Now, here’s something worth checking out….
Vasyl Lazarenko, a craftsman from western Ukraine created this strange, eye-catching car. He has been quoted saying the idea came from a split decision over his dream car, so instead he settled for both. The left side from a modern saloon and the right from a 1930′s convertible. Imagine trying to describe that to your insurer!!
The exterior of the car took Lazarenko over a year and is made by crafted mosaic pieces of wood.
“I have always loved the freedom a convertible gives the driver in the hot summers in the Ukraine, but I have always felt a hard top saloon is more practical.
“My girlfriend has always wanted to be driven around in a convertible that would turn heads, so the decision was there in front of me.”
Made of oak and fitted with luxury modern accessories, the vehicle isn’t made just to be looked at, although Vasyl exclaimed “I have only driven the vehicle twice in the city and everyone was staring and taking pictures. It really is special,”
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The government have today announced a number of changes aimed at reducing the amount of court time that would normally be spent on tackling the large numbers of drivers who are caught either tailgating or hogging the middle lane on the UK’s motorways.
With these two driving habits falling into many other road user’s list of pet peeves, the government has decided to implement a new system of on-the-spot fines in an attempt to minimise the number of careless drivers that end up in court as a result of their misdemeanors. Starting in July, police officers will have the authority to hand out an instant £100 fine as well as 3 points on the licence of drivers who flout the laws surrounding these two driving habits. In addition to this, an announcement has also been made that the fixed penalty amount for driving whilst on a mobile phone and not wearing a seatbelt have also been increased to £100.
News of these changes has gone down well in most circles with AA president Edmund King commenting, “We are also pleased to see that at long last new powers and fines will be given to the police to tackle the top three pet hates of drivers – tailgaters, mobile phone abusers and middle lane hogs.” Likewise Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation also said, “Anti-social behaviour is as big a problem on the roads as it is in wider society. Giving people more discretion to act, and freeing up resources to allow them to do so by cutting procedural delays in court, is good news.”
However not all corners are in agreement, the Institute of Advanced Motorists are concerned that these changes will lead to the offences being deemed to be less serious than they should be by the lack of court action. Whichever side of the fence your opinion on this matter resides, it is worth taking note of the changes and making sure you do not fall foul of the law.
Motorists with convictions on their licence can often find it harder to get a reasonable insurance quote but, if you find yourself in this situation, get in touch with the team at Think and we will be more than happy to help.
The unruly British weather is age-old nuisance. This year the seasons have been particular bothersome with one result being a rise in car insurance claims.
You may wonder just what the weather has got to do with your car insurance. The answers lie in the road.
The frequent freezing and thawing of potholes has increased their size and depth. Such irritants have become far worse through the year and are seen as a serious menace to drivers and their vehicles. Insurance claims for suspension and axle damage shot up by 12% in the first four months of 2013 and are expected to rise even further.
A survey of the AA’s 22,827 members revealed that drivers suffered worst from potholes in Scotland where 44% said they had suffered damage such as damaged wheels, and tyre and steering alignment.
Edmund King, president of the AA, said: “The fact that one third of our members have had their car damaged by potholes is a damning indictment of the state of our roads – they’re a national embarrassment.”
Daimler is to attach Quick Response (QR) stickers on to its each of its Mercedes-Benz vehicles. The black-and-white barcodes have been designed to help the emergency services source critical information necessary to rescue car crash victims.
The codes direct users to a webpage showing how to cut into each type of vehicle in order to free trapped passengers. Currently vehicles damaged beyond recognition force emergency workers to call in its registration plate to discover how best to help.
The technology will inform fire fighters as to the whereabouts of the airbags, the battery, the tanks, electric cables, high-pressure cylinders and other components - in the case of hybrid models the location of the additional batteries and high-voltage cables.
Mercedes has said that it will stick one QR code onto the inside surface of each vehicle’s petrol tank flap and another on to the pillar built between the two doors on the car’s other side, as it is rare that both areas are badly damaged in the same accident.
Despite Daimler’s innovation, the idea may already be superseded by another technology in the near future. The European Commission is helping fund development of ‘eCall’ – an initiative which proposes that vehicles carry a device that calls an emergency number in the case of a serious accident. It would send details of the car’s location, design and other relevant information even if the driver fell unconscious.
Nissan has released a statement announcing a worldwide recall of over 840,000 vehicles due to a fault with the steering wheel.
Here in the UK, this will affect 133,869 models of the Nissan Micra, built between 2002-2006 in Sunderland.
The company warns that a bolt used in the production of the steering wheel was not screwed on properly, but stress that there is no danger of sudden failure.
Nissan has said that it will fix the issue by tightening the loose bolts or replacing affected steering wheels entirely in a repair that should take no longer than 15 minutes.
Earlier this month, Nissan recalled 500,000 vehicles globally over a defect in passenger airbags.
As this latest news shows, problems with motor vehicles can and do arise so it is important to secure your car against all possible setbacks. At Think insurance we can offer affordable and comprehensive insurance packages to suit your needs. Contact one of our expert advisers for a seriously competitive quote.