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HAY FEVER SUFFERERS HIT WITH SIDE EFFECTS…

STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL 00.01 ON FRIDAY 22ND JUNE 2018 More than 6,300 drivers were caught driving under the influence of drugs in 2017 ** REGIONAL FIGURES/FOI AVAILABLE **   To arrange an interview with motoring editor Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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CHILDREN INSIDE CARS EXPOSED TO POLLUTION

  A new study released today reveals that children are 30% more exposed to car fumes than adults because ‘they are shorter’. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com comments: “It is no secret that some vehicles on our roads are having a detrimental effect on air pollution. But what is worrying is the effect that it is having on our younger generation. It’s no wonder our research found that more than a third (34%) of motorists would like to see the most polluting vehicles banned from highly populated areas. “But this goes to show it's more important than ever to reduce polluting vehicles in city centres, and we have explored the idea of major UK cities going ‘car-free’ in the next 20 years in our carless cities report. “It’s great to see that more than half (55%) of motorists are already doing their bit by walking where possible. However, those who have no choice but to drive could try leaving slightly earlier or plan an alternative, less congested route using the back roads.”   For more information, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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FOOTBALLERS TOP THE LIST FOR MOST EXPENSIVE…

STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL 00.01 ON WEDNESDAY 20TH JUNE 2018 Professional footballers pay FIVE TIMES more for car insurance than the average UK driver   For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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NEW DRINK-DRIVE INSTANT BREATHALYSERS…

GOV.UK have today announced that drink drivers face swifter justice with new roadside breathalysers. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com comments:   “The new breathalyser technology is a positive step towards clamping down on drink-driving and will enable police to have more concrete on-the-spot evidence to charge drivers who are over the legal alcohol limit. And our research shows that drink-driving is an offence that is still plaguing our roads, with more than 31,000 drivers failing roadside breath tests in 2017*.   “Drink-driving can seriously impact the safety of our roads and put other road users at risk. Not only this, but it can land motorists with a fine, or even a driving ban, which can have a negative impact on their car insurance premiums.   “We strongly advise motorists to ensure their body is free from alcohol before jumping behind the wheel, especially the following morning. Drivers can use our morning after calculator for an indication of when alcohol should have left the body to eliminate the slightest chance they might still be over the limit.”   *Data obtained through FOI requests to police forces. Data reflective of offences between January and November 2017.

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WHITE VAN WOMAN: NUMBER OF FEMALES DRIVING…

STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL 00.01 ON WEDNESDAY 13TH JUNE 2018 More than 26,000 female drivers requested van insurance from Confused.com in 2017 – up from 17,000 the previous year   For more information or to arrange an interview with motoring editor Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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Shop Smart: Save Money

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FUEL COSTS SKYROCKET - SHOULD DRIVERS SWITCH…

As drivers have been hit by the biggest petrol price rise for 18 years, new expert report questions if drivers could save money by switching to electric vehicles. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com says:   “Our EV report shows that motorists wanting to watch the pennies in light of rising fuel costs should actually consider holding off an electric car purchase until 2023. It’s not a case of ‘if’, but ‘when’ electric vehicles will become more affordable and viable for the everyday driver. “In five years-time drivers should really start to notice a difference in the price tags of electric vehicles, as the cost of batteries comes down and more economical models enter the market. And manufacturers should have a lot more confidence in the commercial viability of the technology as EV infrastructure becomes embedded across our transport network. “In the meantime, drivers should do all they can to save on increasing fuel prices by shopping around. Drivers can find the cheapest station in their local area using our fuel price comparison tool.”   Full release below. For more information, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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DRIVERS HIT BY BIGGEST PETROL PRICE RISE FOR…

It has today been revealed that petrol prices soared last month in a record monthly rise. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com says:   “Petrol prices have reportedly increased every single day since 22nd April and our data shows that they have increased 1.1p in the past week alone to an eye-watering 128.7p per litre. And with the average medium-sized car (57L) now costing £73 to fill up, drivers are really feeling the pinch.   “Motorists will need to budget even more to fill up their tanks, especially if they are planning any long-distance road trips this summer.   “To soothe the sting of sky-high petrol and diesel costs it’s more important than ever that drivers shop around to find the most affordable fuel. Drivers can find the cheapest station in their local area using Confused.com’s fuel price comparison tool. Any money saved is a driver win!”   For more information or to arrange an interview with motoring editor Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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Hold off electric car purchase until 2023 to…

