News

Are electric vehicles really expensive and unreliable?


  1. Posted on May 17th, 2022 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. The credibility of EVs has taken a battering over the last month, taking the gloss off the utopian ownership experience that manufacturers and governments are keen to push. First came the Which? Annual Car Survey that found not only that electric vehicles (EVs) break down more often but they also spend more time being fixed. […]

    Read more »

Warning to hay fever sufferers: don’t drive if medicine is making you drowsy


  1. Posted on May 13th, 2022 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. We are urging drivers who take hay fever remedies to be aware of the possible effects their drugs can have on their driving.   We’re also warning drivers against getting behind the wheel while experiencing symptoms of hay fever. Sneezing, a runny nose, streaming eyes and coughing will all cause some level of impairment for […]

    Read more »

MoT cuts mean more expense, not less.


  1. Posted on May 11th, 2022 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. In a bid to cut motoring costs, it has been suggested that MOT Tests could be conducted every two years, instead of annually. At most, this will save drivers £54.85 every other year, although most garages discount this official maximum fee considerably. As reported by GEM last October, this suggestion was mooted in Northern Ireland, […]

    Read more »

DANGEROUS BRAKE PADS DISCOVERED


  1. Posted on May 10th, 2022 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. It is no secret that you can buy counterfeit and low-quality car parts, if price alone is your priority. Online marketplaces are reputed to be the most common outlet. However, few replacement parts are required to comply with official standards. Perhaps the most obvious exception to this is bulbs – replacements should possess e-marks, but […]

    Read more »

Senior safety: don’t ignore the warning signs


  1. Posted on May 6th, 2022 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. ROAD SAFETY and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is encouraging older drivers to reflect on their driving and be watchful for signs that they could be at higher risk.   GEM says there’s a wealth of useful information and expert safety advice that can help ensure senior drivers stay safe for as long as possible. […]

    Read more »

Country roads, take it slow: five ways you can be a safer rural driver


  1. Posted on April 19th, 2022 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. We’re offering drivers some simple tips for staying safe on rural road journeys.   Statistics show that country roads account for around 60% of all fatalities, meaning that three of the five road deaths on an average day in the UK occur out of town.   GEM chief executive Neil Worth commented: “Some of our […]

    Read more »

Slow down for the fast: GEM issues Ramadan safety warning


  1. Posted on April 1st, 2022 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. As the holy month of Ramadan continues, we are encouraging observers to make road safety a priority as they spend long days abstaining from food and drink.   The holy month is a time of spiritual reflection for Muslims, who are required to avoid eating or drinking anything between sunrise and sunset every day until […]

    Read more »

The 5p question – GEM’s view on the fuel duty cut


  1. Posted on March 29th, 2022 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. Regardless of the reasons why, the sudden hike in road fuel prices is hard to ignore. With taxation comprising over half the cost, the Chancellor of the Exchequer cut fuel tax by five pence per litre, from 6 p.m. on the 23rd March, 2022 for twelve months, in his Spring Statement. After a decade of […]

    Read more »

Mind your motorway manners


  1. Posted on March 22nd, 2022 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. Too many motorway drivers are putting themselves at risk on their journeys by tailgating, hogging the middle lane, undertaking or making late lane changes. The most frequent complaints from our members relate to tailgating, with speeding, failing to indicate and last-minute swooping across three lanes to leave the motorway are also high on the list. […]

    Read more »

Staying within speed limits is the safe, green option, says GEM


  1. Posted on March 10th, 2022 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. We at GEM are encouraging all drivers to stay within speed limits on every journey. This is not only a key part of reducing collisions and casualties on our roads, but it’s also an effective way of reducing your environmental footprint as a driver.   A spokesperson at GEM Motoring Assist said: “One of the […]

    Read more »