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How deep is the UK's pothole problem?

40 KM DEEP and almost FOUR TIMES the deepest part…

*** STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL 00.01 THURSDAY 19TH OCTOBER *** REGIONAL BREAKDOWN AVAILABLE A third (33%) of drivers have had their car damaged by potholes and councils paid £3.1 million in compensation to victims in 2016 To arrange an interview with motoring editor Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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Number of drivers blowing positive for booze…

Fewer motorists are risking drink-driving, as the…

Only 3,424 people failed a breathalyser test following an accident in 2016 – compared to 5,873 in 2006 To arrange an interview with motoring editor Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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INTERVIEW/COMMENT: MOTORING EDITOR RESPONDS…

John Lewis have removed sat navs from shelves due to the increasing number of people using in-car technology and mobile phones apps instead. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com comments: “It’s unsurprising that sat navs will no longer be found on the shelves in John Lewis stores. Recent Confused.com research shows that over one in three (34%) drivers* have sat nav technology in their cars now, and this figure is likely to increase over the next few years.   “John Lewis says the growing popularity of sat nav apps also factored into their decision. Many of these, such as Waze, are free and have real-time information, which is why drivers are turning to apps rather than forking out for sat navs, which can cost hundreds of pounds.   “However, drivers need to be aware that if they’re caught using their phone illegally behind the wheel they can face six penalty points and a £200 fine. This can also result in increased premiums and some insurers refuse to offer cover to those who have convicted this offence.”   Notes to editors: Survey issued to a nationally representative sample of 500 drivers. To arrange an interview with motoring editor Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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CAR INSURANCE PRICES RISEN £100 IN THE LAST…

Prices have accelerated by 14% over the past 12…

STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL 00.01 TUESDAY 10th OCTOBER 2017 ** REGIONAL STATS AVAILABLE ** Average premium now £838 having increased by 14% in the last year Car insurance prices steadied this quarter thanks to insurers readjusting after the Ogden rate cut Gap between what men and women are paying is £116 - just £5 short of pre-EU gender directive To arrange an interview with Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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INTERVIEW/ COMMENT: SIXTH CONSECUTIVE MONTH…

Following today’s announcement that UK car sales are down for the sixth consecutive month, Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com explains what this means for buyers:   “While the latest figures show a downward trend in new car sales, prospective buyers should realise that this actually means there will be some unprecedented deals to be had as manufacturers and dealers push their stock to stimulate the market.   “October will be a key time for car buyers looking for a bargain thanks to the softening market. And as ever, the end of the year will also be a critical time for buyers looking to cash in on a sales-driven market, and brand agnostic customers will be in the best position to get a good deal.   “Even though keen car buyers may find themselves dazzled by these discounts, it’s important to avoid making a snap decision. We’d encourage drivers to do their research and compare online, such as via Confused.com’s car buying service, to ensure they really are getting the best deal available.” To arrange an interview with motoring editor Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656

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RESPONSE TO SAUDI WOMEN GRANTED RIGHT TO…

Responding to King Salman's order allowing women in Saudi Arabia to drive, Amanda Stretton former racing driver and motoring editor at Confused.com comments: "As a woman who races cars, it's a real driver win to see women being given the opportunity to get behind the wheel. "Despite the EU gender directive, in the UK, women pay on average £120 less for their car insurance, so it will be interesting to see how this market will develop in Saudi Arabia. "Evidence and insurance prices in the UK suggest women are safer drivers so we're looking forward to women showing men a thing or two on the road." To arrange an interview please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk 07872377493

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INTERVIEW/COMMENT : SUPERMARKETS COMPETE TO…

Today, Asda announced that they will be cutting petrol prices by up to 2p per litre, and diesel by 1p. Morrisons and Sainsbury’s were quick to match this, as the supermarkets compete with their fuel discounts to entice drivers. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com comments: “Supermarket giants are really battling it out in a bid to win over motorists with their reduced petrol and diesel prices. These cuts could save drivers up to £1.10 filling up a typical family car. “Drivers should take advantage of the price war as supermarkets will be offering discounts, with larger petrol stations generally being able to offer their fuel at a slightly lower price. Our research revealed that petrol prices are in fact at a six-month high (120p for petrol and 120.8p for diesel), costing drivers £60 more a year in fuel*, so the news will undoubtedly come as a small relief.                                 “In order to alleviate fuel costs even further, motorists should try and drive more resourcefully, including driving at slower speeds, accelerating gradually, avoiding over-revving as and using a higher gear. Drivers can also do their research and find the cheapest petrol in their area using our petrol price tool.” * Calculation: price of fuel per litre x tank size. Based on a medium-sized fuel tank of 57 litres.   To arrange an interview with motoring editor Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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9,000 DRIVERS DIDN'T MEET DVLA EYESIGHT…

As the UK recognises the importance of healthy eyesight during National Eye Health Week (18th-24th September), Confused.com motoring editor, Amanda Stretton, says:   “Last year over 9,000 drivers1 had their license revoked or application refused by the DVLA as their eyesight did not meet the required standards. It’s no wonder over half (55%) of drivers2 think all motorists should be legally required to have regular eye tests.   “It’s easy to view eye testing as just another inconvenience and added expense to the rising cost of motoring, but substandard vision can have a significant impact on driving ability, if not treated. Without the correct prescription, motorists may have trouble judging distance, depth and could miss cars, cyclists and pedestrians in their wider field. They may also void their insurance policy if they do not notify their insurer of any conditions.   “Drivers should use National Eye Health Week as a reminder to book their annual check-up. Many opticians offer free tests for first-time customers. Drivers who are concerned about the impact an eye condition could have on the price of their car insurance premiums should shop online using a driver savings site, such as Confused.com.”   Notes to editors:   https://www.aop.org.uk/ot/professional-support/clinical-and-regulatory/2017/06/12/end-of-the-road-for-thousands-of-drivers-with-poor-eyesight Figures taken from omnibus research carried out by One Poll on behalf of Confused.com. This was an online poll of 2,000 UK adults who drive (nationally representative sample). The research was conducted between 12/10/2016 and 14/10/ 2016.

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INTERVIEW / COMMENT: RISING FUEL PRICES FAIL…

Cost per litre has risen to 119.6p for petrol and 120.5p for diesel - yet 79% are unconvinced about switching to electric for their next car. Breakdown by UK cities - further regional stats available To arrange an interview with motoring editor Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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INTERVIEW/ COMMENT: MOT FINES HAVE COST UK…

New FOI data reveals that drivers racked up almost half a million penalties in the last five years for driving without a valid MOT and £35million in fines. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com comments:   “It seems MOT fines are the latest ‘cash cow’ plaguing motorists. While the onus is on drivers to ensure their vehicle is roadworthy, a helpful reminder system for drivers would no doubt bring the number of fines down.   “It’s likely that forgetfulness is just part of the reason some drivers are missing their MOTs. We suspect that rising motoring costs are having a significant impact on drivers’ affordability and that some people simply cannot afford to MOT their car. A reminder system would help drivers to plan ahead, so they don’t find themselves caught out by a surprise MOT renewal date and fines.   “Drivers who are struggling to meet their MOT costs could benefit by shopping around online and use Confused.com’s garage comparison service to make savings on their annual check up.”   To arrange an interview with motoring editor Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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INTERVIEW/ COMMENT: WARNING TO ROAD USERS AS…

With Storm Aileen's winds as strong as 74mph hitting the UK this week, Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com advises drivers how to avoid any disruptions.   “With predictions of high winds hitting the UK this week, we’re urging motorists to take extra care when driving and plan ahead to deal with the severe weather. Drivers should aim to leave home slightly earlier to ensure that they don’t encounter further rush hour disruption.   “As we all know, weather can be unpredictable and turn quickly, so if you do have to travel it’s very important to keep your speed down and make sure there’s enough distance between you and other vehicles. Lorries and cyclists should be extra cautious in strong winds with an increased risk of being blown over.   “Being more vigilant in bad conditions will help drivers avoid a breakdown and more importantly any accidents which could result in increased premiums. And drivers who might need to claim for weather damage, should be aware that they will only be covered with a comprehensive insurance policy, and not third party or third party, fire and theft (TPFP) policies.” To arrange an interview with Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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INTERVIEW/ COMMENT: Warning to drivers as…

With winds as strong as 60mph expected to hit the UK over the next few days, Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com advises how drivers can prepare.   “With predictions of high winds hitting the UK this week, we’re urging motorists to take extra care when driving and plan ahead to deal with the severe weather. Drivers should aim to leave home slightly earlier to ensure that they don’t encounter further rush hour disruption.   “As we all know, weather can be unpredictable and turn quickly, so if you do have to travel it’s very important to keep your speed down and make sure there’s enough distance between you and other vehicles.   “Being more vigilant in bad conditions will help drivers avoid a breakdown and more importantly any accidents which could result in increased premiums. And drivers who might need to claim for weather damage, should be aware that they will only be covered with a comprehensive insurance policy, and not third party or third party, fire and theft (TPFP) policies.” To arrange an interview with Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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INTERVIEW/ COMMENT: INSURANCE PREMIUMS COULD…

Amanda Stretton, motoring editor for Confused.com: “The part-reversal of the Ogden rate will result in lower costs for insurers, which is good news for drivers as it could make car insurance more affordable while balancing the needs of claimants for fair compensation.   “Even so, motorists shouldn’t be reclining in the driving seat just yet. We’re still creeping towards the highest car insurance prices seen on record, and the proposals will not have a material impact on premiums until written into law, which could take some time. While this amendment to the legislation could quench the rate of the increase if it came into place, it’s too early to say if we will see a price rise reversal.   “Insurers are still finding their feet from the previous Ogden announcement, and the broad view is that some sectors of the market ramped up premiums too hard and too fast in reaction. Because of this insurers are going to be keen to not over react if another change is made.   “Motorists can take from this that they aren’t out of the woods when it comes to pricey premiums. It’s more important than ever for drivers to keep an eye on prices and shop around using a price comparison site, such as Confused.com, to keep their motoring costs as low as possible.”   To arrange an interview with Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk 

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INTERVIEW / COMMENT: YOUNG DRIVERS CAN SAVE…

Research released today has revealed that since the introduction of the black box telematics seven years ago, the number of deaths and serious injuries among 17-24 year olds has fallen by 25%. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com, comments:   It is great to see that black boxes are helping to improve the safety for younger motorists on our roads. It seems that by monitoring young drivers’ habits such as speed, braking, and cornering, they are more cautious behind the wheel.   Black boxes were introduced to help to bring down the extortionate cost of car insurance for young drivers. Our research shows that 17-20 year old drivers can save up to £2,340 on their insurance premiums using a telematics box, compared to £392 for 27-29 year olds*.   Car insurance prices are at tipping point, so we encourage drivers to shop around for the best deals and consider using a black box to minimise the ever increasing motoring costs. And it’s an added bonus that they improve the standard and safety of driving in the process!   *This is based on where a telematics provider returned the best price, the gap between the best premium and the next best non telematics price, regardless of rank.   To arrange an interview with Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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INTERVIEW/ COMMENT: FIFTH CONSECUTIVE MONTH…

Following the release of new 67 plates last week and today’s announcement that UK car sales are down for the fifth consecutive month, Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com explains what this means for buyers:   “While the latest figures show new car sales are softening, prospective buyers should realise that this actually means there will be some unprecedented deals to be had as manufacturers and dealers push their new stock to stimulate the market. The release of new 67 plates last week, will also encourage dealers to lower their prices in favour of attractive deals.   “September, in particular, is going to be a key time for car buyers looking for a bargain with potentially even bigger discounts than those we saw the same time last year. As ever, the end of the year will also be a critical time for buyers looking to cash in on a sales-driven market, and brand agnostic customers will be in the best position to get a good deal.   “Even though keen car buyers may find themselves dazzled by these discounts, it’s important to avoid making a snap decision. We’d encourage drivers to do their research and compare online, such as via Confused.com’s car buying service, to ensure they really are getting the best deal available.”   To arrange an interview with motoring editor Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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Escape back-to-work blues with 360 journey…

Two in five (40%) UK commuters would change jobs…

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INTERVIEW/COMMENT : "THE LAST GENERATION OF…

With the new registration number plates being introduced today, Amanda Stretton discusses how this can benefit car buyers:   “New 67 plates are entering the market today – bringing with them the promise of big car savings for drivers. And as the Government has made a commitment to stopping the production of petrol and diesel cars by 2040, this is likely to be the last generation to buy new fossil fuel cars.   “As dealers attempt to boost softening sales, car buyers can expect to see some of the best deals the market has ever seen this September, so it’s a good time to buy if you know what you’re looking for. However, those who are brave and brand agnostic should hold off purchasing a new 67 plate until December because there will be some staggering bargains available as dealers look to shift pre-registered stock.   “It is a changing time for the market and with this we’re likely to a shift in the way drivers purchase vehicles, too. We expect the number of drivers choosing personal contract hire (PCH) will rise as dealers start to push these plans to steer clear of the negative rhetoric surrounding personal contract purchase (PCP).   “Anyone looking to buy a new car should do thorough research online beforehand to ensure they are getting the best purchase plan to suit them.”

