Driving

What I learned on my speed awareness course

30 November 2019 9:00 am

Speed is in my blood. My father, grandfather and great-grandfather all used to race cars in their youth. We even…

Smart motorways are very stupid

29 June 2019 9:00 am

‘An attempted improvement which actually makes things worse.’ The Germans have a name for this — Verschlimmbesserung — and I…

Slow road marking on a country road

The consequences of the new EU car speed limit

13 April 2019 9:00 am

A once famous question posed to job-seekers at Microsoft was ‘Why are manhole covers round?’ The question was revealing not…

Tesla’s new Model X is brilliant – and bizarre

22 September 2018 9:00 am

Tesla’s new Model X is brilliant – and bizarre

Is this the most expensive pee ever?

4 February 2017 9:00 am

As if by magic, a sign that I am doing the right thing by moving out of London arrived in…

When nuclear bombs go wrong

28 January 2017 9:00 am

Nuclear near-misses It was revealed that last June an unarmed Trident missile test-fired off Florida from a British submarine headed…

Let someone else do the polishing

Why I turned down two free cars

14 January 2017 9:00 am

On two occasions, sainted members of my family have offered me a car for nothing. Both times, I turned them…

The joys of driving on a frozen lake

31 December 2016 9:00 am

Three days of ice-driving on a frozen lake is sheer exhilaration, says Conor Flynn

If you want a long and happy life, don’t retire to the country

10 September 2016 9:00 am

There is no cherished assumption that now goes unchallenged. The latest one is that country air is good for you.…

Always obey your satnav? Then you can vote rationally on the EU

26 March 2016 9:00 am

In many ways a satnav is a miraculous device. A network of US military satellites more than 10,000 miles above…

Google's driverless car has finally crashed. Might humans be safer?

12 March 2016 9:00 am

A first last week: a Google driverless car in autonomous mode was partly at fault in a collision, interestingly one…

My speed awareness course might push me over the limit again

6 February 2016 9:00 am

If these speed awareness courses get much more entertaining and informative they might become a dangerous incentive to break the…

Dear Mary: I was at the dinner party when the text came disinviting me

8 August 2015 9:00 am

Q. While renting in Rock last week, I ran into an acquaintance who invited me to join her large house…

Road rage and hot air balloons: Jessie Burton’s diary

1 August 2015 9:00 am

The week starts well. My debut novel, The Miniaturist, is a year old. On the anniversary of its publication, my…

The pointlessness of outlawing hogging the middle lane

27 June 2015 9:00 am

It is nearly two years since the police were granted new powers to fine motorists for ‘hogging’ the middle lane…

I went looking for a used car – and found my inner boy racer

11 April 2015 9:00 am

A bit late, I know, to put in a bid for Jeremy Clarkson’s old job. But I think I might…

Dear Mary: What can I do to make couples split the bill fairly?

21 March 2015 9:00 am

Q. I’m a single bloke now and for various reasons don’t foresee any change to that status. I have moved…

The perils of planespotting

7 March 2015 9:00 am

A dangerous hobby Three men from Greater Manchester were arrested and held in the UAE after being seen writing down…

How the driverless car will liberate us all (except smokers, of course)

14 February 2015 9:00 am

I was listening to the radio the other morning to hear people complaining about the huge cuts in the number…

What do you do about a friend who cannot make a request directly?

14 February 2015 9:00 am

Q. I have a friend with multiple sclerosis. She lives alone in the countryside. There is no bus service and,…

When did we become a nation of police informers?

10 January 2015 9:00 am

There’s a danger that in what follows your columnist may seem to be recommending an attitude. Please don’t think that.…

Will self-driving cars know what to do in the middle lane?

15 February 2014 9:00 am

I am convinced that when I took my driving test in 1983 I was asked by the examiner, ‘What lane…