Latest SMMT figures show electric only makes up 2% of new cars registered – even though one in three (31%) drivers would consider buying one To arrange an interview with motoring editor Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk

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LEARNER DRIVERS ALLOWED ON MOTORWAYS FROM…

From today (Monday 4th June), learner drivers will be allowed to drive on motorways as long as they are accompanied by professional instructors. Amanda Stretton, Confused.com motoring editor explains why this will be safer for all in the long run:   “Allowing learner drives to practice on motorways is something that many road users have long been asking for. It means that less-experienced drivers will learn how to use motorways and switch lanes safely before they get their licence.” “Our research shows that that almost three quarters (73%) of drivers believe that motorway testing should be added to the test. While driving on the motorway still won’t officially be tested, allowing learner drivers to practice could be a significant step to improving the standard of driving in the UK." “We encourage learners to keep calm when driving on motorways for the first time and pay close attention to the motorway rules and speed limits to ensure safety for all on UK roads. If they are feeling slightly nervous before heading off on their first lesson, we’ve created a handy guide offering top tips on how to stay safe and legal on the motorway.” To arrange an interview with motoring editor Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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MOT test changes 20th May 2018 - Interview

Commenting on the MOT changes that come into force on Sunday 20th May, Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com says:    "The DVSA’s upcoming changes to the MOT test includes stricter rules for diesel cars and new defect categories of ‘minor’, ‘major’ and ‘dangerous’.    “Previously, if a vehicle failed its MOT test, the driver would be able to shop around for the best repair price and take it to be fixed at another garage, providing this is done within one month of their MOT certificate expiring. But the vehicles which fall under the new ‘dangerous’ category, must not be driven until the issue is repaired, forcing drivers to pay at the garage where they failed their test. Will it encourage some mechanics to fail drivers and cash in? It remains to be seen.   "If drivers suspect a problem with their vehicle, we strongly recommend they read our guide to equip themselves with as much knowledge and advice as possible. They can also shop around for the best prices in their local area using a garage comparison tool."   To arrange an interview with motoring editor Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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GETTING MARRIED COULD SAVE DRIVERS ON CAR…

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Car Free Day Cardiff

This Sunday (13th May), Cardiff will be going car free and closing 14 of its road – more than most major city centre events – in a bid to cut pollution and encourage drivers to use more sustainable transport.   Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com comments: “Shutting roads in a main city like Cardiff and encouraging drivers to use more sustainable transport is a positive step towards cutting pollution in highly populated areas, and will hopefully change their habits. Motorists in the area should make sure they are planning their day beforehand to make sure they are not caught out by the road closures.   “We understand the importance of reducing polluting vehicles in town and city centres, and have explored the idea of Cardiff and other major UK cities going ‘car-free’ where possible in the next 20 years in our carless cities report. This includes concepts to map out how it could be brought to life as a more permanent solution, which, if rolled out across the UK, could have a great impact on reducing the UK’s carbon emissions. Although, it’s clear there is still some way to go before this can be practical, especially for the many drivers who have no choice but to drive, such as commuters or parents with children in city centre schools.   “But our research shows that many drivers echo the need to cut down the use of cars in major cities, with more than a third (34%) believing that the most polluting vehicles should be banned from highly populated areas. And more than half (55%) of motorists are already doing their bit by walking wherever possible to reduce the polluting impact of their car on the environment. Making small changes like walking, carpooling or taking public transport where possible can make all the difference.”   To arrange an interview with motoring editor Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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INTERVIEW/COMMENT: POTHOLE 'EPIDEMIC' COSTS…

New research reveals that the pothole ‘epidemic’ is costing UK motorists and insurers £1m a month. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com says:   “The latest pothole count has surged due to the snowy conditions we experienced earlier in the year, creating treacherous road conditions and making a major dent in drivers’ pockets. “No doubt this will lead to a wave of drivers making claims for damage from their local council, leaving even less money which can be spent on repairing road surfaces. Drivers claimed for £3.1 million worth of damage to their vehicles from councils in 2016.   “Drivers are fed up of having a bumpy ride. More than two thirds (69%) of motorists want more to be done to tackle pocketed roads. It’s an area that needs serious investment. “If drivers do experience a bump in the road, our guide advises how to make your case for damage and report it to their local council before it gets any worse. “Our research found the true depth of the UK’s pothole problem combined is as deep as the Earth’s upper crust (40,456m) and we’ve visualised this in a scrolling animation so drivers can see just how deep the problem goes in their local area.”   To arrange an interview with motoring editor Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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FUEL PRICES REACH THE MOST EXPENSIVE IN OVER…

