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Roa d to t h e f u t u r e open a door without looking. Pioneered in the Netherlands, the Dutch reach is a method of opening a car door with the left hand (right hand for nearside passengers) when preparing to get out of a vehicle. This requires them to look over their shoulder, meaning they are far more likely to see any approaching cyclist – and can therefore delay opening the car door until after the cyclist has gone past. GEM road safety officer Neil Worth said: “We support the introduction of the Dutch reach. After all, cyclists are vulnerable, and we welcome this move to provide them with better protection. For drivers and their passengers it’s a small and simple change, but it could make a big difference for the safety of cyclists who might be riding past. “We also welcome the DfT’s announcement of new Highway Code guidance for drivers to give more room when overtaking cyclists.”

The winning Honda Civic diesel hartchback Follow GEM on Twitter @ MotoringAssist for latest industry news. Do you really believe the miles per gallon figures that manufacturers trot out? Usually the answer is no… unless you are an expert at fuel saving, of course! Team Honda has triumphed in the annual MPG Marathon, taking home a hat-trick of titles. The Civic diesel hatchback (pictured above) claimed the overall winner’s prize in this year’s event as well as best percentage improvement on

mpg, while the first generation 17-year-old Honda Insight took second place overall and winner in the heritage category. The two-day eco-driving challenge tests the real-world fuel economy of participating vehicles to the maximum and saw the fuel-sipping 1.6 i-DTEC hatchback record an impressive overall 87.53mpg over 331 miles, an uplift of 8.5% on its officiallyquoted combined offical figure of 80.7mpg, while the 2001 Insight achieved 84.8mpg over 360 miles. Drivers had to work out the most economical route between

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a number of points across Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Shropshire, Northants and Warwickshire, starting and ending near Coventry. Each team was on a strict time limit to complete each day, with stringent penalties incurred for every minute driven over the allotted driving time. Taking shifts behind the wheel of the Honda Civic were BBC Transport Correspondent Paul Clifton and his daughter, Francoise Clifton. Alex Grant, editor of Fleet World, which organises the event said: “This year’s event took place against a backdrop of rising fuel prices and the transition to a new, more realistic, economy test. So the cost of filling a tank, and the distance it can take you, is as high on the agenda as it was when the first MPG Marathon took place amid the fuel protests in 2000.” For more information visit: www.thempgmarathon.co.uk

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Vale Life Magazine Nov-Dec 2018 Edition  

Local interest magazine for Aylesbury, Thame, Tring, Wendover, Princes Risborough, Chinnor, Waddesdon, Winslow and surrounding villages.

Vale Life Magazine Nov-Dec 2018 Edition  

Local interest magazine for Aylesbury, Thame, Tring, Wendover, Princes Risborough, Chinnor, Waddesdon, Winslow and surrounding villages.

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