Ten ways to beat car thieves at their own game

December 6th, 2017

stop car thieves Cars have never been more secure so it’s surprising that figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that vehicle thefts have risen by 30% over the past three years. Last year 85,688 cars were stolen so we decided to look at what’s driving the increase and how motorists can avoid becoming a statistic.  Read the rest of this entry »

Can the nation’s driving habits help cut harmful emissions?

November 2nd, 2017

diesel pumpThe effects of pollution caused by cars is never far from the headlines and motor manufacturers are being forced to clean up their act. Recent media pressure started with the emissions scandal dubbed ‘dieselgate’ which exposed the industry-wide practice of fudging exhaust emissions results to paint new vehicles in a greener light. Read the rest of this entry »

Getting your car ready for Autumn

September 25th, 2017

Autumn RoadAs the nights draw-in and the mercury falls; it’s time to wrap-up warm and get ready for winter. Autumn driving can take a toll on your vehicle and it’s a good idea to give it a little TLC before the hard months ahead.

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Speed cameras: separating fact from fiction

September 14th, 2017

Speed CameraThere 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 »

Driving Safely with Sat Navs

July 3rd, 2017

Mobile navigationSatellite 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 back road 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

Air-conditioningSummer 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

Potholes on the roadSet 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

Fuel pumpResearch 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

parking rage : angry emotionEveryone 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 »