The AA has produced this graphic showing the risks associated with driving in floodwater:
The shadow transport secretary Mary Creagh has dismissed the Government's plans to cut petrol prices at motorway service stations and a freeze on the cost of the MoT test:
David Cameron’s cost of living crisis has pushed up the price of owning and running a car.
These announcements will be cold comfort for motorists being squeezed on the road and at home.
Prices have gone up faster than wages in 39 of the 40 months while he has been Prime Minister and working people are almost £1,500 a year worse off.
– Edmund King, AA president
The AA has long campaigned for motorway fuel prices to be displayed at the start of motorways, as they do in France, so that the driver can make an informed choice on where to fill up.
Prices can be 10p per litre more expensive than can be obtained from supermarket pumps or where there is greater local competition for topping up drivers' fuel tanks.
Whilst we understand that Motorway Service Areas have higher running costs, we welcome Government moves for greater transparency in fuel prices.
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said whiplash cheats, whose bogus compensation claims have helped to force up average motor insurance premiums, will be targeted by new independent medical panels which will ensure only evidence from accredited professionals can be considered.
We are turning the tide on the compensation culture and helping hard-working people by tackling high insurance premiums and other motoring costs.
It's not right that people who cheat the insurance system get away with it while forcing up the price for everyone else - so we are now going after whiplash fraudsters and will keep on driving premiums down.
Plans designed to reduce petrol prices at motorway service stations and a freeze on the cost of the MoT test have been announced by the Government.
A crackdown on whiplash injury fraud is also part of the driver-friendly package to be introduced from next year.
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said the statutory maximum price of the MoT test for a car will be frozen at £54.85 until 2015 - potentially saving up to £50 million for drivers every year.
He said new comparison road signs will be trialled which will show prices at different service stations along a route, making it easier for drivers to get the cheapest deal and encouraging competition on prices.
A motorist who has been driving for 40 years without a licence faces prosecution after being found out by police.
@cmpg Unbelievably, it appears the driver has not held a licence for almost 40 years! You can't hide forever!
The unnamed driver was stopped in the Nechells area of Birmingham by the Central Motorway Police Group, and was also found to have no insurance.
A 12-month 'learner stage' and a driving curfew between 10 pm and 5am are among the changes that have been proposed for new drivers.
The government's Transport Research Laboratory has suggested a new system for learners, aimed at cutting the number of accidents involving young motorists.
ITV News' Rupert Evelyn reports:
The government's Transport Research Laboratory has suggested a new system for learner drivers, the proposals include:
- A 12-month 'learner stage' starting at age 17, during which drivers must drive under supervision for 100 hours in daytime and 20 hours at night
- Upon completion of the learner stage, drivers will need to pass the current theory and practical driving tests
- Drivers will then move onto a probationary licence for at least 12 months from the age of 18
- During probation drivers will be on a driving curfew between 10 pm and 5am, unless accompanied by a passenger aged over 30
- Drivers on probation are also banned from using mobile phones, even if hands-free.
- During the probationay period, drivers under 30 are not allowed to carry passengers aged under 30
The AA has cast doubt on plans to impose a curfew on new drivers after they pass their test, after a government-commissioned report proposed raising the minimum driving age from 17 to 18.
AA president Edmund King told the BBC's Today programme that he would rather not restrict what times people could drive and who they could carry in their cars once they had passed their tests, ideas which were floated as part of the age change.
King added: "What we'd like to see is to teach peope to drive more carefully before they pass their test."
Learner drivers should be trained for the road using simulators so they are ready the realities of driving, a young woman who was paralysed from the chest down in a car accident suggested.
Paraplegic Sophie Morgan had been driving for just six months when she got into the life altering crash in 2003 shortly after picking up her A level results.