Insurance Stories Hitting the Headlines

November 21st, 2014

news roundupIt’s been another busy month in the insurance world with ‘good news’ for homeowners and ‘bad news’ for car drivers. Pet owners will soon be able to track their four-legged friends (and cut insurance premiums) with a GPS collar and we report on an incredibly short-sighted failed attempt at fraud. Read the rest of this entry »

Top Five Short Haul Winter Sun Destinations

November 19th, 2014

turkey travelAs the nights draw in and the temperature drops it’s easy to forget that the sun in still shining over the Mediterranean. If you are thinking of escaping the cold British winter and working on your tan we have hand-picked five of the best short haul breaks. Read the rest of this entry »

Why it makes sense to renew your car insurance early

November 13th, 2014

Insurance Calculator Shows Protection Of Home InvestmentIt’s one of the insurance industry’s best kept secrets, but you can seriously cut the cost of your car insurance by arranging cover before your renewal date is due. Leave everything to the last minute and you’ll pay a premium, but spend a little time planning ahead and you could make big savings; it’s really that simple. Read the rest of this entry »

Antisocial drivers ignore new rules of the road

November 7th, 2014

textingA report by the RAC has found the majority of motorists believe they can get away with careless and antisocial driving offences because they won’t get caught. At the same time law abiding motorists are getting fed-up with dodgy drivers and would like to see more police on the country’s roads.

In recent years we have seen a big decline in the number of traffic police as much of their workload is now being undertaken electronically. Speed cameras keep an ever watchful eye for speeding motorists and Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras can quickly check whether a vehicle is taxed and insured. Read the rest of this entry »

Top Van Security Tips

November 5th, 2014

van-securityFrom a criminal’s perspective it’s easy to see why vans make such tempting targets.  Firstly there’s the value of the vehicle and then there’s the potential for expensive cargo, tools and equipment. The following tips will make your van more secure, reduce your insurance premiums, and keep your business on the road:

Choose Carefully If you are thinking about buying a new van you can get an independent security rating from the experts at Thatcham. They rigorously test how easy it is to break into (and drive off) all new vehicles and give them a star rating. Read the rest of this entry »

Making a claim if you are hit by an uninsured driver

October 27th, 2014

Claims File Contains Insurance Applications Or PaperworkIf you are involved in an accident with an uninsured driver things can quickly get complicated. As there is no third party to claim against you can be left seriously out of pocket, but there are steps you can take to help recoup your costs. Read the rest of this entry »

How much does it really cost to learn to drive?

October 23rd, 2014

learning to driveLearning to drive is an invaluable lifelong skill, but passing your test doesn’t come cheap. Parents may want to look away as we add-up the real cost of learning to drive. Read the rest of this entry »

Safety on Bonfire Night

October 20th, 2014

bonfire nightBonfire Night has been celebrated across the country ever since Guy Fawkes’ botched attempt to blow up the House of Lords way back in 1605. In fact, it was illegal not to celebrate November the 5th until as recently as 1959! Read the rest of this entry »

After 93 Years it’s Bye-Bye to the Paper Tax Disc

October 17th, 2014

taxOn 1st October the country finally waved goodbye to the paper tax disc which first appeared on windscreens way back in 1921. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) decided it was the end of the road for the paper disc and estimates that the new ‘digital tax disc’ could save the taxpayer £10 million a year in administration costs. Read the rest of this entry »

How to keep your child safe around dogs

October 15th, 2014

dog bit twoDog attacks on children are never far from the headlines and sadly the number of hospital admissions keeps on rising. Every year more than 200,000 people are bitten in the UK costing the NHS an estimated £3 million in treatment. We look at what steps can be taken to make sure children are safe around dogs, and hopefully prevent every parent’s worst nightmare. Read the rest of this entry »