As many as 22 per cent of motorists said they didn't know how to check the depth of their car tyres and a quarter couldn't top up the antifreeze. But these and other tasks are now included in a question and answer section in the driving test. Take a look at the other examples and tell see if you can do them.
It's IMPOSSIBLE for any diesel car to avoid the Budget's new tax hike - and these are ten that will be hit hardest
Philip Hammond announced any new diesel car not meeting new emissions standards will go up one tax band for the first- year. But there is one big problem that will mean no car is exempt and some will cost ￡500 extra to tax - the test to pass isn't in yet. We've identified 10 models that will see the biggest hike including the cars pictured. From top left clockwise: Ssangyong Rexton, Toyota Land Cruiser, Merecedes-Benz GLS and Audi SQ7.
Firing on all cylinders: This is Bentley's hunting-ready Bentayga SUV (but the shotguns aren't included and cost more than the ￡170,000 car)
This special edition Bentayga 4x4 is designed to packs a pair of shotguns in the boot along with rounds of ammunition, a hunting knife, binoculars and a set of champagne flutes. There's even a lockable humidor to keep expensive Cuban cigars for those early evening returns from trapsing the field with your hunting dog.
Speeding offences in England and Wales at a record high: Nearly 6,000 drivers a day were handed fines for exceeding the limit in 2016
Almost 3.06million offences were recorded during 2016, which is the highest number since 2007 when 3.33million were issued. Some 2.15million of these were for speeding, which is the highest they've been according the the DfT's records and means 5,899 drivers are caught exceeding the limit every day in England and Wales.
If you have a dash cam fitted you will have solid evidence of what actually happened in an accident, it won’t simply be your word against theirs. This evidence can be used by the insurance companies or the courts to ascertain the truth and apportion blame, something which could be very beneficial to you. Here are 7 of the best devices for capturing footage for under ￡150.
Diesel drivers coshed again! Hundreds of thousands will pay up to ￡500 extra after Chancellor announces tax rise on new vehicles
Hundreds of thousands of diesel drivers are to be hit by a ￡550million tax grab. Philip Hammond announced higher Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) on new diesel cars yesterday – and a tax rise for owners of diesel company cars. The VED increase, which will apply to new diesel cars registered from April 1 next year, will force buyers to pay up to ￡500 extra in the first year of ownership and raise more than ￡250million in total. All new diesels will be hit unless they meet EU ‘real-driving’ emissions standards, which will reflect more accurately a vehicle’s emissions in real driving conditions rather than in the lab – even though the tests are not due for two years.
Threat of more taxes on diesel ?vehicles means buyers can negotiate a 25% greater discount on new cars than on petrol
What Car?'s Target Price index, which calculates the most you should pay for a new car, shows that the average saving being offered on diesel cars is ￡2,716 - compared to ￡2,162 for petrol models. That's because diesel cars are already becoming more expensive to own due to new toxicity taxes, like the London T-Charge, and motorists are worried that the Chancellor is primed to ramp-up taxes in the Budget this week.
Say hello to the new Aston Martin Vantage - the car that the James Bond movie bosses wanted 007's most recent ride to look like
Even before it was off the design board, the dramatic face of the new Vantage became the inspiration for the DB10 – of which only ten were made for use in the Bond movie Spectre and driven by Daniel Craig. That's because Bond movie bosses preferred it to the looks of Aston's DB11. Now the real-life Vantage has been revealed and here are the first images of the 195mph 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 sports car.
Campaign calls for speed limit signs to feature 'fag-packet style' gory car crash images to deter drivers from exceeding limits
Since 2008, cigarette packets have featured gory scenes depicting the damage caused by tobacco inhalation in a bid by EU lawmakers to cut smoking. And now road safety campaigners have called for the same tactics to be introduced to UK speed limit signs to prevent drivers from exceeding limits. A new study has found that 58% of motorists would back the gruesome signs, saying a crash scene image would make them reduce their speed.
Jaguar's E-Pace is the small cat that's expected to sell big - we're one of the first to put it to the test
The E-Pace is expected to build on the success of Jaguar’s first ever SUV, the bigger F-Pace, and win over a new breed of family buyers to the firm. I was one of the first to get behind the wheel - both on and off the road – as Jaguar held its international launch around the highways and byways of leafy Surrey and Sussex this week.
Private car park operators gear up for 'Christmas bonanza' as it's revealed DVLA could earn ￡15m in a year selling on driver details
Christmas shoppers who use the car have been warned to be 'very wary' about using private car parks during the festive period thanks to the snowballing number of fines in recent years. Firms that operate the sites are gearing up for a 'Christmas bonanza' as they are handing out almost 13 times more tickets than a decade ago, according to the RAC Foundation.
Demand for second-hand diesel cars has INCREASED as drivers look to pick up bargains and avoid tax on new cars
The SMMT said that used car sales in general - including petrol, hybrid and electric - were down 2.1 per cent between July and September, but used diesel demand was up 4.2 per cent in the same period. At a time when new diesel registrations are down by almost a third, why are second-hand sales on the increase?
