Drivers are warned to rein in their speed with horse boxes
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.