Driving tips and safety blog posts


I am one of sat nav’s biggest fans. It’s one of those gadgets that once you’ve started using it, it’s hard to imagine how you managed to cope for all those years without it. But while sat nav has saved me a great deal of stress and time, the slightest spelling mistake can take you on a long, hard drive in the wrong direction. That’s what happened to a Swedish couple recently. According to the BBC, the couple set off on a holiday to the Capri, a beautiful isle in the Read More >>

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If you live or work in London, you may have seen Transport for London’s smarter driving initiative. The idea behind it is to get Londoners to travel smarter and consider other forms of transport – including car sharing, and giving up car ownership altogether, only renting one when needed for longer journeys. On their website, www.tfl.gov.uk/smarterdriving, they give 10 great tips to help cut not only emissions, but also fuel bills – in fact, they believe that, by following these tips, you Read More >>

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Recently, the Irish Government introduced a new barrier free tolling system on the M50 motorway which circles Dublin. The new system relies on camera recognition to identify drivers who should be charged. It’s very easy not to be aware of this charge so if you’re taking an Avis car to the Republic of Ireland from the North or the UK, remember to pay. As a frequent traveller and someone who drives a fair bit in foreign countries, I always check local traffic laws before I travel. Some other n Read More >>

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With the wintry weather hitting the UK hard this morning, here’s a quick reminder of some of the advice we’ve previously posted for driving in adverse conditions. Click on the following links for: Tips on Driving in Winter Weather Tips on Driving Safely in Snow Tips from the Highway Agency for driving safely this winter Please check your route before you travel, take care and, as always, have a safe journey. VN:F [1.9.8_1114]please wait...Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast) Read More >>

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At Avis, we hear lots of stories from our customers (and our delivery drivers) about tailbacks and delays when the days grow shorter and the weather turns wintry. These can be caused by a car breaking down on the motorway, someone running out of petrol in the middle of the countryside and even snowdrifts or floods blocking the road! If it’s happened, we’ve heard it! To try to ease the delays as traffic increases this winter, the Highways Agency have launched the “Don’t be that Guy” cam Read More >>

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At Avis, we’re committed to reducing our impact on the environment. We’ve previously supported the CarbonNeutral campaign, introduced Electric Bikes for deliveries in London and in Jan 2008, we were voted the Greenest car hire company in the Telegraph travel awards. Now, we’re supporting ACT ON CO2, a cross governmental campaign designed to help people to save money and fuel as well as reducing their CO2 emissions. Visit the ACT ON CO2 website for more information on buying, driving and s Read More >>

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The Department for Transport have just launched the latest THINK! road safety campaign to promote the use of seat belts. Some people may think that this is not the most obvious issue on which to focus a road safety campaign. Admittedly, my natural reaction was to think that most people wear a seat belt anyway but this one simple fact speaks for itself: In 2007, of the 1,432 car occupants killed, research indicates that some 34 per cent were not wearing a seat belt. Sometimes it can be easy to Read More >>

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Following on nicely from yesterday’s blog post I’ve just read on the BBC website that Asda and Morrison’s have dropped their petrol prices to 99.9p per litre. According to the BBC the average price of petrol is currently 117p in the UK – although Petrolprices.com quote the UK average as 106.9p. Either way it’s a siginficant drop! The recent drop in crude oil prices is also helping prices to fall in other areas. British Airways (for their World Traveller and World Tr Read More >>

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I recently came across this great tool called Petrolprices.com which should help you save that little bit extra on your petrol bill. It’s really simple to use. All you need to do is register an account (takes only a minute to do), enter your postcode and specify your fuel type (e.g. petrol or diesel). The tool will then find you the price each petrol station is selling at within a distance you specify. You can even register for email alerts so you can keep up-to-date without the need to re Read More >>

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If I was a learner driver right now I think I would’ve balked at the end idea of having to endure an additional assessment on my driving test. But if I knew that this assessment could help me save 15% on my fuel costs then I might be a little more enthusiastic. Well according to The ETA, that’s how much fuel newly qualified driver’s stand to save with the Driving Standards Agency introducing a new green assessment to the UK driving test. Thankfully for prospective drivers, the assessment w Read More >>

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