Driv­ers are warned to rein in their speed with horse boxes

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

RE­MINDERS from the In­sti­tute of Ad­vanced Mo­torists: be pa­tient be­hind horse boxes. Driv­ers will avoid stop­ping and leave longer fol­low­ing dis­tances to give their an­i­mals a smoother ride.

“The na­tional speed limit, 60mph, is an ab­so­lute max­i­mum, not a tar­get,” says the IAM, and speed lim­its dif­fer for driv­ers who are tow­ing. The max­i­mum speed lim­its for a car and trailer are: 60 mph — mo­tor­way and dual car­riage­way, and 50 mph on other roads.

The IAM is call­ing on the Gov­ern­ment to re­design crash bar­ri­ers to make them more mo­tor­cy­cle-friendly. While crash bar­ri­ers have saved the lives of thou­sands of driv­ers, hit­ting a crash bar­rier is a fac­tor in eight to 16 per cent of rider deaths. When they hit a crash bar­rier, riders are 15 times more likely to be killed than car oc­cu­pants. In a crash, bar­rier sup­port posts can worsen in­juries by five times.

The IAM has launched a new web­site for biking ad­vice and tips, bikingad­vice.org.uk, with traf­fic up­dates, tour­ing ad­vice by coun­try and all you need to know about events and lo­cal groups. Tips cover rid­ing with pil­lions, in groups and night rid­ing. There’s also a videos page and you can up­load your tour­ing pho­tos and sto­ries — www.bet­ter­bik­ing.org.uk.

PORSCHE gets more ac­co­lades. What Car? mag­a­zine has rated it as the best car brand, based on a 94 per cent own­er­ship sat­is­fac­tion rat­ing and voted the Cay­man its favourite sportscar. In the USA, the JD­Power au­to­mo­tive, per­for­mance, ex­e­cu­tion and lay­out re­view has rated it top for brand ap­peal. The Cayenne also won its class judged on ten cat­e­gories in­clud­ing de­sign, com­fort, dy­namic per­for­mance and suit­abil­ity for ev­ery­day driv­ing.

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