Best Road Safety answer for cycling, breaking the law?

Best Road Safety answer for cycling, breaking the law?

Do you think that Cyclists should be able to go through red lights, for road safety? Best cycling road safety to break the law? A recent report in a British newspaper suggested that the best way for a cyclist to stay safe is to break the law sometimes and that they should be able to go through a red light if they feel that it may keep them safe. A keen cyclist recently wrote this piece after they were stopped by police for going through a red light, they actually admitted to doing this regularly whilst they were cycling because they believed that it would improve his own personal safety. In the article they said that they are pretty careful whilst they are cycling, they don’t endanger pedestrians, they said that they do not slow cars down. Sometimes the very best way for a cyclist to be able to stay safe is by going through a red light, they finished by saying that people who cycle regularly will know this. They went on to say there are plenty of people who think that the higher incidence of women cyclist deaths are because they will more than likely follow rules, for example waiting patiently by a stop line when a lorry comes along and crushes them. Most cyclists would like to get as far away from lorries, buses and cars as they possibly could. New cycling star wants to crack down on cycling road safety by promoting penalties The article also points out that one of the very first acts of Andrew Gilligan, who is the new London cycling star, will...
Pay for parking, with conkers?

Pay for parking, with conkers?

This next bit of information will likely be news to everybody’s ears, well everybody who lives in Manchester and Leeds that is. Have you ever had the dream, where money didn’t matter and you could purchase things with peanuts and candy floss, well this dream has come true, kind of. Would you like to trade in conkers to pay for your parking? It would likely be a comical management meeting at Town Centre Car Parks (TCCP) when this idea was originally brought to light, the idea of actually accepting conkers, yes conkers, instead of cash, for parking your car. Though what has become clear is, whoever did suggest this idea was not actually escorted from the building by the men in white coats. From the 16th of September until the 22nd of September, TCCP’s car parks in Manchester and Leeds are taking payment for parking, in conkers. For one week only, you can put the pointless conker collecting activity to good use, encourage your children and relatives, we all know how much they love to collect conkers and rather than having a useless pile of them in your home, pay for your parking with them. Yes, it is absolutely insane and brilliant all at the same time. The exchange rate for the system is actually rather generous aswell, each conker has the value of 20p and drivers are able to use anything up to 50 of them, worth £10, to settle their bill. The conkers used must be completely intact, with no holes drilled in them, as they will be rejected. TCCP has promised that after this campaign funds...
Grand Theft Auto Five

Grand Theft Auto Five

Grand Theft Auto Five has taken a whopping £496,000,000 in just 24 hours. Take-Two Interactive, the distributor of the game announced on Wednesday of this week that the latest Grand Theft Auto installment had grossed the massive sum in it’s opening day of sales. The amount is almost three times the budget that was used in creating and promoting the game, £170,000,000, from Rockstar North, the developer which is based in Edinburgh. These amounts beat the record for a game’s single day sales, which was set by Call of Duty: Black Ops II in November of last year, which made £310,000,000. Rockstar Games have once again outdone themselves with Grand Theft Auto V Strauss Zelnick, who is the CEO of the company exclaimed that Rockstar Games had once again outdone themselves, setting a new standard of excellence, creativity and innovation in the entertainment industry. The game has actually not launched in some major markets such as Brazil and Japan either. Zelnick went on to say that the sales began on Monday at midnight and customers around the world congregated in complete anticipation to be within the first people to experience the next installment of this fantastic series. In North America alone, 8,300 stores opened at midnight to welcome fans of Grand Theft Auto In just North America, over 8,300 stores opened at midnight to welcome fans in to purchase the new Grand Theft Auto family member. The game has received critical acclaim across the board. Game based websites across the internet have called it an absolute masterpiece and it has also been called one of the greatest video games...
Learner drivers can pay less for their insurance

Learner drivers can pay less for their insurance

A new idea has been brought to light recently, a points means prizes approach to learner drivers whilst doing their lessons. Though, I think it is safe to say that points are not usually something that drivers would want to collect whilst they were out on the roads. Ingenie, the Insurance provider along with Red Driving School is providing insurance cover that will encourage and directly award better drivers. Under this scheme, the insurance company is offering a discount of 5% to all new drivers who have had 10 or over hours of Red driving school tuition. For the average 17 year old driver, this saving could be around £100 Ingenie claim that for an average customer of 17 years old, this will represent a saving of about £100, on their annual insurance premium. Which could easily be enough for the annual road tax or a couple of tanks of fuel. As part of the insurance, there is a black box fitted to the vehicle, which will collect data on how the vehicle is being driven. The data is not only available to Ingenie, it is also accessible to the driver of the vehicle, who is able to monitor their own driving performance on a website or via a mobile app. The assessment of driving is based on braking and acceleration, cornering and speed and is reviewed quarterly. The discount could actually be raised to 10% for the best drivers As another incentive to encourage better driving, this discount could actually be raised to 10% for those that are driving the best. Anything that is rewarding skilful young drivers...
Flip Flops are the most dangerous driving shoe

Flip Flops are the most dangerous driving shoe

Driving in flip flops is actually more dangerous than driving in heels, the rather flimsy footwear is responsible for around 1.4 million car crashes or near misses every year. A recent study by a car insurance company revealed 1/3 of motorists wear flip flops whilst driving A recent study that was commissioned by a car insurance company revealed that 1/3 of motorists wear this rather unsupportive shoe whilst they are driving, which made flip flops top the poll of the top five summer footwear that people in Britain struggle to drive in. Around 51% of drivers that took part in the survey admitted that they struggle to drive if they are wearing flip flops, whilst 49% said that they found it especially difficult to drive in bare feet. Driving in bare feet is not actually illegal, though it means that if you are not in proper control of your motor vehicle, then you should still be looking at police action. Coming third, 38% of people who responded to the survey said that they had had difficulty using the pedals if they were wearing wedge heels, whilst 1/4 said that espadrilles, or other such canvas shoes, also caused problems with their control of a vehicle. Rounding off the top five worst types of footwear to wear whilst driving were sandals, with 18% of people admitting that the show had caused them some difficulty when they were trying to control a car. According to the study, flip flops impair the movement between the accelerator and brake pedal by 0.1 seconds, although this sounds like a really small fraction of time, that...
Liberal Democrats plan to ban most cars by 2040 in favour of low carbon vehicles

Liberal Democrats plan to ban most cars by 2040 in favour of low carbon vehicles

The Liberal Democrats have an aim to ban almost all cars from the roads, by the year 2040, according to a policy proposal from the party. The new plans would apparently only see ultra low carbon vehicles permitted on United Kingdom carriageways for non-freight purposes. Other plans from the party include introducing a road pricing scheme, which is an initiative that has already been raised under the current Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government. The new proposals, which are going to be discussed in Glasgow in September at a Liberal Democrat conference reveal how some members of the party want to outlaw all, apart from the most environmentally friendly, low emissions private vehicles. This means that the vehicles you love at the moment could be scrapped for low carbon vehicles This could mean that the vehicle that you so love, that you are driving around in today and even the vehicles that you buy within the next ten years, would not be allowed on roads in the United Kingdom, by law in 2040. A focus on emissions, already moving towards low carbon vehicles by the year 2020, is already a policy of the government. Sales of mass produced low carbon vehicles, which are classed as hydrogen powered, electric or plug in hybrid vehicles have not recorded any meaningful numbers as of yet. Despite this, the threshold for the London Congestion Charge was revised down to 75g of Co2 on the 1st of last month, in an effort to stop the harmful tailpipe gases and to improve the quality of air in London. Rapid diesel and petrol prices over recent years suggest...