Sandboxes and road safety - the evolution of virtual reality
Can virtual reality gaming technology be a realistic tool in the evolution of the safe driving experience? While it's capabilities for turning childhood dreams in a virtual reality are being heavily utilised, road safety campaigners are also putting its capabilities to the test.
Fly me to the shops!
"Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads".
Back in 1989, when the makers of Back to the Future Part II put their vison of a futuristic 2015 onto the big screen, the result brought us hover boards, self-lacing trainers, and a really bad CGI shark effect.
But the main technological advancement Doc Brown and Marty McFly encountered was the flying car. Now that 2015 has been and gone, the reality turned out to be a stark contrast to the fantasy (although the rise of self-driving cars does now seem more of a reality than science fiction).
New study tells engine-idlers to "think of yourself"
Leaving your engine running while stationary for long periods of time can cause significant problems for the environment, not to mention the wasted fuel. Whenever you're at a standstill in your car, you should switch off the engine, but many drivers don't.
So, researchers from the Universities of East Anglia, Kent, and Lincoln set up a test to see if they could influence the behaviour of drivers and cause them to be more aware of their engines. The study was published in the journal "Environment and Behaviour".
Struggling to find a space? You're not alone
Going around a busy car park while trying to find a free space is a pure motoring nuisance that almost all drivers will face at some point. But how much time do we actually spend on our search for somewhere to stop?
New research from the British Parking Association (BPA) has revealed how long the average UK motorist spends looking for a parking space.
Their findings showed that drivers spend 91 hours – nearly four days – trying to find somewhere to park every year.
Telematics - Overcoming stigma for all drivers
Despite most media attention being on the high cost of car insurance for young drivers, new research has shown that older drivers have experienced the largest rise in the cost of cover over recent years.
Young drivers generally have to put up with a lot of bad press, but, unfortunately, accident statistics show their age group is more likely to be involved in serious or fatal collisions, so the cost of their insurance premiums reflect this.
The most surprising motoring rules from across the world
Driving laws vary across the globe and while most are there to keep other road users safe and to make the roads a less dangerous place, some rules seem very bizarre and unusual, especially to UK drivers.
Here we take a look at some which caught our eyes.
Texting while driving safely - The impossible task!
With the dangers of mobile phone use while driving, and the laws to combat the behaviour, seemingly a constant fixture in the news these days, it's crazy that some people still think it's an okay thing to do.
To highlight the dangers of texting while driving, a test facility for learner drivers in Brussels, Belgium incorporated a brand new element to the driving test for one day only - the text test!
Tips for keeping your cool when driving in the city
Schemes to make London's inner city roads safer for cyclists have drawn attention to the testing conditions all road users experience in urban areas on a daily basis.
A disproportionate number of fatal accidents involving cyclists and heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) resulted in new rules being put in place, requiring lorries using central London roads to adhere to strict regulations. For more information click here.
Telematics car insurance - saving you fuel, saving you money
As a responsible driver, you'll want to do all you can to obey the rules of the road. This means being courteous to other road users, adhering to safety advice and warnings, and making sure your attention remains 100 per cent on the road at all times.
But being a good motorist should also extend to considering how your driving affects the environment. And those who do not make the effort to keep their driving behaviour as eco-friendly as possible may well suffer the consequences in the form of empty pockets.
Drive off into the sunset with Coverbox
Happiness can quickly turn into frustration when a learner driver passes their test only to find that the cost and expense of running a car may be beyond their pocket.
It's a common tale; a young person (17 to 24 in driver terms) uses a considerable chunk of money to learn to drive, possibly from savings or a part-time job, in the hope that life will change drastically once they manage to get behind the wheel. They dream of the freedom a car could give them and wish for the time they can come and go as they please in their very own car. Yes, passing the driving test is certainly, for many, a coming-of-age milestone.