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BBC Breakfast, Amanda Stretton discussing…

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COMMENT/ INTERVIEW: QUEENSFERRY CROSSING…

This Wednesday will see the opening of the new Queensferry Crossing, which will offer drivers an alternative route between Edinburgh and Fife. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com, discusses how the new crossing will benefit drivers in the region:   “Drivers and commuters in the region will be relieved the impressive Queensferry Crossing is now opening. Over the past couple of years, those using the Forth Road Bridge have faced many closures and delays due to extensive maintenance works. The opening of the new Queensferry crossing will ease the burden of traffic and will be more reliable for drivers on their daily journeys.   “The new crossing has been designed to protect the bridge from the effects of wind. This will hopefully prevent any weather-related closures which used to cause motorists to have to take alternative routes and tailbacks as long as 11 miles.   “No doubt motorists in the region are very much looking forward to quicker, easier and cheaper journeys, especially once it receives motorway status.” To arrange an interview with Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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COMMENT/ INTERVIEW: Rise in victims of…

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22.5 MILLION CARS EXPECTED TO TRAVEL TOMORROW

SATURDAY TO BE WORST DAY FOR TRAFFIC THIS BANK…

Please see a comment from Amanda Stretton (former race car driver and Confused.com motoring editor) about Saturday being the busiest day on UK roads over the bank holiday weekend with an 22.5 million* cars expected to travel on this day.

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NEW RESEARCH: BANK HOLIDAY FUEL PRICES

Bank holiday drivers on M25 near Grays could save…

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NEW RESEARCH: DRIVERS CAN SAVE MONEY THIS…

INTERVIEW TODAY

*REGIONAL STATS AVAILABLE* 20 million bank holiday drivers could save £24 by avoiding motorway fuel stations Drivers only need to divert 10 minutes off the motorway to find their nearest supermarket alternative.  To arrange an interview with Amanda Stretton, motoring editor, please contact presthaya@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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FORD ANNOUNCES SCRAPPAGE SCHEME - MOTORING…

Today, Ford have announced that from September 1st, they will be offering a £2,000 scrappage scheme for pre-2010 cars. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com, said:   “With the government pushing aside plans for a scrappage scheme until Autumn, it is encouraging to see manufacturers doing their bit to implement such initiatives themselves. With the cost of motoring rising across the board, drivers should welcome any plans that reduce emissions and also save them money.   “While this is a step in the right direction, the offer is also only open until the end of December, so it will have a limited impact on removing polluting vehicles from our roads. A nationwide scrappage scheme is needed to make it cheaper and easier for all motorists to adopt greener vehicles and improve our air quality.   “While only drivers of pre-2010 cars can qualify for the Ford scheme, there are many ways they can save money while reducing their carbon footprint. Motorists should research online into ways they can drive more efficiently, such as by limiting their acceleration, driving in a higher gear and carpooling with others whenever possible.”

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INTERVIEW/ COMMENT: CAR SALES DOWN AND…

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COMMENT/ INTERVIEW: Thousands of UK…

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New research: Drivers unable to identify…

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CONFUSED.COM WINS THE WAZE RACE TO BECOME…

Confused.com and Waze partner to save drivers time and money   To arrange an interview with Confused.com CMO, Paul Troy and/or Finlay Clark, Head of Waze UK, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk 

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PREMIERSHIP FANS WILL SPEND MORE ON FUEL…

Fans driving to Premiership away games will pay MORE for petrol (£607) than their tickets (£570) The average suppoter will drive more miles than the distance between London and Shanghai   To arrange an interview with Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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INTERVIEW/COMMENT: DRIVERS AVOID PAY-BY…

Research reveals that more than two thirds of drivers (70%) shun parking spaces that require payment by phone. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor, comments:   “Drivers spend 21 minutes a week searching for parking spaces, on average, due to a lack of availability, and the complexity of pay-by-phone options only exacerbates the problem.   “Local councils should be making it easier for drivers to pay for parking given that it’s already a cost they begrudgingly have to pay. Complicated processes could cause drivers to make mistakes and land themselves with parking tickets. The average driver will rack up almost £10,000 worth of parking charges and fines over a 25-year period, so increasing the likelihood of pay errors and additional admin charges is something we need to avoid.   “Drivers who are fed up with confusion over parking can avoid this by shopping around for the cheapest spaces online and by booking in advance. The Confused.com parking search tool allows drivers to do this and prevents drivers from any confusion they may encounter paying over the phone.” To arrange an interview with Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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COMMENT: WATERLOO STATION WORKS TO ALSO…

Millions of commuters will be affected by train disruptions when half of London Waterloo station undergoes building works for an entire month. With many of those impacted expected to take to the road, Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com comments:   “The three weeks of building works at Waterloo station this month are set to severely impact commuters’ journeys. With 650,000 people relying on South West Trains per day, it is expected that thousands will turn to driving, potentially adding hours to the regular rush hour traffic.   “Our research shows usual day-to-day traffic causes a whopping one in five (20%) workers to experience road rage on their commute. A further 15% arrive at their destination feeling ‘annoyed’ because of bad traffic. It is therefore important that anyone who’s journey is affected by the works prepares for the stressful situation ahead. Leave extra early or slightly later, if possible, to avoid peak periods.   “To lessen the load on the roads and your own stress levels over the next three weeks, make sure you also have a full tank and, where possible, try to grab a lift with a friend or work colleague. In these ways, you can do your part to reduce the number of cars on the road and the resulting pollution. Car sharing will not only save you time, but also money.” To arrange an interview with Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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DROP IN NEW CAR SALES DRIVES BETTER DEALS…

New figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders reveals that new car sales dropped by 9.3% last month. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com comments:   “While the latest figures show a downward trend in new car sales, prospective buyers should realise that this actually means there will be some unprecedented deals to be had as manufacturers and dealers push their stock to stimulate the market. September, in particular, is going to be a key time for car buyers looking for a bargain with potentially even bigger discounts than those we saw the same time last year. As ever, the end of the year will also be a critical time for buyers looking to cash in on a sales-driven market.   “Even though keen car buyers may find themselves dazzled by these discounts, it’s important to avoid making a snap decision. We’d encourage drivers to do their research and compare online, such as via Confused.com’s car buying service, to ensure they really are getting the best deal available.”   To arrange an interview, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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Motorway Tents - Health Implications for…

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MOTORWAY TENTS – HEALTH IMPLICATIONS FOR…

In light of Highways England’s plans to build pollution tents over the UK’s busiest roads to improve our air quality, Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com discusses the negative impact this will have on drivers:   “While it is good to see different proposals developed to help reduce air pollution, we are extremely cautious about the plan to install giant tents over busy stretches of roads. This initiative could improve the health of people living in surrounding cities but most definitely does not benefit drivers.   “Trapping emissions into an enclosed tunnel could have serious health implications and would actually make air quality much worse for motorists, and even those who do not drive, such as passengers and bus users. And if the tents are built on the UK’s busiest roads, it’s likely that road users will have to sit in hours of traffic while the construction occurs. It’s concerning to see that more frequently, road initiatives are ignoring consequences for drivers – whether this be ever rising motoring costs or their health in this instance.”

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INTERVIEW/COMMENT: SHOULD WE PRIORITISE…

The government’s clear air strategy has caused much debate today over whether we should be prioritising cleaner air or road safety. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com, comments:   “The government’s decision to encourage local councils to remove speed humps on roads may have a negative impact on road safety. While it can help to reduce air pollution in the UK, road humps were put in specific locations for a reason - to prevent accidents and slow down speeding drivers.   Worryingly, our research at Confused.com shows that four in five (79%) drivers admit to breaking the speed limit. Removing speed bumps could encourage more drivers to disregard speed restrictions and we might see more accidents occurring as a result. If the Government do intend to go ahead with encouraging the removal of speed humps, it would definitely be worthwhile installing speed cameras as a replacement to maintain road safety.   The safety for both motorists and pedestrians is paramount so the Government should consider the benefits of the other alternatives to improve air quality. Plans for a diesel scrappage scheme have been pushed aside until the Autumn but this would directly address removing the most polluting cars from the road.   Separately, drivers can also do their bit to improve air quality levels by carpooling where possible to lessen the load on the roads. There are apps which can help you find somebody to share a lift which could save you both money and time.” To arrange an interview with Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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NUMBER OF DRIVERS OVER 90 TOPS 100,000 FOR…

Figures released by the DLVA have found the number of older drivers, specifically those aged over 90, is on the up and has recently topped 100,000 for the first time. Over the past six years Confused.com has been recognising this increase through the number of quotes received by drivers of this age. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com said: “We have seen more and more quotes run by drivers aged over 90 throughout the past six years, with the level increasing by 60% since 2011, so this trend reflects the figures released by the DVLA. And given that the number is likely to go up, Confused.com offers over 30 providers which will consider drivers of this age and older. “The current law requires older drivers to complete a self-assessment every three years declaring they are medically be behind the wheel. But almost half (49%) of drivers think older motorists should be forced to retake their test every three years, according to our research. “Despite this, drivers over the age of 71 only pay around £522 on average for their car insurance, which is on the lower end of the scale, and this suggests they have fewer and lower value claims than drivers in other age groups. So this could be interpreted that they are actually safer drivers than, for example, 18 year olds who pay £2,334 for their premiums – more than any other age. “However, drivers aged over 71 are now paying more than they’ve ever paid for car insurance and drivers of all ages have been affected by the recent price hikes which have seen the average UK premium rise to £847. To save money and keep premiums as low as possible drivers should compare prices and shop around online using a car savings site like Confused.com.”

