Motor insurance guides

Are you a safe driver?

Tips for starting adopting safer driver habits, whether you're new to the roads or you've been behind the wheel for years, we can all be more conscientious when driving.

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Driving in heavy rain and strong winds

Top tips for driving in heavy rain and strong winds.

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What should I do if I crash my van?

A guide on the procedures to follow if you're involved in a van crash. Crashing your van is obviously going to be an unwanted experience but there are ways to make sure you are back on the road again as quickly as possible.

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Tips for buying a second hand van

Tips for buying a second-hand van: Research, checking it over and examining the paperwork.

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10 Things You Didn't Know Affect Your Premium

We take a look at ten things that affect your car insurance premium, that you may not have been aware of, including credit score, new job and speed awareness courses.

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Top six summer driving tips

This time of year, you might find yourself spending a little more time on the road, especially if a road trip is part of your summertime agenda.

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What to do when hiring a car abroad

Tourists could face issues hiring cars abroad as of June 2015 - a guide to what you will need to do when hiring a car abroad.

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Pass Plus certificates

Save up to 30% on car insurance with Computerquote if you hold a Pass Plus certificate. Here's a brief overview of what pass plus is and how it can help you save.

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What's really covered in your insurance policy?

We take a look at the different levels of car insurance cover, why reading the policy wording is important, why legal expenses can benefit you and why the cheapest premium won't always save you money.

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How insurers calculate risk

How insurers calculate risk - what is considered when providing the cover premium, including age, postcode, previous claims, type of car.

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Driving later in life

Driving later in life | There seems to be a stigma to older drivers, and a debate on whether they should or shouldn't drive or re-take a proficiency test. We look at some of the key issues faced by older drivers.

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How technology will influence your car insurance

How technology will influence your car insurance, including telematics, wearable technology, apps, data and mobile devices.

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Black Boxes: The Ultimate Backseat Driver

We take a closer look at telematics technology or more commonly known as black boxes and the arguments for and against the use of them.

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Disc-Free Car Tax – What Does it Actually Mean for You?

We summarise the tax disc changes since October 2014 and how it has affected us...

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Voluntary excess – how much should I pay?

We summarise what voluntary and compulsory excess is and how to choose your level of voluntary excess.

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Popularity of in-car cameras

We take a look at why there is a rise in popularity of in-car cameras or dashcams.

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Your guide to no claims discount

A brief guide to no claims discount, savings and protecting your NCD.

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What should I be looking for in my car insurance deal?

We take a look at the essential details you need to consider when searching for the best car insurance deal.

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How to buy a digital tax disc

No more round paper tax discs - we look at how you buy your road tax from 1st October 2014.

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Best drives in the uk

Warmer weather is upon us, finally! If you’ve been considering a spring road trip, here’s a few of the best routes in the UK.

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How your profession affects your car insurance - infographic

We look at the top high-risk and low-risk professions that affect car insurance premiums and why.

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How to ride your motorcycle safely in winter

We take a look at key the safety precautions motorcyclists need to take when hitting the road.

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What van insurance do you need - personal or business?

Whether you're using a van for personal errands or it's central to running your business, there are different van insurance policy types to suit your needs. We cover the key points to consider.

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Van security – 3 top considerations

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could shrink your van down to pocket size and lock it in a safe overnight? Unfortunately, technology isn't quite there yet, so here are key factors to keep in mind for van safety.

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Why motor legal expenses insurance is a wiser investment than ever

We look at what legal expenses is, the current legal system for claim compensation and the new rules that affect drivers in the UK and how legal expenses insurance comes into play.

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Should I lend my car to my friends?

You know they're a safe driver and they only need to borrow it for a short trip... what's the harm in lending your car to your mate? Nothing, if they are properly insured to drive your car. However, what happens if they aren't insured?

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The UK's worst driving habits

Too close, too fast and on the phone: We uncover the UK’s top 5 worst driving habits. We also reveal the top 5 bad driving habits we admit we are guilty of too.

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Wrong fuel in car - what to do

What to do if you've accidentally filled your car with the wrong fuel, why it's damaging, how to reduce this risk (especially if you've just changed car fuel types) and the importance of breakdown insurance.

