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Your winter driving questions answered by GEM Motoring Assist Part two: safer driving in snow


  1. Posted on December 3rd, 2018 by James Luckhurst
  2. ROAD SAFETY and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is encouraging motorists to ensure they – and their vehicles – are ready for the potential challenges of driving in winter.   In this second of four advice notices, GEM road safety officer Neil Worth answers questions on driving safely in times of snow:   What is […]

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Brakes become top killer defect


  1. Posted on November 30th, 2018 by Rob Marshall
  2. According to the Department of Transport, mechanical defects caused 1,539 road traffic incidents last year, leading to 359 serious injuries and 32 deaths.   Faulty brakes accounted for 570 accidents last year, 129 serious injuries and nine deaths, eclipsing defective/ill maintained tyres as the second highest mechanical defect.   Lack of Access The main problem […]

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Safety at risk by young drivers, who are ‘scared of garages’.


  1. Posted on November 27th, 2018 by Rob Marshall
  2. According to Co-Op insurance, a fifth of young drivers have delayed taking their car into a garage for repairs and/or maintenance. Out of those that took part in the survey, just over 40% admitted that the cost of repairs was the biggest barrier, yet, almost 20% of them admitted not only that they felt intimidated […]

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Your winter driving questions answered by GEM Motoring Assist


  1. Posted on November 26th, 2018 by James Luckhurst
  2.   Part one: safer driving in rain and floodROAD SAFETY and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is encouraging motorists to ensure they – and their vehicles – are ready for the potential challenges of driving in winter.   In this first of four advice notices, GEM road safety officer Neil Worth answers questions on driving […]

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The dangers of ‘silent’ electric cars revealed with a solution


  1. Posted on November 23rd, 2018 by Rob Marshall
  2. Despite many questions remaining unanswered about the cradle-to-grave environmental soundness of the electric vehicle (EV), it does offer a means of cutting urban pollutant levels that result from conventional road transport. In many ways, I remain a cautious fan. With population levels in our cities predicted to swell even further, it is unsurprising that governments […]

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Ditch the trickle charger


  1. Posted on November 20th, 2018 by Rob Marshall
  2. At this time of year, many members enquire about charging their batteries externally over winter, using a mains-powered source. It is not a bad idea, especially if you cover many short journeys.   Ian Newham, Training Manger at GS-Yuasa Battery Sales UK Ltd., the market leader for vehicle and industrial batteries and one of the […]

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GEM warns motorists as snow, sleet and ice threaten this week


  1. Posted on November 19th, 2018 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. ROAD SAFETY AND breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is urging motorists to take extra care, with plunging temperatures and winter weather predicted this week.   Road journeys are more difficult and treacherous when there is ice on roads, foggy conditions or a fall of snow. GEM is encouraging drivers to make good use of some […]

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Road Safety Week: we can all make a difference to help the most vulnerable on our roads


  1. Posted on November 19th, 2018 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. ROAD SAFETY organisation GEM Motoring Assist is encouraging every road user to get involved in Road Safety Week (19-25 November).  A key task for this year’s initiative is to encourage drivers to be ‘Bike Smart’ in an effort to raise awareness of the risks faced by cyclists and motorcyclists.   GEM road safety officer Neil […]

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Avoid the misery of a winter breakdown with some simple car maintenance


  1. Posted on November 6th, 2018 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. ROAD SAFETY organisation GEM Motoring Assist is offering basic tips for drivers to ensure trouble-free journeys this winter. Giving some attention now to batteries, tyres, antifreeze, wipers, lights and other vehicle essentials is the best way of ensuring reliability in the months to come, says GEM.   GEM road safety officer Neil Worth comments: “Last […]

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Use GEM’s top tips on speed limits to be safer… and better off


  1. Posted on November 2nd, 2018 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. Road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is today issuing a series of simple tips for drivers to ensure they don’t exceed speed limits. This, says GEM, is not only a key part of reducing collisions and casualties on our roads, but it should also help drivers keep their cash in their wallets.   […]

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