What is aquaplaning and how to avoid it

What is aquaplaning and how to avoid it

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​We get more than our fair share of rain in Britain, and the problem only gets worse in winter. Not only does heavy rain reduce visibility and increase braking distances, but it also creates standing water, which can cause your car to aquaplane.If you’ve ever experienced aquaplaning before, either from behind the wheel or the passenger seat, you’ll know it’s no laughing matter. That’s why it’s absolutely vital that you understand what you need to do if you find yourself aquaplaning and how you can prevent it in the first place. This guide explains everything you need to know.What is Aquaplaning?Aquaplaning is a relatively simple concept. It occurs when a layer of water forms between the surface of your car tyres and the road surface, breaking the contact between your…
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How to avoid a flat car battery

How to avoid a flat car battery

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A flat battery can be a massive inconvenience, especially on dark winter mornings. Dead batteries are also one of the most common causes of breakdown callouts during the winter in the UK. One of the main problems is that the cold winter weather has an adverse effect on batteries, slowing down the chemical processes that occur within, which makes them particularly susceptible to losing charge in winter.However, you can avoid the problem by regularly maintaining the battery, as you would with many other standard car components. This is why we have created this guide on the best ways to avoid a flat car battery.1. Keep drivingBatteries are subjected to peak strain when doing a high number of short journeys, as the engine and alternator are not given enough chance to recharge the…
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Driving in France: top tips

Driving in France: top tips

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The rules and regulations around driving in France were changed slightly in the wake of Brexit, but crossing the channel in your car still needn’t be anything to worry about. Our guide will help you familiarise yourself with your French road trip essentials; such as French road laws, what equipment you need to carry, and the documentation you’ll require – including the rules around driving licences and green cards. Knowing this information before setting off will cut out a great deal of stress, meaning you can simply spend your trip enjoying France’s fine food, stunning scenery and of course, the excellent driving roads. Which documents do I need to drive in France?A full and valid UK driver’s licence will still allow you to drive in all European Union countries, including France. In…
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What to do if your car breaks down: advice for motorway and minor road breakdowns

What to do if your car breaks down: advice for motorway and minor road breakdowns

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It doesn’t matter how old you are or how long you’ve been driving, the sensation of a car suddenly slowing down, ebbing power, is one that sparks feelings of frustration, anger and dread. Especially if you’re on the motorway. Finding yourself in a car broken down on any kind of road if bad enough but on the motorway is not fun at all.That feeling of dread isn’t just because of the impending expense, it’s mainly because you suddenly find yourself stranded and potentially at risk of being stationary when all around are vehicles travelling at high speed. So, what can you do to lessen the danger when you do break down?Motorway breakdownsWell, if your car can make it, pulling off at the next junction is the safest option, because it…
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Driving test ‘show me, tell me’ questions: top tips

Driving test ‘show me, tell me’ questions: top tips

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There’s much more to learning to drive than just mastering the accelerator, brake and clutch. These days learner drivers are expected to understand the basic workings of a car, and make a series of simple checks to ensure the car they’re driving is reliable, safe and fit for operation on Britain’s roads.These questions are called ‘show me, tell me’ questions and are asked by the examiner before the practical part of the driving test begins. It’s important to spend a few hours revising ‘show me, tell me’ questions before your practical test to give yourself the best chance of success. Luckily, there are only a few questions, and they’re easy to learn. You’ll be asked for two things to prove your knowledge. The ‘show me’ questions will require you to demonstrate…
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Buying a used car: your complete guide

Buying a used car: your complete guide

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When buying a used car - whether that's privately, by going through a dealer, or online - there is an amount of inherent risk. But if you do your research, learn what your rights are as a buyer, and know what to look for, you could save a substantial amount of money and prevent any nasty surprises further down the line.Follow this guide - while making use of our used car checklist - and you can enjoy peace of mind and a great deal your new pride and joy.When shopping for a used car, most buyers tend to aim for the ‘sweet spot’, when a car is three years old. This is because most new cars are bought on finance deals or company fleet leases which run for around 36…
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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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