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Failing to indicate is a source of annoyance for drivers

Failing to indicate is a source of annoyance for drivers

Failing to indicate is a source of annoyance for drivers

It is hard to believe that half a century has passed since Dublin Corporation foisted the first parking metres on us.

Yes, 2,500 of the items, costing IR£90,000 were installed 50 years ago this year, I am reliably informed.

They've been steadily clicking up the hours, and the money, ever since. An hour's parking back then cost one shilling.

* I strongly agree with one finding of a new drivers' survey. Little annoys me more than a driver not bothering to indicate.

A DoneDeal survey of 1,000 Irish drivers found 32pc of motorists feel similarly.

The rest of the findings are largely along the lines you'd expect, except that only 18pc were annoyed with people using their phones while at the wheel. It should be 100pc, it's potentially lethal.

One-in-four complained about drivers ahead of them going too slowly.

Better than too quickly, I say.

* I loved the following 'genderisation' in a recent Opel press release:

"Meanwhile, the electric Corsa-e (134bhp) has a range of up to 337km and has the same internal space as its petrol and diesel sisters."

* Nearly three-in-four motorists (72pc) drive to work each day, but only 6pc of them carpool. What a waste.

But one-fifth (20pc) told Carzone, in its latest motoring report, that they would consider using an e-scooter to commute.

Nearly a third of 18-34 year-olds are open to the idea compared with 21pc of those aged 45-plus.

The survey found:

* 46pc believe e-scooters are a faster way to get to work;

* *79pc would consider using one as a cheaper alternative to a car;

* 62pc would use an e-scooter to help protect the environment;

* 48pc fear exposure to the elements;

* 36pc perceived the e-scooters as not being safe;

* 32pc would not consider one because they are not yet legal on our roads.

The report is compiled by analysing data from the 80 million car views carried out on Carzone in 2019 and an additional in-depth survey of more than 1,500 Irish drivers.

* Volkswagen has slashed the price of its electric e-Golf to €27,895 as it realistically anticipates the advent and impact of the longer-range new ID.3 EV this year and next.

The €27,895 price is for a private customer after Government incentives.

There is also a high-spec e-Golf Executive edition which kicks off at €31,550. It adds Vienna leather upholstery, 17ins Madrid alloys, LED rear lights, keyless entry, rear-view camera and Active Info Display.

It cites CSO figures to show that the average commuting distance in Ireland is 14.7km, making the case, no doubt, that the e-Golf's 231km range might suit quite a few commuters at that lowered price.

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