News Archives - Driving

Why doesn’t ‘overtaking a cyclist safely’ form part of the driving test?

Close passes by motorists are as much a part of cycling on British roads as potholes, but there can be only two possible explanations for why a motorist overtakes dangerously close to a cyclist – incompetence or malice. So how best to deal with this scourge of the roads? Two years ago, there were changes to the practical element of the driving…

We need fewer cars, not fewer drivers

The UN expects that by 2050, the global urban population will be 6.3 billion – the same size as the world’s total population was in 2004. Quite apart from the demand on natural resources, there is unlikely to be the road space to cope with this explosive level of growth. The automotive industry believes that driverless technology represents the key…

Why do drivers close pass cyclists?

Nobody knows for certain why some drivers insist on overtaking cyclists too close. However, it’s not because they’ve failed to spot the person on the bicycle. If this sounds counter-intuitive, take note of Dr Ian Walker, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Bath University – his research focuses particularly on the safety of vulnerable road users and their interactions with motorists, considering such issues as…

Road death victims are treated as second-class citizens

“Not only are they second class because they have fewer rights than offenders, but just compared to other victims of crime, our government doesn’t define homicide as including criminal road death…so the driver of a speed boat can be prosecuted for homicide manslaughter, but a drunk speeding driver caught trying to evade police, well that’s just causing death by dangerous…

How does Brexit affect driving to Europe?

If you’re driving to continental Europe this winter for a ski trip, you’re forgiven for being confused about how Brexit affects your plans. There is much confusion surrounding the issue – even the Government’s own web page about driving on the continent after Brexit has not been updated for six months and gives no detail on arrangements during the transition…