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Drivers more concerned with congestion than crashes

Car drivers are more concerned with heavy congestion and traffic than of crashes, according to an AA/Populus survey.

A quarter of the 23,000 drivers polled said congestion was the greatest worry when they had to drive for more than 200 miles.

A quarter of the 23,000 drivers polled said they worried about congestion. Credit: John Stillwell/PA

Having an accident was the second most common worry on long journeys with 17% of drivers worrying about this the most.

Top long-journey stresses differ across the country as well as across age groups.

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AA president Edmund King said: "The last thing anyone wants is for something to go amiss on that journey and end up ruining their summer plans.

"Congestion, accidents and breaking down are the top trio of nightmares drivers fear."

Car hire cheapest in Cyprus, survey finds

Car rental could set you back as much as £514 a week in Majorca.
Car rental could set you back as much as £514 a week in Majorca. Credit: Reuters

British tourists could end up paying twice as much for car hire depending where they go on holiday this summer.

Rental fees in Majorca are twice as high as those in Cyprus, a survey by Post Office Travel Money found.

Other popular spots where charges were particularly high were Faro in Portugal, Split in Croatia and Dublin.

Taking into account expenses such as satnav hire, additional-driver cover and petrol the pricest destination was the Norwegian capital Oslo where hiring a car for one week would set you back as much as £614.

The cheapest place to rent a car was in Larnaca in Cyprus where one-week hire was just £295.

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Rolls-Royce sales rocket by 33% worldwide

Rolls-Royce has announced record sales worldwide.

The motor retailer said sales figures had risen by 33% compared with the January to June 2013 period, with purchases in Europe up by more than 60%.

Rolls Royce have recorded record sales worldwide.
Rolls Royce have recorded record sales worldwide. Credit: PA

Sales in Asia Pacific were up by nearly 40% while the Middle East saw a rise of more than 30%.

The US and China market also saw double-digit growth.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars chief executive Torsten Muller-Otvos said the firm was on target for another record year in 2014.

UK watchdog to target hire car premiums for drivers

Insurance costs could go down for drivers who have suffered a road accident, after the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) proposed a cap on replacement vehicle costs.

The watchdog will aim to address the spiraling costs of hire cars used by drivers after a major road accident, in a shake up of the private motor insurance market

More: One in eight road injuries 'involve teenage drivers

Posh cars 'can push up house prices in your area'

Having an expensive or posh car in the driveway can push up property prices, according to a poll by car rental company Avis.

As many as a third of people reckon having a luxury motor outside their home can add to the value of their house,

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McLaren P1 pictured during a motorshow. Credit: Bertrand Gilles/ABACA

A top-end model gave the impression it was a safe and desirable place to live and the property was an attractive one.

Around a third of the 2,000 adults surveyed also thought a flash car would help sell a property.

The majority (57%) admitted they took notice of a luxury car in the drive when viewing a new home.

More: Car company unveils 'first self-cleaning car'

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Russian 'ghost car' causes accident at junction

A 'ghost car' apparently appearing from nowhere and causing a crash at a junction in Russia has left observers baffled.

The incident was captured on a Russian dashboard camera and shows a black car strangely appearing at the front of the vehicle in front before driving off.

The driver who filmed the episode then hit the car glanced by the first vehicle.

The video, uploaded two weeks ago, has amassed over 1 million views, with many people unsure how the car appeared there.

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