Maths Story Time (May 28)

Read this week's Maths Story and see if you can solve the problems below. This is not a quick-fire maths activity, so take your time, have a working-out sheet beside you and adopt the RUDES approach: 

1.    READ carefully
2.    UNDERLINE (key words)
3.    DRAW a diagram if you need to. This often helps.
4.    ESTIMATE your answer
5.    SOLVE the problem.

eCall for Irish Vehicles 

Since April 1, 2018, all new cars and vans on Irish roads must be fitted with the eCall safety device. This also happened in all countries across the European Union (EU). 

The eCall device, a small button fitted in the car or van, will contact Ireland’s emergency call answering service (ECAS) the moment the vehicle is involved in a serious crash.

It will send details of the exact place where the accident took place. This should mean that ambulances and police will get to the scene of accidents more quickly and lives could possibly be saved. 

Over 25,000 people lost their lives and 135,000 were seriously injured on EU roads in 2016.

While this was slightly down on the 2015 figure, it is still way too high.

Officials are hoping that eCall will help to greatly reduce the number of roads deaths within the EU in the next few years. 


1.    If April 1 is a Wednesday, what day of the week will April 24 be?

2.    A garage charges €45 an hour for repairing a car. How much change will I have out of €200 if it takes 4 hours to fix my car?

3.    Diesel costs €1.20 a litre. How much will 50 litres of diesel cost?

4.    Jacqui paid €175 road tax and €465 motor insurance last year. How much did she pay in total?

5.    An ambulance crew left a hospital at 2.38 p.m. and arrived at the scene of an accident at exactly 3.00 p.m. How long did their journey take?

6.    Sarah can change a wheel on a car in 7 minutes. How many wheels could she change in one hour?

7.    A car weighs 982kg when empty and 1071kg when the driver is in it. What weight is the driver?

8.    A garage sold 8 Ford cars, 5 Skoda cars, 2 Renault cars, 10Toyota cars, and 3 Mazda cars one month. Show this information on a graph. 

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