A disqualified driver died after ‘losing control’ of his car and smashing into a wall, an inquest heard. Christopher James, who suffered serious head injuries, was travelling at more than 20mph over the speed limit without a seat belt. He was also over the legal driving limit for alcohol, cocaine and cannabis. Witnesses also reported the 29-year-old was using a mobile phone at the time of the collision on Haslingden Road in Rawtenstall, the inquest was told. The collision happened at around 3am on October 21 last year. No other vehicles were involved. Coroner Richard Taylor said it’s ‘clear that he shouldn’t have been behind the wheel’ and a post-mortem examination found that Mr James died of ‘multiple traumatic injuries’. PC Philip Walker, senior collisions investigator at Lancashire Police, told Preston Coroners' Court that Mr James was travelling at an estimated 51mph in a 30mph zone when he hit a central pedestrian island. The inquest … [Read more...] about Man banned from driving died after smashing car into wall
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The idea of running out of petrol in the middle of the road is something we probably all want to avoid. When motorists run out of fuel, it can cause long traffic jams and delays. If a driver runs out of gas on a motorway or duel carriageway, they will not face any action as long as they move their vehicle out of the way of traffic and onto the hard shoulder. But motorists who stop while on the road and block traffic can be issued with a ticket for causing an obstruction, Derbyshire Live reports . When we decide to fill up varies from person to person. Some of us instantly refuel once the needle on the gauge goes below half-way. However, there are some motorists who wait until the warning light comes on before deciding that a visit to the nearest filling station is in order. But when this light does come on, exactly how much fuel have you got left - and, more importantly, is it enough to get you to the nearest petrol station? Of course, there are a number of variables in this scenario … [Read more...] about This is how much longer can you drive for when the fuel warning light flashes
Does it have any extras? Yes, Alloy wheels, low profile tyres. Is a car important to you? Yes extremely. Having a car is important to me as I live on the foothills of the Dublin mountains and the bus service has a love hate relationship with us, you know the usual, two come along at once! I also need to be able to get around the country for different hockey matches and get to Mondello Park quite frequently. The condition of my car and the engine is very important too. What sort of state is your car in (inside or out)? It has aged well shall we say. It's a 2005 but still looks shiny. There are some cosmetic scratches, but overall it's clean and tidy. What's in the boot and the glove compartment? A selection of umbrellas and trainers and the glove box has a few cd's, nothing too exciting, oh and my driving licence of course! How would you describe your driving, then? Controlled when on the roads and I'm competitive on the track! Any bad habits? Bad driving habits? Well, I like to … [Read more...] about I’m controlled on the roads and I’m competitive when out on the track!
When this light does come on, exactly how much fuel have you got left - and, more importantly, is it enough to get you to the nearest petrol station? It's a thought we have all had when we see the light flicker on behind our steering wheel and can be a tense situation, particularly if you do not know the area. And you never want to be that person causing traffic on a busy road or motorway because you pushed it too far. Of course, there are a number of variables in this scenario such as the type of car, the size of the fuel tank, the road you’re driving on and the speed you go. A common belief is that on average a car can go for roughly another 40 to 50 miles after the warning light goes on. But it isn’t that straightforward. The range on the fuel gauge is usually based on the average miles already driven - so what the gauge shows may not be accurate for your current driving conditions. Insurance company LV published a list of the 10 most popular cars at the time and … [Read more...] about How far you can usually drive with the low fuel warning light on
As a motorist, it can be easy to pick up a few bad habits over the years. However, there are some driving 'misdeeds' that can take an unwitting toll on your wallet. We've pulled together five habits you should avoid in order to save your wallet from taking a hit. 1. Eating at the wheel It's a situation many will be familiar with. You're halfway through a long journey and when you stop at the services for some food, you're asked if you want to eat in or take away. You're in a hurry, so you take the food with you and start eating it as you pull back onto the motorway. While this might save you a few minutes, it also means you're driving without due care and attention - and that can land you with up to nine points as well as severe financial penalties. 2. Splashing pedestrians by driving through a puddle Section 3 of the 1988 Road Traffic Act states that driving "without reasonable consideration for other persons using the road" is an offence. The act rightly considers pedestrians to … [Read more...] about Five common bad driving habits that could leave you with a HUGE penalty