How Can I Learn to Drive During Lockdown?
Jan13

How Can I Learn to Drive During Lockdown?

Despite being in lockdown you can still get some time to practice behind the wheel whilst still staying within the guidelines, we get some  expert advice from Ladybird Driving School  There are a few things to keep in mind if you are thinking about practising outside of normal driving lessons. We have put this useful guide together to outline things you need to know about learning with family, relatives or friends. Who is Allowed to...

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Car Insurance premiums are up yet claims are down
Jan13

Car Insurance premiums are up yet claims are down

The key to reducing insurance premiums is reform of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board writes Geraldine Herbert There was a 35% drop in car-related claims in 2020 equating to a saving of around €287 million to the car insurance industry. Two national lockdowns since the beginning of March resulted in fewer people on the roads and a lower probability of accidents occurring. The insurance industry has long maintained that high...

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How to appeal
Jan12

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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How will Brexit impact on importing a used car
Jan11

How will Brexit impact on importing a used car

Following months of negotiations, a Brexit deal was finally secured on Christmas Eve but what impact does the new trade deal have on importing a used car asks Geraldine Herbert Importing a car from Northern Ireland after January 1st 2021 If importing from NI there will be no additional charges however prices are likely to rise. A third of cars sold by Northern Ireland dealers are imported from mainland Britain. Following Brexit 20%...

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Five standout Motoring Moments of the past decade
Dec31

Five standout Motoring Moments of the past decade

My memorable motoring moments of the decade writes Geraldine Herbert It has been a decade of disruption, dieselgate and unparalleled choice plus for me ten years of driving more than 1,000 cars. On reflection, many cars stand out for all sorts of reasons: some are not nearly as good as you had hoped, others are just disappointing, while many were forgettable. And some are remembered not as much for the car but for the location or a...

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Things you need in your car in case of snow
Dec30

Things you need in your car in case of snow

There is snow on the way so make sure you’re prepared writes Geraldine Herbert When the weather turns bad arming yourself with a survival pack will make a big difference if you do get stuck. Always carry the following and in severe weather ensure you have a warm winter coat, scarf, hat, gloves and warm clothes.   Torch Spare batteries and bulbs Screen scraper/de-icer Jump leads Warning triangle First-aid kit Mobile phone...

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