Thursday 17 January 2019

Sat nav danger; 508 arrives; powerful new MINI electric this year; help us help you

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Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

SAT navs might get you there but they could also put you at risk on your journey, it is claimed this week.

Placing large devices - such as sat navs - on critical areas of your windscreen can dramatically reduce visibility and pose a 'significant threat to road safety', according to breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist.

They make a good point, I think.

They say devices positioned in the middle of a windscreen "mean a potentially lethal reduction in driver visibility, especially on left hand bends and at junctions".

Now they mention it, I realise how good a case they are making. We need all the visibility we can get on today's roads.

So be careful where you put the device.

* Peugeot tell me their stunning new 508 is here ahead of anticipated arrival date. Now that's good news for a car that has drawn so much praise for its design.

* Reports suggest that MINI's new electric car will also be a motoring-first electric hot hatch. Instead of being completely focused on economy, engineers are setting a lot of store on developing the EV with performance in mind.

Which helps explain why the car will be badged 'Cooper S E' to proclaim its performance when it is unveiled later this year.

As previously reported the car will be based on the MINI 3dr hatchback.

* It's a little late, but happy new year nonetheless. And it's a good time to remind you . . .

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