The new Highway Code rules will come into place later this month and some changes are there to protect cyclists. Drivers and passengers have been warned to be wary of the regulations as they could be fined a lot of money . Now instead of blindly opening a door, the "Dutch Reach" requires you to use the hand furthest the door to let yourself out. So if you're behind the wheel, you'd use your left hand, while the passenger next to them use their other hand. Opening the door with the hand furthest away prompts the driver to turn their body to look over their shoulder. The over-the-shoulder look as you reach for your door handle is a vital part of the method, reports DevonLive . By doing this, they will get sight of any cyclists or pedestrians passing by their car that they might have missed. The new rule will say: "Where you are able to do so, you should open the door using your hand on the opposite side to the door you are opening; for example, use … [Read more...] about New Highway Code rule could see drivers and passengers fined £1k for opening door wrong
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A lorry driver has been fined £100 for balancing a laptop on his dashboard while driving along the busy M20 motorway in Kent. The offending driver was caught by Kent Police as part of a new crackdown on dangerous driving on major roads and motorways across the county - which last week alone saw dozens of motorists caught red-handed while at the wheel. The haulier was spotted with his HP laptop open and placed on the dashboard by officers inside an unmarked Large Goods Vehicle (LGV). The LGV was provided to the force by National Highways to allow investigators to better see into cars and larger vehicles. Motorists caught committing driving offences were filmed and then stopped by marked police cars. Across the second week of January, nine LGVs, nine Heavy Goods Vehicles and 26 other motorists were stopped for offences including using a mobile phone, not wearing a seatbelt, speeding, not being in control of the vehicle, not having insurance, carrying an insecure load, and … [Read more...] about Lorry driver is fined £100 after being caught balancing a LAPTOP on his dashboard while driving on the M20 in Kent
January 21, 2022 - 08:59 GMT Our film expert James King is here to help you pick your Netflix films in January to February 2022 and there are some brilliant options... As the long, chilly January finally comes to an end, make the most of the long nights with a cup of tea and one of our top recommended Netflix films from our movie expert, James King. From Jane Austen romances to action thrillers, there is something here for everyone... MORE: 9 must-see movies coming to cinemas in January 2022: Belfast, Licorice Pizza, Cyrano and more Emma (2020) Category: Rom-Com Anya Taylor-Joy sparkles in this latest Jane Austen adaptation, playing Regency-era matchmaker Emma in a fun and frothy film packed with eye-catching costumes, witty one-liners and - of course - true love. Co- starring Johnny Flynn , Josh O'Connor , Callum Turner , Mia Goth , Miranda Hart , and Bill Nighy . Loading the player... … [Read more...] about Netflix movie recommendations for January and February 2022: Emma, Greed, Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy and MORE
THE best washing machines are way more than just an everyday appliance; they're the life-saving gadget that will rescue your favourite top or pair of jeans and the clever machine that can breathe new life into old fabrics. These days washing machines are more high-tech than ever, with a whole array of different wash programmes, energy-saving functions, quiet modes and some models that can be turned on using a smartphone from the comfort of your sofa. The best washing machines are reliable, efficient, able to clean clothes really well, and boast a wealth of different functions to save energy and money. Over 100 years on from when it was first invented (can you even imagine washing all your clothes by hand now?), the electric washing machine has come a long way. And each new year brings with it a revamped set of models that push the market further with more technical abilities and functions. Here's our round-up of some of the best washing machines to buy right now... How do I … [Read more...] about 13 best washing machines you can buy in 2022
The driver of a Tesla on autopilot which ran a red light, slammed into another car and killed two people is being prosecuted for manslaughter. This is the first time serious criminal charges were filed in a fatal crash involving a partially automated driver-assist system. Driver Kevin George Aziz Riad, 27, was exiting a Californian highway in his black Tesla Model S in 2019 when he ran a red light and slammed into a Honda Civic. The two people in the Civic, Gilberto Alcazar Lopez and Maria Guadalupe Nieves-Lopez died at the scene while Riad and a woman in the Tesla were hospitalised with non-life-threatening injuries. Riad, a limousine service driver, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of vehicular manslaughter and is currently on bail while the case is pending. This isn’t the first time an automated driving system has caused accidents – but they are the first to involve a widely used driver technology. Authorities in Arizona last year filed a charge of … [Read more...] about Tesla driver to face manslaughter charge after autopilot car crash killed two
