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Tesla Model S: the most important car of the last 20 years Chris Knapman reveals seven reasons why the Tesla Model S is the greatest game changer in motoring for decades

 
 

If you’d have asked me a month ago whether there were any hybrid or electric cars I’d recommend you buy, you’d have been greeted with a series of questions about your daily mileage, off-street parking, annual voyages to the in-laws and so on. And then I’d have said, 'no’. (Or, if I didn’t like you, recommended a G-Wiz.)

Such is the pace of change in this industry, however, I have since driven two such vehicles that would improve the motoring lives of a great many people. The first was the Audi A3 e-tron, and the second this Tesla Model S, which is not only the most important car to arrive in the UK this year, but arguably the past 20 years.

It is significant because it’s a fully electric vehicle, as opposed to thepetrol-electric hybrid Audi, and also because it moves the game on in a way few cars have ever managed.

For a start, it will cover up to 265 miles on a full charge, and so gone is that number one objection to battery-powered cars: range anxiety.

Tesla has also thought about the infrastructure, and is strategically scattering a network of its super-powerful Superchargers across the US, Europe and Asia-Pacific. These can give a Model S a 50 per cent battery boost in just 20 minutes, or a full charge in about an hour.


The Tesla Model S is a fully electric car

At present there are 14 such stations in the UK, but by 2015 this American brand, set up by technology entrepreneur Elon Musk, says it will have full coverage of the UK and Ireland. Oh, and I should mention that Superchargers are free to use.

Should that still not be enough, you can top up at one of the increasing number of public charging posts, or even via a three-pin plug, although it takes much longer (as in pour a cup of cocoa and think about turning in).

As for the car itself, first thing to note is that it is quite big. Think top-of-the-range Jaguar and you’re on the right track. This is also the secret behind the Tesla’s success (and with worldwide sales of more than 34,000 units this year, it is a success), because by being big it can carry a lot more batteries than the small EVs traditional car makers have been developing.

 

Is the Tesla Model S the most important car of the past 20 years?

 

By packaging the batteries under the floor, the designers have created one of the most spacious interiors imaginable, right down to a couple of optional rear-facing jump seats that pop out of the boot floor, turning this sleek saloon into a seven-seater.

Then there’s how it drives. Admittedly, I’ve been testing the higher-powered version, but the acceleration is astonishing, with zero lag. This makes overtaking as addictively easy as scoffing Maltesers. Before you know it all the cars in front have gone and you feel a bit sick.


The Model S charging at Darts Farm, Exeter, where Tesla has installed two of its Superchargers

Aside from the thorny issue of where the electricity comes from in the first place, the drawbacks are few. I love the 17in iPad-style touchscreen that dominates the dash, but some of the other interior fit and finish isn’t what you’d expect of a vehicle costing upwards of £55,000 (let alone the £98,430 of our test car with all of its optional extras). And a few rivals also beat the Tesla for ride and handling.

But such things are not what you remember about a Model S. Rather, it’s the serenity of driving on electric power, the punch of the motor and the sense that, for the first time, you might just have experienced what the car of the future will be like.

Rolling Stones make their mark on new Jeep A Jeep Renegade signed by The Rolling Stones is being auctioned for charity

The Renegade, which goes on sale in the UK early in 2015, has been signed by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts and is up for auction at Charitybuzz.com until December 23.

Jeep sponsored the Stones' "14 On Fire" European tour from May to July this year, at which it previewed the compact SUV.

The Renegade is the first Jeep to be made in Italy and the first Fiat Chrysler Automobiles vehicle to emerge from the collaboration of Italian and US designers.

Prices start at £16,995 with a 110bhp, 1.6-litre petrol engine, rising to £27,995 for a 2.0-litre diesel with 170bhp and four-wheel drive. Four trim levels will be offered.

Highlights include the only nine-speed automatic transmission in the segment. Jeep also claims class-leading off-road capabilities and more than 60 safety devices.

Charitybuzz raises funds for non-profit organisations around the globe by auctioning unique items and experiences.

The vehicle was signed in Rome, against the spectacular backdrop of the Circo Massimo (Circus Maximus), in June at the only Italian date of the Rolling Stones' 2014 tour.

