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Don’t Drive With a Apple Watch On

This week, Acklam Car Centre wanted to take the time to warn you not to drive with an Apple Watch on, after discovering that experts think doing so could be harmful.

Don’t Look at Your Phone and Drive

Through our work as a provider of top quality second hand vehicles to drivers across the North-East of England, Acklam Car Centre has seen the impact that smartphones have had on the driving population of the UK.

As smartphones and mobiles in general have become more popular, people have become more obsessed with them, even using them so much that they do it whilst they’re driving. This causes accidents and has been made illegal. Things could now be going the same way with Smart Watches.

What is an Apple Watch?

Recently, Apple unveiled the long (and we do mean long) awaited iPhone 6, and when they did they surprised the world, by unveiling the rumoured, but mysterious Apple Watch as Well.

Apple Watch

Essentially, it’s kind of like a smart phone you can wear on your wrist. According to Yahoo News UK, the watch issues regular updates from internet services, apps and the mobile phone of the user. Quite distracting, which is why the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) have taken the time to suggest people turn them off when driving.

This Could Significantly Impair Driving Performance

The Group said in a statement that “the latest piece of wearable technology from Apple will allow users to make and receive calls, check their messages and monitor their health by operating the device on their wrists. However, the IAM warns that this could significantly impair driving performance – being a major cause for distraction and road accidents.”

They went on to suggest that “constant alerts will require motorists’ regular attention,” and that “As opposed to using a legal hands-free piece of equipment the Apple Watch will require drivers to use two hands to operate the device – impacting speed, lane position and time spent looking at the road.”

Stay Focused on the Road

A damning argument, which is why Acklam Car Centre agrees that you should not use your Apple Watch and drive. More importantly though, this really does remind us that when you are driving, you shouldn’t let anything distract you, to ensure you stay safe on the road.

How to Drive Safely in Flood Conditions

With the remnants of hurricane Bertha sweeping the UK, Acklam Car Centre wanted to take the time this week to let you know how to drive safely in flood conditions.

Bertha has Made Driving More Treacherous than Ever

It may no longer be a hurricane, but Bertha is still a storm to be contended with. As it has travelled over to the British Isles, Bertha brought sheets of rain with it, making driving on Britain’s roads more treacherous than ever. And according to the Guardian, Bertha isn’t expected to go away any time soon.

Hurricane Bertha Path

After hitting the UK, Acklam Car Centre wanted to made sure that you take care on the roads. IMAGE: THE INDEPENDENT

As one of the largest growing brokers of affordable second hand vehicles across the North-East of England, Acklam Car Centre has seen what can happen when a driver is careless during flood conditions. They can cause serious accidents that harm themselves and others around them.

Acklam Car Centre’s Guide to Driving Safely in Flood Conditions

That is why you need to be more careful than ever when you set out on the road in flood conditions. In Acklam Car Centre’s experience, there are a series of steps you need to take to remain safe on the road. These include:

  • Checking Weather Conditions: When you know Britain’s roads are flooding, you need to know the situation before you set out. That way, if you hear that conditions are particularly bad on one route, you can avoid it and stay safe.
  • Driving Slowly: Flood conditions are no time to try testing the speed limit. Remember to drive at a slow, yet reasonable pace, to ensure that harsh conditions don’t cause you to crash.
  • Using Dipped Headlights: You need to make sure that you are more visible than ever to other drivers in flood conditions, to minimise the chance of causing an accident. That is why you should use your dipped headlights, and avoid using your fog lights.
  • Keeping the Radio On: In flood conditions, you don’t know when a road that seemed driveable only a few minutes ago will become unsafe. That’s why you need to keep the radio on at all times, to stay up to date with the local driving news bulletins.
  • Being Considerate: Driving in flood conditions is no time for over taking or cutting off a fellow driver. Make sure you are considerate of other drivers at all times to make sure that you all remain safe on the road.
  • Avoiding Deep Water: The more water on the road, the more likely that water is to seep into your car and cause an accident. If you see deep water ahead, turn back.

Use Your Head

Basically, you need to remember that it is unsafe as it is to drive at the height of flood conditions. That is why, if you absolutely have to take to the road, you need to use your head. Think about how your behaviour can affect you and those around you, to minimise the chance of causing an accident.

What Are UK Driver’s Top Five Pet Hates?

What do UK Drivers hate the most? That’s the question we’re looking to answer here at Acklam Car Centre this week, with the top five UK driver pet peeves!

Acklam Car Centre, The Driver’s Agony Aunt!

Is it any wonder road rage is (probably) on the rise? Acklam Car Centre are one of the largest growing providers of top quality second hand cars in the North-East of England, a lot of drivers come through our doors. A lot of them rightfully moan about the driving experience they’re in for on today’s roads.

Considering how many drivers get frustrated by driving on the roads of modern Britain, it’s no surprise that Acklam Car Centre stumbled on a recent survey detailing the top hates of British drivers.

