Money saving tips for learner drivers

Our roads may be jammed, the private car may be a dinosaur doomed to extinction, but let’s face it, right now, if you can’t drive you’re putting yourself at a disadvantage: in employment terms, in social terms.  Passing your test takes, on average, around 45 hours of lessons and that’s going to cost you around £1,000.  And then there’s the cost of buying a car and the cost of insurance, which for a young person is probably going to be a lot more than the value of your car.  Pretty daunting and if you’re a student it’s going to be…

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Driving Anxiety

As a younger generation, more and more of us are suffering from anxiety or from feeling constantly anxious, (The Guardian 2015). We don’t yet know why this. Maybe it’s the increased pressure on us to succeed? Maybe it’s the increased pressure to be perfect at everything; have the perfect good looks, the perfect body, be smart, be rich? One thing we do know is that this is a problem. Anxiety sucks, big time! And worse? You can never be sure when it will hit, leaving you in a constant state of worry that at any moment, a panic attack can occur, you…

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Driving with Stress

It’s safe to say that we will all feel stressed in the car at some point during our driving lifetime. Sat in queues. Cars cutting you off. Road works at every junction (M1 I’m talking to you!). It’s easy to become stressed whilst driving. It’s even worse if you’re already stressed before even stepping into the car. In the third part of our driving series, we consider the role that stress can play on our safety in a car. Neil Shah, director of The Stress Management Society and author of ‘The 10-Step Stress Solution’, talks about how to avoid stress whilst…

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Road Rage

We can all be prone to a spot of road rage during those long summer road trips. It can be easy to become agitated whilst driving in the holidays; queue jumping, lane switching, traffic jams. Everybody seems desperate to get on their (fingers crossed) sunny holidays. Many people are even likely to bend the rules of driving a little in order to get there 5 minutes quicker. But what about the effects of this on the other people in the car?For the second part of our driving safe series, we looked into the effects of road rage on our driving….

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Distractions on the Road

It’s easy to become distracted during those long car journeys. Banter and laughing in the back of the car, music blasting out the windows, phone ringing on the dashboard. It’s easy for our minds to drift, even if it’s just for a second. During these fun and exciting road trips, we often forget about the dangers of what we are doing on the road. The first in our four part series on driving this summer sees us considering the effects of distractions on the road and in the car. Nick Lloyd, the Road Safety Manager at Royal Society for the Prevention of…

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