The full URL for the charity auction, which closes on december 23, isCharitybuzz.com/RollingStonesJeep

JLR launches justDrive in-car connectivity ‘super app’

Jaguar Land Rover has revealed a market-first new in-car connectivity gadget called justDrive which aggregates apps from Spotify, Twitter and others to create the car world’s first ‘super app’.

The new justDrive app will launch on 2015 model year Land Rovers plus the 16MY Jaguar F-Type, and has been developed with California tech firm Cloud Car.

Working with both Apple iOS 8 and Android smartphones, justDrive delivers content from apps such as Spotify, Twitter and Yelp into Jaguar’s new InControl platform, linking up with 17 other smartphone apps the firm already has built into its system.

Key to justDrive functionality is natural voice control – so drivers can use it without having to learn complicated speech patterns.

During a demonstration at the 2014 LA Motor Show, straightforward access to Spotify was particularly impressive, while driving-friendly Twitter access will also be a safety boon.

Jaguar Land Rover has stolen a march over its premium rivals with the new justDrive tech: it’s first to market and will be launching the free new platform in the US from early 2015. Other markets will follow, albeit not immediately.

‘Smartphone in your dashboard’

Dr Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology, JLR, said: “Our InControl system already allows the driver to plug their smartphone into the vehicle and then safely control their apps through the vehicle’s touchscreen. The apps are enhanced for in-car use, so it is exactly like having your smartphone installed in your dashboard.

Launching justDrive, he said, “moves the driver from the task-oriented, app-specific touch-based use of individual apps, to full control of all chosen app content through plain natural speech or touch interface.”

JLR also announced the opening of its new £2 million Open Software Technology Centre at Portland, Oregon. The first JLR overseas research centre, it aims to work with Silicon Valley to help drive the firm’s development of connected car technologies.

Staffed by a team of 30 tecchies, Dr Epple said the new centre “will create many more opportunities for Jaguar Land Rover to collaborate with some of the most innovative and ground-breaking technology companies in the world”.

Road tax changes: DVLA website crashes as tax discs bite the dust

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A bumpy start for digital road tax - but the long-serving paper tax disc is set to vanish from windscreens

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From today drivers can tear up their tax discs as a new road tax system replaces the tried and tested perforated paper circle. Instead, an electronic road tax database will keep track of who has paid - and those who don't face a fine of £1,000.

But the changeover has not gone smoothly. The BBC reports that "thousands of customers have been unable to renew their car tax online" after the DVLA website "was swamped". 

"Some motorists have spent up to 13 hours online, trying to get their car tax renewed," the website said.

The DVLA said that 30,000 more people had tried to access its website than in this day last year

Although the change to road tax has long been in the pipeline, a survey last month found that more than half the country had no idea about the new road tax system. Here's everything you need to know about it:

What is going to change?

From today, motorists will no longer receive a paper tax disc to fix to their windscreen, and will instead be asked to pay their road tax online, via the DVLA website. Drivers without access to the internet will be able to pay at post offices. In Northern Ireland, drivers will still need to display their MoT discs, but not their tax discs.

What happens if my road tax doesn't expire for several months?

You don't have to do anything, although you can take your paper tax disc off your car windscreen if you want to. Your existing road tax will remain valid until its expiry date, at which point you can renew it using the new system.

What about classic cars and other tax-exempt vehicles?

Owners of cars which are exempt from vehicle excise duty will not have to pay anything, but they will still need to register each year on the DVLA website.

How will the authorities enforce the new road tax system?

Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras, which track all cars, will catch those who haven't paid up. The police can look up registration numbers on the Police National Computer system, and offenders will face fines of up to £1,000. However, The Independent quotes a Home Office presentation which it says reveals that ANPR cameras misread four per cent of licence plates - up to 1.2 million per day. "The report said that numbers are sometimes mistaken for letters and badly positioned bolts, broken or damaged plates and dirt also causes the cameras to wrongly identify vehicles," the paper said. The DVLA said errors would be caught before penalties were issued by cross-referencing number plates with the make, model and colour of car.

Does the new road tax system affect the buying and selling of used cars?

Yes, this is where the changes will be felt most keenly. From October, vehicle tax will no longer be transferred with the vehicle. This means the buyer will not benefit if there are unused months left on the tax disc. They will have to renew the tax straight away.

The seller can claim a refund from DVLA for any full calendar months left on the vehicle's tax. However, they are also responsible for informing the DVLA of the change of ownership and will face a fine if they do not do so.

Are there any other disadvantages?

