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 »

Identity theft hits a record high and insurers are being targeted

August 31st, 2017

Padlock & CodingIdentity 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

Yellow car parkedAccording 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

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 »

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

August 18th, 2017

Slip accidentEverybody 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

Toy figure singingResearch 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

Hammer & ScrewsWith 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 »

Interesting insurance stories hitting the headlines

August 4th, 2017

Beach chairsVan drivers are feeling the financial pinch

Van drivers are having a bumpy ride at the moment with councils moving to curb diesel emissions and insurance costs going through the roof. A report by Consumer Intelligence has revealed that van insurance is at a record high and now costs two and a half times as much as car insurance. Premiums have shot up by 29.5% in just 12 months and now average policies cost an eye-watering £1636. Read the rest of this entry »

What are the country’s most annoying driving habits?

August 1st, 2017

Angry lego headA leading motoring organisation recently polled their members and found that over a third were unaware that the crime of ‘careless driving’ included: tailgating, lane hogging and driving too slowly. The fact that just 8,000 motorists have been issued fixed penalty notices since the legislation was introduced in 2013 suggests that either we are a nation of very well-behaved drivers or the laws aren’t being strictly enforced. Quoteline Direct decided to take the motoring public’s temperature and see what dodgy driving habits make our blood boil. Read the rest of this entry »