The fastest production car ever: Elon Musk reveals $200,000 Tesla roadster that does 0-60 in 1.9 seconds 'and can hit 250mph'
A brand new Roadster emerged from the trailer of the company's other big reveal - an electric truck named the Tesla Semi - during a presentation at an airport in Los Angeles last night. The $200,000?sports car -?an updated version of Tesla's first production vehicle - can seat four and travel 620 miles on a single charge, a new record for an electric vehicle. The car - which also features a removable glass roof - can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 1.9 seconds. 'You′ll be able to travel from LA to San Francisco, and back, at highway speed without recharging,' Musk said. 'The point of doing this is to just give a hardcore smackdown to gasoline cars.'
Drivers evading car tax soar threefold since the paper disc was abolished in 2014 - and it costs ￡107m a year, new figures show
The Department for Transport confirmed that 1.8 per cent of vehicles, the equivalent of 755,000 cars, motorcycles and vans, were untaxed in 2017 - that's compared to just 0.6 per cent in 2013, before the paper tax disc was abolished. In fact, more motorists are evading today then they have done in any other year for a decade.
December driving tests set for cancellation as examiners stage 48-hour strike over controversial changes
Some 2,000 examiners will strike from December 4 in protest of changes to the driving test that are being introduced that day. It is estimated that it will lead to 10,000 test cancellations. Instructors have already raised concerns about the safety of one of the new additions, which they say is in breach of the Highway Code.
Can't Buy Me Love...but you can buy our cars: Aston Martin DB5 and Mini Cooper owned by Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr to be sold at auction
Come together, right now, for the ultimate car auction for Beatles fans. Next month's Bonhams Bond Street Sale in London offers the unique opportunity to buy not one but two highly-collectible classic vehicles that were owned by members of arguably the biggest band of all time. he first, an Aston Martin DB4 worth an estimated ￡1.5 million was originally bought by Sir Paul McCartney while the the second, a characterful 1966 Mini Cooper S Radford conversion, was owned by drummer Ringo Starr and could sell for a ￡120,000.
Time capsule Ford Escort RS Cosworth sells for ￡91,000: The 21-year-old boy racer with just 837 miles on the clock
A Ford Escort RS Cosworth dubbed a 'time capsule' car after covering just 837 miles since 1996 has sold for ￡91,125 at auction. Today, the Escort Cosworth is considered a fully-fledged modern classic car and the two previous owners' decision to forgo driving this one and wrap it in cotton wool instead has been celebrated with the astonishing price fetched at Silverstone Auctions NEC Classic Motor Show sale.
More punishment for diesel drivers? Now new cars could be hit with higher taxes, Chancellor expected to announce in Budget
Reports have suggested that the Chancellor has decided that tax increases on diesel is the best way to encourage motorists to buy hybrid and electric cars - be it an increase in VAT or a new levy - and will confirm the news on November 22. New diesel sales fell by almost a third in October and owners are already concerned that their cars will plummet in value.
Meet the supercar SUV: Lamborghini teases its new Urus 4x4... the ultimate Top Trumps school run car
If you fancy winning a game of school run Top Trumps, Lamborghini has the perfect car. Called the Urus, the new four-seat sports utility vehicle is expected to cost around ￡180,000 and become one of the fastest family cars on the planet. Lamborghini won't take the wraps off the eagerly-anticipated new supercar 4x4 for another month, but it has given us a glimpse of what to expect with a quick clip of a disguised Urus tearing through the desert.
Lamborghini dreams up the hypercar of the future: The electric Terzo Millennio that's cloaked in self-healing bodywork
Lamborghini already builds some of the most extreme cars you can drive on the road today, but its vision for the hypercar of tomorrow is on a whole new level. The Terzo Millennio's body panels are made of a carbon fibre composite that can detect and repair cracks or dents and power comes from electric supercapacitors instead of traditional batteries. But there's still one EV issue Lamborghini hasn't overcome...
The biggest car makers have unveiled scrappage schemes - but how do they work and which are most generous?
Should bicycles have number plates and MOT tests? Poll reveals 60% want tougher rules for cyclists, but drivers who behave badly should also be hit
Law-breaking cyclists should face tougher penalties but should also get better protection from aggressive drivers, a recent poll suggests. The survey found that 86 per cent backed the introduction of greater punishment for cyclists who jump red lights and fail to obey?other rules set out in the Highway Code.
Drivers are shunning diesel cars in a move which has helped sink the previously buoyant new car market, SMMT data showed. New cars registered in October were down 12.2 per cent compared to the same month last year - and diesel sales are down a huge 29.9 per cent over the same period, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders
The fastest car ever made: Koenigsegg reaches 284.5MPH in record-breaking run on dead straight Nevada road
The Koenigsegg Agera RS has smashed the world record for the fastest production car after clocking an average speed of 277.9mph over two runs down a highway in the Nevada desert. It takes the title off French powerhouse Bugatti which set a record of 267.8mph in 2010 with a Veyron Super Sport. On the second run, with a favourable tailwind and going slightly downhill, the Koenigsegg clocked a top speed of 284.5mph, which is the fastest a production car has ever gone. That record was held by a Hennessey Venom GT which hit 270.5mph in 2014, though never took the speed record because it only completed one run.