The new system could make it easier for car thieves to operate undected, says The Sunday Times. "Without the need for a tax disc with the correct registration number, it will be simpler for crooks to disguise stolen cars using a set of fabricated numberplates that have been copied from a properly taxed vehicle of the same make, model and colour," the paper says. The ANPR cameras will not be able to tell the difference between the legitimate car and its ringer.

What about driving abroad?

Most European countries require some form of tax disc or sticker on the windscreen and aome motorists have expressed fears that foreign police might look askance at vehicles not displaying any tax documentation. The British government says that the European authorities have been told about the changes. "DVLA have informed the European Union that from 1 October 2014, UK registered vehicles that are travelling in the EU will not display tax discs," it says.

How can I check if my vehicle is taxed correctly?

You can look up the tax status of any vehicle by using DVLA's Vehicle Enquiry System. You will still be sent a renewal reminder when your vehicle tax is due to expire.

How much of a problem is road tax evasion?

It's relatively small, figures suggest. The latest estimate of vehicle excise duty evasion is just 0.6 per cent, although that amounts to about 200,000 cars.

So why is the system changing?

The DVLA says the reforms are aiming to streamline the service and to save British businesses millions of pounds a year in administrative bills.

Is there any benefit to the average motorist?

Insurance premiums may fall as a result. Julie Daniels, head of motor at comparethemarket.com, tells the Daily Telegraph that the removal of the tax disc, and resultant elimination of tax dodgers from the road, "should have a positive impact on premiums". 

 



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Road tax changes: how the DVLA's new system will work without tax discs

CONFUSED BY THE NEW DVLA ROAD TAX CHANGES ??  I KNOW I AM......READ ON , IT MAY BECOME CLEARER .....(OR NOT)

 

Road tax changes: how the DVLA's new system will work without tax discs

From next month, drivers can tear up their tax discs as a new road tax system replaces the tried and tested perforated paper circle. Instead, an electronic road tax database will keep track of who was paid - and those who don't face a fine of £1,000.

 

Although the change has long been in the pipeline, a survey conducted last week suggested that more than half of the country had no idea about the new road tax system. Here's everything you need to know about it:

 

What is going to change?

 

From next month, motorists will no longer receive a paper tax disc to fix to their windscreen, and will instead be asked to pay their road tax online, via the DVLA website. Drivers without access to the internet will be able to pay at post offices.

 

What happens if my road tax doesn't expire for several months?

 

You don't have to do anything, although you can take your paper tax disc off your car windscreen if you want to. Your existing road tax will remain valid until its expiry date, at which point you can renew it using the new system.

 

How will the authorities enforce the new road tax system?

 

Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras, which track all cars, will catch those who haven't paid up. The police can look up registration numbers on the Police National Computer system. Offenders will face fines of up to £1,000.

 

Does this effect the buying and selling of used cars?

 

Yes, this is where the changes will be felt most keenly. From October, vehicle tax will no longer be transferred with the vehicle. This means the buyer will not benefit if there are unused months left on the tax disc. They will have to renew the tax straight away.

 

The seller can claim a refund from DVLA for any full calendar months left on the vehicle's tax. However, they are also responsible for informing the DVLA of the change of ownership and will face a fine if they do not do so.

 

Are there any other disadvantages?

 

The new system could make it easier for car thieves to operate undected, says The Sunday Times. "Without the need for a tax disc with the correct registration number, it will be simpler for crooks to disguise stolen cars using a set of fabricated numberplates that have been copied from a properly taxed vehicle of the same make, model and colour," the paper says. The ANPR cameras will not be able to tell the difference between the legitimate car and its ringer.

 

How can I check if my vehicle is taxed correctly?

 

You can look up the tax status of any vehicle by using DVLA's Vehicle Enquiry System. You will still be sent a renewal reminder when your vehicle tax is due to expire.

 

How much of a problem is road tax evasion?

 

It's relatively small, figures suggest. The latest estimate of vehicle excise duty evasion is just 0.6 per cent, although that amounts to about 200,000 cars.

 

So why is the system changing?

 

The DVLA says the reforms are aiming to streamline the service and to save British businesses millions of pounds a year in administrative bills.

 

Is there any benefit to the average motorist?

