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How to appeal
Jan24

How to appeal

Outraged by a parking ticket or a clamping decision, or simply dismayed at failing your driving test? Here’s how you can appeal and what you need to do, writes Geraldine Herbert The Driving Test On average, 46% of those sitting their driving test fail it. If you are one of the unlucky ones it is possible to appeal but there are a number of steps you need to follow. As appeals against driving test results are heard by a judge in...

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Tips for Parallel Parking
Jan23

Tips for Parallel Parking

The thought of parallel parking can strike fear in the heart of even the most experienced drivers writes Geraldine Herbert Parallel parking is generally considered a challenge for any driver to master and unless you are one of those people who park on the street outside your home every day, the chances are it’s not a skill you will have forced yourself to master. A few easy tips can take the stress out of parallel parking and...

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Motorists feeling the effect of price rises at the pumps
Jan20

Motorists feeling the effect of price rises at the pumps

New Year Begins With Significant Increase at the Pumps writes Geraldine Herbert Motorists have been greeted with unwelcome news to start the new year, as the AA’s latest fuel price index found that average fuel prices in Ireland had increased significantly over the past month. According to the AA’s latest monthly survey of fuel prices, a litre of petrol now costs 144.5c on average – an increase of just under 3c on last month’s average...

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Tips For Driving on Frost and Ice
Jan17

Tips For Driving on Frost and Ice

Temperatures will plunge to -4C  this weekend so take extra care on the roads writes Geraldine Herbert 1) Ensure you have de-icer and a scraper. Before setting off, make sure you clean any ice or condensation from all the windows and mirrors to optimise visibility. 2) When you set off, do so in second gear, releasing the clutch and accelerating gently, avoiding high revs – this will prevent wheel spin. 3) As you drive, stay in higher...

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Driving in Windy Weather #StormBrendan
Jan12

Driving in Windy Weather #StormBrendan

Storm Brendan is on the way and is set to bring severe gusts of up to 120km/h gusts. We have some tips for driving in windy weather writes Geraldine Herbert Plan your journey – is there a route with less exposure to the weather and less risk of fallen trees?  Choose a sheltered route if you have the option. Be aware of the danger posed by debris that may have blown into the roadway. Wind rarely blows steadily, and a sudden gust can...

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Winter Solstice – The Longest Night of the Year
Dec21

Winter Solstice – The Longest Night of the Year

Sunday 22nd is Winter Solstice or the longest night of the year so we have some advice when driving in the dark writes Geraldine Herbert In Dublin, the sun will rise at 08:37 am on Sunday and set again at 16.07 pm so the chances are you will be driving to work or home in the dark. Driving in the dark can cause fatigue – plan your journey, scheduling at least one stop every two hours. Don’t ignore warning signs of fatigue....

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