When you’re a uni student, you’re typically faced with a couple of options. You can stay in halls of residence, get a place with some pals, or move back in with your parents. One couple said no to all three, and chose to do something a bit different – and it’s paid off massively. Daniel Dayment, 22, and his partner Mary Cullen, 23, didn’t want to spend a load of money on student accommodation, so instead decided to buy a van and do it up. Daniel bought an old Citroen Relay van for £5,000, then spent a further £5,000 transforming it into the perfect home on wheels. He managed to save up the funds thanks to doing odd jobs along with his studies, including freelance photography, cleaning, and working in a bike shop – and used some of his student loan, too. The couple spent three months working on the van as a lockdown project, over the summer of 2021. Now, they’re able to live in the van full-time, and plan to travel Europe once Covid restrictions lift. Daniel … [Read more...] about Student couple save thousands by ditching halls to live in a converted van
Glenn Youngkin has hit the ground running, wasting no time in beginning to implement the agenda that elected him in November. The new Virginia governor, a Republican businessman and first-time political candidate, prevailed in a state that had gone for Joe Biden by 10 points a year earlier. The two issues that fueled his upset win, pandemic response and parental control of education, motivated the first two executive orders he signed after taking office Saturday. The first ends the use of "inherently divisive concepts," including critical race theory, in public education, a long-term project to reverse the cultural rot that became evident to parents supervising their kids' virtual schooling. But it's the second, which gives parents an opt-out from local mask mandates as of Monday, that gained immediate media attention and has already provoked massive resistance from the educational establishment. School districts in the more left-leaning parts of the state—Richmond, … [Read more...] about Yes, Virginia, you can unmask your kids | Opinion
In the aftermath of the COP26 climate conference – and amid the ongoing climate crisis – many of us are wondering how we can do our part to mitigate the effects of climate change. Of course, we already know about recycling, eating less meat, and buying sustainable materials and products, but the use of cars remains a major factor in our collective carbon footprint. Though public transport in most parts of London is pretty well-equipped, it is not so in other parts of the UK, particularly in rural towns where getting around means waiting hours for a bus or driving a car. The petrol we use to run those cars is widely known as a non-sustainable product, predicted to run out by 2060 if we keep burning fossil fuels at our current rate. But how are we supposed to reduce our use of petrol when we need it to get to work, get home, or to see friends? Electric cars have grown in popularity in recent years as a solution to dwindling fuel stocks. They’re cheaper to run and … [Read more...] about Is getting an electric car the solution to the climate crisis?
David Turner (right) crashed his Audi S3 after drinking heavily (Image: Lancs Live / PA) Sign up to receive our rundown of the day's top stories direct to your inbox SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info David Turner had downed 10 pints and was driving "like a maniac" at speeds of up to 72mph in residential areas when he ploughed into Gabriel Fields, a university student. The 19-year-old victim had left home nearby to walk to a Co-op supermarket to buy snacks but died instantly after impact. Related articles Drunk drivers are killing hundreds on the road: Big jump in casualties Horrifying moment driver four times over limit loses control of car Speaking in a BBC Panorama investigation into the UK's roads, set to air … [Read more...] about Motorist downed 10 pints and drove ‘like a maniac’ killing innocent teenager
Highways England could be set to review smart motorways after a huge increase in the number of drivers being caught speeding. Gran forced to sit on deck chair for seven months as she waits for sofa Indeed, since their inception, these so-called smart motorways have garnered a great deal of criticism from members of the police force, professional drivers, and members of the public alike. So what exactly are smart motorways and why are they causing so much trouble? What is a smart motorway? A smart motorway is a section of the highway which utilises active traffic management (ATM) methods, like variable speed limits and using the hard shoulder as a running lane when the road is busy. It’s through these methods that a smart motorway is designed reduce traffic congestion, and therefore make journey times more reliable, while reducing carbon emissions by getting cars off the road more quickly. However, ‘smart motorway’ seems to be turning into a bit of a … [Read more...] about What are smart motorways and how do they work?