According to Confused.com’s fuel price index, drivers are having to dig deeper into their pockets to fill up their car with petrol, with the average price per litre increasing 1.7p in just one week to 123.5p. And it is a similar picture for diesel owners, who now pay 126.5p per litre, on average – a whopping 1.8p more than just seven days ago. These increases mean that drivers will be paying out even more to fill a tank, with the average medium size car costing an eye-watering £70 for petrol, and £72 for diesel.   Further research by the driver savings site suggests that the cost of fuel is already a real bug bear among drivers, with two thirds (66%) believing they are getting ripped off with fuel prices. And these increases are only going to hit them harder at an already expensive time for motoring.   But it seems motorists in some regions are seeing the worst of the increases, especially those in the West Midlands where the cost of petrol increased the most over the week (1.1p, on average). And drivers in the North East will have seen the biggest changes over past 12 months, with petrol increasing 4.6p year-on-year, to 122.5p/l, on average. However, it is motorists in the South East who will have to pay out the most to fill their tanks paying 123.6p/l, on average, for petrol, and 126.5p/l, on average, for diesel.   Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com commented, “Paying for fuel is part and parcel of owning a car, and it is unfortunate for drivers that it is only getting more expensive – the most expensive recorded by Confused.com’s fuel price index in more than 18 months! Although perhaps this is could be a motivation for drivers to consider alternative fuel types, which will also have a positive impact on the environment.     “But for those who are feeling ripped off by the inflated costs of petrol and diesel should keep an eye on the cost of fuel in their local area and find the cheapest place to fill up using Confused.com’s petrol prices tool.  Any money saved is a driver win!”   For more information, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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17 million drivers take to the roads this…

Saturday predicted to be the busiest day of the bank holiday weekend For more information, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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COMMENT: PARKING TICKETS RISE BY 1 MILLION…

It has today been revealed that the number of parking tickets given to drivers has risen by almost one million in a year. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com advises drivers how they can avoid the arduous costs of parking. “Drivers are continuing to be stung by lack of parking space availability. The fact the number of parking tickets issued has increased nearly 20% proves more needs to be done to help motorists from becoming victims of hefty fines. And the bill the government are backing to introduce a new code of practice for the private parking industry could be a positive step forward. “Our research shows 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. “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. Drivers should use our guide for all advise on how to appeal a parking fine.” For more information, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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USING YOUR PHONE WHILE IN THE PASSENGER SEAT…

British drivers have been warned that they could be penalised for using their mobile phone in the car even if it's not them driving. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com says:   “While riding as a passenger alongside a learner driver, you must have your wits about you as if you were the person in control of the car. And, therefore, the same rules about using your mobile phone apply.   “The new law introduced in March 2017 means all drivers now face tougher penalties for using their mobile phone while behind the wheel - a £200 fine and six penalty points. However, what is legal and what isn’t can still be a grey area, so we asked police to help us create a mobile phone use advice guide to steer drivers in the right direction.”   To arrange an interview with motoring editor Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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A QUARTER OF UK DRIVERS REGULARLY HOG THE…

STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL 00.01 ON FRIDAY 20TH APRIL 2018 Careless driving proves notoriously hard to catch as only 2,012 drivers fell foul of offences when in reality one in four drivers admit to hogging the middle lane on a regular basis, according to new data. ** REGIONAL DATA AVAILABLE ** To arrange an interview with motoring editor Amanda Stretton, pleas contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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CAR INSURANCE PRICES U-TURN FOR THE FIRST…

STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL 00.01 MONDAY 16TH APRIL Car insurance prices have fallen but savings are not being passed on to loyal customers ** REGIONAL / CITY DATA & VIDEO CONTENT AVAILABLE ** To arrange an interview with motoring editor Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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Drivers could face £70 fine for parking on…

