News Archives - Driving

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…

Kevin Watkins speaks on road danger

Stop Killing our Children examines how road danger damages us all, whatever our age and however we travel, and questions our collective blindness to both its cause and remedy.The 40-minute, crowdfunded film is narrated by the BBC’s John Simpson and features interviews with Chris Boardman, Dr Rachel Aldred, Dr Ian Walker, George Monbiot and the founders of the Stop de…

Planning your motorbike tour to France

Whatever type of motorcycle you ride, continental Europe promises drier, smoother and emptier roads than those here in Britain. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you need a big multi-cylinder machine to explore the roads of Europe. Just make certain you have European motorcycle breakdown cover and off you go. After all, in the 1960s, scooter riders thought nothing of…