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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...

How Do Emotions Affect Your Driving?

The dangers of road rage are well documented. But, depending on their intensity and our ability to manage them, any emotion—positive or negative—can affect our ability to drive well. When we feel the feelings, there are both physical and mental changes that can cause us to be distracted (or otherwise influence our behaviour on the roads). Some scientists maintain that there are 4–6 ‘base’ emotions, from which all other feelings are derived. Other research suggests that there’s a total as...

Is Middle Lane Hogging Against the Law?

I’m illegal, cause congestion and road rage, and I could get you a £100 fine plus 3 points on your licence. What am I? Sadly, not a terrible Christmas cracker joke. We’re talking middle lane hogging — one of the most annoying driving habits for motorists in the UK. But loads of drivers aren’t even aware that what they’re doing is wrong. Take a look at our guide to see what the law says about it, and how you can...

What is Hill Start Assist technology?

Hill Start Assist Technology

Once upon a time, you’d have had to rely on a sturdy handbrake and your own impeccable clutch control for a smooth hill start—but now there’s technology to help mitigate human error. Many cars now come equipped with Hill Start Assist (sometimes known as Hill Hold Assist) which is there, quite literally, to catch you before you fall. It aims to make it easier to move off on a gradient but also claims to reduce your vehicle’s wear and tear....

What are the Best Names for Cars?

Man thinking about car names

Their headlights look like eyes; their grills, teeth; and they very often have their own temperament and personality—so it’s only natural that there’s a long history of naming our vehicles. From Herbie the Love Bug, to the inimitable Batmobile, good car names can really transform a piece of metal into part of the family. But how should you go about choosing the right moniker? What are the best funny car names? And have you thought about the fundamentals, like how...

How to get Cheap Car Insurance using Price Comparison Sites

How to get cheap car insurance using comparison sites

The least fun aspect of driving is dealing with the admin that goes alongside it. Hunting for cheap car insurance is not only time-consuming but also ends in you spending a tonne of money on a service that, hopefully, you’ll never have to use. That’s where price comparison sites come in. They have really changed the game, making the whole process smoother, quicker—and likely to save you some dough. Whether you’re a learner driver looking to get some practice in...

Student Driving Lessons: Your Concerns, Our Solutions

Learning to drive as a student

Ah, September—and for young adults galore, the beginning of a new term. Sometimes it can feel almost more New Year-ish than New Year. We did a bit of research, and alongside your studies, most of you wanted to harness those good intentions to develop your ‘soft skills’ too. Things like learning to drive, which will put you in good stead for the future. But while the majority of students want to take driving lessons and get their pink licence, not...

5 Driving Monitor Apps to Relieve Anxiety

Top 5 Driving Monitor Apps

It’s not just new drivers who are affected by nerves; as your loved ones take to the car, you might also experience butterflies (and not the nice kind). Even if you’re not the wrap ’em up in cotton-wool type, you can still acknowledge the risks they’re undertaking—and it’s natural to want to set your mind at ease. As it turns out, there’s a driving monitor app for that. Or, several, actually! So, as your nearest and dearest rev away on...

Will I Fail My Driving Test If I Cross My Hands?

Your instructor’s told you it’s a no-no, but you’re still not sure why. Your sister’s best friend does it, but she doesn’t have to prove herself to anyone. Crossing your hands on the steering wheel is one of those topics that leaves a lot of learners confused. Is it allowed? Will crossing your hands result in an instant fail on the driving test? Does anyone, including your future examiner, even know the rules? Well, we love to be the bearer...