It has today been reported that the Department for Transport are considering new laws to prevent cars parking on pavements. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com says:   “The introduction of yet more parking fines will undoubtedly see some resentment from drivers as they could face a £70 charge for pavement parking. Our own research shows that the average driver already racks up almost £10,000 worth of parking charges and fines over a 25-year period.   “Whilst drivers in London are up to speed with refraining from leaving a wheel or two on the curb, this ban will have a huge impact on drivers across the rest of the country.   “It’s incredibly important that the street-sides are clear to prevent any obstacles for pedestrians, but councils must recognise that parking is already a struggle for most drivers due to the lack of available spaces and existing restrictions.   “To avoid additional unnecessary charges, drivers should ensure they leave enough time to find an adequate parking space where they can be sure they won’t return to a ticket.” To arrange an interview with Motoring editor Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 07872377493

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Drivers risk £2,500 fine for not buckling up…

STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL 00.01 THURSDAY 29TH MARCH 2018 More than a third (35%) of pet-owning motorists don’t restrain their pets while driving To arrange an interview, with motoring editor Amanda Stretton please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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INTERVIEW/COMMENT: COUNCILS TO GET AN EXTRA…

The transport secretary Chris Grayling has today announced that an extra £100m is being shared among councils in England to fund repairs to roads damaged by recent storms. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com says: “Drivers will be relieved to hear that additional funding has been assigned to help patch up nearly two million potholes. Our research shows that more than two thirds (69%) of drivers think more needs to be done to tackle our pocketed roads.   “Following the damage from Storm Emma and the Beast from the East, drivers are fed up of having a bumpy ride. In 2016, the 1,031,787 potholes reported caused over £3.1 million of damage to vehicles.   “If drivers do experience a bump in the road, they should use our guide for advice on how to make your case for damage and report it to their local council before it gets any worse. “The true depth of the UK’s pothole problem combined is as deep as the Earth’s upper crust (40,456m) and we’ve visualised this in a scrolling animation so drivers can see just how deep the problem goes in their local area.” To arrange an interview with motoring editor Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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UK drivers to save £35 after new curbs on…

“Car insurance premiums are on track to be the most expensive on record, so it’s reassuring to see the Government finally bringing in measures to lower prices.   “Following a raft of cost-increasing measures, such as the reversal of the Ogden rate and increases to Insurance Premium Tax, drivers are paying 8% more for car insurance than they were last year.   “The average comprehensive premium is now an astonishing £827 on average, so drivers will no doubt celebrate the £35 saving that these proposals will allow them to benefit from.   “However, drivers can make even greater savings by shopping around for the best car insurance deals online. The good news is that insurers now have to show us what we paid for car insurance last year, so it's never been easier for drivers to check what they paid then and compare it to what they are asking you to pay now. We urge drivers to check their renewal letters as the average driver could save as much as £271 on car insurance by shopping around at Confused.com."

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Comment: UK drivers to save £35 after new…

The justice secretary has today unveiled plans to introduce a bill which sets to change the way whiplash claims are calculated and paid. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com says:   “It’s reassuring to see that the Government are reacting to an issue that many drivers feel strongly about. We welcome any changes that enable insurers to lower their prices for drivers.   “Car insurance premiums have continued to rise, increasing by 8% in the last year. Our research shows that the average premium is now at an astonishing £827.   “But the cost of car insurance is just one of a whole raft of motoring costs drivers are having to contend with. Shopping around online for things like car insurance, car finance and the cheapest stations to buy fuel are all ways drivers can save money. And the average driver could save £271 on car insurance by shopping around at Confused.com.”   For more information, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk 

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UK POTHOLE PROBLEM: THOUSANDS OF MILES OF…

For more information, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656   New data today reveals that thousands of miles of UK roads are in poor condition and have less than five years of life remaining before they become unusable. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com says:   “Drivers are fed up of having a bumpy ride. Despite £104 million being spent fixing road surfaces in 2016, conditions are now so poor that councils are facing a funding deficit in order to tackle the UK’s pothole problem.   “But what about the cost to drivers? Potholes caused £3.1 million worth of damage to vehicles in 2016. It’s no wonder more than two thirds (69%) of motorists want more to be done to tackle pocketed roads.   “If drivers do experience a bump in the road, they should use our guide for advice on how to make your case for damage and report it to their local council before it gets any worse. “The true depth of the UK’s pothole problem combined is as deep as the Earth’s upper crust (40,456m) and we’ve visualised this in a scrolling animation so drivers can see just how deep the problem goes in their local area.” *

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THE GREAT GARAGE RIP-OFF: TIME'S UP FOR…

