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One in five middle-aged drivers struggle to read road signs, study finds

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One in five middle-aged drivers struggle to read road signs, study finds

Almost 20 per cent of Australians between the ages of 35 and 54 find it difficult to read road signs, while 15 per cent of all Australians admit squinting to see while driving during the day, according to a new investigation into the state of the country's eye health...

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Car subscriptions in Australia: which one is the best?
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Car subscriptions in Australia: which one is the best?

As we enter a new decade, car subscription in Australia has well and truly progressed from new-age novelty to present-day reality. The automotive industry's answer to the commitment phobia that plagues plenty of millennials, services such as GoGet and Carbar are to car ownership what Spotify is to music – and they've seen massive uptake in recent years...


Drivers parked in rest stop truck bays to face fines in NSW
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Drivers parked in rest stop truck bays to face fines in NSW

Drivers in New South Wales have become some of the first in the country to face instant fines for parking in spots designated for truck drivers at highway rest stops as part of new trial restrictions implemented in parts of the state...


Queensland may join other states with harsh penalties for cigarette tossers
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Queensland may join other states with harsh penalties for cigarette tossers

Queensland's LNP Opposition has called for increased penalties for drivers caught tossing cigarette butts in an effort to match harsher punishments in place in other states, where litterbugs can be fined up to $25,000 and even face jail time...


Mark Webber, Eric Bana and Pat Rafter auction a private dinner for bushfire relief
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Mark Webber, Eric Bana and Pat Rafter auction a private dinner for bushfire relief

Those in the market for a one-of-a-kind night out can place bids on a private dinner with Formula One driver Mark Webber, Hollywood star Eric Bana and tennis great Pat Rafter in Melbourne. The best part? It's all in the name of bushfire relief. The three stars have teamed up with the owners of Melbourne restaurant Ezard to host a seven-course dinner for 12 people at the upmarket eatery in the city's famed Flinders Lane...


Road safety research shows young drivers still aren't getting the message
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Road safety research shows young drivers still aren't getting the message

Deaths of drivers aged 17 to 25 have increased for the first time in three years, as the latest studies show not everyone is getting the road safety message. New data from both the Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ) and the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) suggests young people continue to engage in risky behaviours such as riding in a car with a drunk driver, speeding, driving while tired, or not wearing a seat belt...


Victoria joins free child restraint safety checks, will other states follow?
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Victoria joins free child restraint safety checks, will other states follow?

Fitting a child restraint correctly can mean the difference between life and death in a car crash, and tragically the number of poorly fitted kid seats remains high despite years of education campaigns. Soon, young families in Victoria will have access to free checks of child restraints thanks to a safety program run by Kidsafe and funded by the State Government...


How do you charge an electric car at home?
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How do you charge an electric car at home?

Electric cars and all of their many acronyms have been buzzwords for some time now, but for the vast majority who don’t own or have never driven one, they remain a somewhat mystifying modern marvel. Sure, price and misconceptions around electric vehicle range figures are definitely affecting electric vehicle (EV) popularity, but for many buyers it’s more that the logistics of charging them are one big question mark...


Electric Mustang ute rendered: What if Ford turned out a Mach-E pick-up?
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Electric Mustang ute rendered: What if Ford turned out a Mach-E pick-up?

Following the 2019 reveal of Ford's electric SUV, the Mustang Mach-E, plus the confirmation of plans for an electrified version of its F-150 truck, we couldn't help but wonder: Could a more urban Mustang electric ute be on the cards? So, we tapped our friend Theophilus Chin for some speculative renderings based on the Ford Mustang Mach-E's sleek looks...


The best cars for dogs: 10 canine-friendly vehicles

The best cars for dogs: 10 canine-friendly vehicles

If you're a dog owner, you'll know few things are ever good enough for your four-legged friend. Top-tier dog food? You'll take it. Doggy daycare with a qualified vet? Sign us up. Pet pedicures? Okay, perhaps not. But when it comes to driving your dog around town, safety is paramount...


Tesla shares have more than doubled in the last three months
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Tesla shares have more than doubled in the last three months

Shares in US electric car maker Tesla have hit a record high this week, surging 9 per cent to pass the $US500 ($A724) mark on Monday. This means Tesla stock has more than doubled since mid-October 2019, putting it at a current market value of $US94.6 billion. This latest surge has Tesla on track to become the biggest automotive company in the world by market capitalisation...


2020 Toyota RAV4 kitted-up like a hot hatch
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2020 Toyota RAV4 kitted-up like a hot hatch

It's one of Australia's most popular, and sensible, cars. But some owners of Toyota's RAV4, just a few, may want the chance to make their theirs stand out from the pack. Enter this madcap update from Japanese tuning shop Kuhl Racing. Above: The typical Toyota RAV4. Normally, the RAV4 – which was the eighth biggest selling car in Australia for 2020, the winner of our 10-way medium SUV test, and the Drive...


Oslo's road toll in 2019 was one person
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Oslo's road toll in 2019 was one person

Oslo, the capital city of Norway, had a road toll of one person in 2019, with not a single pedestrian, cyclist or child death from road-related causes. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, the one fatality was a driver who crashed into a railing at a train station, bringing Oslo's road fatality rate to 0.1 deaths per 100,000 people...


Every car industry player that's donated to the bushfire appeal so far
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Every car industry player that's donated to the bushfire appeal so far

As Australia's bushfire crisis shows no sign of abating, some of the world's biggest car brands and drivers are pitching in by offering donations and support to firefighters, wildlife and affected communities. UPDATE, 24/01/20: Volkswagen Group Australia has announced a $2.5 million donation toward relief and recovery efforts. Details in story...


Chrysler Airflow Vision concept debuts at CES 2020
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Chrysler Airflow Vision concept debuts at CES 2020

Chrysler has resurrected its Airflow name with a new concept car, the Chrysler Airflow Vision, making its debut this week at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The original Airflow was an aerodynamic sedan introduced to the US market in the 1930s, but the 2020 take is an athletic, sculptural premium crossover vehicle with distinctive looks and a strong focus on user experience...


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