Speed cameras: separating fact from fiction

September 14th, 2017

There are few subjects that divide the motoring public more sharply than speed cameras. For most they are a necessary evil designed to make sure motorists obey the rules of the road, but for some they are simply piggy banks designed to fill-up council coffers. For such a contentious subject, speed cameras are shrouded in mystery, so we decided to lift the lid and separate fact from fiction. Read the rest of this entry »

Why are home insurance costs rising?

September 12th, 2017

Recent figures from Britain’s biggest mortgage lender suggest that the housing market has stagnated and property prices are cooling across the country and falling in the capital. To make matters worse homeowners are being hit by higher insurance costs as premiums rise by the fastest rate in three years. Read the rest of this entry »

Insurance news round-up: a month in the headlines

September 8th, 2017

Do you think you could pass a driving test today?

It’s that month of the year when children up and down the country anxiously open their exam results and the media asks whether standards are being dumbed down. Leaving controversy aside there’s one test which isn’t getting any easier and that’s the driving test. More traffic makes driving more difficult and both parents and children agree the test has become tougher. In a recent survey by a leading motoring organisation just one in ten parents thought they could pass today’s test pointing the finger of blame at increased congestion and a lifetime spent picking-up bad driving habits. Read the rest of this entry »

The ten strangest driving laws from around the world

September 6th, 2017

It’s a funny old world and we’ve rounded-up ten of the most peculiar motoring laws from across the planet. Admittedly we have some seemingly strange laws over here (technically you can be fined £5,000 and receive nine penalty points for driving through puddles and soaking pedestrians), but overseas they take things to the next level: Read the rest of this entry »

Identity theft hits a record high and insurers are being targeted

August 31st, 2017

Identity theft is never far from the headlines and now the fraudsters are using stolen identities to take out insurance policies. A recent report by the leading fraud prevention service Cifas has revealed that identity fraud is at an all-time high with nearly 500 identities being stolen every day. They also recorded a staggering jump of 10,000% in the use of stolen personal details to purchase insurance products. Read the rest of this entry »

The nation’s most annoying parking habits

August 25th, 2017

According to government figures there are 30.5million cars on the country’s roads, and given that they are stationary most of the time, it’s hardly surprising that we’ve got problems with parking. We decided to take a closer look at which parking manoeuvres drive the nation crazy: Read the rest of this entry »

The real cost of running a car over a lifetime

August 22nd, 2017

Every motorist knows that running a car isn’t cheap, but have you ever thought of what it costs over a lifetime? We’ve decided to crunch the numbers and the total is jaw-dropping, prompting the question: what’s more expensive a lifetime behind the wheel or your house?  Read the rest of this entry »

Six figure medical bills for overseas treatment: adding financial insult to injury

August 18th, 2017

Everybody knows that medical treatment abroad can cost an arm and a leg, but you might be surprised at just how quickly the bills add-up. The Association of British Insurers have been busy crunching industry claims data and their findings make for essential holiday reading. Read the rest of this entry »

10 motoring misdemeanours that could invalidate your car insurance

August 16th, 2017

Research has revealed that millions of motorists are making daily driving decisions that could unwittingly invalidate their car insurance. Figures from the Association of British Insurers show that 99% of car claims are paid-out and just 1% rejected. However, that means 43,000 motorists are left out-of-pocket and we want to make sure that you aren’t one of them. Read the rest of this entry »

Ten ways to build trust as a tradesman

August 10th, 2017

With cowboy builders and rogue tradesman dominating daytime TV; it’s hardly surprising that homeowners are wary of getting work done. A recent survey has revealed that nine out of ten households are apprehensive about employing a tradesman, so we decided to look at the best ways of building trust. Read the rest of this entry »