News A Landrover makes it's way along a flooded road near Lingfield

The Environment Agency has issued a set of severe flood warnings, the highest category

Katy Guest: The markings on a taxi don't mean a thing

Women in cabs need to trust the driver, not the livery

Before driving off, give the hire contract due care and consideration

Rental companies can pepper their agreements with many hidden charges which could cost the incautious driver dear.

Car Choice: A Yeti, with rear wash-wipe, will be a friend in the snow

Sharon Griffiths is 62 and has already downsized from a Toyota Avensis estate to a Honda Civic. However, the lack of a rear wash-wipe on the Civic has annoyed her hugely. Despite that, the car has been excellent in bad weather, and dealt well with ungritted inclines in the Yorkshire Dales. Sharon has a budget of up to £20,000, expects to cover 25,000 miles a year, her tall, non-driving husband needs to be comfortable – and she really needs that rear-windscreen wash-wipe!

Kate Simon: Sat-navs are the route to holiday happiness

We've become "dangerously dependent" on GPS sat-nav systems, the Royal Academy of Engineering warned in a report last week. And, it added, if the problem isn't tackled it could result in "loss of life".

Frank Rinderknecht: The motor trade's nutty professor

With sensors that detect sleepy drivers and roofs that become blankets, Rinderknecht's cars could be from a Bond movie. He tells Josh Sims why big auto firms ought to follow his lead

Cooper Brown: Lesbian sticker lady

Had a big run-in with Lesbian sticker lady this morning. I’d just got up and the new Nespresso machine had broken because I’d made about a hundred coffees last night and was more wired than Charlie Sheen on prime time. I slipped out of the flat in my housecoat to go to Starbucks.

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A brief history of a little marvel

Zephyr: The last of the big British Fords

Sixty years ago, everyone wanted a Zephyr Six, writes Andrew Roberts

Parking costs are postcode lottery claims watchdog

The cost of parking in the UK is a postcode lottery - as is the chance of getting a ticket, according to a consumer watchdog.

Wrong turn leads to five days in desert

A motorist aged 84 spent five days stranded in the Arizona desert after getting lost while driving home.

US official accused of murder is barred from leaving Pakistan

A court in Lahore has ordered the Pakistani government not to release an American official arrested over a double shooting in the city and said that his name should be added to the "exit control list" so that he cannot leave the country.

US consulate man held after two Pakistanis are shot dead

Police in Lahore were last night investigating an incident in which a US consulate employee apparently shot dead two armed men who approached his car while he parked at a busy junction.

Suspended sentence for fireman over deadly stampede

A fireman who provoked a herd of cows to stampede and crush a farmer, by driving towards them with his engine's lights flashing and its siren blaring, has been given a four-month suspended prison sentence and banned from driving for 12 months.

Drivers, don't let the ice leave you on the financial skids

Breaking down can be costly. Chiara Cavaglieri finds cover can be cheaper than you think
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That's a bit rich

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Wales last qualified for major tournament in 1958 but after several near misses the current crop can book place at Euro 2016 and end all the indifference
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Now the squads are out, Chris Hewett picks a side of stars who missed the cut
A groundbreaking study of 'Britain's Atlantis' long buried at the bottom of the North Sea could revolutionise how we see our prehistoric past

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Scientific study beneath North Sea could revolutionise how we see the past
The Queen has 'done and said nothing that anybody will remember,' says Starkey

The Queen has 'done and said nothing that anybody will remember'

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'Gibraltar is British, and it is going to stay British forever'

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The Rock's Chief Minister hits back at Spanish government's 'lies'
Britain is still addicted to 'dirty coal'

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Biggest energy suppliers are more dependent on fossil fuel than a decade ago
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