News Archives - Driving

Unusual campervans for life on the road

If your travel plans for 2019 include a trip by campervan, feast your eyes on the Nimbus – a hybrid electric people carrier that combines styling elements of the iconic Airstream trailer and VW kombi van to produce a design far more radical than anything on the market today. Boasting far more window area, interior space and ground clearance than any SUV,…

A bike for life, not landfill

In cities blighted by congestion and polluted air, bicycles offer a practicable answer by providing environmentally benign transport. However, most of the bikes we buy are heavy, poorly made designs destined ultimately for the shed or landfill. Our European cousins have embraced the concept of utility cycling and cargo bikes – the Transit vans of the bicycle world. Unfortunately, the…

Case for presumed liability revisited by government

The pros and cons of introducing presumed liability to protect vulnerable road users are to be researched by the government. Presumed liability makes motorists financially liable for collisions with pedestrians or cyclists. Only when the pedestrian or cyclist is proved to be negligent does the driver avoid paying compensation through their insurance. The principle recognises that the drivers of faster, heavier vehicles…

Red lines over yellow lines: Our inability to tackle problem parking

As a driver, it’s easy to feel a sense of entitlement over the road space outside one’s home, but what value should be placed upon it? Southsea council has this week introduced resident parking charges based on the number of cars in a household. Residents in the zones have to pay £30 for one car, £100 for a second permit…

Winter Driving Tips 2018

Turning the ignition key first thing on a damp December morning was once a gamble, with little guarantee the car would stir itself into life. Thankfully, cars today are more than capable of dealing with the British winter and a few simple precautions can help avoid an unnecessary breakdown. Antifreeze During the winter you use more windscreen wiper fluid so…