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How to prevent catalytic converter theft

In this article, we take a look at the rise in thefts of catalytic converters, why this may have occurred, and, more importantly, how you can prevent catalytic converter theft happening to your vehicle. Plus, find out about what to do if you are affected by this type of theft.

Cross-section of a catalytic converter

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Night Driving – how to stay safe on the road when it’s dark outside

Car passenger's view driving at night

Night driving is a unique skill and one that takes some getting used to for even the most confident daytime drivers.  With that in mind, we thought it’d be a good idea to go through some of the most effective techniques and tips for taking to the road once the sun’s gone down.

This isn’t a technique as such, but it’s still important to the safety of you, your passengers and other road users.  At night, you’ll need to make sure that nothing hinders your vision.  Any kind of windscreen dust or dirt will limit how well you can see and make the darkness outside seem even darker.  Annoyingly, i will also make any oncoming headlights seem brighter.  Don’t forget to give your windscreen a quick clean before you head out at night.

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Motorists call for tougher phone driver penalties

Woman texting on a phone whilst driving

RAC researchers revealed almost half of motorists believe the current combination of a fine and points for illegally using mobile phones whilst driving is insufficient for a punishment.

Over 2000 motorists were surveyed, with 52 per cent feeling that the current penalty of three points and a fine of £100 for phone-using drivers should be increased. Only 41 per cent of respondents believed that the current penalty is sufficient.

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Confidential driver data was accessed by accident management firms

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A new investigation by RMIF National Association of Bodyshops (NAB) has revealed that driver data - including both phone numbers and addresses - may have been accessed by third parties not involved in the repair of vehicles.

The bodyshop repair firm has spent several months investigating potentially serious leaks of confidential information by repairer management systems, with personal data being released to third-party legal firms and other accident management companies.

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Should cars have an expiry date?

While the debate rumbles on regarding expiry dates for car seats for young children, there is another question on the lips of many regarding expiry dates for cars themselves.  It’s a particularly hot topic over in India at present with the Indian government working on a policy to determine the “end of life” of vehicles sold across the nation.

In the next ten years, the Indian government and the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) anticipate the country’s automotive industry will explode to upwards of $300 million in value terms; generating up to 12 per cent of India’s GDP.  It’s this unprecedented surge in demand which will lead to more cars on Indian roads and the need for older vehicles to be scrapped.

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