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MOTORING EDITOR RESPONDS TO GOVERNMENT'S…

The government’s clean air strategy, published today, will see a ban on new diesel and petrol vehicles from 2040. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com discusses how this ban – and other proposed actions to reduce pollution – will affect drivers:   “The new strategy includes a £255m fund to help local authorities tackle emissions from diesel vehicles – and while the government is urging councils to consider possible solutions like fitting the most polluting diesel cars with filters and changing road layouts and altering speed bumps, diesel drivers will be disappointed to hear that they will face tough taxes from as early as 2020.   “It’s unfortunate that the government are holding off until autumn to consider the terms of a diesel scrappage scheme, which will finally give drivers some clarity. With diesel motorists set to face such punitive levies, it seems only fair that they receive help to switch to more eco-friendly vehicles.   “This plan shows that it is increasingly difficult for drivers to avoid the rising cost of motoring. We encourage all drivers to research ways of making your tank go further and to shop around for the cheapest fuel in their area using Confused.com’s fuel price tool.”

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SCHOOL HOLIDAYS BRING JOY TO COMMUTERS - 10…

  Next week, commencing 7th August will be the quietest commute, as 4.2million fewer people plan on driving to work. To arrange an interview with Amanda, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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DRIVERS CALLING FOR CRACKDOWN ON PRIVATE…

With private companies issuing parking fines that have risen by almost two thirds in the last 12 months, drivers are calling for a crackdown on the firms operating parking lots. Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor at Confused.com advises drivers how they can avoid the arduous costs of parking.   “It is worrying that so many drivers are getting stung by hefty parking fines from private companies. It is clear that the lack of parking space availability, plus rising charges, are continuing to burden drivers across the UK.   “Our own research shows that the average driver will rack up almost £10,000 worth of parking charges and fines over a 25-year period - £6,952 of which is spent on car park fees alone.   “However, there are now many useful apps which can help drivers book parking in advance and shop around for the cheapest spaces, such as our car parking tool.   “Those who feel a parking ticket has been issued unfairly should challenge it and report any unclear parking signs to the local council to help other drivers in the future.”

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COMMENT: Abolishing Severn bridges toll to…

Motoring editor, Amanda Stretton

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INTERVIEW TODAY: LORRY DRIVERS' DANGEROUS…

New research reveals dangerous behaviour of HGV drivers on the road, including speeding, overtaking and tailgating. Two in five (42%) drivers think the motorway speed limit for lorries should be reduced to 50mph or lower To arrange an interview with Amanda Stretton, motoring editor, please contact presthaya@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656  

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Cost of UK car insurance just £11 off record…

Research has shown that car insurance premiums are on track to be the most expensive on record. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com, responds: “Car insurance prices are at tipping point and soon we expect drivers to be paying the highest ever prices for their premiums. Our own research, analysing over 6 million quotes from the last quarter, shows that car insurance premiums have ramped up to an average of £847 - just £11 short of the highest ever price.   “We can't say that we’re shocked by these figures as we knew drivers would be taking a hit following the Ogden rate cut and hike in IPT to 12%. But since April this year, insurers are required to show drivers at renewal what they paid for their car insurance last year. Being able to compare the amount they paid the year before, and armed with the knowledge that prices are rising across the board, motorists are better equipped than ever to shop around. “As many as half of drivers can save up to £284 by shopping around at Confused.com, so drivers wanting to make savings should take note of their renewal price and take a few minutes to get a comparable quote online.”   For more information, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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Drivers waste 44 hours a year looking for…

Research reveals that the total cost of time spent searching for a parking space; money overspent on parking; and tickets for overstaying, costs drivers more than £30billion annually. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com advises drivers how they can avoid the arduous costs of parking. “The fact that motorists are spending an average of 44 hours a year searching for a parking space, wasting money as well as time, suggests a lack of parking space availability and rising charges are continuing to burden drivers across the UK.   “Our own research shows that the average driver will rack up almost £10,000 worth of parking charges and fines over a 25-year period - £6,952 of which is spent on car park fees alone.   “However, there are now many useful apps which can help drivers book parking in advance and shop around for the cheapest spaces, such as our car parking tool.   “Those who feel a parking ticket has been issued unfairly should proceed to challenge it, and report any unclear parking signs to the local council to avoid future confusion.”

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CAR INSURANCE COSTS RACE TOWARDS RECORD HIGHS

Premiums ramp up to £847 on average - just £11…

Ogden rate cut and Insurance Premium Tax increase cause premiums to rise by almost £100 in just four months ** REGIONAL STATS AVAILABLE ** Scroll down for full press release To arrange an interview with Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656  

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CONFUSED.COM RESPOND TO BANNED CORDEN ADVERT

Following the ASA ruling that the Confused.com adverts with James Corden were misleading, Confused.com has highlighted just how extensive its car-related savings really are. In accordance with the ASA, Confused.com can confirm it still provides more opportunities to save on car-related products than any competitor.   Please scroll down for response from Paul Troy, Confused.com CMO

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MOTORING EDITOR RESPONDS TO QUEEN'S SPEECH

In light of the Queen’s speech today, which addressed several significant transports issues, Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com discusses how drivers will be affected. She says:   “Overall, the Queen’s speech set a positive tone for UK drivers – finally, some legislation that does not leave motorists facing increased car costs! Motorists will be happy to hear that one of the proposed bills aims to reduce motor insurance premiums. The average premium is currently £781, which is just 9% (£77) lower than the highest recorded rate (£781 vs £858)[1].   Another bill announced today, removes the need for electric-car owners to register with multiple companies to use publicly-accessible charging points. Currently, drivers trying to access different power points may incur both annual membership charges and other registration costs from the array of companies that manage the ports. Registration costs are charged in addition to the actual costs to repower the vehicle which remains a very economic option.Additionally, the speech revealed that motorway services and petrol stations will also have to install electric car charging points. It is hoped that a simpler, cheaper charging process will encourage more people to switch to electric, helping to improve our poor air quality.     We at Confused.com have seen a significant increase in the number of drivers requesting quotes for electric cars in the last year, and there is no doubt that these will continue to rise if the new bill actually does make owning and maintaining the vehicles more affordable.   [1] https://www.confused.com/car-insurance/price-index      

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INTERVIEW: TIP YOUR DRIVER (DAD!) THIS…

‘Dad taxis’ could be earning £2,828.80 per year…

***REGIONAL STATS AVAILABLE*** To arrange an interview with Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.com or +44 (0)20 7637 0656 

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INTERVIEW/ COMMENT: DRIVERS NEED TO BE…

With fears that cheap car finance may drive us towards the next financial crisis, Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com, says more needs to be done to educate drivers about the terms of the different finance options available:   "With 90 percent of new cars in the UK being sold under finance, drivers need to fully understand the different options in order to ensure they really are getting the best deal.   “Our research shows drivers are taking out loans without always understanding the terms of the car finance option, which could end up costing them thousands of pounds. For example, 74% of drivers don’t understand how representative APR works, with some drivers blindly walking into a more expensive deal with a higher rate of APR than the representative rate shown. And there’s much confusion over the difference between types of car finance, with half (47%) of buyers believing that you own the car at the end of a personal contract purchase (PCP).   "Drivers can easily compare prices and types of car finance with our comparison service. The service enables drivers to see the exact APR rates they are eligible for, rather than the representative rates, so they can see exactly how much they will be paying and compare prices for different types of car finance side-by-side."   To arrange an interview with Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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INTERVIEW/ COMMENT: MOTORING EDITOR RESPONDS…

New figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders reveals that diesel car sales have dropped by 20% in the last month. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com comments:   "May car sales figures suggest that the Government’s effort to improve air quality in the UK might be working, with more drivers opting for petrol and electric cars instead of diesel.   "The decline in diesel car sales last month is likely to be the result of growing health concerns relating to harmful nitrogen dioxide produced by diesel vehicles.   "Initiatives to educate drivers about this issue have proven effective, however, the proposed diesel scrappage scheme being discussed remains vague and nothing has been confirmed.   "The car sales figures show that drivers are proactively looking for ways to improve air quality and we hope that the Government will give consumers enough notice on the proposed changes to ensure they can weigh up their options when purchasing a new car. Drivers should check that the insurance and running costs are affordable, to avoid any nasty surprises further down the line." To arrange an interview with Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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INTERVIEW/COMMENT: PARKING FINES COSTING…

Research has revealed the UK’s parking fine hotspots where the most tickets and penalty charge notices have been issued. Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor at Confused.com advises drivers how they can avoid the arduous costs of parking.   “The fact that more than 2.7 million tickets have been issued in the last year alone suggests a lack of parking space availability plus rising charges are continuing to burden drivers across the UK. Our own research shows the average driver will rack up almost £10,000 worth of parking charges and fines over a 25-year period. And £6,952 of that total figure is what drivers spend on car park fees alone.   “However, there are useful apps which can help drivers book parking in advance and shop around for the cheapest spaces, such as the Confused.com car parking tool.   “As well as shopping around, motorists can help the situation by looking out for unclear parking signs and report them to the local council. And those who feel their parking ticket has been issued unfairly should proceed to challenge it.”   To arrange an interview with Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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INTERVIEW/COMMENT: 3.4 MILLION FEWER DRIVERS…

Please scroll down for full press release. To arrange an interview with Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656  

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INTERVIEW/ COMMENT: UK AIR QUALITY LINKED TO…

New research reveals that people living in cities with high levels of nitrogen dioxide are 60% more likely to suffer from poor sleeping*. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com, comments:   “The air quality in UK cities is shocking, so there’s no wonder that it is at the root of sleep deprivation for many people. Solutions to the problem are being discussed by politicians, such as proposals to reduce the number of diesel vehicles on the road including plans to introduce a diesel scrappage scheme. However, some people are eager to get some clarity on whether this will be enough to make an improvement to air quality.   “In the meantime drivers can also do their bit by carpooling where possible to limit the number of engines in the most congested areas. There are many apps which can help you find somebody to share a lift which could save you both time and money.”     *The study was presented at the American Thoracic Society’s annual conference and drew on data gathered over five years in six US cities.

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INTERVIEW TODAY: Drivers face £526m fines…

Since 2013, 3,000 accidents recorded in variable…

To arrange an interview with Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor, following the release of new research into Britain's most lucrative variable speed cameras, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656 Please scroll down for full press release.

