One of the biggest costs for drivers (especially new drivers) is insurance, so how can you keep the costs down?
Martin Lewis’ site, Money Saving Expert, has published a guide to saving money on insurance and you can read it here.
There is also a section specifically aimed at cheaper insurance for young drivers here.
While you are learning, you can get specialised learner insurance through Collingwood Insurance, quoting the discount code 336723 for even better deals. Collingwood deal with short term policies for learner drivers from 7 to 24 days – this will often work out far more cost effective than just getting added onto a parent’s insurance policy (which would normally be charged for the whole duration of the policy, i.e. up to a full year).
If you have found a great insurance policy, either as a learner, or as a newly qualified driver, please leave details in the comments below, and please share this post to help your friends find better insurance deals.
Various driving publications are available as eBooks from the DSA, the latest of which is the highly recommended Essential Skills.
You can find it at The Stationery Office along with many others.
You must update the photo on your driving licence every ten years – failure to do so can incur a £1000 fine:
I did mine a couple of months ago – it only took about 10 minutes at the Post Office.
Driving Test Success feed now added. These guys offer what is, in my opinion, the best material to help you study for your driving tests (practical and theory).
You can view their website at www.drivingtestsuccess.com
If you have any suggestions for feeds we can add, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll see what we can do.
The Highway Code is 80 years old today. Driving Test Success have published the original version from 1931 on their website.
You can also download their (highly recommended) software to train for your theory test from their site.
You may know the roads, but can you see what’s round the next bend?
Here’s an e-mail I received this week:
The Honda crotch rocket rider was traveling at approximately 85 mph.. The VW driver was talking on a cell phone when she pulled out from a side street, apparently not seeing the motorcycle. The riders reaction time was not sufficient enough to avoid this accident.
The car had two passengers and the bike rider was found INSIDE the car with them.
The Volkswagen actually flipped over from the force of impact and landed 20 feet from where the collision took place.
All three involved (two in the car and the bike rider) were killed instantly. This graphic demonstration was placed at the Motorcycle Fair by the Police and Road Safety Department…
Woken up to more snowfall this morning. Personally I’ve always enjoyed driving in these conditions, but some people don’t and others simply don’t know how to control the car when there is such little grip.
Firstly, listen to the news – if you are advised not to make your journey unless it is absolutely necessary, don’t. This advice is given for a very good reason.
Obviously, there will be times when your journey is absolutely necessary or you get caught out in it. The most basic pieces of advice I can give you are keep your speed well down, give yourself plenty of room to the vehicle in front and be smooth with all the controls; no harsh acceleration, braking or steering. Beyond this, think well ahead – plan what you need to do well before you arrive in a situation.
Stopping distances in the snow and ice are 10 times those in the dry, so always remember to give yourself much more space than you normally would and always keep the car to a speed where you can safely stop well within the distance you can see to be clear.
For more hints and tips, please visit the Driving Standards Agency at http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Nl1/Newsroom/Broadcasts/DG_183913 see the relevant pages of the Highway Code at http://tiny.cc/RMO4L or click on the link below to see a video from the DSA.
Safe driving in severe weather Directgov – Newsroom – Google Chrome