■ THREE-quarters of drivers have forgotten the meaning of all the road signs in the Highway Code, research has found.
A study of 2,000 motorists by personal injury claims firm Accident Advice Helpline also discovered only 27 per cent are confident they remember all the information they learned before passing their test.
Men felt more confident than women, with 31 per cent claiming they still remembered everything compared with 21 per cent of women.
As for young drivers, 86 per cent of motorists aged 17 to 24 said they were not fully confident they knew the meaning of road signs — despite having recently taken their tests. In comparison, three out of five drivers aged 55 and over felt they still knew the meaning behind each sign.
Some 25 per cent of drivers said they would ignore road signs if they did not know them.
David Carter, a spokesman for Accident Advice Helpline, said: ‘Road signs are segregated into three shapes: Circles to give orders, triangles to warn and rectangles to inform people. It was surprising to see how many drivers were unaware of the significance of the shape of a sign, let alone its meaning.
‘It’s worrying how many people don’t know basic road signs when driving their vehicle. Understanding road signs are vital to road safety and not knowing their meaning can result in accidents due to ignorance.’
Mercedes gives boost to its iconic four-wheel drive
■ Mercedes-AMG has revealed a new, high-end specification for its G63 and G65 models.
The Exclusive Edition adds AMG racing stripes, a spare wheel cover painted in the vehicle’s colour and large 21-inch alloy wheels to the iconic four-wheel-drive.
The grey magno matte paint is also exclusively available on the Exclusive Edition.
Inside, both cars have a two-tone leather-trimmed instrument panel and AMG sports seats. The seat and door centre panels feature a diamond stitch pattern, while drivers have the choice of carbon-fibre or black ‘piano’ trims.
Other options include red seat belts, leather grab handles and a two-tone AMG Performance steering wheel.
A seat comfort package includes multi-contour and climate-controlled seats for the driver and passenger.
The G63 is powered by a twin-turbocharged 5.5-litre V8 producing 563bhp, while the G65 utilises a twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre V12 with 621bhp.
Both cars retain the standard vehicle’s four-wheel-drive system, which incorporates an intelligent traction control system that can brake a wheel independently should it lose grip. This enables the car to tackle more difficult conditions and slippery road surfaces.
Mercedes-AMG has yet to release UK prices for the new G63 and G65 Exclusive Editions, though German prices are €163,125 and €287,658 respectively.
Jumping to it with the new Kangoo
■ The Renault Kangoo Z.E. 33 becomes the longest-range electric van on sale in the UK.
It features a 33kWh battery that can deliver a claimed real-world range of 124 miles, with a six-hour recharge time when using the Renault-provided fast charger.
Four variants of the Kangoo Z.E. 33 are on offer, starting with the Kangoo Van, available with two seats and a load capacity of 3.6m3.
Next is the Kangoo Maxi, which also has two seats but a larger load capacity of 4.6m3.
Following that is the Maxi Crew, which is designed to carry groups of people. Load capacity is down to 1.3m3, but it features five seats.
Topping the range is the Maxi Crew Van Cab. It comes with five seats, giving it the same capacity as the Maxi Crew, but features a multi-positional bulkhead that allows a load capacity of 3.6m3 when the extra seats aren’t needed.
As for performance, the smallest of the Kangoo range can do 0-60mph in 20.4 seconds with the battery and up to a top speed of 81mph. The larger Maxi versions take 22.1 seconds to hit 60mph, but have an equal maximum speed.
Standard equipment on all vans includes digital audio broadcasting (DAB) radio, electrically operated door mirrors, electric front windows, cloth upholstery and load-area lighting.
Options include rear parking sensors, a body-coloured front bumper and Renault’s R-Link infotainment system.
Deliveries of the new Kangoo Z.E. 33 begin in November. Prices start at £14,194.