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Car stolen without using a key! how to protect you car from relay box theft

This is the shocking moment thieves steal a vehicle without the key by using a relay box. West Midlands Police have released what is believed, the first footage of a ‘relay crime’ where criminals can drive off with cars without the owner’s keys. The incident happened in Solihull, Birmingham at 9pm on September 25 2017. The footage shows two men pull up outside the victim’s house, holding a relay box, which is a device used to receive signals through walls, doors and windows, but not metal.

We recommend sticking two fingers up to car thieves by purchasing a defender signal blocker available at shops like Amazon.

10 Most Common Distractions When Driving

Road traffic accidents in the UK are thankfully decreasing each year but unfortunately there are still far too many injuries occurring on our roads. Surveys show that many accidents happen as a result of a driver being distracted when driving. This comes as no surprise at all given there are so many things that can easily distract us when driving. For myself, one of the biggest distractions is our two boys arguing or fighting. If you’re a parent like myself then you’ve probably experienced your children distracting you when driving. Another big distraction I find is following our sat nav when driving somewhere new.

This week I came across some research by Accident Advice Helpline stating that ‘kids arguing’ and ‘kids fighting’ are both in the top 10 of the most common distractions when driving.

Here is the graphic I found with the percentage break down for each distraction:

Driving Distractions

 

 

The State Of UK’s Roads 2017

Whether you’ve recently passed your driving test, or been driving for 20+ years, potholes are a problem for the majority of UK drivers – a problem that just won’t go away, especially if the results of a new report by the RAC is anything to go on.

And it seems, potholes aren’t just a problem for drivers – according to the RAC’s figures, the organisation dealt with over 6,500 breakdown jobs between January and March 2017, which were likely attributable to poor road surfaces. The last time that so many pothole-related breakdowns were recorded in a three-month period was in the first quarter of 2015 (almost 6,900 breakdowns were recorded then).

However, in the early months of 2015, the country was subjected to more days of frost and rainfall when compared to the first three months of 2017, when the nation experienced mild and moderately dry conditions.

“Our figures sadly show a surprising and unwelcome first
quarter rise in the number of breakdowns where the poor quality of the road
surface was a major factor. We had expected a figure no worse than that
recorded in the first quarter of 2016 (4,026) and it is very concerning that
the roads, strangely, appear to have deteriorated in a mild, comparatively dry
winter”

commented by David Bizley, a chief engineer at the RAC.

As reports show worrying figures about the state of the UK’s roads, Inchcape Volkswagen, providers of VWservice and repairs, investigate further:

 

Pothole hotspots

FillThatHole.org.uk has compiled a league table of the top ten locations that have had the most road hazard reports.

However, the league table differs when FillThatHole.org.uk’s ranked locations on open reports though:

 

Frequency of potholes being filled in

The average number of potholes filled in 2016/17 per local authority across England was 13,468, according to the Asphalt Industry Alliance’s Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance Survey 2017.  The top ten authorities ranked on fixed reports in FillThatHole.org.uk’s league table is as follows:

Number of drivers reporting damage in the past 12 months (ranked by region)*

Region
Number
of drivers
South East England
941k
London
733k
South West England
721k
Yorkshire & Humber
720k
North West England
687k
West Midlands
609k
Scotland
521k
Eastern England
457k
East Midlands
365k
North East England
343k
Wales
201k
Average cost to repair pothole damage (ranked by region)*
Region
Average
cost
Eastern England
£163.68
South East England
£124.93
London
£124.65
Yorkshire & Humber
£120.00
South West England
£119.01
Scotland
£109.02
West Midlands
£87.59
North West England
£87.01
East Midlands
£86.33
North East England
£72.66
Wales
£61.83

Structural road condition percentage split in England

Percentage of roads across England in poor condition (i.e. they have less than five years’ residual life remaining) — 17 per cent. Percentage of roads across England in adequate condition (i.e. they have between five and 15 years’ residual life remaining) — 30 per cent. Percentage of roads across England in good condition (i.e. they have 15 years or more residual life remaining) — 53 per cent.

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