UK DRIVERS CHEATED OUT OF £205 EACH BY A TRIP TO…

** STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL 00:01 22ND MARCH 2018 ** Gender Bias: 56% of drivers believe mechanics treat women differently to men Interview opportunities with motoring editor Amanda Stretton and filming ops with mechanic (male or female). Please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656 - REGIONAL DATA & REGIONAL COMPARISON OF REPAIR COSTS AVAILABLE -  Don't know your flange from your big end? Top 10 jargon busters revealed

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ADVICE TO DRIVERS AS MINI BEAST FROM THE…

As Met Office weather warnings remain in place in parts of the UK, snow and ice are set to cause misery for commuters today. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com advises drivers how to stay safe as the ‘mini Beast from the East’ hits the UK. She says:   “Drivers must take heed of snow warnings as the Beast from the East strikes again, leaving some drivers stranded overnight. These aggressively cold conditions can be treacherous. Over 2,000 road accidents were reported in ice and snow in 2016*, and the latest weather disruption will likely be responsible for many more.   “Our research suggests half (49%) of motorists try to avoid driving in such weather, but unfortunately it’s not always an option. If drivers do find they need to head out onto the roads, they should allow at least 10 minutes to de-ice their windscreens - if your windscreen is not cleared correctly, it can land you with up to £60 in fines or points on your licence. Drivers should use our guide to find out how to de-ice their cars properly and how to avoid unnecessary fines.” For more information, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656 *Department of Transport statistics (2016)

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FCA CAR FINANCE INVESTIGATION - RESPONSE

For more information, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656 Commenting on the FCA’s car finance investigation, Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com says: “As the FCA’s review suggests, there are valid concerns with the car finance market and a need to provide drivers with transparency. Worryingly, our research found 71% of drivers are confused about the different types of car finance options available1, and murky sales tactics do little to improve their understanding. “Only last year we commissioned a mystery shop across 100 car dealerships which found evidence of drivers being pressured into taking out finance there and then, without having the terms of the loans properly explained to them2. And further research also revealed complaints about hidden set up fees and mileage limit charges. “This is why we launched our car finance comparison service3, to put the power back into the hands of the driver. Motorists can easily compare the different options side-by-side with clear instructions as to the type of finance they are buying. We also show the exact APR, so they know the total value of the loan upfront. What’s more is drivers can actually secure their finance before walking into the dealership, giving them the cash-buying power to negotiate an even better deal. “Anyone thinking about buying a car using finance should visit our guide to get clued up on the pros and cons of the options available.”   These figures are from a separate Opinium Research LLP poll commissioned by Confused.com, which questioned a 2,004 person representative sample of Britons, 70% of whom were regular drivers. The research was conducted between 8 and 10 February 2017. Confused.com commissioned research agency PCP to conduct a mystery shopping exercise at 100 second hand car dealerships across a range of UK locations. The participant group consisted equally of men and women. The experiment was conducted between 13 and 27 March 2017. Launched in February 2017, Confused.com’s car finance comparison service shows customers the exact APR as well as the likelihood of acceptance on representative APRs.

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Comment/Interview: MPs call for ban on new…

MPs have today called on the UK Government to bring forward the 2040 ban of new petrol and diesel cars. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com says:   “Air pollution caused by cars is an important issue, and one that drivers are overwhelmingly concerned about too. According to our own research, more than three in four (78%)  drivers care about the effect that their car has on air quality. It’s therefore unsurprising that MPs feel the 2040 ban ‘lacks sufficient ambition’.   And while over a quarter (28%) of drivers are positive about the ban, it seems that opinions are divided with 28% not agreeing. In fact, almost two thirds (65%) believe they should be able to buy whichever fuel vehicle they want and shouldn’t have restrictions imposed upon them by government.   “In the lead up to the ban, whether in 2040 or sooner, it’s likely we will start to see numerous incentives and penalties introduced. To measure public opinion and driver trends surrounding petrol, diesel and alternative fuel vehicles, we have created a fuel barometer. This will help to paint a picture of the future of motoring.”   For more information and to arrange an interview, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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JAMIE CARRAGHER'S SPITTING INCIDENT:…

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POTHOLE DAMAGE HAS DOUBLED AFTER BAD WEATHER

- National Pothole Day -

For more information and to arrange an interview, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656 The effects from the ice, snow and flooding caused by the Beast from the East last week have worsened the conditions on the road. To mark National Pothole Day, motoring editor at Confused.com Amanda Stretton advises drivers how to claim for pothole damage. ** See comment below **