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INTERVIEW: INSURANCE PREMIUMS RISE DUE TO…

Insurance Premium Tax rises yet again today (1st June 2017), from 10% to 12%. Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor at Confused.com, discusses how this will impact car insurance prices:   “From June 1st the 2% hike in Insurance Premium Tax could add an average of £16 to drivers’ annual car insurance costs. This means that the average premium will almost break through the £800 barrier, as it increases from £781 to £797[1]. “It's easy to see why drivers are so upset about yet another IPT rate rise since it has doubled in the last 18 months. There are many factors influencing the rise in car insurance prices but, to put the IPT rate rise into context, the average premium was £629 in October 2015 when IPT was just 6%. And with drivers having to bear the additional brunt of recent changes to the Ogden tax, we expect average insurance premiums will be on course to hit a whopping £1,000 by the end of next year.   “Thankfully, insurers are now required to show drivers the price of their premium from the previous year at the point of renewal, which will serve as a reminder that loyalty doesn’t always pay. Motorists looking to avoid car insurance price hikes should to take note of their renewal price and run a quote through a car savings site, such as Confused.com, to see if they can get a cheaper premium elsewhere.”                   [1] Confused.com car insurance price index - using more than 4 million quotes in the construction of each quarters index, making it the most timely and comprehensive price index in the UK

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INTERVIEW/COMMENT: HOW THE GOVERNMENT'S AIR…

Ahead of the Government unveiling their air pollution strategy today, Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor at Confused.com, comments on how these new policies might affect motorists:   “The strategy will most likely receive resentment from many drivers who are fed up of bearing the brunt of rising motoring costs. To tackle our toxic air, the government plan to hit drivers with more expensive congestion charges, parking fees and fuel tax.   “Yet it seems the government will offer some respite to the drivers affected by the extra costs, giving them the chance to scrap their toxic vehicle or receive funds to retrofit filters to reduce emissions. Drivers will be consoled with these more positive measures that encourage the adoption of greener vehicles rather than any increased charges.   “Although the alternatives offered will by no means be nationwide, with the scrappage scheme set to only apply to owners of older cars in the most polluted areas, it is a start to improve UK air quality. This plan shows that it is increasingly difficult for drivers to avoid the rising cost of motoring. We urge all drivers to shop around using a comparison site such as Confused.com to cut costs where possible.”    To arrange an interview please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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INTERVIEW/ COMMENT: CAR FINANCE MARKET…

In response to concerns by structured finance experts that the UK motorists buying new cars under Personal Contract Plans (PCPs) are not fully aware of the terms contained in these agreements, former race car driver and motoring editor at Confused.com, Amanda Stretton, advises buyers on the importance of shopping carefully for the best deal.   "With 90 percent of new cars in the UK being sold under finance, it is more important than ever for drivers to ensure they are getting the best deal. Drivers are going into dealerships without understanding their finance options, which could end up costing them thousands of pounds. Our recent research reveals that the average representative car finance rate can be three times higher at dealerships than exact rates available via some online options (9.4% vs 3.2%) (1).   "We advise drivers to research their options by using our car finance comparison service. This enables drivers to see the exact APR rates they will be offered, rather than representative rates, allowing them to weigh up the options side-by-side and seek out the best available deal."   To arrange an interview, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656 1. Across the 100 used car dealerships included in Confused.com's mystery shopping experiment, the average representative APR rate offered to customers was 9.4%. By shopping around using the Confused.com car finance comparison service, the best comparable rate available was 3.2%.

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INTERVIEW/ COMMENT: GARAGES CHARGING £234 AN…

In light of new research* that reveals franchised garages charge around 40% more than independent workshops, Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor at Confused.com advises drivers on ways to avoid hefty service bills.   “With the cost of owning a car constantly increasing, drivers want to feel like they are getting a good deal when they are having their car serviced.   “To get the best deal, drivers should do their research online and investigate the kind of prices they can expect to pay for specific types of repair work. More importantly, they should consider comparing prices from several mechanics to ensure they are getting the best value for money. This is made much easier with Confused.com’s garage comparison tool, which compares quotes from over 8,000 garages across the UK and from local specialists in your area.”   To arrange an interview, pleast conact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656 *New study commissioned by motoreasy

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INTERVIEW/COMMENT : FOUR IN FIVE DRIVERS…

The introduction of new road laws on Monday will see drivers who are caught speeding face fines of up to £2500 or 175% of their weekly income, compared to the previous level of 100%. Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor at Confused.com, comments:   "It is worrying that four in five (79%) drivers admit to breaking the speed limit with two in five (37%) having been caught doing so[i]. But the harsher penalties should encourage drivers to think twice before putting their foot down on the accelerator. While some drivers might think they have a valid excuse to speed, there is nothing more important than following laws set to protect people on the road.   “Speed restrictions have been put in place for a reason – to maintain a level of safety for both motorists and pedestrians alike. If drivers were allowed to drive at any speed, the roads would be chaos and accidents would be even more frequent than they are now.   "We urge drivers who do get caught speeding to declare any offences to their insurers. While this may result in increased premiums, failing to declare such offences could see their policy voided.”   [i] online poll of 2,000 UK motorists, nationally representative sample

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INTERVIEW/COMMENT : EU COUNTRIES NOW ABLE TO…

The upcoming implementation of stricter road laws, enabling authorities from EU countries to obtain British driver details and chase them for fines up to £640, calls for UK motorists to be extra careful when driving in Europe this summer. Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor at Confused.com, comments:   “EU traffic offences such as speeding, passing through a red light, and using a mobile phone, are laws UK drivers should be fully aware of. And now that authorities in European countries can pursue UK drivers committing these offences, we hope motorists are extra careful to avoid breaking the rules.   “Motoring laws across Europe do vary and driving on foreign roads with different signs and speed limits can be confusing for even the most experienced road user. We’d advise all those hoping to take a trip across the pond this year to research the local driving rules and requirements before travelling.”

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INTERVIEW/ COMMENT: PM INSISTS ON DIESEL…

The Department for Environment and Rural Affairs will publish its updated clean air plans later this month, and it is expected to announce a new diesel car scrappage scheme. Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor at Confused.com comments:   “The proposed diesel scrappage scheme will offer some respite to drivers who will be unable to escape the ‘toxin tax’ on ‘dirty’ diesels entering our cities. While this is a step towards reducing levels of pollution it will be by no means nationwide, so the impact it will have remains to be seen.   “And even though the government is encouraging drivers to switch to more eco-friendly vehicles, we must not forget that from April 1st of this year anyone buying a new car – including many of the lower emissions vehicles – will face increased road tax charges.   “It is increasingly difficult for drivers to avoid the rising cost of motoring and so shopping around to cut costs where you can has never been more important.” 

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INTERVIEW/ COMMENT: HOW BREXIT WILL AFFECT…

New research has suggested that one quarter of motorists expect Brexit to ramp up the price of new cars. Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor at Confused.com comments:   “The new car market in the UK is one of the most important for both manufacturers and consumers. This is because UK drivers keep their cars for the shortest period of time in comparison to any other market across Europe. But Brexit may cause manufacturers to bump up their prices, and so buying new may become far less affordable for some drivers.   “Rising motoring costs are already putting some drivers off buying new cars. The changes to road tax introduced this month now see drivers paying up to £2,000 in the first year and two fifths (40%) of drivers say the new rules have put them off purchasing a 2017 plate. This is without considering the hikes following Brexit.   “To make buying a new car more affordable, we would advise drivers to shop around for the best finance deals using Confused.com’s new car finance comparison tool.”

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INTERVIEW: 31 million drivers on UK roads…

To arrange an interview with Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656   Please scroll down for full press release

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INTERVIEW TOMORROW: Car insurance up £110…

*** EMBARGOED UNTIL 00.01 TUESDAY 11TH APRIL 2017 *** To arrange an interview, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656 (after 5:30pm 07872377493)

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COMMENT: SCOTTISH COUNCILS MAKE £40MILLION…

Research has revealed that Scottish councils rake in over £40 million in profits from parking-related charges. Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor at Confused.com advises Scottish drivers how they can avoid the arduous costs of parking their car.   “It is shocking to hear that the profit from parking-related charges made by Scottish councils has increased by 12% in the last year. Drivers need to take extra caution when parking their car to avoid contributing to this large sum. We advise drivers to look out for unclear parking signs and report them to the local council. Drivers should challenge their parking ticket if they feel it’s been issued unfairly.     “We know that over a 25-year period, the average driver will rack up almost £10,000 worth of charges and fines. And £6,952 of that total figure is what drivers spend on car park fees alone over that time period. Drivers will benefit from keeping general parking costs to a minimum by shopping around for the cheapest options using our car parking tool and by carpooling with others.” 

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COMMENT: DRIVERS ENCOURAGED TO APPEAL…

Research has revealed the best and worst places in the UK to successfully appeal a parking fine. Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor at Confused.com advises drivers how they can avoid the arduous costs of parking.   “Drivers need to take extra care when parking their car to avoid a hefty fine. While new research reveals some regions to be more open to parking ticket appeals than others, we urge all drivers to challenge their ticket if they feel it’s been issued unfairly. We advise drivers to gather as much evidence as possible, such as taking pictures if parking signs are not visible or clear.   “It is shocking that over a 25-year period, the average driver will rack up almost £10,000 worth of charges and fines. And £6,952 of that total figure is what drivers spend on car park fees alone over that time period. Drivers will benefit from keeping general parking costs to a minimum by shopping around for the cheapest options using our car parking tool and by carpooling with others.”

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PM hints at help for diesel car owners over …

Diesel car owners could get some help from the government if cities adopt new charges to tackle pollution, Theresa May has suggested today. An ultra low emission zone will come into force in London in April 2019, with a £24 a day fee for some drivers. The PM said she would "take into account" that drivers were encouraged to buy diesel by previous governments.  Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com, advises drivers how they can avoid another hefty motoring cost. “It's unclear what help will be given to drivers who have been encouraged to by diesel. What is clear is that drivers are yet again being slammed with even more motoring costs and price increases. The proposed tax is set to sting those with diesel cars and could charge these drivers up to £20 per day to enter around 35 towns and cities across the UK. “If introduced, it’s likely that this charge will be enough to force drivers to fork out for another vehicle with an alternative fuel type. “While the intention is for the ‘toxin tax’ to crackdown on the UK’s poor air quality, the cost will likely receive resentment from many motorists who are fed up of bearing the brunt of rising costs. We should consider more positive measures to encourage the adoption of greener vehicles, such as by offering competitive tax discounts and diesel scrappage schemes. Motorists should also be educated on greener driving practices, such as car-pooling and ways they can drive more efficiently.” 

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Amanda on Sky News - Mobile phone use in the…

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INTERVIEW/COMMENT: NEW TOXIN TAX - YET…

With Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom planning to unveil a new ‘toxin tax’ this week, Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor at Confused.com, advises drivers how they can avoid another hefty motoring cost.   “Drivers are yet again being slammed with even more motoring costs and price increases. The proposed tax is set to sting those with diesel cars and could charge these drivers up to £20 per day to enter around 35 towns and cities across the UK.   “If introduced, it’s likely that this charge will be enough to force drivers to fork out for another vehicle with an alternative fuel type.   “While the intention is for the ‘toxin tax’ to crackdown on the UK’s poor air quality, the cost will likely receive resentment from many motorists who are fed up of bearing the brunt of rising costs. We should consider more positive measures to encourage the adoption of greener vehicles, such as by offering competitive tax discounts and diesel scrappage schemes. Motorists should also be educated on greener driving practices, such as car-pooling and ways they can drive more efficiently.” 

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INTERVIEW/ COMMENT: MAYOR'S NEW ONLINE…

The Mayor of London has just announced the launch of a website that scores cars based on the vehicle’s CO2 emissions in an effort to stop drivers purchasing highly polluting cars. Amanda Stretton former racing driver and motoring editor at Confused.com, discusses the financial effect of this and April’s “New Car Tax” for drivers:   “This new website will help the more than half (52%) of British motorists who consider it important to cut down on their CO2 emissions. Now they’ll be able to see which cars are the most environmentally damaging and avoid buying them in favour of a cleaner alternative.   “A car with lower CO2 emissions will result in the driver paying less overall car tax. The new laws mean new car buyers will pay a much higher emissions-based ‘licence rate’ in their first year.   “We think the new car tax will encourage car buyers to make more conscious choices because from April 1st new cars with emissions of 120g/km will pay a first year rate of £160, while owners of cars with emissions over 255g/km will pay a whopping £2,000 in the first year.   “Drivers should welcome the new online system with open arms. They will be given a realistic rating of the car’s emissions which will not only benefit the environment, but guarantee they are getting the best possible deal with their car tax and other motoring expenses.” To arrange an interview, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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INTERVIEW/ COMMENT: AIA SURVEY - DRIVERS…

In light of the latest AIA annual pothole survey which states that our roads will not be fit for purpose in five years, Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor at Confused.com advises drivers to seek compensation when necessary. She says:   “It is shocking that one in six roads in the UK are in such poor condition. While heavy traffic and rainy winters has caused inconceivable damage, it seems that underfunding has meant that local councils are not able to keep up with the repairs, with a 19% decrease in the number of potholes filled last year.   “The Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) have estimated that local authorities now need more than £12 billion to repair the roads. Unfortunately for drivers, the cost of replacing suspension springs in a typical vehicle costs as much as £350 - and this is on top of any tyre damage. We would advise drivers to claim compensation either through local authorities or through a comprehensive car insurance policy - provided the driver has evidence to prove the damage was caused by driving on a poorly maintained road.   “Drivers needing to make a claim for pothole damage should do so by making a note of where the pothole is, referencing the date and time of the incident, and taking a photo. Drivers should then contact the body responsible for maintaining the road, either the Highways Agency or the local council, to make a formal complaint. For more details, please visit our step-by-step guide that advises drivers how to claim for pothole damage.   “Compensation claims could end up costing the Government more in the long term than if they were to spend the necessary funds to replace the road surface. We urge the Government to take immediate action to review the investment in the road infrastructure, as this will save everyone time and money.”

