle movements of the vehicle on the road (46%), a comfortable in-car temperature (41%) and a comfortable car seat (40%). More than a third of parents (34%) told Citroen that they find a smooth drive to be the most important factor to help their child nod off.

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