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GEM issues medicines warning to drivers who use hay fever medicines


  1. Posted on June 8th, 2020 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2.   Hay fever is estimated to affect 20 per cent of people in the UK* Symptoms include a runny nose, itchy eyes and sneezing Some antihistamine drugs (generally those used for other forms of medical treatment such as travel sickness) have a sedative effect – don’t drive if you are using this type of medicine […]

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GEM appoints Neil Worth as its new chief executive


  1. Posted on June 4th, 2020 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. ROAD SAFETY organisation GEM Motoring Assist has appointed Neil Worth as its new chief executive. Neil joined GEM in 2016 as road safety and motoring information officer, having previously worked for Horsham District Council as a community safety officer.   Road safety and motoring information will remain under Neil’s care in his new role.   […]

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GEM welcomes new report on the value of roads policing


  1. Posted on June 4th, 2020 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. GEM Motoring Assist welcomes the recommendations made in a report on roads policing, published today. Acting on the report’s recommendations would make our roads much safer as well as disrupting the activities of criminals who use the roads.   The report, issued by the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) and part-funded by GEM, […]

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Don’t drive if you’re concerned about your eyesight


  1. Posted on May 28th, 2020 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. We’re asking drivers to avoid getting behind the wheel if they have any concerns about their eyesight. During recent months, with routine eyesight tests hard or impossible to come by, some drivers may have become aware of changes in their vision, so we’re encouraging them to do the responsible thing and avoid driving.

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Driving again after lockdown? Do check your tyres


  1. Posted on May 19th, 2020 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. GEM Motoring Assist is urging car owners to make careful checks on their tyres before driving, now that lockdown restrictions are eased and more road journeys are permitted.   Cars that have not been used for several weeks need pressure checks on all tyres (including the spare), as well as careful inspection to ensure that […]

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GEM marks the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth with a call to reduce risk on the roads


  1. Posted on May 12th, 2020 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. GEM Motoring Assist is using the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth (12 May 2020) to ask every road user to make safety their priority during the COVID-19 pandemic. Minimising hospital admissions from road collisions is a key contributor to reducing the burden on the NHS, as well as helping to bring down the baseline […]

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Road safety organisations come together to highlight distracted driving dangers


  1. Posted on April 30th, 2020 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2.   Seminar published featuring Thames Valley/Hampshire Police, GEM Motoring Assist and Westcotec   The dangers of driver distractions are highlighted in an online seminar published today by GEM Motoring Assist and Westcotec.   Speaking during the seminar, Westcotec managing director Chris Spinks points out that we have all relied on digital communications during lockdown, and […]

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GEM offers tips for safer cycling during lockdown  


  1. Posted on April 22nd, 2020 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. GEM Motoring Assist is reminding everyone out on a bicycle during the current period of lockdown to follow a few simple safety tips.  The restrictions imposed during the current COVID-19 lockdown, helped by several weeks of dry and sunny weather, have led to an increase in the number of people getting their bikes out for […]

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Electrified Cars – Part 2: Stop-Start


  1. Posted on April 16th, 2020 by Rob Marshall
  2. Many modern hybrid vehicles, the half-way house between a conventional combustion-engined vehicle and an electrified one, have their technical roots in Stop-Start technology. As its name describes, the system stops the engine from idling under certain running conditions. Once the engine ceases running, the car’s electrical system is put into ‘standby’ mode, ready for a […]

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How to look after your car battery during lockdown


  1. Posted on April 15th, 2020 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. In the current climate, we’re helping lots of our members with questions about car batteries and how best to look after them while we’re not driving as often as usual.   Our Technical Adviser shares the most frequently asked questions and answers below…   Q1. Why do car batteries go flat if unused? A typical […]

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