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Wheelie Great Bike Racks For Cars

Bikes on car alongside cyclists

Held on the 19th April each year, Bicycle Day isn’t, perhaps, the wholesome celebration of exercise you might think. Instead, it recognises the anniversary of a chemist, who, after ingesting LSD, asked his assistant to chaperone him on his two-wheeled commute to ensure he reached home safely. A trip within a trip, if you like. But regardless of its dubious origins, the mental, physical and economical benefits of cycling (minus any form of illegal drug) are pretty obvious. And while...

Driving with Dogs: Essential Car Accessories

A black and white dog, possibly a Collie, is sat in back of car

From visiting the vets to taking them on holiday, many of us travel with our canine counterparts in tow at least semi-regularly. But whether you’ve got a long-established car routine, or are new to having a pet passenger, there are some things you need to remember—and some accessories that’ll keep both of you safe and happy along the way. We’ve put together a checklist of the essentials, so that you can check you have everything you need to journey worry-free....

3 Mental Health Benefits of Driving

A guy leaning back in a car and smiling

A sense of independence, getting closer to nature and opportunities to meet up with friends and family: driving provides more mental health benefits than you might think. This International Day of Happiness —and beyond—we wanted to see what impact a driving licence has on your wellbeing. We checked out the science, and we also consulted you on the types of drives you find most enjoyable, the ways driving has or would improve your life—and your favourite journeys of all time....

Aquaplaning: How To React & How To Avoid It

Aquaplaning and how to deal with it

After a period of heavy rain—which, let’s face it, is a fairly common occurrence in the UK—the only foolproof way to avoid driving through water is to lock up the car and stay home. And while this is occasionally necessary (during red weather warnings, for example), sometimes you do need to get out and about. But not only can flood water damage your engine and brakes, it also carries a serious risk of aquaplaning. We wish it were as cool...

4 Reasons to Love Driving – and other stories

4 Reasons To Love Driving Title Image

Love or hate v-day (and all it stands for), most of us know a car will never let you down. Okay, that might just be what we try to tell our vehicles—a little forcefully, perhaps—en route to their MOT. But we’re all for a bit more love in the world, and our little runarounds do give us the joy of the open road, an incomparable sense of freedom—and the perfect place to belt out some tunes. To celebrate all things...

Smoking in Cars — What are the Rules?

Smoking In Cars: The Law

Around 15% of UK adults smoke, and plenty of them are also drivers or looking at taking lessons soon. If that’s you, we’re here to arm you with the information to stay on the right side of the law—particularly as the rules for smoking in cars change depending on the circumstances. Alternatively, if you’re trying to keep up a New Year’s resolution or in need of motivation to quit smoking, we’ve covered plenty of topics below that could help motivate...

5 Myths about the 2022 Highway Code Changes Debunked

The updated official Highway Code 2022

The Highway Code has been updated, and some people are getting in a tizz about it (or so we’re told). In terms of tangible consequences, very little has actually changed—if you’re already a considerate and responsible driver, that is. And even if you’re currently studying for the theory test, there’s no need to panic. That’s not to say you don’t need to be aware of the new rules; you do. But it’s all sensible stuff. Here’s a myth-busting rundown of...

New Year, New Skill: Driving Towards Your 2022 Goals

Fireworks

Getting healthy, stopping smoking, learning a new skill and travelling more are some of the UK’s most popular New Year’s Resolutions. But as surely as leaked images follow government mishaps, so too do setbacks happen, goals get broken and hopes of a new start are dashed. We’re not best placed to offer advice on balanced diets or regular exercise, but we do pride ourselves on helping wannabe drivers fulfil their ambitions (nearly 6000 pupils passed their tests with us in 2021!).  So...

One-Stop Shop for Cars, Insurance and Handy Accessories

Imagine yourself post-practical test. As your (ex-)driving instructor accelerates off into the horizon, you clasp your pass certificate to your chest and take a moment to savour your achievement. It might have been a bumpy ride, but now a fully-licensed driver stands in your shoes. Someone competent enough to parallel park; a human with clutch control to rival anyone’s. You can make your own way around town now. Well, almost… The hard work’s over, but the shopping has only just...

When Can I Drive after Drinking the Night Before?

Patience is a virtue. And if you drank a lot the night before, you’ll need to wait to get behind the wheel. Party season or no party season, there are rules in place aiming to eliminate drink-drivers from our roads—which might be inconvenient for your plans, but puts everyone at less risk. We’ll get to the myths suggesting you can sober up quicker by doing this or doing that… but to start with, we’re going to get to grips with...