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A fifth of firms say drivers in accidents due to using handheld phones at the wheel

A fifth of firms say drivers in accidents due to using handheld phones at the wheel

Press Releases   •   Mar 01, 2018 00:01 GMT

One in five (19%) UK firms say their employees have been involved in an accident while driving for work due to using a handheld phone at the wheel, according to new research*. RAC Business has revealed the findings from its survey of 1,000 UK businesses, carried out across all fleet sizes and sectors, to highlight current attitudes to handheld mobile phone use and driving for work.

Drivers neglect of basic car checks increases  chances of a freezing winter breakdown

Drivers neglect of basic car checks increases chances of a freezing winter breakdown

Press Releases   •   Feb 26, 2018 00:01 GMT

As colder weather grips the UK, new research from the RAC suggests drivers aren't doing some basic checks as often as they should - increasing the chance of a breakdown

RAC calls on supermarkets to cut another 2p a litre off fuel as wholesale price of fuel continues to tumble

RAC calls on supermarkets to cut another 2p a litre off fuel as wholesale price of fuel continues to tumble

Press Releases   •   Feb 15, 2018 09:52 GMT

The RAC is making a fresh plea to Britain’s big four supermarkets to cut at least another 2p a litre off petrol and diesel following further reductions in the wholesale cost of fuel.

Eighty per cent of drivers don’t think Britain is prepared to deal with snow

Eighty per cent of drivers don’t think Britain is prepared to deal with snow

Press Releases   •   Feb 11, 2018 00:01 GMT

With more snow in the forecast, a new poll suggests drivers don't think the country is well prepared when the white stuff starts to fall

RAC calls on supermarket fuel retailers to slash 3p a litre off petrol and diesel

RAC calls on supermarket fuel retailers to slash 3p a litre off petrol and diesel

Press Releases   •   Feb 08, 2018 11:14 GMT

The call comes after a sharp drop in the price of oil

Motorists overwhelmingly back private parking industry code of practice bill

Motorists overwhelmingly back private parking industry code of practice bill

Press Releases   •   Jan 31, 2018 00:01 GMT

​An overwhelming majority of motorists are supportive of the private member’s bill to introduce better regulation of private parking companies which gets its second reading in the House of Commons on Friday.

January sees fuel prices rise for third month in row

January sees fuel prices rise for third month in row

Press Releases   •   Jan 31, 2018 00:00 GMT

The average price of petrol and diesel rose January 2018 for the third consecutive month. Petrol has gone up 4p a litre since October 2017. Retailers could ease motorists’ misery with slight pump reductions

Quality of UK roads hangs in the balance as pothole-related breakdowns continue to rise

Quality of UK roads hangs in the balance as pothole-related breakdowns continue to rise

Press Releases   •   Jan 26, 2018 00:01 GMT

RAC patrols attended 11% more breakdowns that could be attributed to potholes in the last quarter of 2017 than in the same period in 2016, according to new data used to compile the RAC’s Pothole Index.

Car buyers not in control of finance as dealers drive the process

Car buyers not in control of finance as dealers drive the process

Press Releases   •   Jan 17, 2018 00:01 GMT

As the RAC launches its new Flexiloan motor loans product, new research of buyers suggests car dealers have a firm grip on car finance

RAC warns of pump price misery as oil hits $70 a barrel for first time in more than three years

RAC warns of pump price misery as oil hits $70 a barrel for first time in more than three years

Press Releases   •   Jan 10, 2018 14:13 GMT

​The price of a barrel of oil has gone above $70 for the first time in more than three years, potentially spelling misery for motorists at the pump throughout 2018.

Nearly a quarter of a million cars broken into in 2016

Nearly a quarter of a million cars broken into in 2016

Press Releases   •   Jan 10, 2018 00:01 GMT

​Nearly a quarter of a million vehicles were broken into in 2016, with 26 police forces – more than half of all those in England, Scotland and Wales – seeing more thefts from cars than the previous year, according to data seen by ​RAC Insurance

More pump price rises take petrol to highest in three years

More pump price rises take petrol to highest in three years

Press Releases   •   Jan 04, 2018 00:01 GMT

​Motorists begin 2018 paying the highest price for petrol since the end of 2014, RAC Fuel Watch data reveals

Negative headlines about ‘dirty diesel’ pushing fleets to switch

Negative headlines about ‘dirty diesel’ pushing fleets to switch

Press Releases   •   Jan 02, 2018 15:00 GMT

A survey of 1,000 UK firms carried out by RAC Business found 62% of large businesses with between 250 and 499 staff are considering phasing out their diesel vehicles, compared to just 33% among small firms with less than 10 employees. And, nearly half (47%) of businesses of any size say they are thinking about moving away from diesel.

Don’t suffer a ‘traumatic Tuesday’ on the first day back at work with a bad case of the flat battery blues

Don’t suffer a ‘traumatic Tuesday’ on the first day back at work with a bad case of the flat battery blues

Press Releases   •   Dec 29, 2017 12:07 GMT

RAC warns motorists not to get caught out by a flat battery on first day back at work. ​More batteries fail on first working day of the new year than any other. Tuesday 2 January expected to be busiest RAC breakdown day of 2018

More than 11 million getaway trips by car before Christmas Day

More than 11 million getaway trips by car before Christmas Day

Press Releases   •   Dec 17, 2017 00:01 GMT

Friday 22 December has been dubbed ‘Frantic Friday’ – the day when the last of the year’s commuter traffic clashes with people desperately trying to get to see family and friends

Around five million motorists admit to driving when over the limit

Around five million motorists admit to driving when over the limit

Press Releases   •   Dec 14, 2017 09:15 GMT

New figures suggest millions of drivers are knowingly getting behind the wheel despite being over the limit

RAC warns petrol and diesel likely to rise by up to 3p a litre in run-up to Christmas

RAC warns petrol and diesel likely to rise by up to 3p a litre in run-up to Christmas

Press Releases   •   Dec 12, 2017 15:10 GMT

Fuel prices could be on the rise this side of Christmas

RAC issues warning to drivers as cold snap arrives

RAC issues warning to drivers as cold snap arrives

Press Releases   •   Dec 07, 2017 13:09 GMT

The RAC expects a sharp rise in predicted breakdowns this coming weekend, and provides advice to drivers

Petrol and diesel most expensive for three years as prices go up by 2p a litre in November

Petrol and diesel most expensive for three years as prices go up by 2p a litre in November

Press Releases   •   Dec 05, 2017 00:01 GMT

New figures from RAC Fuel Watch show fuel prices are rising across the UK

Drivers caught using a handheld phone falls by 11% after introduction of tougher penalties

Drivers caught using a handheld phone falls by 11% after introduction of tougher penalties

Press Releases   •   Dec 01, 2017 00:01 GMT

14,160 drivers were caught for the offence – which now carries a penalty of six points and a £200 fine – between March and May 2017, down from 15,861 who were stopped between December 2016 and February 2017