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8 steps to take following a car accident

Essential steps to take immediately following a car accident, including details of those involved in the accident, reporting to the police and contacting your insurer or broker.

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7 top tips for teaching a learner driver

Here are some tips for taking a learner driver out on the road, including legal requirements, your own driving habits, insurance, patience and not taking payment.

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Car insurance for convicted drivers

If you’re carrying penalty points on your driving licence, or you have a driving conviction, it can seem almost impossible to find great value car insurance. Specialist car insurers like Computerquote can help.

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Keeping your children safe on the roads

Road safety is a priority, especially when we are inside the car and crossing roads. Here's a guide on improving safety with your children at all ages.

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Is my car covered for floods?

Are you covered if your car gets caught in a flood? We look at how the damage occurs, what car insurance you need and what to do if your car is flooded.

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Who make better drivers – men or women?

The battle of the sexes has long since extended into motoring, with tired old stereotypes about women’s inability to park and men’s craving for speed and risk. But what does the data say and do insurers treat men and women differently?

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Average age of driving is now 26 - Computerquote Insurance

We look at why the average age to pass driving tests is now 26, the reasons why and how to reduce new driver costs.

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4 cool safety features to look for in new cars

We take a look at some of the new safety features modern cars come with and how they will help make the roads safer and prevent accidents.

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Bad driving habits that can lead to points and fines

Many people pick up a few bad driving habits as we get older and more confident. However, some habits can lead to fines and licence endorsements. We look at surprising driving offences that can result in endorsement.

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Understanding car warning lights

How to deal with problems with your car's engine, brake, battery, oil pressure, cooling system or tyre pressures when the dashboard lights in your car come on.

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New driving laws: mobile phones and child car seats

Don't get caught out by new driving laws coming into effect from March 2017 – mobile phones and child car seats are in the spotlight!

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Could you benefit from pay as you go car insurance?

Computerquotes flexible pay as you go plan for car insurance - is it right for you?

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Tips for avoiding car theft

Computerquote insurance looks at how you can reduce the risk of your car and its valuables being a target for thieves.

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What is fronting and why is it growing?

In order to try to cut the price of motoring, it seems that many young drivers, and their parents, are jumping on a worrying trend called car insurance fronting. Here we’ll investigate what this is, why it’s a bad idea and how young drivers can reduce their premiums legally instead.

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Is this the end of the road for diesel cars?

With the recent negative publicity, we’ll investigate whether it really is the end for our diesel vehicles and what’s in store for diesel drivers in the future if they fail to make the switch

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How to avoid a cracked windscreen this winter

Winter is a particularly perilous time of year for windscreens, but under no circumstances should you try to de-ice your windscreen by pouring boiling water onto it.

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Van break-ins – how to avoid getting caught out

Did you know that a van is broken into and tools stolen every 23 minutes in the UK? Here’s how thieves are breaking into vans these days, and some tips to help you avoid getting caught out.

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The ‘ghost broking’ motor insurance scam - what it is and how to avoid it

Fraudsters posing as legitimate insurance brokers working for reputable companies have left hundreds of unwitting motorists on the road with no cover and worthless insurance policies. Read our six simple tips to avoid being trapped by "ghost brokers".

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How to stay safe on the roads in freezing weather and beat the "Beast from the East"

The "Beast from the East" has hit the UK, bringing winter back in full force. Despite the weather, many drivers still have to get to their workplace so this article offers advice for driving in freezing conditions.

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Are you ready for new rules on car tax and MOTs?

New rules for car tax and MOTs are coming into force soon, with particular consequences for drivers of diesel vehicles. What do you need to know to avoid an unwelcome surprise?

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How to clean your car in a heatwave

With the scorching weather set to continue, there is talk of hosepipe bans coming to other parts of the UK as water supplies start to deplete. But what exactly does a hosepipe ban mean? And what can motorists do to keep their cars sparkling clean in the midst of this heatwave?

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Police launch crackdown on drivers with poor eyesight

Message to drivers: if you have any concern your vision might be deteriorating, the news of a recent police crackdown should encourage you to book an eye test as soon as possible.

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