 

Insurance premiums may fall as a result. Julie Daniels, head of motor at comparethemarket.com, tells the Daily Telegraph that the removal of the tax disc, and resultant elimination of tax dodgers from the road, "should have a positive impact on premiums". · 

Read more: http://www.theweek.co.uk/uk-news/59941/road-tax-changes-how-the-dvlas-new-system-will-work-without-tax-discs#ixzz3DksPVZkJ

Something to celebrate, John? Chelsea love rat captain splashes out £400,000 on TWO new motors including a Rolls-Royce 'for the debonair gentleman'

  • Chelsea captain seen driving his new £235k Rolls-Royce
  • The defender parked the plush vehicle on a yellow line outside a pub
  • The next day he was seen in his custom £140k Range Rover Overfinch

 

Chelsea captain and former England footballer John Terry has been pictured in two new gleaming luxury cars with an estimated combined price tag of £375,000.

With the football season not even begun the player - who had an affair with model Vanessa Perroncel, the former partner of fellow England defender Wayne Bridge - has splashed out on the luxury cars.

Ironically, the sporty two-door Wraith released by Rolls-Royce in 2014 is described as 'a debonair gentleman's GT'. It costs in the region of £235,000.

Still in his training kit, Terry pulls up to a country pub near to the Chelsea training ground in his brand new 2014 Rolls-Royce to meet his wife Toni Poole for lunch.


Rowan Atkinson suffers head-on crash at Goodwood Revival

Comedian suffers race-ending shunt in chaotic classic car race

It was a crash worthy of poor Mr Bean himself, as Rowan Atkinson collided with a fellow racer at the Goodwood Revival on Saturday.

The comedian, 59, was driving his powder blue Ford Falcon Sprint in the Shelby Cup when a fellow competitor, two cars ahead, lost control, spinning off the track.


Rowan Atkinson driving in the Shelby Cup (Paul Grover/The Telegraph)

As the following driver swerved to avoid the impact, Atkinson had no chance to heave his lumbering Falcon around the stricken car, instead hitting it head on, causing sufficient damage to bring a premature end to his race.

Looking dejected but showing no sign of injury, Atkinson abandoned the Falcon, perhaps wishing he'd been in something more nimble (an old green Mini would have been ideal).

 Triumph Herald covered 20 miles in 52 years

 

It is thought the female owner of the Triumph Herald never actually drove it


But what makes this Triumph Herald so unusual is that it has covered just 20 miles since it rolled off the production line 52 years ago.
It is described as a "classic car with one careful lady owner".

Still sporting its original 1961 £15 tax disc, the blue and white car was delivered to the buyer's home by trailer.

The Triumph is to be auctioned on Saturday by East Anglian Motor Auctions in Wymondham.

After the Triumph's original owner died years later, her family sold it back to the car dealer who sold it.

Auctioneer Tristram Belemore-Smith said: "When he (the dealer) went to see it, he discovered it had not been driven from the day it had been delivered brand new - and decided to keep it as part of his private collection."

The Triumph is expected to make between £12,000 and £15,000 at auction.

The Mercedes GLA-Class is the only car to have achieved a five-star safety rating in the crash test results published by Euro NCAP this month.

The GLA proved to be especially impressive in terms of adult occupant protection, for which it was awarded a score of 96%, and generally performed well in all other areas, though its 67% for pedestrian protection, despite the standard fitment of an active bonnet, was rather ordinary.

Land Rover’s all-new Discovery 5 is thought to be at least 18 months away from going on sale, but it is arguably this model that will have to undergo the biggest philosophical shift of any Land Rover model in the company’s history.

The Discovery 5 will not only have to excel off road but will also become something of a technology pioneer.

The Discovery began life as a budget spin-off of the original Range Rover. It was designed to counter the rise of Japanese off-roaders that had begun to make inroads into the UK market at the end of the 1980s.

Although it was hardly the most reliable or well built machine, it was widely popular both as a rural family car and as a working vehicle. It showed, perhaps to an unexpected extent, the underlying popularity of the Land Rover brand.

It was this, and the prestige of the Range Rover brand, that is believed to have primarily attracted BMW’s purchase of the Rover Group, which included Land Rover, in 1994.

The reinvention of the Discovery under Ford ownership in 2004 cemented the vehicle’s reputation as a full-on off-road vehicle. The heavy but immensely strong T5 chassis and exceptional off-roading ability won back many ex-Land Rover owners who used their vehicles off road as a matter of course.

