Learning to drive is a major milestone in many people’s lives. It brings the prospect of independence and the chance to broaden your horizons. But it can also bring stress and worry as the day of the test approaches. To help ease that worry and guide you through some of the most common pitfalls we’ve teamed up with RED Driving School to produce a series of tip-packed videos. Read more: The cheapest cars to insure for young drivers Dave Dunsford has worked with RED Driving School for more than a decade, helping learners become fully qualified drivers and, more recently, teaching the teachers as an instructor trainer. Over the next few weeks he’ll be guiding you through some of the major parts of the test, offering expert advice on getting them right. Read more: Everything you need to know about the new driving test First up is the recently extended independent driving section, which now makes up half of the test: … [Read more...] about How to pass the UK driving test
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As we approach the centenary of MG Cars, we should recall that when the company was formed its famous octagon badge was no more than a sales and marketing penumbra of then-mighty Morris, with William Morris (later Lord Nuffield) as the major shareholder. MG's first car was made out of borrowed bits and ever since it has been principally a badge-engineered car maker - students of today's Volkswagen Group might say that's not always a bad thing. Since the Thirties MG has been through as many owners as I've had new shoes; good, bad, laughable and potentially actionable. It's now owned by the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC), China's largest car maker, which is state-owned and controlled, and last year produced seven million cars with a turnover of $29 billion US. As well as joint ventures with Volkswagen and General Motors, SAIC also owns MG and Roewe, which was initially based on technology which underpinned the Rover 75 and is now one of China's only luxury-car marques. … [Read more...] about MG3 review: can top-and-tail revamp make this sprightly supermini a genuine contender?
PAY-as-you-go insurance policies could be the answer to fighting costly policies. Car insurance premiums can often put a large dent in your wallet, and leave a number of motorists struggling to afford to stay on the road. The UK's very first pay-per-mile insurance company has just launched, meaning policy holders will only pay for cover based on how much they drive. By Miles uses a black box to track your journey, and charges you according to the actual miles you have travelled. Pay-per-mile cover could help keep low-mileage drivers mobile and stop them paying huge premiums for a car they're not using. Those who just use their cars at the weekend or who drive a family member's motor infrequently can take advantage of short term cover to slash bills. How pay-per-mile policies workTHE pay as you go model means you're only charged for when you're using the car. Your vehicle will be covered with a basic policy while it's parked up and you'll be charged for this via a subscription fee. When … [Read more...] about Pay-per-mile car insurance could save you HUNDREDS and mean you’ll never need an annual premium again
Average car insurance costs have fallen for the first time in three years – very slightly. Experts warn, however, that prices are still at near-record levels and many motorists are spending hundreds of pounds more than they need to. Here are a few simple steps that could help drive down the cost of your premiums. 1. Shop around It might sound obvious but don’t just take the first quote you get. Prices for the same cover can vary wildly between insurers so use a price comparison site to find the cheapest deal. And don’t assume that because your insurer was cheapest last time around that they still are. Britons are wasting a collective £652.5 million a year by simply auto-renewing their policy. The average auto-renewed policy rose by £50 last year. As of last April, renewal quotes have to include last year’s premium so you can see just how much your bill is changing. 2. Think about how you use your car How much you use your car and the way you use it can … [Read more...] about Nine ways to reduce your car insurance costs