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23rd September 2021
Damage to cars overlooked by owners

Over 14m UK cars affected by damage ignored by owner

You shouldn’t have to look too closely to spot scuffs, dents and scratches on the UK’s vehicles it seems – as more than two in five […]
21st September 2021
Close up of a UK driving licence

Driving licences to go digital by 2024

The Transport Secretary has confirmed plans to make digital driving licences available by 2024. Provisional licences will move on to a new DVLA app as part […]
16th September 2021
Woman singing in a car

Bohemian Rhapsody tops the driving anthems charts

Brits have voted for Queen’s six-minute operatic-rock classic Bohemian Rhapsody as their favourite track to listen to while behind the wheel. Freddie Mercury and company fought […]
14th September 2021
Young woman paying for car parking

Cash is number one choice for parking payments despite the pandemic

Cash is king when it comes to paying for parking, at least for now. A survey by the AA found that 46% of drivers prefer to […]
11th September 2021
Fuel pumps at a service station

Drivers ‘breathe sigh of relief’ as petrol prices drop for first time this year

Sick of rising petrol prices? Our luck might just be in, as new figures reveal they dropped marginally last month for the first time this year. […]
9th September 2021
Busy smart motorway M25

Smart motorways to be made safer

How confident do you feel using so-called ‘smart’ motorways? It seems safety improvements are finally being made to stretches of smart motorway in England, road bosses […]
8th September 2021
Pothole damaged road

Mercedes develop technology to warn other drivers about potholes in the road

Have you ever dreamed of a sat nav for speed bumps or to plan your route based on potholes? Your wish might have just come true. […]
6th September 2021
Exhaust pipe on an older car with a diesel engine

Petrol and diesel ban 2035: what does it mean for you?

The sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans will be banned in 2030, before the 2035 deadline for all vehicles to be fully zero-emissions […]
2nd September 2021
Petrol pump for super E10 petrol

Drivers unaware of E10 petrol roll-out

Did you know a new type of petrol has been introduced at UK forecourts? It seems as many as a quarter of drivers are unaware that […]
26th August 2021
New car production line

EV uptake on the rise while UK car production plummets

Car-makers are blaming micro-chip shortages, increased shipping costs and the aptly-named ‘pingdemic’ for scuppering UK car production. Car manufacturing took a fall of 37.6% in July […]
25th August 2021
A car key being handed over to a buyer

Used car prices reach record-breaking level due to high demand

Would you consider buying a used car? It seems supply issues in the new car market are leading buyers to seek second-hand options, pushing up their […]
21st August 2021
Older couple driving in open-top car

Most older drivers plan to drive for as long as possible

How long do you hope to be driving for? New research suggests the majority of older motorists have no plans to give up their licence and […]
19th August 2021
Woman wears Covid-19 mask while driving.

How to minimise Covid risk when travelling in shared cars

Planning a long-overdue road trip soon, but still keen to urge as much caution as possible? New research has unearthed the best ways to reduce Covid-19 […]
12th August 2021
Large sign of an MOT testing station in the UK

Drivers urged to book MOTs ahead of ‘Super September’ surge

Is your car due an MOT? Motorists with cars due a test next month are being strongly advised to book one in as early as possible […]
11th August 2021
A green super E10 fuel pump

Petrol car owners urged to check compatibility before using new E10 petrol

What is E10 petrol and is your car compatible? E10 petrol will replace E5 petrol in UK petrol pumps from September. While E5 petrol uses 5% […]
5th August 2021
Car thief opening the doors of a stolen car

UK car theft hotspots revealed

How bad is your area for car theft? New research reveals which UK locations score best and worse, with Romford holding the highest rate of reported […]
3rd August 2021
A road sign with images of pedestrians and a bike

New Highway Code puts pedestrians and cyclists at top of ‘road user hierarchy’

Who do you think should have right of way on the roads? New changes to the Highway Code are to give those on foot and bike […]
1st August 2021
Essential guide to hire cars

1st CENTRAL’s complete guide to hire cars

Looking to hire a car for your next road trip? 1ST CENTRAL have got you covered. Car hire can feel like a minefield of hidden costs, […]
30th July 2021
A motorist driving down a busy road on an English single carriageway

UK adults drive round the world 11 times in a lifetime

How many motoring miles do you reckon you’ve stacked up so far? New research shows British adults will drive as many as 285,012 miles in their […]
28th July 2021
Someone receiving a scam message on their smart phone

DVLA warns drivers to avoid becoming ‘next target’ of scam messages

Do you know the warning signs to avoid being scammed? With car scams on the rise, the DVLA has issued a new warning to prevent drivers […]