Drivers missed out on £2.3million of savings by not renewing their photocard driving licence using DVLA’s online service, according to the DVLA.
Between April 2020 and March 2021, around 23% of the two million renewal applications it received were sent in either by post or via the post office but renewing a photocard driving licence using GOV.UK costs £14 and the driver will receive their new licence in just five days. Posting an application to DVLA costs £17 and will take longer.
Over half (53%) of motor and home policy holders auto-renewed with their insurance provider in the last year, as the recent market trend towards lower renewal premiums appears to be fuelling a rise in inertia around household finances, according to comparethemarket.com.
In an exclusive study of 10,000 UK adults, 52% of policy holders auto-renewed with their existing motor insurance provider and 53% with their current home insurance provider in the past year, although they could have on average saved £267 on motor and £110 on household cover.
One in five drivers fail to clear their windscreens and windows of condensation, ice or snow, said finance company Carvine.
Not only is it illegal to do this but they also leave engines idling to warm up and risk a fine for unneccary emissions.
Half (50%) of Brits do not like the idea of their family and friends driving on smart motorways, according to GoCompare Car Insurance.
Almost a third (31%) also said they themselves would not drive on a smart motorway, with the number increasing to 40% for those aged 65 and over, but perhaps surprisingly, nearly the same number of 18 to 24-year-olds (39%) also said they would not drive on smart motorways either.
Entries are open for the Independent Garage Association (IGA)’s inaugural British Independent Garage of the Year Awards (BIG Awards).
The BIG Awards are being held in association with the iconic British Motor Show, and all tickets to the ceremony include 4 day entry to the British Motor Show 2022 with fourteen award categories open for entries, representing all aspects of running a successful, local garage business.
Over a third (34%) of drivers would challenge a thief trying to steal their car (men 43% and women 25%); and nearly one in ten (9%) would like to be able to take drastic action to protect their car, e.g., putting an electric shock device on the door to stop thieves (men 10% v women 7%).
The Opinium survey of 2,000 UK drivers by InsuretheGap, found that over one in ten (12%) drivers are more worried about car theft than they used to be and are concerned about buying a car that is attractive to thieves (13%).