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INTERVIEW/ COMMENT: PM UNDER PRESSURE TO…

In light of recent pressure on the Prime Minister to launch an investigation into the costs of petrol prices following a ‘£6bn rip-off’, Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor at Confused.com, comments:   “Although drivers are likely to be enraged to hear they are being ripped-off with petrol prices, many may not find the news surprising, given that the average driver spends £118.58 filling up their tanks every month, according to research by Confused.com. And with fuel prices rising over the last year, it has been suggested that greedy fuel giants are taking advantage of drivers by overcharging them an extra 2p a litre at the petrol pumps.   “In order to alleviate the burdening cost of fuel which is weighing the average driver down by over £1,400 a year, motorists should try and drive more resourcefully to limit their fuel consumption. This includes driving at slower speeds, accelerating gradually, avoiding over-revving and using a higher gear. Drivers will need to be as savvy as ever to find the cheapest and most suitable prices of fuel alongside all of their other motoring expenses. They should also take the time to do their research and can find the cheapest petrol in their area using our petrol price tool.” To arrange an interview, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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INTERVIEW/ COMMENT: OWNING A CAR NOW COSTS…

In light of new research* revealing the lifetime running cost of owning a car, Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor at Confused.com advises how drivers can minimise the hefty charges.   “It is shocking that British motorists will spend a whopping average of £168,880 on vehicle costs over their lifetime. This substantial amount could in fact buy a house in many parts of the UK. But there are some areas where drivers can cut down their costs if they’re prepared to be savvy.   “In order for drivers to avoid paying £70,000 on fuel over their lifetime, as the research suggests, they can make their car more fuel efficient by driving more resourcefully, such as sticking to lower speeds, accelerating gradually and driving in a high gear. They should also closely monitor fuel prices, shop around and take advantage of supermarket fuel price wars when the big chains race to be the cheapest for petrol and diesel.   “Parking is also another staggering motoring cost with the average driver racking up almost £10,000 in a 25-year period. But shrewd drivers can keep parking costs to a minimum, by shopping around for the cheapest parking using our car parking tool or by carpooling with others.   “Another unavoidable costs for motorists is car insurance, and with Confused.com predicting that the average premium will be over £1,000 by next year it’s essential that drivers do all they can to avoid further dents in their pockets. We would urge drivers to use our helpful guide to saving money on car insurance and shop around to find the best deals and slash running costs.”   *Source: autoeurope.co.uk

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COMMENT / INTERVIEW: ROADWORKS ON…

Westminster Bridge is getting two new bicycle lanes, a process that will delay motorists for a year from next Wednesday when roadworks are set to begin. Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor at Confused.com, highlights research which suggests the delays could impact motorists’ stress levels and advises how they could minimise the disruption to their journeys. She says:   “Many commuters who regularly use the route across Westminster Bridge will be concerned about the amount of time which will be added to their journeys, particularly during rush hour. With the works set to last almost a year, drivers will can expect to face critical delays from temporary traffic lights and sharing their lanes with buses. “And it will likely have an impact on London drivers’ stress levels, too. Research from Confused.com reveals that day-to-day traffic situations cause a whopping one in five workers to experience road rage on their commute with a further one in seven (15%) arriving at their destination feeling ‘annoyed’ because of bad traffic. “It is therefore important that anyone who must travel across Westminster Bridge should prepare for the disruption ahead. Drivers should take extra care during heavy traffic and follow the lead of a quarter (27%) of motorists who leave extra early or slightly later to avoid peak periods. Allowing yourself plenty of time for the commute will help in avoiding the panic of not getting to work on time. We also recommend drivers carpool where possible to lessen the load on the roads and limit their stress levels. There also are apps which can help you find somebody to share a lift which could save you both money and time.” To arrange an interview with Amanda, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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INTERVIEW/ COMMENT : INCREASE IN CAR…

But a potential £1,200 cap on car insurance for…

In light of the new personal injury rules coming into force today which is set to hike up car insurance premiums, Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor at Confused.com, gives advice for young drivers to keep their car insurance costs at a minimum. She says: “Drivers will likely be enraged to find out car insurance premiums are set to rise today, amounting to an average of £75 on top of what they already pay. While over 36 million British drivers are set to be affected, young drivers are expected to be hit the worst. It is shocking that their insurance premiums could rise by up to £1,000 when they are already paying a small fortune. At the end of 2016, Confused.com’s car insurance price index revealed female drivers aged 17 to 20 were paying over £1,700 a year for their car insurance on average, while young men of the same age were paying a whopping £2,300. “As a possible solution, Parliament will be discussing a petition today that could see car insurance for young drivers capped at £1,200 to make the cost of owning a car somewhat more affordable. However,because younger drivers have more claims and more expensive claims than other demographics, if a £1,200 cap for younger drivers became a reality, the money to cover these costs would have to be funded by other motorists. This could cause premiums to go up significantly for other drivers, particularly for older driver whose premiums are fairly low in comparison - for example, premiums for 70 year old drivers are just £428 on average. However, if this cap came into play we could even see premiums go up to £1,200 across the board. “A happy middle group would be to introduce a higher cap for younger drivers at around £3,300. This would not bump up premiums for other drivers quite as much as the £1,200 cap. And indeed, this would still benefit young drivers who are paying ultra-high premiums, some forking out as much as around £6,000. In the meantime, we would like to remind new drivers that there are several other ways to lower car insurance premiums. These include: Fitting a black box gives young drivers an opportunity to prove that they’re safe behind the wheel, which in turn could reap car insurance discounts of up to 20% Young drivers could choose a smaller and simpler car which would be cheaper to insure. Car insurance premiums are based on how much your car would cost to repair if it becomes damaged, therefore an older car with a smaller engine and a low price tag should help to drive down the cost of insurance. Parents could add their name to their child’s policy – this tells the insurers that a more experience driver will be behind the wheel some of the time, lowering the risk of an accident and resulting in cheaper premiums. Boosting your car’s security can keep the costs down for younger drivers. Purchasing an alarm or a car tracker can reduce the risk of their car being stolen and damaged which could warrant a discount from the insurers. Lastly, it might sound obvious, but make sure you do your research and use a comparison website such as Confused.com, the no.1 site for car savings, to compare the best deals. Some insurers offer special deals for younger drivers.”        To arrange an interview with Amanda, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656   [1] https://www.confused.com/car-insurance/black-box/telematics-faqs

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INTERVIEW/ COMMENT: NEW MOBILE PHONE LAWS…

Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor, discusses new research suggesting that driver attitude towards using their phone behind the wheel has changed since the introdution of the harsher penalties.  Please scroll down for full press release and police comment. To arrange an interview, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656

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COMMENT/ INTERVIEW: SUPERMARKETS COMPETE TO…

In light of UK supermarkets competing to reduce diesel and petrol prices, Amanda Stretton advises how drivers can ensure they get the best deals. She says:   “Supermarket giants are really battling it out in a bid to win over motorists with their reduced petrol and diesel prices. Yesterday, Asda announced that they will be cutting fuel prices by 2p which will save drivers up to £1 filling up a typical family car. Morrisons and Tesco were quick to match this, as the supermarkets compete with their fuel discounts to entice drivers. “Drivers should take advantage of the price war as supermarkets will be offering discounts, with larger petrol stations generally being able to offer their fuel at a slightly lower price. Motorists have recently been faced with increasing fuel costs, as well as a rise in insurance prices and road tax, so the news will come as a small relief. “In order to alleviate fuel costs even further, motorists should try and drive more resourcefully, including driving at slower speeds, accelerating gradually, avoiding over-revving as and using a higher gear. Drivers can also do their research and find the cheapest petrol in their area using our petrol price tool.”   To arrange an interview with Amanda, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656

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AUTONOMOUS CARS SAFETY REPORT - WHO IS…

Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor is available to discuss safety of driverless cars in light of the house of lords Science and Technology committee report out later today. Amanda will be able to discuss the future of autonomous vehicles and the impact new technology will have on the way we drive. She also is looking to discuss the future of the car insurance industry, which will undoubtedly need to develop and address liability issues in the event of an accident To arrange an interview please contact: ellie@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656 

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COMMENT: TRAIN STRIKES ACROSS THE NORTH…

With commuters all across the country being affected by train strikes over the next 24 hours, road congestion is set to significantly increase - potentially adding hours to the regular rush hour commute. Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor at Confused.com says:   “Monday mornings are renowned for busy and congested roads, but commuting drivers can expect more severe delays as a result of today’s nation-wide strikes. Those who have previously been affected by the Southern rail disruption will remember the gridlocked congestion, but with the strikes now affecting Northern Rail and Mersey Rail, those in the North of England may have a shock.   “While authorities are advising commuters to leave work early to avoid the rush this is unrealistic for hundreds of thousands rail passengers, all of whom will need to find an alternative route home this evening and many of which will be taking to the road to do so.   “It’s likely some motorists will feel the stress brought to them by worsened congestion, especially since a whopping one in five (20%) workers experience road rage on their commute, with a further (15%) arriving at their destination feeling ‘annoyed’ because of bad traffic. We recommend that drivers in the North heading out on the roads today ensure they have a full tank of petrol and carpool where possible to lessen the load on the roads and limit their stress levels. There are many apps which can help you find somebody to share a lift which could save you both money and time.”   To arrange an interview, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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INTERVIEW/COMMENT: TWO THIRDS OF DRIVERS…

With the countdown to April 1st changes to car tax laws now less than 24 hours away, motoring editor Amanda Stretton will be discussing new research into motorists’ attitudes towards the tax shake-up and future trends in car sales  For more information please contact: charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656 

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COMMENT: MOTORING EDITOR DISCUSSES 10% CAR…

In light of the news that motorists are set to be hit with a further insurance increase, Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor at Confused.com, advises how motorists can minimise the effects of these hefty prices.   “Drivers will likely be enraged to find out there could be a further 10% increase to their car insurance costs, amounting to an average of £50 on top of what they already pay and equivalent to a total rise of £2 billion. This follows our most recent car insurance price index which revealed drivers faced a year-on-year price increase of 14% in Q4 2016. These additional increases, combined with rising fuel prices and increased motoring costs across the board, could result in a sizeable dent in drivers’ pockets.   “Rising motoring prices make it crucial for drivers to reduce costs wherever they can and they will need to be as savvy as ever to find the cheapest and most suitable prices for all of their motoring expenses. With that in mind, we would urge drivers to use our helpful guide to saving money on car insurance and shop around to find the best deals and slash running costs.”   For more information or to arrange an interview please contact: charlotte@the10group.co.uk  / 0207 637 0656 

