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30/07/2014
How This Seatbelt Could Save Your Life Twice
It is a well-known fact that driving when tired is extremely dangerous and can cause serious road accidents - something that can only be solved by a good nights sleep, a nap or some strong coffee. Now there is hope, as scientists at the Biomechanics Institute in Valencia, Spain have created a seatbelt that wakes you up if you begin to drift into a sleep state.

The seatbelt measures the driverís heart rate and breathing through a sensory system, which can distinguish when your vitals show that you are becoming tired. If the levels drop too low, there will be a warning alarm that goes off and will wake you up.

The materials used within are developed so that they only monitor the driver's vital and do not pick up on any of the movements made by the car. The Harken device uses materials made from fibres and yarns with electrical properties, which have been developed through state-of-the-art unobtrusive testing.

Accidents involving drivers who are fatigued are 50% more likely to end in a fatality or a serious injury, according to Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents. Therefore the news of this new seatbelt will come as welcomed news to all drivers, as we all understand the importance of not driving when tired.
30/07/2014
The Parking Confusion
Do you ever stare blankly at a parking sign, trying desperately to figure out if you're allowed to park there or not? We all have, and it often comes down to a bit of guesswork and hoping you don't get a ticket for misreading the sign.

Well, Nicole Sylianteng, from New York has made it her duty to redesign these signs for fellow struggling motorists. Her designs are colour coded so they're easy to understand and have none of that confusing small print - she even designs them with colour-blinded people in mind. Nicole has started posting her own parking signs underneath official ones to help others. If you're confused by a certain parking sign, you can ask her to redesign it for you at: http://toparkornottopark.com/
30/07/2014
Don't Let Emission Laws Ruin Your Bank Account & Driving
For a long time there has been almost a war on emissions and keeping them low enough to adhere to EU regulations. Numerous cars have been designed to make sure emissions are low, including diesel cars, but now they are under attack from the low emission laws as well. As part of the Ultra Low Emission Zone proposed by Boris Johnson, which would be introduced in 2020, those with diesel vehicles will be charged £10 to drive into central London. This charge will be put on top of the £11.50 congestion charge, which is already in place.

This move is to try and encourage motorists to move to cleaner vehicles, so that overall emissions are lowered in the UK. However it is not all diesel vehicles that are being charged, along with them, petrol cars registered before 2006 will have to pay, but diesel cars meeting the EURO 6 emissions will be exempt. There is no need to rush out tomorrow and buy a low emissions car, but as the future approaches and the push is on, we look at five low emission cars which are good for the planet and also good for how you look in them.

1. CITROEN DS3: £12, 615+
This striking and distinctive new look that comes with the Citroen DS3 already makes it a winner, but what really gives it the edge is its low emissions. The DS3 range has many different specifications, with petrol or diesel engines from 90 - 120 bhp. The lowest CO2 emissions come in at 94g/km therefore you'll be keeping your carbon footprint right down. Aesthetics include a floating roof, shark fin and LED lights.

2. FORD B-MAX: £17, 195+
Slightly bulkier than other Ford models, this still has sleek lines and the smooth finish that Ford always provides. But it's not all about looks with the B-Max - with the 1.0 litre EcoBoost petrol engine, you have a great fuel economy and only 114g/km CO2 emissions. If you're after a car with slightly lower emissions, there are other specifications that provide lower emissions, although most are diesel.

3. PEUGEOT 108: £8, 245+
This small but perfectly formed city car is an advancement on the previous 107. With options of either a 1.0 litre with 68bhp or a 1.2 litre with 82bhp, the 108 has exceptionally low CO2 emissions coming in at just 88g/km. Peugeot are leading the way in cutting emissions, but they're also focused on providing a suitable every day car with larger boot space for easier shopping trips.

4. TOYOTA AYGO: £7, 995+
Another small 1.0 litre city car which offers a sweet and smart look, which will also keep those emission laws sweet as well. Producing only 95g/km CO2 emissions, from a petrol engine, this car not only provides more space but you can customise this already striking car to suit your personality.

5. JAGUAR XF: No price yet
Although this car won't be available until 2020, it is the car that everyone is anticipating. Jaguar is known for big engines with high emissions, but in order to comply with regulations, they are bringing us this petrol XF with four cylinders between 1.5 and 1.8 litres. The XF will still produce a powerful 240bhp, but will only emit 100g/km in CO2 emissions which is not the lowest but will leave you feeling ecstatic that you have a Jaguar and not conscious about your affect on the planet.

Whether you decide to change your vehicle to suit future emission regulations or not, is up to you. What is clear is that these regulations most likely will come into action at some point (most likely spreading to other UK cities), therefore weighing up the costs of what you might possibly pay travelling into London and the cost of a new car might show which one will work best for you.
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