Friday, 30 September 2016

Edgware driver wins Good Garage Scheme Feedback Prize

Muriel Rapport is presented with £200 at S&B Motors.
Lucky motorist Muriel Rapport has won £200 towards the cost of her recent car service at Good Garage Scheme member, S&B Motors in Edgware in a recent Feedback Prize Draw.

Muriel’s feedback card was picked at random from thousands of customer satisfaction surveys submitted by the public throughout the UK earlier this year.

Good Garage Scheme customers are encouraged to provide feedback to help drivers visiting make an informed choice when selecting a local workshop to service or repair their car.

The Edgware-based driver awarded S&B Motors with a maximum five-star rating for the service and MOT carried out on her car. The garage has been a member since 2008 and enjoys an overall satisfaction rating of five stars from over 98% of customers, with some 99.7% of customers saying they would recommend the garage and visit again.

Muriel Rapport commented: “S&B Motors did an excellent job of servicing and carrying out an MOT on my car, undertaking the work quickly and efficiently. Based on my experience, I would be pleased to recommend S&B Motors to other drivers seeking a trustworthy and reliable workshop to look after their car.”

Sean Regan of S&B Motors, added: “We are delighted that one of our valued customers has won the Good Garage Scheme’s feedback prize, and were just as pleased to have received such a glowing review. This positive feedback shows the importance we place on providing our customers with an excellent service, as well as the hard work and dedication of our team that makes this happen.”

Visit and enter your postcode to find your local Good Garage Scheme member and view customer feedback. The next feedback prize winner will be drawn before Christmas. If you are having your car serviced or repaired, fill in a feedback for your chance to win back the cost of your next one.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Mary Berry is RoadSmart

Sarah Sillars of IAM RoadSmart presents certificate to Mary Berry
Photo courtesy of IAM - by Richard Daniels of Ardquoy
Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry certainly knows her way around the kitchen but also knows a thing or two about safe driving.

Mary recently completed IAM RoadSmart’s Mature Driver Assessment and was presented with a certificate by IAM RoadSmart chief executive officer Sarah Sillars.

Mary has been an IAM RoadSmart member since the 1950’s, when she took an early version of the current Advanced Driver Course.

Sarah said: “Mature drivers are statistically one of the safest age groups, but age-related changes can knock confidence. The assessment aims to give a mature driver the reassurance to continue driving happily into the future, while also ironing out any problem areas the assessor might spot.”

iAM RoadSmart logo blue
For those who remember the nerves of taking the driving test many years ago, there is no need to worry as the assessment is purely advisory and does not delivery a pass or fail at the end.

For more information about IAM RoadSmart’s Mature Driver Assessment, which costs just £49, click here

The Good Garage Scheme would like to thank IAM RoadSmart for supplying this week's blog and encourages all mature drivers to sign up for the assessment.

Friday, 2 September 2016

It's Not Smart to use a Smartphone when Driving

Driving is a highly unpredictable and risky activity requiring our full concentration at all times. Drivers who divide their attention between their phone and the road are significantly increasing their risk of causing a devastating crash.

Reading and writing messages – whether texting, emailing or using apps or social networks – while driving is even more distracting than talking on a phone, as it takes your mind, hands and eyes off the road. Texting drivers’ reaction times are 35% slower and they also have poor lane control. One large-scale study found texting drivers were 23 times more likely to crash than a driver paying full attention.

man on smartphone while drivingA recent survey by Brake, the road safety charity, revealed that  around half of drivers aged between 25 and 34 are taking huge risks by texting, using apps or going online on their mobiles when they are behind the wheel.
  • Almost half of drivers aged 25-34 use apps while driving (49%)
  • More than half of 25-34 year olds read or write text messages while driving (55%)
  • Drivers aged 18-35 are most likely to text or use apps behind the wheel
In addition, one in five young drivers (18-24) confirmed they regularly text and/or instant message when they are behind the wheel.

Reaching for a mobile phone can be an irresistible temptation for some, despite knowledge of the risks. In the UK, experts have warned of increasing levels of smartphone addiction by users who are unable to go without checking their phone for short periods.

Brake advises motorists to put mobile phones on silent and out of reach when driving to avoid any distraction.

The Good Garage Scheme supports the charity Brake and is grateful to share their advice in this week's blog. For more information about Brake, please visit

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For full report from Brake, visit their website.