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INTERVIEW/COMMENT: MOTORING EDITOR DISCUSSES…

In light of the Chancellor’s budget, Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor at Confused.com comments on how drivers across the UK will be affected by investment in autonomous cars and transport infrastructure   “Overall, the Chancellor’s budget has seen some positive outcomes for drivers across the UK. In particular, VED car tax and fuel duty has been frozen, which will come as a relief to drivers who have already faced cost hikes over the past few months in both car insurance and fuel prices. “Furthermore, Chancellor Hammond’s decision to launch a £690m competitive fund for English councils, will hopefully see an improvement in our road infrastructure. With congestion crippling many of our road systems, this will be a good opportunity for local councils to receive money and invest in more effective methods of traffic control in various pinch points, in order to encourage smoother traffic flow. “Mr Hammond also allocated £270m to keep the UK at the forefront of disruptive technology including driverless cars. A portion of the fund will be going towards helping the UK design and manufacture car batteries that will power the next generation of electric vehicles. While this is a step in the right direction, diesel scrappage schemes were not included in Mr Hammond’s budget. Therefore the government will need to look at other, more immediate methods of improving air quality in order to combat harmful levels of pollution caused by auto-emissions.” For more information or to arrange an interview please contact: ellie@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656 

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INTERVIEW/ COMMENT - HOW TO 'DRIVE' AWAY AIR…

In light of today’s story about the state of the UK’s air quality, Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and Confused.com’s Motoring Editor will discuss how drivers can do their bit to work towards a cleaner future. For more information contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk  / 0207 637 0656  

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INTERVIEW / COMMENT - Britain's most…

In light of recent news of Britain’s most lucrative bus lanes seeing councils draw in a whopping £31m a year, Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor at Confused.com says: “With local authorities cashing in millions of pounds from motorists’ misuse of the bus lanes, drivers need to be mindful of the rules of the road and take more caution of the non-permitted zones while driving in order to avoid penalties. It is shocking that almost 4,000 motorists a day are fined for misusing bus lanes, with one area in Newcastle raking in about £6,000 on a daily basis.  “Drivers should take extra care when driving in the evening and early hours of the morning to ensure that they are in the correct lane. Many of these fines occur because the road signs are confusing, especially in the dark as many are inadequately lit. In order to tackle this problem, more education is needed for motorists.” To arrange an interview with Amanda Stretton please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656

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Driving under the influence of antihistamine?

Ahead of the bank holiday weekend, motorists are…

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Insurance premiums set to soar after…

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To arrange an interview please contact deborah@the10group.co.uk In light of the compensation changes announced today, Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com says: “Over recent months, motorists have borne the brunt of significant price rises across the board when it comes to the cost of driving. Petrol prices have soared to over 120 pence per litre in some areas of the UK, not to mention the impending Insurance Premium Tax price rise looming in June.  Changes to car tax laws coming in from April 1st will also increase the car tax of some 2017-plate vehicles. “Today’s ruling on the discount rate on insurers’ compensation on personal injury claims will be a further blow for already cash-strapped motorists, potentially adding between £50-75 to the average cost of a premium*. Latest figures from the Confused.com Car Insurance Price Index show that average comprehensive premiums currently stand at £767, so this additional increase could push prices well above the £800 mark. “Motorists will need to be as savvy as ever to find the cheapest and most suitable prices for all of their motoring expenses. With that in mind, we would urge consumers to visit a comparison site such as Confused.com to shop around and compare insurance and running costs to ensure they get the best deal possible.” Sources: * http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-39101829

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STORM DORIS: MOTORISTS URGED TO PREPARE FOR…

QUARTER OF DRIVERS HAVE HAD AN ACCIDENT OR NEAR…

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UK MOTORING CRIME HOTSPOTS REVEALED

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UK is third most congested country in Europe…

In light of the news that the UK is the third most congested country in Europe, Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor at Confused.com discusses the wider impact of congestion on drivers. “It’s startling to hear that congestion levels are up 1.2% since 2015. Traffic is accelerating due to a huge rise in delivery vehicles and, with internet shopping only set to increase, finding a solution to ease traffic levels is crucial. “The cost of congestion racked up an eye-watering £31bn for drivers last year, with the average driver paying £968 in external charges as a result. The impact of congestion and its associated costs not only includes extra travel time for drivers, but increased probability of accidents, greater air pollution as well as a hindrance to our emergency services. Instead of allowing drivers to bear the burden of these congestion charges, authorities should be investing in traffic improvement systems to open up our roads. “On top of the effect congestion has on motorists’ wallets, our research has found an increase in traffic can have an effect on drivers’ moods. Even day-to-day traffic situations cause a whopping one in five (20%) workers to experience road rage on their commute, with a further (15%) arriving at their destination feeling ‘annoyed’ because of bad traffic. “There are certain measures that drivers can take to ensure their congested journeys are as stress free as possible, such as leaving extra early or slightly later to avoid peak rush hour periods. Motorists can also consider carpooling where possible, which can help reduce the number of cars on the road. Park and ride systems can also be useful, whereby drivers are able to leave their cars in parking lots that are connected to public transport links.” For more information or to arrange an interview please contact: ellie@the10group.co.uk 

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BRITISH DRIVERS FACE £27M IN FINES FOR THIS…

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BRITS STILL NOT WEARING SEATBELTS 34 YEARS…

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With today being the 34th anniversary of the mandatory seatbelt law in the UK, Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor discusses new research into car seatbelt use.  For more information or to arrange an interview please contact: ellie@the10group.co.uk  

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COMMENT: CAR PRODUCTION 17 YEAR HIGH IS A …

In reaction to the news today that car production has reached a 17 year high, Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor at Confused.com says:  "Car production reaching a 17-year high is a telling reflection of the industry in the UK, with figures on track to reach an all-time record by the end of the decade. “Overseas manufacturers building cars in Britain have focused on models that meet domestic demand. In particular, the new car market is one of the most important for manufacturers, as consumers in the UK keep their new cars for the shortest period of time across Europe. “Many would agree that cars are an important status symbol in the UK, especially among millennials with whom lease deals are becoming increasingly popular – one in five of this age group lease their car, and leasing is on the rise among drivers in general. It seems that drivers are becoming more accustomed to ‘buying’ cars on credit. Some never expect to own a car and will just pay a monthly fee and then simply renew every few years to ensure they have the newest model - much like the way many of us use mobile phone contracts. “This year’s identifier plate system is also an important factor, further enhanced by the UK’s ‘new’ dual plate system. “We would advise motorists looking to buy a new car to use comparison websites such as Confused.com to shop around and compare prices to ensure they get the best deal possible.” For more information, please contact: ellie@the10group.co.uk 

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COMMENT: RUSH HOUR SPEEDING FINES UNFAIRLY…

 In light of the news that the speed limit on the M1 could drop to 60mph in an attempt to cut pollution levels on one of Britain's busiest roads, Amanda Stretton former racing driver and motoring editor at Confused.com comments:  “Many drivers will agree that the threat of speeding fines are in the interest of keeping our roads safe, but it will be interesting to see how drivers will react to being fined for exceeding pollution-linked speed limits. “While docking the speed limit on the M1 to 60mph could be a positive step towards lowering auto emissions, considering that experts estimate just 10 per cent of vehicles cause 50 per cent of pollution a scheme targeting key culprits would perhaps make a fairer solution. “This is just another example of an unfair strategy designed to penalise all drivers, rather than those who contribute the most to vehicle emissions. Drivers will also soon have to bear the brunt of the car tax band reforms which will mean that new low-emissions cars will have to pay a flat rate of £140 in tax and will no longer benefit from discounts. While higher-emissions vehicles, that currently pay higher rates of tax, will also benefit from paying the lower £140 flat rate. More needs to be done to ensure that drivers are getting a fairer deal.” For more information please contact: ellie@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656 

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OVER A THIRD OF UK'S STREET LIGHTS ARE…

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Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor, commens on new research revealing one in three (36%) of the UK’s six million street lights are switched off or dimmed at night – despite over half of the public feeling unsafe driving on unlit roads. ***REGIONAL DATA AVAILABLE***  To arrange an interview please contact: ellie@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656 

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CAR INSURANCE ACCELERATES BY 52% IN 10 YEARS…

New data taken from 10-year anniversary car insurance price index reveals car insurance has accelerated by 52% over the past decade. The information can be broken down by areas such as age, gender, and region  - with headline stats such as 17 year olds have had the most expensive premiums on average over the past 10 years while 66 year olds had the cheapest.  *REGIONAL BREAKDOWN AVAILABLE* Scroll down for full press release. 

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LONDON DRIVERS HIT BY 64 % CAR INSURANCE…

Male drivers in Inner London pay £208 more than…

Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor is available to discuss Confused.com's car insurance price index (Q4 2016) - a comprehensive report of over 4 million quotes that provides a quarterly breakdown of car insurance figures across the market. Scroll down for full press release. All assets free to use. For more information please contact: ellie@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656 

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MEN PAY OVER £100 MORE IN CAR INSURANCE…

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The gap in price between men and women’s car insurance is now wider than ever, despite EU rules. There is now a difference of £101 between the sexes the first time the £100 barrier has been broken since the EU rules came into force.  Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor is available to discuss Confused.com's car insurance price index (Q4 2016) - a comprehensive report of over 4 million quotes that provides a quarterly breakdown of car insurance figures across the market. Scroll down for full press release. All assets free to use. For more information please contact: ellie@the10group.co.uk  

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LACK OF EDUCATION SURROUNDING SMART…

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In light of the news that drivers caught offending on smart motorways in England could be offered re-education courses by police - Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor at Confused.com says:  “Such a high increase in the number of issued tickets suggests drivers are either unaware or confused by the new motorway system. With 200 miles of smart motorway already in place, and with 200 miles either planned or under construction, we need to ensure all motorists are up to speed with the new road rules. “Driving on the motorway is not part of the current driving test, so some new drivers may already have a fairly limited knowledge of the existing motorway rules. With the new smart system in place, it is even more important that motorway driving becomes an integral part of the learning process. "There is also speculation amongst MPs and transport officials as to how safe these ‘all running lanes’ really are. In instances of emergency, run-off areas on smart motorways will be considerably smaller with far fewer emergency refuges. Therefore, the drivers should also be educated on how to safely pull over and secure their car if a situation arises. "With a 60% increase in motorway traffic predicted by 2040, a solution for traffic congestion on our motorways is essential. However, it is also important not to compromise British drivers' safety, something a lack of education could potentially cause.”  For more information please contact: ellie@the10group.co.uk 

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COMMENT: UK CAR SALES HIT RECORD HIGH IN 2016

Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor at Confused.com comments on the news that the number of new cars sold in the UK have hit an all-time high in 2016:  “There has been a real change in how many drivers perceive their cars as we are increasingly viewing them with consumer eyes, and this is something manufacturers are growing wise to. We are an increasingly credit-driven nation and can now enjoy having access to the latest and newest technology without necessarily having to save. Much like the way we have become accustomed to having contracts for the latest mobile phones, some drivers now expect to be able to drive around in the newest models for a fixed monthly fee. “Manufacturers have clocked on to this behaviour, which means there are now some incredible offers available to entice drivers. Manufacturers have also bargained on a bumper year to sell 2.7m units and they have to meet these forecasts, since the cars have already been built. There are lots of incentives to deliver the sales and as exchange rates have also moved, this is putting margins under increasing pressure. As a result of this industry pressure, dealers are being forced to discount the cars to get them sold, ultimately resulting in more sales and better deals for drivers.” For more information please contact: ellie@the10group.co.uk 

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INTERVIEW/COMMENT: MOTORING EDITOR DISCUSSES…

Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor comments on the 18 month petrol price high and provides advice to drivers on how they can save money on their fuel.  IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information, please contact: ellie@the10group.co.uk 

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COMMENT: WORLD'S FASTEST SELF DRIVING…

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In light of the news that start-up Faraday Future has unveiled the fastest self-driving electric car that can accelerate from zero to 60mph in 2.39 seconds - Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor at Confused.com comments on the future of automotive technology.  For more information, please contact: ellie@the10group.co.uk 

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UK DRIVERS START THE NEW YEAR WITH A BAN

More people are caught drink-driving on New…

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INTERVIEW/COMMENT: COUNCILS SET TO MAKE…

With the announcement today that councils are set to be handed the power to make millions from motorists getting stuck in box junctions or taking wrong turns – Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor at Confused.com is calling for more to be done to control traffic flow in order to save motorists hundreds of pounds worth of fines.  