Although the Discovery 3’s ‘brutalist’ exterior styling won the approval of the design cognoscenti and the blocky simplicity of the interior was meant to be a modern take on the traditional Land Rover, the car was slightly caught out by social trends. 

A big campaign against large SUVs was unleashed and sales started to dip as female buyers particularly were turned off by the Discovery’s sheer visual bulk and uncompromising stance. 

The Discovery 4 reacted to this shift by installing a Range Rover-like luxury interior and significantly softening the nose with a makeover.

Yet despite the Discovery’s modern-day reputation, genuine seven-seat accommodation and off-road credentials, it underperforms in global sales. It does have a very substantial enthusiast following, which, research has shown, is very keen for Land Rover to retain the Discovery’s rugged and capacious nature.

Even in its heyday, the current model did not outsell the BMW X5. Although the X5 is a very different type of SUV, both cars are competing for the same global market of affluent urban families, which is a far bigger pool than those who make serious off-road use of their vehicles.

Although the Discovery 4 is reaching the end of its life and the X5 is a new model, recent sales figures show the ground that the Discovery 5 has to make up in the premium lifestyle market. In the first five months of 2014, Land Rover sold 17,920 Discoverys, down from 18,804 over the same period in 2013. By contrast, BMW sold 55,136 new X5s between January and May this year, compared with 43,002 over the same period last year. 

The difference between the sales of the previous X5 model in its run-out year and the Discovery 4 in its last 18 months of life shows the gap — about 24,000 units or more than 200 per cent — that Land Rover has to make up to match its main premium rival.

New Discovery's big technology

Suspension - Land Rover pioneered the use of preset suspension, ESP and engine settings for use on different terrains. The new Disco could get laser-scanning tech, which can ‘read’ the terrain ahead and adjust suspension and transmission settings on the fly.

Styling - The styling aims to take the long-established ‘stepped roof’ utilitarian Discovery look and soften it with much more fluid body surfacing, smaller and less square window graphics and a much more dynamic, nose-down stance. So although the Discovery will still have seven seats and the ability to create a very large, flat load bay, it will also have the kind of rakish X5-rivalling lines that it needs to appear more at home in the city.

Structure - The Disco 5 is based on the same basic bonded and riveted aluminium monocoque as the new Range Rover and Range Rover Sport and will be made at Solihull.

Laser projectors - Laser light projections on to the road can give the driver an exact indication of the car’s width – useful in any tight situation – and might even project large indicator symbols on to the road surface to make the driver’s intention clear in packed urban traffic. 

Engine - The frugal hybrid system in the Disco 5 will be based around the new 2.0-litre Ingenium engine and an electric motor enclosed in the eight-speed automatic gearbox. Even this set-up can have uses in town and country. In urban areas, the Disco hybrid should have an EV-running range of about 10 miles. Off road, the electric motor could be ideal for metering out torque precisely enough to prevent wheel slippage. 

"Transparent" bonnet - The "transparent" bonnet tech — which projects an image of the road or terrain beneath on to the bonnet – will not only be useful off road but also in urban areas.

Interior - Land Rover’s strategists have decided to bring the interior dramatically into the future, using a much larger central touchscreen than previously and a laser head-up display (HUD)that projects information in a much crisper and clearer manner than conventional HUDs.

Remote drive - Remote Drive could allow Discovery owners to empty the car of occupants and then automatically park the car in a space that would otherwise be too tight to allow the doors to be opened.

As you might have heard, from 1 October you’ll no longer have to display a tax disc in your windscreen under new cost-cutting government plans.

 

Although a fairly minor consideration, the abolition of the tax disc is part of a wider-ranging raft of road tax reforms. And road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) claims that many drivers are not prepared for the changes.

Essentially, you’ll still have to tax your car and the method of paying for your road tax remains unchanged; however, you’ll also now be able to pay your tax by direct debit.

The big change, however, is when you come to sell or buy a vehicle. In the past, the road tax would simply transfer to the new owner when a car was sold; but now the previous owner will have to cash in the tax before they sell the car and the new owner will have to buy vehicle tax when they buy the car.

Simon Best, IAM chief executive, said: “As with all new systems, it will take a little time to get used to. But the move to allow people to set up a direct debit will mean greater peace of mind for many, so your vehicle will never be untaxed.

“However, moving more of these processes online will make things very difficult for those without regular internet access – as ever, the poor and elderly could lose out.

