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RANKED: This is the EASIEST (and most difficult) places in the South West to pass your driving test FIRST TIME round!

Authored by News Desk

With driving tests and lessons being put on pause over the last few months due to COVID-19, many learner drivers are eager to get on the road as soon as possible with tests resuming in July! A new report by GoCompare reveals where you should take your test, to ensure a first-time pass!

During the Coronavirus pandemic, thousands of driving tests across the UK have been cancelled....

Over a million drivers admit to using their phones behind the wheel on every journey

Authored by News Desk

Over a million drivers have admitted to using their phones behind the wheel on every journey they made in the past 12 months, according to new research released today.

The findings, taken from a report on in-vehicle distraction by road safety charity Brake and insurer Direct Line, revealed that 3% of drivers, equating to 1.2 million drivers across the UK, had a conversation or...

‘Pour’ decisions: Most drink-drivers caught on NYD every year

Authored by News Desk

New Year’s Eve is one of the most celebrated days of the calendar, with most of us preparing to say ‘cheers’ to the new decade at midnight.

But new data from Confused.com reveals more drink-drivers have been caught on New Year’s Day, than on any other calendar date for the past six years. New Freedom of Information data obtained by Confused.com shows at least 186 drivers were caught...

Ttips on how to drive safely on the Continent

Authored by Mary

Millions of us have started the annual exodus to Europe in our cars this summer, but research shows we might need to brush up on our driving when on the continent – watch this video from the Institute of Advanced Motorists RoadSmart for tips and info on some little known road rules you could come across in Europe this summer…(hint, don’t ever drive in flip-flops…..)

Millions of...

Plymouth drivers still using mobiles at the wheel

Authored by Sarah Parker

A worrying 8 million UK drivers are still using their mobile phone while driving, a new study has shown - including those living in Plymouth*.

Despite the majority of people in Plymouth (93%) knowing it’s illegal to use their phone while driving, people admitted to texting, surfing the net and checking social media at the wheel – some even use dating apps or make an online purchase....

Operation Juggler aims to improve road safety

Authored by News Desk

More than 20 drivers have been reported for offences by police as part of a multi-agency road safety operation in Plympton.

Local officers and Special Constables were joined by staff from HM Customs and Excise, VOSA, taxi licensing and Trading Standards for the operation in Vicarage Road on the morning of Wednesday 16 March.

In total 54 commercial and private vehicles were...

RAC warns of a long ‘Bad’ Friday on the roads this Easter

Authored by Mary

The RAC Breakdown Cover team is warning anyone planning to getaway this Easter to expect a long ‘Bad’ Friday on the roads as over five million motorists take to their cars for some well-earned time away.

RAC Traffic Watch data shows a total of 16.8m car journeys will be made over the Easter weekend as people make the most of the long weekend visiting family and friends or enjoying a...

Don't risk driving through floodwater

Authored by Mary

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service is asking residents to heed warnings not to enter floodwater, as it could put themselves and others at risk.

Fire crews were called to several incidents where vehicles were stuck in floodwater to carry out rescues over the festive period. On 3 January, a cyclist was rescued in Newton Abbot after getting into difficulty near a swollen river...

Police appeal after dangerous driving incident

Authored by News Desk

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward who may have seen a car being driven dangerously around Plymouth.

Officers received reports of a green Renault Megane being driven erratically around Beacon Park Road, Montpelier Road and Westeria Terrace around 10pm on 27 July.

The vehicle, containing around five people, was seen mounting pavements and doing wheel spins before...

Figures show drop in Christmas drink drivers

Authored by Mary

Figures have been released for Devon and Cornwall Police’s Christmas drink driving campaign 2014.

Police officers administered a total of 1,766 breath tests of which 156 were positive, refused or failed to provide. This represents 9% of the total and is a decrease of 3.5% on last years result.

Last year the figures were 167 positive, refused or failed to provide from a total of...

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