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31st May 2023

Spike in speeding cases as convictions reach eight-year high

The number of drivers convicted for speeding has reached an eight-year high, according to new figures. Analysis of government data by Churchill Motor Insurance showed speeding […]
30th May 2023

DVLA strikes could mean delays to driving licences

If you’re planning on renewing your driving licence soon, make sure you know the dates of the DVLA strikes, or you could face delays. When are […]
25th May 2023

Vehicle repair delays continue into 2023

Need to repair your vehicle? Unfortunately, you may face a long wait time. With delays on the manufacture of car parts persisting into 2023, the turnaround […]
23rd May 2023

Car theft up by 25% in 2022

Do you know where your car is right now? You’ll want to keep a close eye on your vehicle as stats have found that car theft […]
18th May 2023

Transport Minister warns of ‘moral panic’ around self-driving cars

Have the ‘horror stories’ around self-driving cars put you off the technology? Last month, the UK became the first European country to allow drivers to take […]
16th May 2023

Pothole damage payouts could’ve filled 340,000 potholes

Ever received compensation for pothole-related damage? Last year, councils coughed up almost £27 million in payouts to drivers whose cars suffered after driving over potholes. This […]
11th May 2023

Longer lorries to be allowed on Britain’s roads

We’ve all seen lorries making their way up and down the motorways, but have you ever thought about how big they are?  Starting from 31 May […]
5th May 2023

Drivers risk a £5,000 fine for driving unsafely with pets

Do you drive with your pets in the car? With the Coronation weekend approaching and another bank holiday at the end of May, drivers are being […]
2nd May 2023

New driving laws to be aware of this month

May 2023, it’s the month of King Charles’ coronation but also the month of new driving laws. From greater council powers to changes to the Highway […]
1st May 2023

The rise and fall of smart motorways

Smart motorways are meant to reduce congestion and increase capacity during the busiest times on the road. Opening the hard shoulder as a running lane is […]
26th April 2023

Almost half of young drivers rely on parents to pay for their first car

How much did you pay for your first car? A few hundred pounds maybe? New drivers spent an average of £6,600 on their first cars in […]
25th April 2023

Yorkshire tops the list of areas with most dangerous drivers

Planning a roadtrip to Yorkshire soon? You might want to change plans, especially if you want to avoid the UK’s most dangerous drivers, who according to […]
20th April 2023

Driving trivia: 5 secrets to master the motorway

Think you’re a master of UK motoring? Put your knowledge to the test and see how many of the below road signs and street furniture you […]
19th April 2023

Over two-thirds of drivers don’t understand their in-car tech

Do you make the most of the features in your car? Or do you find yourself confused by the lights and symbols on your dashboard? If […]
13th April 2023

Is this the end of smart motorways?

Do you think smart motorways should be shelved? Cost and safety concerns could mean the controversial roadways will never be built again. The i newspaper believes […]
11th April 2023

8 travel tips for driving in windy weather

Hitting the road this week? Be vigilant of strong winds and heavy rains. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the west coast […]
6th April 2023

Hyundai Ioniq 6 named World Car of the Year 2023

It’s good news for Hyundai…again. The Ioniq 6 has been named World Car of the Year 2023, making it the second consecutive win for Hyundai after […]
4th April 2023

Easter traffic jams likely as 17 million plan getaways

Everyone likes to go away for Easter, but do you know how busy the roads will be? Make sure you know what the traffic is going […]
3rd April 2023

7 handy car features you may not know about

Ever wondered if your car has any hidden tricks or compartments? We’ve put together a list of features your car has that you might not know […]
30th March 2023

2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars to go ahead

Energy Secretary Grant Shapps has confirmed that the government will stick to its plan to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030.  […]