UK speed cameras explained

UK speed cameras explained

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Speed cameras are an important part of the UK road network, regardless of your own opinions on whether they’re a good thing or not. While you're almost certainly aware of their existence, you may not know these cameras come in various types, or where they tend to be found. While the intended function of these cameras is to improve road safety, they are still a somewhat misunderstood piece of kit. This guide will help you understand and identify UK speed cameras.Whether in the form of a bright yellow static unit - often referred to as ‘gatsos’ after a manufacturer of the equipment - or a mobile unit in the back of a marked police vehicle, speed cameras act as a good visual deterrent and help enforce speed limits when driving.…
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Insurance write-off categories explained: what are Cat N and Cat S cars?

Insurance write-off categories explained: what are Cat N and Cat S cars?

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The UK’s latest car insurance write-off categories were first introduced in October 2017, with the new Cat N and Cat S classifications replacing the former Cat C and Cat D. But what else has changed with the new classifications, and do the same caveats about buying a written-off car, such as conducting a history check, still apply?These categories were updated to better reflect the increasing complexity involved in repairing modern cars. If you are searching for a used car, it is important to note that cars that were originally assessed as being Cat C or Cat D won’t be reassessed.When a car is involved in an insurance claim following an accident, or is damaged as a result of fire, flood or theft, the insurance company will assess it to judge…
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Latest live M25 traffic news

Latest live M25 traffic news

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 miles Clockwise exits JunctionAnti-clockwise exitsA282 – Dartford Crossing0Dartford Crossing A282, Queen Elizabeth BridgeRiverDartford Crossing A282, Dartford Toll Tunnel3.5Erith A206J1AErith A206, Swanscombe (A226)4.7Dartford A225J1BExit via J2 – Dartford (A225)M25 motorway – London Orbital5.5London (SE & C), Bexleyheath A2 (W), Canterbury (M2) A2J2London (SE & C), Bexleyheath A2, Canterbury (M2), Dartford (A225) Ebbsfleet International, Bluewater8.7London (SE & C) A20, Maidstone, Channel Tunnel, Folkestone M20, Swanley B2173J3Maidstone, Channel Tunnel M20, London (SE & C), Lewisham A2012.2Bromley A21, Orpington A224J4Bromley, London (SE & C) A21, Orpington (A224), Hayes16.316.4Sevenoaks, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Hastings A21J5Maidstone, Channel Tunnel, Dover M26 (M20), Sevenoaks, Hastings A2121Clacket Lane servicesServicesClacket Lane services25.8East Grinstead, Eastbourne, Caterham, Godstone A22, Redhill, Westerham (A25)J6East Grinstead, Eastbourne, Caterham, Godstone A22, Redhill, Westerham (A25)28.6Gatwick Airport, Crawley, Brighton, Croydon M23J7Gatwick Airport, Crawley, Brighton, M23(S), Croydon M23(N)31.9London (S & SW), Reigate,…
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How to pass your driving theory test

How to pass your driving theory test

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Many learner drivers worry about their practical driving test, but there’s also a big hurdle to overcome first - the theory test. The theory test requires a lot more home study and revision to understand the questions. Follow our advice and, while we can’t guarantee a pass, you’ll certainly stand a much better chance of first time success. The theory exam is made up of a multiple choice questionnaire and a hazard perception test. You will need a minimum score of 43 out of 50 for the questionnaire and 44 out of 75 for hazard perception in order to pass. Both tests are carried out together on a computer at a dedicated testing centre, and are booked online.You can book your test at any time as long as you have…
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VED road tax: how does car tax work and how much will it cost?

VED road tax: how does car tax work and how much will it cost?

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Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) - also known as road tax, car tax, or the road fund licence - can be a confusing topic to understand, with a number of factors such as VED bands and their relative charges having undergone various significant changes over the years. The 2021/22 rates were increased in March in order to keep in line with inflation. Meanwhile, the last major changes came in April 2020, when calculations using WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure) carbon dioxide emissions figures were introduced for the first time. Additionally, the supplement on cars worth more than £40,000 was scrapped for electric cars.How much will it cost to tax my car?This depends on when a car is registered: with the exception of inflationary increases, changes to the road tax system…
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How to renew your driving licence or change the address

How to renew your driving licence or change the address

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Whether you hold a full, automatic-only or provisional UK driving licence issued by the DVLA, it will need to be renewed every ten years, unless you are over 70, in which case a renewal is required every three years.Also, if you change address when you permanently move house, failing to update the details on your licence could land you with a fine of £1,000. A temporary move such as moving for university is fine as long as you can still be contacted at your original address.Renewing the information on your driving licence or the licence itself is now a straightforward process, thanks largely to the ease of the internet. If you don’t have online access, though, this isn’t a problem as you can still access the appropriate forms and conduct…
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Advanced driving courses and tests: prices, insurance and safety benefits explained

Advanced driving courses and tests: prices, insurance and safety benefits explained

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It’s so easy to disregard the idea of an advanced driving course, especially if you’re pretty confident behind the wheel. But the old maxim still holds true – you might have passed your driving test, but it’s when you get your full licence that you really start learning to drive. In which case, surely it makes sense to learn from the experts.Advanced driving courses are no longer dull affairs run by men sporting beards and tweed. Instead, they’re good fun, educational and organised by people just like you. There are courses both on the road and the track, to help you improve your observation, positioning and car control, and they’ll definitely make you safer behind the wheel. Some organisations will offer an advanced driving test at the end of the…
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What is Green NCAP?

What is Green NCAP?

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 With car makers continuing to face ever-more-stringent emissions regulations, and with an increasing number of drivers taking far more notice of their carbon footprint, the Green NCAP rating was created to promote the development of cars that are clean, energy efficient and less harmful to the environment.Just like the similarly named Euro NCAP safety rating, the Green NCAP rating utilises a star system to inform the customer on how harmful their new car could potentially be to the environment. This star rating is determined by testing ‘green’ credentials such as fuel or energy efficiency and emissions output.It’s not just a case of NCAP taking the manufacturers’ claimed figures at face value, though; the testing involved is rigorous and intended to achieve far more accurate ‘real-world’ results. Testing is carried out…
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Car service intervals explained: how often should you service your car?

Car service intervals explained: how often should you service your car?

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Every carmaker will tell you that sticking to your vehicles’ maintenance schedule is the best way to keep it running smoothly and protect its residual value. You may be wondering exactly when your car needs to be serviced, what that service includes and how much it will cost. We’ve put together this guide to explain everything you need to know about service intervals.Most manufacturers recommend that your vehicle is serviced once a year or every 12,000 miles, whichever comes first. There are lots of variations on this schedule depending on the car so it’s vital that you check the vehicle handbook to find out what its service intervals are. Some cars also have variable service intervals, warning the driver that a visit to the dealer is due based on data…
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What is an immobiliser and does my car have one?

What is an immobiliser and does my car have one?

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First used in 1992, Immobilisers are security devices that have been compulsory on all new vehicles sold in England and Wales since October 1998. This means that as long as your car - or a car you are looking at buying - was first registered after that date, it will have this security feature as standard.How do immobilisers work?When you start your car with your key, the fob or key itself sends a code to the car’s Electronic Control Unit or ‘ECU’, which allows the engine to start. It does this by activating the microcircuit inside the key, which in turn sends a binary code to the ‘ECU’ allowing the engine to start and the car to be driven.If the code sent from the key to the car’s electronic brain…
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