Insurance news round-up: a month in the headlines

September 8th, 2017

Pot Holes on the RoadDo 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

Car on Global MapIt’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 »

The real cost of running a car over a lifetime

August 22nd, 2017

Money BankEvery 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 »

Monthly news round-up: insurance stories hitting the headlines

July 6th, 2017

StormtrooperTruly bizarre insurance claims

It’s the start of the silly season when news slows down and journalists have to dig deep to generate newsworthy headlines. A favourite of this time of year is the annual round-up of ‘bizarre insurance claims’ and one leading provider has come up trumps. Among the more peculiar claims include damage caused by a hungry badger who decided to dine out on a swimming pool liner and shot wiring when a scuba diver accidentally fired a harpoon through his bedroom wall. Read the rest of this entry »

News Round-up: 30 Days of Insurance Headlines

June 1st, 2017

Padlock on laptopYounger holidaymakers most likely to travel without insurance

As the holiday season warms up millennials are being urged to take out travel insurance before jetting off. A survey by the Association of British Travel Agents has revealed that 40% of holidaymakers aged 18-24 (and 38% of those aged 25-34) set off overseas without travel insurance mostly because they ‘don’t think they need it’ or are ‘willing to take the risk’. Read the rest of this entry »

15 fascinating facts about cars that you won’t forget 

May 18th, 2017

Toy MiniTaking your driving test can be a daunting experience, and with a pass rate of just 47.2%, novice drivers have got every right to be nervous. Men are more likely to pass than women (50.06% compared with 44.1%) and if at first you don’t succeed; you can always try and try again. Read the rest of this entry »

Insurance News Round-up: A Month in Headlines

May 8th, 2017

DenturesHow selfies are helping life insurance providers

It’s often said that your life story is written across your face and modern technology can now read your narrative. An American company has developed software named Chronos which can study a selfie to unpick your past and predict your future. The software analyses everything from sinking eyelids to crow’s feet to predict life expectancy. It’s already being tested by a number of life insurance companies as a way to help arrange cover without having a medical examination. Love the idea or hate it; the future’s just around the corner.
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Are you sure your shed is insured?

April 26th, 2017

Flower potsOnce upon a time the humble shed was a neglected garden outpost, rarely visited and home to a handful of rusting tools. Today’s sheds are a completely different story, they can be things of splendour and they’re often packed with hundreds of pounds’ worth of gardening gizmos. Read the rest of this entry »

Insurance News Round-up: 30 days in the headlines

April 7th, 2017

Traffic warning signTime wasted in traffic

As a small island with a growing population of motorists; it’s hardly surprising that our roads are getting clogged-up. Set out on a journey and you can expect to spend some time idle behind the wheel, but just how much time you spend stuck in traffic may be surprising. A recent report has revealed that we’ve got the third most congested road network in Europe (after Turkey and Russia) and the average motorist wasted 32 hours every year twiddling their thumbs in traffic. The fuel and time wasted is estimated to cost the economy £30billion a year, not to mention the toll traffic takes on your nerves. Read the rest of this entry »

Interesting Insurance Headlines from the past 30 days

March 10th, 2017

CommuterWhat’s the real cost of being a commuter?

In the not too distant past the average commuter just carried a briefcase full of papers and perhaps an umbrella to work. However, today’s commuters are weighed down with tech and personal possessions that add-up to a staggering £1,815. Eight out of ten commuters carry a smartphone and four out of ten carry a laptop with a combined total of £632. Read the rest of this entry »