News Overview

18 Sep Scottish coastal road named UK’s most retirement-friendly

The route from Lochgilphead to the Glen Coe mountains has been named as the UK’s most retirement-friendly road, for its dramatic scenery, historic castles and a host of other attractions.

That’s according to a survey of motorists aged 65 and over conducted by...


18 Sep Learner drivers to have motorway lessons from 2018

Learner drivers will be able to have lessons on motorways, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has announced.

The changes will come into effect in England, Scotland and Wales from 2018, when learners will be allowed on motorways with an approved driving instructor in...


18 Sep Is your eyesight good enough to drive?

Over time our eyesight deteriorates and previously strong vision can become poor.  If problems are left unaddressed, they can lead to poor reaction times to unexpected hazards or the behaviour of other road users.

IAM RoadSmart’s Head of Driving & Riding...


18 Sep Two thirds of motorists don’t know minimum legal tread depth

New research has revealed that 69% of motorists don’t know the correct legal tyre tread depth limit.

According to the study, by Venson Automotive Solutions, drivers aged 25 to 54 were most likely to be aware of the correct tread depth.  However, 31% said they...


14 Aug First journey success for car fuelled by whisky residue

The first car in the world to be fuelled by a whisky residue biofuel has just completed its first journey on the roads of Scotland.

Working closely with the Tullibardine Distillery in Perthshire, Celtic Renewables (a spinout company from Edinburgh Napier University)...


14 Aug DVLA trials new Amazon Alexa service

Motorists can now access up-to-the-minute information from the DVLA about their vehicle tax and MOT status through Amazon’s Alexa service.

The DVLA is trialling an Alexa product, known as a ‘skill’, which is free to enable on the Alexa Skill Store.  It...


14 Aug Automatic transmissions becoming more popular

As congestion on UK roads continues to drive motorists’ frustration levels through the roof, interest in automatic cars is shifting up a gear according to automotive data experts HPI.

Since 2008, automatic cars have had an average market share of 26.7%. For...


14 Aug Comfort and refinement is what new car buyers want

New car buyers are placing huge importance on the interiors of their next purchases – ahead of price, exterior styling and fuel economy, according to research by What Car?

In its latest survey, What Car? polled some 4,000 consumers on their major new car buying...


18 Jul How to drive safely around horses

Horses are powerful animals and have extremely heightened senses.  They are also ‘flight’ animals, and can revert to their natural instincts at any time.  The outcome of this can be extremely challenging for riders and other road users.

In fact, there have...


18 Jul Scots pay less for motor insurance

Scottish motorists continue to pay less for their car insurance than others areas of the UK, but the cost of the average premium has increased sharply in the past 12 months.

Research conducted by Consumer Intelligence shows that the average annual motor insurance...


18 Jul New ‘do not disturb while driving’ feature for iPhones

Apple has announced that its iOS 11 software update will include a new Do Not Disturb While Driving mode for iPhones.

It will detect when someone is driving and turn off all notifications, as well as setting an automatic text response to notify friends and family...


18 Jul Back-seat drivers cause the most in-car arguments

With the great summer getaway just around the corner, a YouGov survey has found that 38% of drivers regard the unwanted comments of back-seat drivers as the main cause of in-car arguments.

According to the poll, of more than 1,500 motorists, children shouting,...


08 Jun Mercedes-Benz of Edinburgh Pop-Up Store at RHS2017

This year Mercedes-Benz of Edinburgh and Coldstream will be hosting our biggest ever display at the Royal Highland Show.

We'll be situated on 12th Avenue with our incredible pop-up shop. The shop will be fully stocked with Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-AMG and F1 official merchandise...


08 Jun How to get the most out of your sat nav

Satellite navigation systems are a must have these days, but many road users fail to use this travel companion correctly or safely.

In a recent simulator study looking at a variety of distractions, programming a sat nav had the biggest negative impact on driving...


08 Jun Take extra care with your dog in the car this summer

It is dangerous and illegal to leave an animal in a hot vehicle.  So how can owners ensure their pets are safe and comfortable on car journeys this summer?

GEM Motoring Assist has compiled a short checklist designed to ensure dogs stay safe and comfortable on...


08 Jun Low Emission Zones planned for Scotland

The Scottish Government is planning to install a network of Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras across the country to identify the most polluting vehicles.

Glasgow is expected to become the Scotland’s first city with a Low Emission Zone, where vehicles that...


16 May Car owners choose peace of mind over MOT money saving

Motorists have put their support firmly behind keeping the first MOT test for cars at three years, according to new research published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders. 

In a YouGov survey, when told about Government plans to change the date...


16 May Scottish Borders pioneers pre-licence driver training

Young people between the ages of 14 and 17 are set to receive driver training as part of the national curriculum for the first time, thanks to a pioneering new initiative in the Scottish Borders.

The pioneering initiative will assess pupils’ awareness of and...


16 May Scotland to take new steps to tackle scourge of drug-driving

The Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Michael Matheson, has pledged to introduce new curbs on motorists who drive under the influence of drugs.

It is currently illegal to drive while impaired by drugs and this offence will continue to operate, but the Scottish...


16 May Spring is in the air – get your car ‘beach body’ ready

It’s time to get your car hale, hearty and ‘beach body ready’ in preparation for the longer summer days and warmer weather.

According to IAM RoadSmart, now is a good time to spend a therapeutic Sunday morning...