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Drivers could soon benefit from new technology that will enable them to more easily negotiate winding country roads.

Motorists tend to concentrate their attention on the tangent point in a road curve more often when they cannot see the exit, researchers from the Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology indicate.

This behaviour on closed bends is relied on by many motorists driving new and used cars as a means of determining when to turn the steering wheel, according to a study.

Behaviour was found to differ on right and left hand bends, with researchers confident that new technology can be developed on the basis of this evidence that will help warn drivers if they have not reacted to an emerging bend in a road.

Commenting on the findings, lead researcher Farid Kandil of the University of Munster in Germany explained: "If the driver does not show his typical pattern of eye movements upon approaching a bend, then the system will assume that he has not seen it and will warn him in time."

Drivers concerned about their grip around corners may be interested to hear the results of a recent European tyre test.

The DEKRA and TUV SUD tests indicated that Michelin tyres performed better in rolling resistance and wet braking tests when compared against competitors such as Continental and Dunlop.ADNFCR-2576-ID-19880597-ADNFCR

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