British Drivers Really Hate These Five Things

On Monday (28th July), AA and Populus released new research looking into the top ten hates of British drivers. We thought we’d slim it down a bit, and bring you the top five. So without further ado…

1)      Litterbugs: The top hate, gathering a staggering 34% of respondents, revealed that they hate people who throw rubbish out of their car windows. We’re definitely with them; it’s unclean, unseemly and sometimes just plain unsafe!


2)      Slow Moving Caravans: We’re with people on this one too! 15% of drivers bemoaned the fate of being stuck behind a slow moving caravan. This would annoy anyone – there’s a reason it’s called rush hour, after all!


3)      Groups of Cyclists: Doesn’t it seem to have gotten worse after the Tour de France? Groups of cyclists, who force you to swerve out of the way every five seconds, have always been annoying, but it’s seems they’ve stepped up their game lately. The proof? 13% of respondents said slow moving groups of cyclists were the thing that annoyed them the most!


4)      Inconsiderate Parking: We’re with the people on this too – they’re a perceptive bunch. A healthy 10% of respondents said putting up with the perils of inconsiderate parking – which can be a menace when you’re trying to get out of a tight space – was the thing that annoyed them the most.


5)      Lost Drivers: A somewhat respectable 7% of respondents claimed lost drivers was the thing that annoyed them the most. We kind of get it, but honestly, how do you even know when a driver is lost, unless you’ve both stopped and you can see them fiddling with a map!

If you learn anything from this (mostly) pointless exercise, let it be how to be a better driver. On a serious note, Acklam Car Centre has often found that the less you annoy your fellow motorists, the more accommodating they are. Makes for an easier life!

Six Points for Using a Phone

Acklam Car Centre has learned that plans are under-way to increase the amount of points gained on your licence for driving while using a mobile phone.


The current punishment for driving while using your mobile phone is a fine and three points but ministers are actively trying to increase the penalty to six points. This comes as a serious statement of intent from ministers who are trying to underline how dangerous it is to use your phone while driving.

In 2013 alone, 23 people lost their lives because of incidents involving using a phone when driving.

mobile phone

The new more severe penalty could mean that drivers how have committed the offence twice in three years could expect to completely lose their licence. A new driver would lose their licence over just one offence.

Recent research has been carried out that suggests using a mobile phone when driving can be more dangerous than the effects of drink driving. Sending a text while driving is said to reduce a driver’s reaction time by 37% and making a phone call by 46%. Cannabis was found to slow reactions by 21% and drinking at the legal limit 13%.

Police Commissioner

The new government action was encouraged by the Metropolitan Police Commissioner who said: ‘If I was able tomorrow, I would say you get six points for driving while using a phone. The problem at the moment is we are dishing out lots of tickets, somebody gets three points and they have got another three chances.’

Monitoring groups such as the RAC are not convinced that new legislation will have the desired effect and would have called for alternative measures to support the drive to reduce the culture of using a phone while driving.

Acklam Car Centre recommends that you never use your phone while driving, as you put yourself, other road users and pedestrians at risk by not fully concentrating on driving.

Acklam Car Centre’s Top Five Tips for Driving on the ‘Wrong’ Side of the Road!

If you’re jetting off to foreign climes this summer, we’ve got just the thing for you this week, with Acklam Car Centre’s top five tips for driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road.

The Rest of the World Drives on the Other Side of the Road!

Summer is well and truly here, and with end of the third week in July approaching, many of you out there will be planning your annual family holiday; a time for you to relax with your loved ones, and make memories that’ll last a lifetime.

driving on the right

Most other countries in the world drive on the right-hand side of the road

A lot of people like to head off the beaten track and hire a rental car to get the full holiday experience, but this comes with a major problem. That problem? We British are kind of weird and we drive on the left side of the road. Just about everyone else? They drive on the right!

Acklam Car Centre’s Top Five

It can be a little disorientating to suddenly find yourself on the opposite side of the road, and if you’re not careful, you could cause  an accident, which is why you might want to try out Acklam Car Centre’s top five tips for getting to grips with driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road:

1)      Pay Attention: Something you should always do whilst driving, it’s especially important when you’re driving on the other side of the road. Stop paying attention and your body could go into default mode, make a wrong turning and cause a lot of damage.


2)      Take it Slow: This is no time to speed. If you drive too fast, one minor slip up, due to not being used to driving on the wrong side of the road, is more likely to cause lasting damage because you have less time to react and rectify your mistake.


3)      Watch Other Drivers:  Chances are, the other drivers on the road will be far more used to driving on that side of the road than you are, so take your cue from them.


4)      Test it Out: Before you take the rental off the lot, give it a test drive first so you can get used to how it drives. Knowing your car will take some of the strain off having to constantly think about driving in the opposite direction.


5)      Limit Distractions: You don’t need blaring music or arguing kids distracting you from the task at hand, so limit your distractions so you can focus on the road ahead.

Driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road certainly isn’t the easiest thing ever, but it’s entirely possible, as long as you make sure you’re ready for the task at hand!