The boxfresh 90s boy racer: This Ford Escort RS Cosworth has covered just 837 MILES in two decades - now it could sell at auction for ￡100,000
This is one of the 7,145 Escort Cosworths built for the road and is likely to be the least used. In two decades it's quadrupled in value and is the latest example of rapidly appreciating Fast Fords to become collectible on the classic car market. Can you believe an Escort is almost worth six-figures today?
An Aston Martin for the price of a family hatchback - the only catch is that you have to pedal! British marque unveils new ￡16,000 BICYCLE
The car manufacturer famed for making James Bond's favourite sexy sports cars, grand tourers and supercars reckons its new Aston Martin bicycle will prove a big hit - though the saddle does not incorporate an ejector seat. And though it won't match the 200mph top speed of some of Aston Martin's supercars, if you peddle hard enough you should manage 30mph.
A house that's miles ahead of its competitors! Former London home of racing driver James Hunt is for sale for ￡2.7m
Famous British racing driver James Hunt, inset, lived at the mews property in Fulham between 1980 and 1982 - it's now for sale for ￡2.7m. Today, the glamorous house has been completely refurbished to include an Italian designer glass kitchen, a Jacuzzi bath and a hidden wine cellar accessed by an electronic hatch.
Only 175 of the Vanquish S Ultimate Edition will be sold globally - of which around a quarter will be in the UK - ahead of the new third generation Vanquish being launched in the second half of next year. Order books are open now for the range-topping cars priced at ￡211,995 for the Vanquish S Ultimate Edition Coupe and ￡223,995 for the open-topped Volante, with first deliveries in Spring next year.
The car that could become the most expensive EVER: Last 'works Ferrari' to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans tipped to sell for more than $38million
The 1964 Ferrari 275 P took the chequered flag at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in the same year - a feat that hasn't been repeated by an official car in the 53 years since, making it arguably the most collectible of all time. If it sells for more than $38.115million (￡29million), it will become the most expensive car ever to change hands.
Ferrari's new ￡3MILLION FXX-K Evo hypercar is like a fighter jet on wheels - and you need a very special invite to buy one
This is what the most powerful Ferrari you can buy looks like - and it has more wings than an RAF station. It's called the FXX-K Evo, costs in the region of ￡3million and is more potent than Ferrari's current Formula One car. It features a 6.3-litre V12 engine using the same petrol-electric Kinetic Energy Recovery System - also known as KERS - that F1 machines have been boosted with in recent years. Here's what you need to know about the new invite-only hypercar.
UK car sales might be slumping... but there are 40% more supercars on our roads than there were five years ago
Car-buying comparison site Motorway.co.uk found that there are 40 per cent more Lamborghinis, Ferraris, McLarens and other supercars on UK roads than there were five years ago. To date, there are over 36,000 supercars registered in the UK, showing that flash motors are very much on the agenda for the nation's biggest earners.
The most and least reliable cars revealed: Half of the top ten are Japanese, reveals What Car?, but it's bad news for Britain
Half of the top ten most reliable cars in their category sold in the UK are from Japanese brands, according to a new report by What Car?. But it was not such good news for UK car making. While the Honda Jazz and Audi A3 (pictured top left and bottom left) scored enviable 100% reliability, the diesel versions of the Range Rover Sport and Jaguar XE (pictured top right and bottom right) came bottom of their categories.
What's it like to drive a Rolls-Royce Phantom? We take the ￡350k 'most silent and luxurious car in the world' for a spin
Silence is golden, so whisper it softly, Ray Massey (pictured) has been driving what Rolls-Royce claims is the quietest car on the planet – the new ￡350,0000 Rolls-Royce Phantom. Super-rich owners who can stretch to one are not just choosing a mode of luxurious transport, but a lifestyle. The Phantom is the most technologically advanced car Rolls-Royce has ever built and about as luxurious as you can get. This is what it is like to ride in.
The ultimate 80s throwback! The Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth that's done just 6,000 miles in three decades and is tipped to sell for ￡115,000
This Ford Sierra RS Cosworth was sold for ￡28,000 in 2007 - fast forward a decade and it's now tipped to fetch a record ￡115,000 at a Birmingham classic car auction next month. We reveal why it is expected to sell for such a staggering sum and feature four more Fast Fords also expected to go for big money at the same sale.
A price tag from another galaxy! Lamborghini Diablo from Jamiroquai's Cosmic Girl video for sale for a staggering ￡550,000
It's just a cosmic car, with a price tag from another galaxy. This is the Lamborghini driven by Jay Kay in the iconic music video for 1996 hit single Cosmic Girl, pictured inset, and it's for sale in the UK. Its being advertised by Preston-based supercar seller Amari, which originally sold the car to the singer after his first one was written off, and is being listed for a monumental ￡549,995 - double the going rate of standard Diablos today.