Get­ting it right on the wrong side . . .

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

UMM, I’m doubt­ful about ex­trap­o­lat­ing small-scale sur­veys into na­tional sta­tis­tics but we may take some no­tice of a re­port by Sains­bury’s car insurance di­vi­sion (I can’t wait for Di­rect Line to start selling gro­ceries) that in the past five years 13 per cent of Bri­tons have ad­mit­ted driv­ing on the wrong side of the road abroad.

Men are three times more likely to do this than women. Lots of us have driven the wrong way on a one-way street (of­ten the eas­i­est way to get out of a pickle). Ac­cord­ing to the gro­cer­scum-in­sur­ers, we are “caus­ing driv­ing havoc” by fail­ing to un­der­stand ba­sic traf­fic law and road signs.

A tip for the novice: Where pos­si­ble al­ways park on the side of the road in the di­rec­tion of travel – ie the right. Take ex­tra care leav­ing car parks, fill­ing sta­tions etc. You could stick a re­minder no­tice on the dash­board.

If trav­el­ling on the au­toroutes use the rest ar­eas for a breather. Fuel is much more ex­pen­sive on these high­ways. You can save 30p a litre us­ing town and su­per­mar­ket pumps. The best price I saw for diesel this month in France was 1.20 eu­ros a litre.

A re­port by Frost & Sul­li­van says the greater in­cor­po­ra­tion of light­weight ma­te­ri­als will help the Euro­pean au­to­mo­bile in­dus­try to re­duce emis­sions from the cur­rent mean lev­els of 160 g/km to 130 g/km by 2012-2015.

A 10 per cent re­duc­tion in ve­hi­cle weight of­fers fuel sav­ings of five to seven per cent pro­vided the ve­hi­cle’s en­gine is also down­sized.

Volvo’s new global brand slo­gan is De­signed Around You – surely a new phrase for what it has claimed to do for years?

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