“And it will be interesting to see if some people think that without a visible tax disc it will be easier simply not to buy one. We’ll see in time how effective this has been in catching those who avoid paying.”

 

Drivers of diesel cars could be forced to pay a daily fee for entering the ultra-low emission zone, which is to be established in central London by 2020.

The charge for entering the zone, designed to help the UK capital comply with emission reduction targets, is estimated to cost about the same as the current £11.50 congestion charge.

"When it comes to tackling London's air pollution, and protecting the health and well-being of all Londoners, diesel cars are an issue which must be addressed,” said Matthew Pencharz, an environment and energy adviser to the Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

“Over recent years the European diesel engine standards have not delivered the emission savings expected, yet governments have been incentivising us to buy them. This has left us with a generation of dirty diesels," Pencharz said, stating it is necessary for the government to stop incentives that keep driving people to opt for diesel cars.

The ultra-low emission zone, proposed last year by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson is still subject to full consultation but it is expected that all diesel cars not meeting the new standards would be subject to the charge.

However, motoring organisations were less than happy with the proposed scheme.

"This isn't quite a miss-selling scandal, but for years ministers took their eye off the ball and encouraged drivers to buy diesels to help fight climate change,” said RAC Foundation director Professor Stephen Glaister. “That has come at a cost: local air pollution. Today 10 million cars in Britain are powered by diesel engines - a third of the total.”

According to Glaister the major problem is that although in laboratory conditions diesel cars can meet strict criteria, in real life their performance, when it comes to pollution, is far less satisfying.

AA president Edmund King said that by no means are personal cars, even the diesel-powered ones, the major culprit of air pollution in London. Compared with buses, taxis and trucks, personal cars are rather harmless, King believes.

"The first move should be to target the gross polluters and get them off our roads in order to have a greater and more immediate impact on air quality," King said.

"Drivers are confused as to what vehicles to buy due to mixed fiscal messages from governments over the last decade or so. The goal posts seem to have moved from CO2 (carbon dioxide) to NOx (nitrogen oxides) without fully informing the players.”

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has pledged to fight air pollution in London for the sake of the city’s inhabitants. Among the concepts put forward to tackle the issue are fleets of zero-emission capable taxis and low-emission, even electric, buses. By 2020, about 300 fully electric buses should be serving in the streets of London.  

Boris Johnson said today: "Improving London's air quality is an urgent challenge. It affects the health and well-being of all Londoners, and it simply cannot be put on hold.

"Here at City Hall we are doing everything in our power to address it. At the heart of this are my plans for the world's first ULEZ in central London from 2020. This will be a game-changer, but with just a little more energy, ambition and action from Westminster and from Brussels, London can meet the EU limits for NO2 by 2020. It is possible, and together we can make it happen."

 

Ralph McTell famously sang, “Let me take you by the hand and lead you through the streets of London, I'll show you something to make you change your mind”, and that is precisely what a leading road safety charity are hoping to do by advising ways of adapting your driving to cope with the capital’s congested routes.

 

Amongst the helpful advice proffered by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) is to be aware of the effect of frustrating traffic gridlock on other road users.  Drivers under strain may behave more unpredictably than usual, so treat them with caution.  
Motorists unfamiliar with London driving may be surprised at the volume of cyclists and pedestrians, and the advice from the IAM is to allow these vulnerable road users plenty of room, and to avoid overtaking cyclists on narrow streets. It pays to be prepared for pedestrians to attempt to cross roads without first looking properly.
Road closures and diversion occur regularly on London’s heavily-used roads, so listen out for traffic updates and always have a back-up plan by researching alternative routes just in case.
As any student of fuel economy figures knows, sitting in traffic can be an expensive past time. The IAM advises drivers to try and keep their vehicle moving where possible, even in traffic queues, as this is more fuel efficient than stopping and starting.  Also, when stationery, you should apply the handbrake. Another item which hits fuel economy hard is wrongly inflated tyres, so check your tyre pressures regularly when cold.  Driving with incorrect tyre pressure also increases the risk of damage.
IAM chief examiner Peter Rodger said: “In such a densely populated city, we know congestion is going to be an issue. You’re best off avoiding bringing the car into town completely, but if you must drive, leave in plenty of time, expect the arterial routes to be slow-moving and make sure you know which areas require you to pay a congestion charge.” 

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