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Guard against fatigue on long journeys this bank holiday


  1. Posted on May 25th, 2018 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. Drivers need to be properly rested before setting off on long journeys, says breakdown and road safety organisation GEM Motoring Assist. The warning comes as thousands of families and couples make plans for bank holiday breaks that could involve road journeys of several hundred miles. Being tired when you’re driving raises the risk of a […]

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GEM survey shows two thirds of motorists have concerns about the safety of smart motorways


  1. Posted on May 24th, 2018 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2.  A SURVEY by road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist has shown that two thirds of motorists are concerned about safety on smart motorways. In the survey, which was completed during March 2018 by more than 2,500 people, the main concern (expressed by 51 per cent) was of breaking down with no access to […]

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The new MOT Test is here


  1. Posted on May 20th, 2018 by Rob Marshall
  2. As mentioned in our previous blog on the subject, today is the day that drivers and technicians get familiar with the revised MOT. The main difference is that new format ‘pass’ (pictured) or ‘fail’ certificates are issued. Behind the scenes, a host of changes govern how your car is examined. Some new instructions have been […]

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GEM issues medicines warning as the hay fever season approaches


  1. Posted on May 15th, 2018 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. ROAD SAFETY AND breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is warning hay fever sufferers to check their medicines carefully before getting behind the wheel, and to be aware of the possible effects these drugs can have on their driving.   GEM road safety officer Neil Worth says: “Some medicines, including those used to treat hay fever, […]

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GEM survey shows that speed awareness courses are a good idea


  1. Posted on May 14th, 2018 by James Luckhurst
  2. A RECENT SURVEY conducted by road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist shows overwhelming support among road users for speed awareness courses and other schemes which offer drivers a learning opportunity as an alternative to prosecution. More than 2,500 people completed the survey during March 2018. Of these, just over 74% said they believed […]

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Automatic gearboxes – Fault detecting


  1. Posted on May 3rd, 2018 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. While space precludes listing common failures for every automatic gearbox made in the last twenty years, the following five points are typical symptoms of a worn, or failing, automatic gearbox that are detectable while driving:   Slipping gears, to sudden rising engine revs between shifts (‘flare’) – This tends to be caused by low oil […]

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Flood alert: GEM urges drivers to postpone journeys if possible


  1. Posted on April 30th, 2018 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. Breakdown cover specialist GEM Motoring Assist is urging drivers to take care during the current period of wet weather. The advice follows the issue of yellow Met. Office rain and wind warnings for parts of southern and eastern Britain, where some places could see a month’s worth of rain in less than 24 hours. A […]

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GEM supports Global Road Safety Week


  1. Posted on April 25th, 2018 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. ROAD SAFETY and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is using the forthcoming UN Global Road Safety Week (8 to 14 May) as an opportunity to call for new policies and initiatives to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on the UK’s roads. The focus this year is on speed, and what can […]

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New Diesel cars penalised again in tax changes


  1. Posted on April 17th, 2018 by Rob Marshall
  2. Car tax rates changed again at the beginning of April – here is what you need to know. Firstly, the changes apply only to new cars; here is a link to the changes announced in April 2017. New diesels will be hit hard, because their tax rate increases by one band. Interestingly, company car tax […]

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GEM warns of pothole dangers following years of neglect for our road network


  1. Posted on April 16th, 2018 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. Road safety and breakdown recovery specialist GEM Motoring Assist is warning motorists of the continued danger posed by the UK’s poorly-maintained roads. The call follows last month’s publication of the Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey, in which the dire state of local roads was confirmed. GEM road safety officer Neil Worth said: “The […]

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