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Parking bays widened for bigger cars, says NCP

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November 21  |  Insurance, Motoring, News  |   Chris Smith

National Car Parks (NCP) has said car parking spaces are being made bigger to accommodate the increase in size of family cars and the popularity of 4×4’s

Bays have already been widened in London, Manchester and Bournemouth and they have been quoted to say it plans to widen spaces “wherever possible”

In a report by the BBC the firm told The Times “We are moving towards making the bays wider as we recognise that vehicles are growing in size, especially SUVs.”

It is estimated that there had been a 35% rise in parking accidents since 2014, and the number of crashes and scratches while parking was costing UK insurers £1.4bn annually.

Around 30% of motor accidents are now due to parking and upwards of 600,000 parking collisions are registered each year.

NCP said there was an “extremely fine balance” between the demand for wider spaces and the need for the most number of parking spots as possible.

Due to the age of many car parks designed for vehicles from the 60’s and 70’s, the new larger family cars, SUV’s and 4×4’s are struggling to fit.


Almost three quarters of drivers take life-threatening risks on icy roads

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February 2  |  Company, Insurance, Motoring, News  |   Chris Smith
  • Seven in ten (71%) drivers surveyed have dangerously poor knowledge when it comes to winter stopping distances
  • Two thirds (66%) of drivers believe others do not leave enough space to stop safely
  • More than half of drivers questioned (54%) think other drivers travel too fast in poor weather conditions

A new study carried out on behalf of Brake and Direct Line is highlighting the risks too many drivers are taking in bad weather. The survey released on the 8th January 2016, reveals 71% of drivers questioned do not know how much longer it will take their vehicle to stop in icy conditions. This means they could be putting other road users, and themselves, at risk by underestimating the distance.

11% of drivers think the stopping distance is twice as long in icy weather, a third think it’s four times as long and 27% think it should be five times as long. Just 23% of drivers know that the actual figure is up to 10 times as long, with 6% being even more cautious and believing it is up to 20 times as long.

That means, that on a fine day, if you are travelling at 30 mph and need to brake immediately it will take you 23 meters to stop, in icy conditions it could take up to 230 meters – that’s the length of two-full sized football pitches and, of course, the faster you are travelling, the further that distance could be.

Over a quarter of UK drivers not keen on black box insurance

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April 22  |  Insurance, Motoring, News  |   Chris Smith

According to research of over 1,146 consumers conducted by, 26 percent of respondents said that they would not consider telematics insurance because of privacy concerns.

Of these, 62 percent felt that black box insurance was too ‘Big Brother’, and 37 percent said that they didn’t want to be monitored while driving. While just under half of those surveyed (45 percent) would consider installing a black box, over half (58 percent) incorrectly believed that telematics data is shared between insurers, and over a third (35 percent) thought telematics data could be used when applying for insurance.

On average, consumers would consider a telematics policy if net savings were at least £98 a year, with the 18-34 year olds requiring £173, and over 65 year olds wanting £72 of savings to be tempted by a black box.

Rod Jones, insurance expert at said “Concerns around personal data are a major barrier to telematics adoption – in particular, how the data will be used and by whom.”

“It’s vital that the Government and the insurance industry addresses these concerns if the technology is going to take off.”

New minimum age driving test to be considered by government

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October 18  |  Company, Insurance, Motoring, News  |   Bill

Teenagers could have to wait a year longer than currently before they are allowed to take their driving test.

The government is considering issuing only 12-month probationary licences at the age of 18 in a bid to cut accidents involving young motorists.

New drivers would also face a curfew between 22:00 and 05:00 unless a passenger aged over 30 was in the car.

It recommends a one-year “learner stage” beginning at 17, during which drivers would have to total at least 100 hours of daytime and 20 hours of night-time practice under supervision.

Learners can then take their test at 18 and, if they pass, will get a probationary licence and have to display a green “P” plate.

During this stage, drivers will face the curfew and all those under 30 will be banned from carrying any passengers also under 30.

After the 12-month probationary period, drivers will automatically graduate to a full licence and unrestricted driving.

Statistics show that more than a fifth of deaths on British roads in 2011 involved drivers aged 17-24.

Passenger Distraction – Accident Link

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June 4  |  Insurance, Motoring, News  |   Bill

Recent research conducted by a leading UK Insurer suggested that 40% of drivers have admitted that having a passenger in their vehicle is the main cause of them becoming distracted when driving. 

Amazingly, 17% of drivers surveyed have said that due to the actions of their passengers, they have either suffered a road traffic accident or experienced a near miss.

The distraction for the driver usually comes from the back seat passengers. A commonly reported accident was where the driver was chatting to the rear seat passenger whilst looking in their rear view mirror, resulting in the driver colliding into the car in front.

In the battle of the sexes, men have confessed to being twice as likely as women to get distracted by a passenger, and admit to having suffered a bump whilst being distracted by their passenger.

Rear End Shunts on the Increase.

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August 4  |  Company, Insurance, Motoring, News  |   Bill

Research has shown there are approximately 400,000 rear-end bumps on the roads each year in the UK, accounting for one in four of all road traffic accidents.

Data from more than 200,000 accident claims in 2010 found that 27% of them occurred when one car hit another from behind. This is a 9% increase in the percentage of these types of accidents from 2009.

Many rear-end collisions result in whiplash for the occupants of the vehicle and these type of accidents account for 75% of all bodily injury claims.

Congestion means we often travel in slow moving traffic. Drivers get frustrated and drive a little too aggressively. This can cause them to bump the car in front.

On faster roads many drivers don’t leave enough space between themselves and the vehicle in front. If the car in front needs to break suddenly, it’s possible to go straight into the back of them.

Insurers cannot charge different premiums to men and women

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March 11  |  Insurance, Motoring, News  |   admin

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that insurers cannot charge different premiums to men and women, based on their gender. Continue Reading