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DECEMBER IS WORST MONTH FOR DRINK DRIVING…

Four times as many men committing drink driving…

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COMMENT: SOUTHERN RAIL STRIKE CAUSES…

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Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor at Confused.com discusses the knock on effect the Southern Rail strike will have on congestion and rush hour traffic: “The Southern rail strike will see one of the worst rail disruptions in decades, with hundreds of thousands of commuters expected to feel the effect of severe delays and cancelled services. Advice from authorities is to consider staying at home during this week’s walkouts, but this is unrealistic for some of the 300,000 rail passengers a day, who will need to find an alternative route to work. It’s inevitable that commuters will be forced to turn to driving the distance from London to Brighton and vice versa, potentially adding hours to the regular rush-hour traffic. “Even day-to-day traffic situations cause a whopping one in five (20%) workers to experience road rage on their commute, with a further (15%) arriving at their destination feeling ‘annoyed’ because of bad traffic. It is likely that expected delays between London and Brighton during the strike may heighten tensions among drivers. Leaving extra early or slightly later to avoid peak periods is recommended to avoid stressful situations. “Ensuring you have a full tank and carpool where possible may also lessen the load on the roads and your own stress levels. There are many apps which can help you find somebody to share a lift which could save you money and time.” To arrange an interview please contact: ellie@the10group.co.uk 

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COMMENT/INTERVIEW: UK councils pull in an…

Amanda Stretton, motoring editor of Confused.com and former racing driver, comments on new research which shows the amount of money councils in England generated from parking charges and fines has risen by more than £60m in the past year: “The motorist already contributes billions of pounds to the UK economy every year. But is it always up to our drivers to fund the rest of the transport system? £60 million represents yet another increase that seems never ending for British drivers.   “It would be great to see more transparency on where and how this money is used and, more importantly, to investigate other means of generating income for councils so that drivers aren’t continually reprimanded for minor actions.”    To arrange an interview with Amanda contact deborah@the10group.co.uk

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M62 'road rage' driver attacks lorry with…

More than a third of motorists (37%) say they’ve…

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COMMENT: MOTORING EDITOR CALLS FOR…

In light of new research revealing 13.3 million UK motorists drive with defective vision - Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor calls for the government to review current methods to check motorists' eyesight.  For more information please contact: ellie@the10group.co.uk

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INTERVIEW/COMMENT: MOTORING EDITOR DISCUSSES…

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Following budget announcements that there will be a rise in insurance premium tax, that fuel duty has been frozen and that more investment will be made into road infrastructure, Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com comments:   “The Chancellor’s Autumn budget appears to have some winning proposals for drivers at its core as the announcement of a fuel duty freeze alongside more investments into infrastructure will encourage motorists to hit the road. However, the announcement of a rise in insurance premium tax from 10% to 12% next June is reflective of a rise of a double increase since 2015. This means it’s likely drivers will see a hike in already rising premiums, which were £737 on average in October 2016 – a rise of 17% year-on-year. This may make it more important than ever for motorists to shop around for the best deal and save money where they can. “However, there are other elements of the announcement which may make the premium pinch an easier pill to swallow. “Fuel prices recently peaked to their highest level since July last year, so news that fuel duty will be frozen once again will be welcomed by many drivers - particularly those who are looking to cut down on costs this side of Christmas.  "Since 2011, petrol and diesel have been charged at a rate of 57.95 pence per litre, which accounts for almost half the price at the pumps. And with reports of supermarkets entering a fuel price war, motorists will be relieved the Chancellor has not used these lower prices as an opportunity to increase fuel duty by two pence per litre, as originally planned.  "That said, the cost of fuel is still relatively high and drivers will need to be savvy to find the cheapest and most suitable prices to keep their motoring expenses to a minimum. Drivers should keep a watchful eye to see if major supermarkets will be fluctuating fuel prices over the coming months and can shop around for the cheapest places to buy fuel using Confused.com’s petrol price tool. “Furthermore, a £1.1bn investment in England’s road infrastructure plus £220 million to reduce traffic pinch points reflects a bold ambition to tackle congestion, which is something all motorists can relate to. “Traffic levels have a very real impact on driver’s everyday lives, as they will often have to leave extra early to beat the rush. Commuters, especially, will be aware of how leaving just a few minutes later than usual can make a huge difference to the traffic they will face on their journey. Research commissioned by Confused.com this year found that traffic during school term time, in particular, adds an extra 40 minutes a week onto the typical driver’s morning commute. It’s then unsurprising that a fifth (20%) of Brits have suffered road rage during the commute to work and one in seven (15%) have arrived at work annoyed because of traffic. “Despite well-meaning intentions to reduce traffic, road infrastructure improvements may see drivers suffer from increased congestion in the short term. It is likely that any major infrastructure works will require disruptive road maintenance projects, and with UK drivers already facing an average of 382 motorway lane closures a month, they should prepare themselves for adverse conditions temporarily.” For more information please contact: ellie@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656 

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COUNCIL PONDERS WORKPLACE PARKING LEVY, WITH…

The news today that a controversial levy on workplace car parking is being considered by councillors will come as an unwelcome surprise to many drivers. The proposal includes charging businesses a fee per employee car parking space. Oxfordshire County Council are set to fund a study of plans to replicate a scheme in Nottingham which is raising £9m a year for public transport. Furthermore, a levy is also being currently considered in Cambridge. Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor at Confused.com says:  “Councils claim there are benefits to the new proposal which will see firms charged a fee per employee’s car parking space. This includes cutting traffic, reducing pollution and freeing parking spaces. They also claim it gives local councils the opportunity to distribute the money raised from the scheme into areas of road improvement in order to benefit their local motoring network. “However, this is arguably another example of motorists being hit with yet another tax. Currently, drivers contribute 46.6 billion in motoring related taxes, representing 8% of total UK taxation. The scheme will only add to the disproportionate amount of money drivers are currently paying in motoring taxation, compared to how much the government is spending on improving Britain’s roads.” For more information please contact: ellie@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656 

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OVER 3,000 SOUTH WEST ROAD ACCIDENTS DUE TO…

Almost a third (32%) of British drivers avoid the…

With South West motorists being warned of heavy rain and flooding due to Storm Angus - Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor comments on new research into wet weather conditions. For more information/interviews please contact: ellie@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656  South West FOI breakdown *figures obtained from Department of Transport  Area Accidents South West 3,144 Bath and North East Somerset 88 Bournemouth 109 Bristol, City of 218 Cornwall 408 Devon 562 Dorset 238 Gloucestershire 208 Isles of Scilly 0 North Somerset 81 Plymouth 183 Poole 62 Somerset 314 South Gloucestershire 122 Swindon 132 Torbay 58 Wiltshire 361

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COMMENT/INTERVIEW: PARKING PRANGS INCREASE…

In light of new research today revealing the amount of minor parking prangs have soared due to the increasing size of modern cars - Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor provides advice to British motorists on how to avoid hefty insurance costs.

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NEW RESEARCH REVEALS DRIVERS FACE 382…

More than 90% of drivers have experienced a lane…

Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor discusses new research into motorway closures and the trouble this causes to UK drivers *Please scroll down to find the full press release and a breakdown of the top 5 motorways affected To arrange an interview please contact: deborah@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656 

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Female former racing driver previews The…

"Given the budget could be five times as high as…

For interviews, please contact deborah@the10group.co.uk 0207 637 0656 As excitement builds ahead of the launch of The Grand Tour on Amazon Prime, expectations are high for the first episode of the 12-part series, launching on Friday 18th November. The show is billed as "three men with bad teeth and hangovers" and is a familiar mix of studio interviews and international adventures. The opening scene reportedly cost £2.5 million to make and the budget for each episode is reported to be around £5 million.   Former racing driving and motoring editor of Confused.com, Amanda Stretton says: “It’s great to see the return of Clarkson, May and Hammond with the highly anticipated new motoring show, The Grand Tour. A travelling tent of a studio means we will see a revamp of the old format which is good news for fans as elements of the old show were perhaps beginning to turn stale. This is the perfect opportunity to freshen things up and bring something new to our screens while still retaining the same chemistry between the presenters. “The producers have pulled off a coup in the first episode comparing the elusive hypercars Ferrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder, something the BBC tried and failed to achieve after the three manufacturers refused to be put in a back-to-back test. While the cars will undoubtedly excite some, the show clearly isn’t a motoring show but a global entertainment format which has the potential to become the most popular show on the globe.  Given the budget could be five times as high as Top Gear per episode, let’s hope the show is five times better and that it will be met with a positive response!” 

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ONE IN TEN BRITS AVOID THE ROADS AS A SEVERE…

Nearly a quarter (24%) of drivers have had an…

In light of a severe weather warning being issued by Highway England to drivers in Scotland, motoring editor Amanda Stretton looks into new winter driving research, as temperatures plummet. ***Regional FOI breakdown available***  For more information/interviews please do get in touch: ellie@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656 

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ONE IN TEN BRITS AVOID THE ROADS AS A SEVERE…

Nearly a quarter (24%) of drivers have had an…

In light of a severe weather warning being issued by Highway England to drivers in the North East, motoring editor Amanda Stretton looks into new winter driving research, as temperatures plummet. ***Regional FOI breakdown available***  For more information/interviews please do get in touch: ellie@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656 

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INTERVIEW/COMMENT - DRIVERS URGED TO PREPARE…

Nearly a quarter (24%) of drivers have had an…

With arctic conditions set to hit Britain over the coming days, motoring editor Amanda Stretton warns drivers to prepare for dangerous driving conditions. ***Regional FOI breakdown available***  For more information/interviews please do get in touch: ellie@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656 

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COMMENT: 2500% INCREASE IN SPEEDING TICKETS…

In light of new research revealing speeding tickets issued on smart motorways has increased by almost 2500% in the past five years - Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor at Confused.com urges motorists to watch their speed. For more information please contact: ellie@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656 

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COMMENT: OCTOBER MARKS HIGHEST FUEL PRICE…

In light of new research revealing motorists have been hit with the highest monthly fuel price rise since February 2013 - Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor urges motorists to be savvy and shop for the best petrol deals to help alleviate increasing petrol costs.  ***Immediate release***  For more informtation please contact: ellie@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656 

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COMMENT: MAJORITY OF BRITISH MOTORISTS FACE…

In light of new research today revealing 2 in 3 drivers have suffered car park damage - Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and Motoring Editor provides advice to British motorists on how to avoid hefty costs.

