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UK wants to stop distracted driving by making it easy to disable drivers' phones
UK wants to stop distracted driving by making it easy to disable drivers' phones

Like their counterparts around the world, officials in the United Kingdom are sick and tired of distracted driving. Sadly, education campaigns haven't done much to encourage drivers to stop texting and checking email behind the wheel--in fact, the number of motorists who admit to using a mobile...Read More»

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Great Britain gets serious about distracted driving

The problem of texting and driving isn't limited to the U.S.--not by a long shot. Great Britain is taking steps to discourage the practice by boosting fines and potentially revoking licences. Currently, British drivers face fines of £100 ($130) and three points on their licenses if they're...Read More»

Ssangyong Tivoli
Ssangyong mulls move to US as sales sink in UK following Brexit vote

Back in 2014, South Korean automaker Ssangyong said that it was planning to bring its lineup of cars and crossovers to the U.S. in 2016. Those plans never panned out, but thanks to the U.K.'s decision to bail on the European Union, Ssangyong's U.S. debut is up for discussion again. Wondering how...Read More»

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Brexit & the auto industry: brace yourselves

Last week, voters across the United Kingdom trudged to the polls to determine whether the UK should remain a part of the European Union or go it alone. When the ballots were counted, 52 percent had opted for independence. After a brief, shocked pause, panic ensued. Financial markets collapsed...Read More»

PlateWave social networking app for UK drivers
British Car Fan Launches PlateWave App To Help You Find Dates Using License Plates

Marc Ackerley is either extremely vain, extremely delusional, or an extreme genius. Possibly all three. According to the Daily Mail, the 58-year-old British car fan was lucky in business but unlucky in love -- or so he thought. Then, he began getting calls from his Ferrari dealer, who said that "a...Read More»

Self-driving pod car to service Milton Keynes, U.K.
U.K. Promises To Have Autonomous Cars On The Road By 2017 (Video)

We talk a lot about the changes that autonomous cars will bring to the road. But what often gets left out of the discussion is how autonomous cars will upend the auto industry -- how they'll shift the balance of power between America, Europe, and Asia, and what they'll mean for thousands upon...Read More»

Digital dashboard cluster of a Mercury Grand Marquis (via Ruben de Rijcke)
Do You Know What Your Dashboard Warning Lights Mean?

We see them every time we start our cars. From time to time, we see them while we're driving, and we're filled with a dark mix of fear and dread. But really, how many of our cars' warning lights can we properly identify? Across the Pond, Brittania Rescue wondered the same thing, so they...Read More»

Drunk driver
Warning: This Drunk-Driving Video May Give You A Heart Attack

Do not click "play" on the video above just yet. First, clear the surrounding area of all liquids. Half-full coffee cups, entirely full water bottles, bowls of soup: whatever you've got, put it aside. Next, if you wear adult diapers or pads, please ensure that you're wearing the proper gear. If you...Read More»

car crash at intersection after running red light
What Can Europe Teach The U.S. About Reducing Traffic Fatalities?

When it comes to traffic fatalities, there's good news and bad news: Good news: the U.S. fatality rate has reached an all-time low. Bad news: according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, that rate isn't going to stay low for long. Though NHTSA won't officially announce figures...Read More»

Screencap from 'The Motherhood' feat. the Fiat 500L
2014 Fiat 500L: A Perfect Ride For Cool, Rapping Moms

Not so long ago, June Cleaver was America's model mom -- someone who'd take care of the children and manage the household while the father journeyed out into the business world. Then came the 1960s and 70s, when mothers were expected to bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan, and do everything...Read More»

Jack Colker Union 96 gas station in Beverly Hills, via oobject.com
Behind On Your Insurance? Could That Keep You From Buying Gas?

If your daily commute involves a toll bridge or highway, you may already be familiar with cameras that read license plates to extract turnpike fees. Now, the British government is exploring ways to use similar devices to keep uninsured motorists off the roads -- by preventing them from filling up...Read More»

2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Mazda Offers 20% Discount On The Miata Via Facebook Deals (Sorry, U.K. Only)

One of 2010's biggest social media stories was the rise of group-buying services like Groupon and Living Social. These companies have been a hit with businesses and consumers alike, offering great discounts on products and raising visibility for entrepreneurs. (Think of the hugely successful...Read More»

2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i five-door
ESP: An Essential Feature For New Cars

It's got nothing to do with supernatural Extra Sensory Perception, though cars equipped with ESP can help you avoid the afterlife. If your car is fitted with an Electronic Stability Programme, you could be one of the lucky drivers who are 25 percent less likely to be involved in a fatal accident...Read More»

2008 Ford Focus 4-door Sedan S Headlight
What Are Upgrade Headlight Xenon Car Bulbs?

Most automobiles are fitted with traditional halogen headlight bulbs at the time when they depart from manufacturers industrial unit. However, very few drivers are aware of the fact that it is possible to replace these halogen headlight bulbs with much brighter upgrade xenon car bulbs. Xenon bulbs...Read More»

policeman reaching into car
London Cops Steal From Your Car, But It's For Your Own Good

Call us crazy, but if someone took a mobile phone, a briefcase, or a handheld GPS navigation system out of our car--even if it were unlocked--we'd call that theft. The police in London's Richmond neighborhood take a different view. When they see valuables left in plain sight in unlocked cars...Read More»

John DeLorean
John DeLorean's Life To Be Made Into (Family Approved) Movie

Cars appear in most movies, but movies about cars often don't do well. Tucker: The Man and His Dream, for instance, Francis Ford Coppola's well-reviewed 1988 biography of Preston Tucker and his effort to start a car company, flopped at the box office. Nonetheless, Time Inc Studios is pressing on...Read More»

Volvo safety test driver, 1959
Crash Testing In The Old Days: Volvo Safety Video

Last Thursday was the 50th birthday of the three-point safety harness, invented by Volvo's first safety engineer, Nils Bohlin. After we ran an item to commemorate the event, we got a nice note from the UK offering us a video clip with some Volvo safety history. The video turns out to have wonderful...Read More»

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