Driving

Buying a brand-new car is the ultimate good deed

25 June 2022 9:00 am

The Department for Transport recently ended a £1,500 subsidy towards the price of new, lower-priced electric cars one year earlier…

Why sat navs are a conversation killer

28 May 2022 9:00 am

When my daughters learned to drive, I suggested they take their tests in automatics as driving manual cars would soon…

My solution to unfair traffic fines

14 May 2022 9:00 am

My driveway now lies in the middle of an ‘Average Speed Check Zone’. It’s a wonderful arrangement – for me…

My plan to cut congestions on our roads

30 April 2022 9:00 am

Much of the current antipathy towards the car derives from the excessive influence Londoners exert over national debates. London is…

Letters: What happened to bells on bikes?

12 February 2022 9:00 am

Jesus wept Sir: Sam Dunning’s brilliant exposure of the corrupting links between Jesus College, Cambridge and the Chinese Communist party…

The Highway Code to hell

29 January 2022 9:00 am

I did a speed awareness course on Monday. For the uninitiated, you have the option of doing one of these…

Are there more over-seventies or twenty-somethings behind the wheel?

6 November 2021 9:00 am

Another minute Addressing COP26 in Glasgow, the Prime Minister claimed it was ‘one minute to midnight’ in the fight against…

The case for road pricing

23 October 2021 9:00 am

Thornton Wilder remarked that there are individuals who fall in love with an idea long before its appointed rendezvous with…

Charging ahead: how to get the best out of an electric car

19 June 2021 9:00 am

Where do you want to go? China or India? I have always found India infinitely more fascinating — for a…

'Smart' motorways are an accident waiting to happen

23 January 2021 5:00 pm

If I could wave a wand and reverse just one government policy it would be the expansion of so-called ‘smart…

What does it mean to be ‘fit as a butcher’s dog’?

21 November 2020 9:00 am

Boris and the butcher’s dog Who first coined the phrase ‘as fit as a butcher’s dog’? It has been traced…

Why is buying a car such an ordeal?

7 November 2020 9:00 am

Why is buying a car such an ordeal?

London’s war on motorists isn’t helping anybody

24 October 2020 9:00 am

London’s war on motorists isn’t helping anybody

The case for road rationing

3 October 2020 9:00 am

Here’s the quandary. How in future can we make the kind of rapid advances we have made during the Covid…

What I learned on my speed awareness course

30 November 2019 9:00 am

Speed is in my blood. My father, grandfather and great-grandfather all used to race cars in their youth. We even…

Smart motorways are very stupid

29 June 2019 9:00 am

‘An attempted improvement which actually makes things worse.’ The Germans have a name for this — Verschlimmbesserung — and I…

Slow road marking on a country road

The consequences of the new EU car speed limit

13 April 2019 9:00 am

A once famous question posed to job-seekers at Microsoft was ‘Why are manhole covers round?’ The question was revealing not…

Always obey your satnav? Then you can vote rationally on the EU

26 March 2016 9:00 am

In many ways a satnav is a miraculous device. A network of US military satellites more than 10,000 miles above…

Google's driverless car has finally crashed. Might humans be safer?

12 March 2016 9:00 am

A first last week: a Google driverless car in autonomous mode was partly at fault in a collision, interestingly one…

My speed awareness course might push me over the limit again

6 February 2016 9:00 am

If these speed awareness courses get much more entertaining and informative they might become a dangerous incentive to break the…

Dear Mary: I was at the dinner party when the text came disinviting me

8 August 2015 9:00 am

Q. While renting in Rock last week, I ran into an acquaintance who invited me to join her large house…

Road rage and hot air balloons: Jessie Burton’s diary

1 August 2015 9:00 am

The week starts well. My debut novel, The Miniaturist, is a year old. On the anniversary of its publication, my…

The pointlessness of outlawing hogging the middle lane

27 June 2015 9:00 am

It is nearly two years since the police were granted new powers to fine motorists for ‘hogging’ the middle lane…

I went looking for a used car – and found my inner boy racer

11 April 2015 9:00 am

A bit late, I know, to put in a bid for Jeremy Clarkson’s old job. But I think I might…

Dear Mary: What can I do to make couples split the bill fairly?

21 March 2015 9:00 am

Q. I’m a single bloke now and for various reasons don’t foresee any change to that status. I have moved…