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RUSH HOUR CAR ACCIDENTS PEAK AS EVENINGS GET…

Please find full details in the press release and do get in touch for anymore information: ellie@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656  ***regional breakdown available***

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MAKE WAY FOR THE GREENWAVE: NEW TECHNOLOGY…

In light of the news that Ford are developing new technology that will prevent drivers from ever seeing red again - Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor discusses new research into  traffic lights across the UK  ***immediate release*** For more information please contact: ellie@the10group.co.uk

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COMMENT: PETROL CARS ALLOWED TO EXCEED…

In light of news revealing petrol cars will be allowed to exceed pollution limits by 50% under draft EU laws - Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor at Confused.com advises drivers to lower their own auto emissions and consider investing in greener cars:  “Drivers choosing to buy petrol cars should bear in mind the damaging effect auto emissions have on the environment. “Drivers of older cars can make certain alterations which can help reduce harmful pollutants being emitted, such as ensuring their vehicles are fitted with catalytic converters as well as using cleaning agents for fuel systems. Motorists can also make simple changes to the way they drive, such as switching off their car when stationary and accelerating moderately and braking minimally. “We also advise drivers to be conscious of the cars they are buying and if possible, consider shopping around for greener vehicles. This can also help lower costs of taxes including Vehicle Excise Duty.” For more information please contact: ellie@the10group.co.uk / 0207 636 0656 

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EMOTIONAL DRIVING CAUSES 4.5 MILLION UK…

In light of New research released today revealing women are more likely to become angry when behind the wheel - Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor discusses new research into the effect emotions has on driving.   ***immediate release*** For more information please contact ellie@the10goup.co.uk / 0207 637 0656 

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COMMENT: PRICE OF PETROL JUMPS BY 1.4% –…

New research has revealed motorists have been hit with the highest weekly fuel price increase in the last five years - Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor at Confused.com urges motorists to be savvy and shop for the best petrol deals to help alleviate increasing petrol costs.  ***Immediate release***  For more informtation please contact: ellie@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656 

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INTERVIEW/COMMENT: UNINSURED DRIVERS FACE…

In light of the news that uninsured drivers face their cars being seized and destroyed as part of a new police crackdown –  Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor at Confused.com discusses the implications motorists face and the simple steps they can take to avoid severe penalties. ***Immediate release*** For more information or interviews please contact ellie@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656 

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INTERVIEW/COMMENT: MEN PAY NEARLY £100 MORE…

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The gap in price between men and women’s car insurance continues to widen despite EU rules having banned insurers from taking gender into account when calculating premiums since December 2012. There is now a difference of £98 between the sexes - by comparison, this time three years ago (Q3 2013) the gender price divide stood at just £30, with men still paying more on average.  Amanda Stretton,  motoring editor at Confused.com and former racing driver comments on the Confused.com car insurance price index (Q3 2016) - a comprehensive report of over 4 million quotes that provides a quarterly breakdown of car insurance figures across the market. ***REGIONAL FIGURES AVAILABLE *** For more information please contact ellie@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656 

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INTERVIEW: MEN PAY NEARLY £100 MORE IN CAR…

The gap in price between men and women’s car insurance continues to widen despite EU rules having banned insurers from taking gender into account when calculating premiums since December 2012. There is now a difference of £98 between the sexes - by comparison, this time three years ago (Q3 2013) the gender price divide stood at just £30, with men still paying more on average.  Amanda Stretton,  motoring editor and former racing driver is available for interview to discuss in detail the Confused.com car insurance price index (Q3 2016) - a comprehensive report of over 4 million quotes that provides a quarterly breakdown of car insurance figures across the market. ***REGIONAL FIGURES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST*** For more information & interviews please contact ellie@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656 

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COMMENT: AVERAGE PRICE OF PETROL HITS…

In light of new RAC research revealing petrol prices has hit its highest level in over a year - Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor at Confused.com urges motorists to be savvy and shop for the best petrol deals to help alleviate increasing petrol costs.  ***Immediate release***  For more informtation please contact: ellie@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656 

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INTERVIEW: SMOKING BAN A YEAR ON - MOTORING…

Over four out of five UK motorists back the law,…

    Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor at Confused.com is up for interview to take a critical look at the smoking ban (1st October 2015) a year on from its implementation – in particular, Amanda is calling for changes to be made to the legislation and tougher penalties to be introduced to match evident public support of the ban. A year on, FOI figures obtained by the BBC revealed only three police forces reported incidents in the first seven months of the ban - all of which were dealt with by verbal warnings. According to The Police Federation, officers are unable to implement the new law, as the police have still yet to be given the power to issue a fixed penalty notice.  However, according to a recent survey by ASH, the law prohibiting smoking in cars with children under the age of 18 is supported by over four out of five (87%) of adults in England – and it is alsobacked by three quarters (76%) of smokers. Therefore Amanda is calling for authorities to extend police power so that officers are able to stop motorists and issue an on-the-spot fine in order to maintain public incentive to refrain from smoking in the car with children completely. She is also looking to debate the benefits of a complete smoking ban in cars. To arrange an interview please contact ellie@the10group.co.uk / 0207 636 0656 

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INTERVIEW/COMMENT: POLICE STOPPING MOTORISTS…

Motoring editor calls for a increase in awareness…

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INTERVIEW/COMMENT: GOVERNMENT IGNORES SMART…

With today’s announcement that the Department of Transport has been given the green light to go ahead with smart motorway plans – Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor discusses the potential dangers this development could bring.   ***immediate release***

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OLDER DRIVERS LESS DANGEROUS THAN YOUNGER…

New analysis of data* on vehicle accidents has revealed that drivers aged 70 are involved in 3-4 times fewer accidents than 17-21 year old men. In fact, the most accident-prone age group, is young men with 17 to 21 year-olds are three to four times more likely to have an accident than 70 year-olds. Therefore in light of the new research Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor tackles the age old debate surrounding older vs younger drivers.    ***Immediate release*** Content is free to use and free of copyright restrictions * Research taken from Swansea University's Centre for Innovative Ageing

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INTERVIEW: Southern Rail passengers face…

Please see comment below for IMMEDIATE use. Or to arrange a TV/Radio interview please contact ellie@the10group.co.uk -------------- Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and Mototing Editor at Confused.com says: “The second Southern rail strike will see increased road congestion on the M23, severely impacting commuters’ journeys into work. It is expected that thousands of people will turn to driving the distance from London to Brighton and vice versa, potentially adding hours to the regular rush-hour traffic en route. “However, new research from Confused.com reveals that usual day-to-day traffic situations causes a whopping one in five (20%) workers to experience road rage on their commute, with a further (15%) arriving to their destination feeling ‘annoyed’ because of bad traffic. It is therefore important that anyone who must travel into London during the strike prepares for the stressful situation ahead by leaving extra early or slightly later to avoid peak periods.   “To lessen the load on the roads and your own stress levels, make sure you also have a full tank and carpool where possible. There are many apps that aid the process of finding somebody to share a lift with so you can do your part to reduce the number of cars on the road and the resultant pollution. Not only could carpooling make the experience far more bearable but it will save you money and time. However, whilst carpooling may help in the short term, the London to Brighton commute by car is not sustainable for most beyond a week. Therefore Govia, RMT and the Government need to urgently find a solution to the current train drivers’ strike and put an end to the travel misery.”    NB: If you ever require motoring expert Amanda Stretton as a guest to comment on the big breaking driver-related news stories in your patch please do get in touch on 0207 637 0656

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INTERVIEW:ALMOST A QUARTER OF UK VETS SEE…

In light of shocking new research revealing almost a quarter (22%) of vets have seen dogs die as a result of injuries sustained while travelling in a car without a pet restraint – Amanda Stretton, former racing driver, motoring editor and proud owner of Hero the Rhodesian Ridgeback, is raising awareness on the risks pet owners take when travelling with their pets. For more information please contact: ellie@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656

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INTERVIEW/COMMENT: BRITAIN SET FOR A BOOM IN…

In light of recent predictions that the UK is set for a boom in car sales ahead of the tax shake-up in 2017 - Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and Motoring Editor for Confused.com, urges drivers to get out and get spending to avoid heavy costs. Please scroll down for full details and for more information please contact: ellie@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656

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Don't Pokémon And Drive Warns Road Safety…

Road Safety Expert Warns Don't Game And Drive

With reports of police incidents related to Pokémon Go mounting - drivers are being urged not to Game and Drive. Scroll down for quote from former racing driver and motoring editor at Confused.com Amanda Stretton. To arrange an interview/comment please contact: ellie@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656

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INTERVIEW/COMMENT: FIRST FEMALE BRITISH…

Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and Motoring Editor for Confused.com, urges female drivers to be savvy in the showroom during August car sales. In light of recent research that reveals women over the age of 60 are more likely to get ripped off, Amanda will be providing tips on how to lock in the best deals. For more information contact ellie@the10group.co.uk - 0207 637 0656 

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POGBA IS THROUGH ON GOAL AND... CRASH! A…

Over one in 5 drivers (22%) said football…

For interviews with former racing driver and motoring editor at Confused.com, please contact deborah@the10group.co.uk 0207 637 0656

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DOGS IN DANGER OF HEATSTROKE AS TEMPERATURES…

In light of new research by Dogs Trust - Amanda…

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LEARNER DRIVERS IN UK FACE TOUGHER DRIVING…

Amanda Stretton - Former racing driver and road…

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Don't Pokémon And Drive Warns Road Safety…

Road Safety Expert Warns Don't Game And Drive

With the Pokémon Go craze in full swing, drivers are being urged not to Game and Drive. Scroll down for quote from former racing driver and motoring editor at Confused.com Amanda Stretton. To arrange an interview please contact: deborah@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656

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END OF THE ROAD FOR CHEAPER DRIVING -…

- Drivers hit by highest annual increases in five…

Motorists are facing the biggest annual price hikes in car insurance premiums in five years, with prices rising by £115 over the last 12 months, according to the latest Confused.com Car Insurance Price Index powered by Willis Towers Watson. Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring edtior is available for interview to discuss in detail the Confused.com car insurance price index (Q2 2016) - a comprehensive report that provides a quarterly breakdown of car insurance figures across the market. For more information & interviews please contact: ellie@the10group.co.uk / 07810327575

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INTERVIEW/COMMENT: DRIVERS’ NEED FOR SPEED…

Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor for confused.com discusses new research revealing a shocking amount of speeding incidents in 2016 - alongside the frenzy surrounding the British Grand Prix  For more information contact ellie@the10group.co.uk - 0207 637 0656 

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COMMENT: BROOKLYN BECKHAM SPOTTED DRIVING…

With Brooklyn Beckham spotted driving a powerful Mercedez after recently passing his driving test - Amanda Stretton, former racing driver and motoring editor offers advise to new drivers on insurance covers For more information contact: ellie@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656

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INTERVIEW: Younger drivers must consider the…

Potential tougher penalties on mobile usage when driving does not deter younger drivers (research from Goodyear Tyres) - warns Amanda Stretton - former racing driver and motoring editor for confused.com   To arrange an interview contact: ellie@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656

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EURO 2016 DRIVES BRITS TO DISTRACTION

New research reveals: Drivers at risk of an accident due to distraction by Euros 2016 on the radio *Scroll down for press release* Fore more information or for interviews please contact:  ellie@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656

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INTERVIEW: hands free phones are equally…

Following new research from the University of Sussex surrounding the danger of hands free phones to drivers, please find below a comment from Amanda Stretton - former racing driver and motoring editor for confused.com   To arrange an interview contact: ellie@the10group.co.uk

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