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Connected cars and courses

The focus of this week's news is the improvement of journeys and road safety for motorists through connected car technology and new courses. We'll also look at a few tips to secure your home in the winter months.

Could technology stop you getting stuck at traffic lights?

A traffic jam.

It might sound too good to be true, but Ford is currently working on new technology aimed at helping drivers avoid being stuck at traffic lights.

According to the RAC, the technology will use information on traffic light timings from roadside units and will provide drivers with information on the best speed to travel at to ensure they get a green light.

Tests on the device will be carried out by UK Autodrive, which is a government-backed scheme and is the country's largest trial of self-driving and connected technology.

The development and testing of vehicle to vehicle and vehicle to infrastructure technologies aimed at making driving less stressful, time consuming and more fuel efficient will be carried out through the £20m initiative.

Ford connectivity technical expert, Christian Ress, believes the technology will bring many benefits, such as helping "to improve the flow of traffic and provide significant reductions in carbon dioxide emissions and fuel consumption."

Drink driver rehabilitation courses to educate on dangers of drug driving

Motorists convicted of drink driving will be educated on the dangers of drug driving in existing rehabilitation courses thanks to a new initiative.

As a result of figures revealing a fifth of convicted drug drivers were found to have been previously banned for drink driving, the Department for Transport trial will see around 1,000 offenders in England and Wales attend the combined course.

Discussing the move, road safety minister Andrew Jones said: "We have some of the safest roads in the world and have introduced tougher penalties for drink and drug driving to make them even safer.

"Getting behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs can have catastrophic results for drivers and passengers and can ruin families' lives."

"Educating offenders of the dangers of drug driving will help prevent it in the future."

Tips to protect your home from break-ins this winter

According to the Daily Express, there were more household burglaries in November than in any other month last year.

Official figures suggest the average burglary costs £2,833, with £566 coming from damage and £2,267 being made up of stolen items.

With jewellery, wallets and purses, computer equipment, electrical goods, watches and mobile phones the items most likely to be stolen, here are some tips to protect your home as we enter the peak time for burglaries:

  • Always lock your doors and windows, even if just going out for a short time. Your insurer may refuse to pay out if they're left unlocked.
  • Install a British Standards approved burglar alarm and make sure it's switched on when the house is empty.
  • Keep home and car keys away from the front door, as burglars may be able to grab these in a matter of moments.
  • Keep your shed locked.

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