Driving Tips

4th July 2018
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Summer driving tips to keep you cool as it heats up

Summer’s in full swing and with welcome hot temperatures blanketing the UK in a heatwave, it’s the perfect time to head off on an adventure behind […]
5th June 2018

7 steps to cope with hay fever behind the wheel

Summer’s here, and for many it’s one of the happiest times of the year – sunshine, picnics, holidays…what’s not to like? But for thousands of UK […]
28th May 2018
Navigating the minefield of hiring a car aborad

A handy guide to hiring a car abroad

Overseas holidays are a great opportunity to explore new lands, embrace new cultures, and hit new roads. But hiring a car in a foreign country isn’t […]
9th May 2018
Using a jack, locking wheel nut, wrench and a spare, you can change a tyre in minutes

A DIY guide to checking and repairing your car

Keeping a car can be expensive. But there are steps you can take which could save you some cash. Here are five simple car repairs and […]
1st May 2018
Car finance typically has a lower threshold for approvals, so is good if you have a poor credit rating

Bank loan vs car finance: which is best?

Fancy a feisty Fiesta or a peppy Polo? Basic spec or top of the line? Black, white or red? There are so many exciting options when […]
25th April 2018
Variable speed limits, no hard shoulder, and lane closures are just some of the technological controls on smart motorways

A handy guide to motorway driving in 2018

The warmer weather and upcoming school holidays mean one thing – road trip season is upon us. Whether you’re heading out on a day trip or […]
19th April 2018
Pack cool drinks and games for kids on summer road trips and prevent them being a distraction

Top tips for driving in hot weather

However fleeting the current “heatwave” may be, it’s important to be prepared for driving in the warmer temperatures if you’re going to stay safe on the […]
3rd April 2018
The AA says the easiest way to sell your vehicle is to trade it in or part exchange

How to sell your car in a few easy steps

There are around seven million used cars bought and sold in Britain each year, and many of them change hands through private sales. If you’re thinking […]
14th March 2018
Planning an Easter road trip takes time, preparation and some effective packing.

How to prepare for an Easter road trip

Squabbles, boredom, hunger, car troubles…they’re all very possible when packing up the family for a long-distance car journey. A successful road trip takes planning and preparation, […]
12th March 2018
Snow, ice and rain brought by the Beast from the East has created and exacerbated thousands of potholes.

The scourge of potholes – and how to handle them

The Beast from the East has brought with it snow, ice and a scourge of potholes. Here’s some things about them you should know and some […]
8th March 2018
Metadescription Planning the journey, prepping your car and planning some in-car entertainment could save the day if you hit Bank Holiday congestion this Easter.

Top tips for surviving bank holiday traffic

The year’s only four-day weekend is on the horizon. Whether you’re planning an Easter getaway or driving home to see family and friends, our tips for […]
4th January 2018
Save on your cars running costs this year with 1st CENTRAL

Top ways to save on car running costs this year

It’s January, which means two things are inevitable. You’ve made a New Year’s resolution and you’ve probably already given up on it! So how about making […]
11th December 2017
Experts say to increase stopping distances by 10 times in wintry conditions

How to stay safe driving in snow and ice

While the wintry weather makes everywhere look like a Christmas card (at least until it turns to slush), the treacherous conditions make it difficult to drive […]
1st December 2017
Shady sellers will fraudulently advertise cars that don’t exist

How to avoid the most common car buying scams

However savvy a buyer or seller you think you are, there’ll always be someone with a new, ‘sophisticated’ scam aimed at ripping you off. It’s worth […]
27th November 2017
From adjusting shopping distances to changing to winter tyres, here’s our guide to driving in winter weather.

A guide to driving during the winter months

Although twinkling icicles and fluffy snow may look idyllic, the icy weather makes road conditions more treacherous and breakdowns more common. Here’s our guide to driving […]
18th September 2017
Stopping distances should increase as leaves on the roads make driving slippery

Top tips for autumn driving

In the blink of an eye, summer’s drawing to a close. Even if you’ve had your eyes shut since May, you wouldn’t have missed much, as […]
8th September 2017
Large vehicles can often veer off road in strong winds

Top tips for driving in windy weather

Old Blighty has not let us down this year, with its delivery of a traditional wet British summer. Meanwhile across the pond, hurricanes Harvey, Irma and […]
21st August 2017

10 money-saving tips to get the most out of your fuel tank

Diesel drivers will soon be feeling the pinch as new taxes are used to fund the government’s clean air plans. But petrol motorists aren’t quite off […]
13th July 2017
If you’re in an accident overseas, the steps are similar to back home.

What to do if you’re in a road accident abroad

For many, the idea of driving overseas is pretty daunting, while the possibility of being involved in an incident abroad is truly terrifying. Unfortunately, accidents do […]
12th June 2017
It is illegal to leave your pet in a car on a hot day

GEM urges drivers to keep their pets safe this summer

OK, we don’t want to jinx anything… but it’s starting to feel like summer’s here. If it immediately started raining outside after you read that, we’re […]