Driving Safely with Sat Navs

July 3rd, 2017

Satellite navigation has changed the way we drive, and mostly for the better, but sat navs do come with a word of warning. On the upside: you’re much less likely to get lost on a backroad or stuck in a traffic jam. On the downside: they can be a dangerous distraction, and when things go wrong; they can go spectacularly wrong. Read the rest of this entry »

Summer Car Maintenance Checklist

June 16th, 2017

Summer is one of the busiest times of the year for motorists and it’s difficult to think of a worse way to end a holiday than broken-down on the hard shoulder. Take our practical tips to make sure that your car is ready for the summer slog: Read the rest of this entry »

Potholes continue to plague the country’s roads

April 6th, 2017

Set out in your car and it’s only a matter of time until you hit a stretch of road that’s pockmarked with potholes. Every motorist knows that the country’s roads are in a mess and a recent report has put a price on the overall repair bill. The Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) has calculated that the local road network needs £12billion worth of investment just to keep it in a serviceable state. Without additional funds, they predict that one in six local roads will need to be resurfaced or closed in the next five years.
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Smooth Operators: Saving fuel and saving the planet

January 25th, 2017

Research by a leading insurer has found that ‘driving aggressively’ could add as much as £560 on to your annual fuel bill. Crunching the data collected from 2,000 telematics boxes revealed that the worst drivers used over 60% more fuel costing an extra £50 a month. Over the course of a year dodgy drivers spent an average of £1,398 on fuel compared with just £836 for the most competent drivers. Read the rest of this entry »

Government clampdown on drivers using mobile phones

October 4th, 2016

driver-distractionThese days it seems that tragic stories of accidents caused by motorists using their mobiles are never far from the headlines. If you go for a drive there’s a good chance that you’ll see someone using their mobile behind the wheel: it might make your blood boil, but it probably won’t be a surprise. Something is going badly wrong and a hard-hitting report by the RAC has cast light on the scope of the problem. Faced with the cold facts (and a national newspaper campaign) the government have been quick to change gear and introduce much tougher penalties. Read the rest of this entry »

Parking Rage: Coming to a car park or driveway near you

July 29th, 2016

parkingEveryone has heard of road rage, the inability of some short tempered motorists to keep control of their emotions on the country’s highways and byways, but have you heard of parking rage? A leading insurer has carried out research into the parking habits of the nation and the findings will make the most mild-mannered motorists’ blood boil. Read the rest of this entry »

Everything you need to know about speed awareness courses

July 27th, 2016

speedOver the past five years the uptake of speed awareness courses has nearly doubled and last year 1.2 million drivers attended a course. Given the choice of penalty points and higher car insurance premiums; enrolling on a course is a ‘no brainer’ for many motorists, but it is important to know exactly what you’re signing-up for: Read the rest of this entry »

Ten ways to make your fuel go further

July 8th, 2016

more mpgThe cost of fuel is up for the third month in a row, and with the recent slump in the value of sterling; the price at the pumps looks set to soar. The following steps are designed to help motorists save money on fuel and help to save the planet: Read the rest of this entry »

Tips for driving safely in high winds

December 27th, 2015

driving in high windAs the country is hit by a succession of storms, and buffeted by gale force winds, motorists need to take additional care on the roads. Sudden gusts of wind can push vehicles off course and flying debris can be hazardous. If you must drive in strong winds; take the following steps to make sure that you arrive safely: Read the rest of this entry »

The Real Cost of Penalty Points

December 4th, 2015

penalty pointsMost motorists aren’t surprised to hear that penalty points push-up insurance premiums, but you might be surprised to hear how hard they hit your pocket. Research carried out by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and a leading insurer has revealed that ‘endorsements’ add over £130million to car insurance policies every year. Read the rest of this entry »