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INTERVIEW: DRIVERS CONFUSED ABOUT NEW DIESEL…

STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL 00.01 ON FRIDAY 9TH MARCH 2018 87% of motorists do not understand new taxes on diesel vehicles which will be introduced next month ** REGIONAL DATA AVAILABLE ** To arrange an interview with motoring editor Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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UK driving licences ‘could be invalid’ in EU…

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CHAOS EXPECTED ON THE ROADS AS THE 'BEAST…

The Met Office has warned of "heavy snow showers" and disruption to travel as temperatures continue to plummet around the country. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com advises drivers how to stay safe as the ‘Beast from the East’ hits the UK. She says: “Drivers should take heed of weather warnings as the Beast from the East advances across the UK. These aggressively cold conditions can be treacherous with over 2,000 road accidents reported in ice and snow conditions in 2016.* “Our research suggests half (49%) of the driving population try to avoid driving in such weather, but it’s not always an option. Motorists who are taking to the road should plan their journeys in advance, keeping to major roads where possible, as they are more likely to have been gritted. “Before heading out drivers should give at least 10 minutes to allow time to de-ice their windscreens - if your windscreen is not cleared correctly, it can land you with up to £60 in fines or points on your licence. Using our guide, drivers can educate themselves and avoid fines at a time where motoring costs are increasingly on the up.” To arrange an interview with motoring editor Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656 *Department of Transport statistics (2016)

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NUMBER OF DRIVERS CAUGHT ON THEIR MOBILE…

STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL 00.01 ON FRIDAY 23RD FEBRUARY 2018 Last year, the punishment for offenders doubled to £200 and six points * REGIONAL DATA AVAILABLE * To arrange an interview for tomorrow with motoring editor Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656 

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NUMBER OF CARS ABANDONED INCREASES SIX-FOLD…

32,000 cars abandoned were removed in 2016 & 2017 – one car every 30 minutes *** REGIONAL FOI DATA AVAILABLE *** To arrange an interview for tomorrow, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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PARENTS STILL BAFFLED BY NEW CAR SEAT LAWS…

STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL 00.01 ON THURSDAY 1ST MARCH 2018 ** REGIONAL DATA AVAILABLE ** Nine in 10 (88%) parents still confused about backless booster seats, one year after new rules announced To arrange an interview with motoring editor Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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INTERVIEW/COMMENT: UK RUSH HOUR DRIVERS…

New data reveals that the UK drivers wasted 31hours in rush hour traffic last year*. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com discusses the financial burden this has on drivers. She says:   “We all realise traffic delays cost drivers valuable time and money, but to find that rush hour congestion costs motorists £1,168 a year is a sobering statistic.   “The government has said £23billion is being invested into road schemes, but it is clear we need to update our approach to traffic management. One solution is a ‘vehicle-miles travelled’ tax, taxing drivers by the distance they drive. This would have a significant impact on how much people use their car, but we would need to ensure those motorists who have no option but to drive were not being penalised unfairly.   “The cost impact of congestion is just one of a whole raft of motoring costs drivers are having to contend with. Shopping around online for things like car insurance, car finance and the cheapest stations to buy fuel are all ways drivers can save money. And these savings can mount up to £271 for the average driver by shopping around at Confused.com.” To arrange an interview with motoring editor Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656 *Inrix data

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INTERVIEW/ COMMENT: Drivers warned of…

As snow, sleet and ice warnings kick in across the country, police are urging motorists to drive carefully. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com advises drivers how to stay safe this winter. She says: “Drivers should take heed of the wintery weather warnings as over 2,000 road accidents were reported in one year in icy and snowy conditions.* “Our research suggests half (49%) of the driving population try to avoid driving in such weather, but it’s not always an option. Motorists who are taking to the road should plan their journeys in advance, keeping to major roads where possible, as they are more likely to have been gritted. “Before heading out drivers should give at least 10 minutes to allow time to de-ice their windscreens - if your windscreen is not cleared correctly, it can land you with up to £60 in fines or points on your licence. Using our guide, drivers can educate themselves and avoid fines at a time where motoring costs are increasingly on the up. To arrange an interview, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656 *Department of Transport statistics (2016)

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COMMENT: UK car production suffers first…

The SMMT have today reported that UK car production fell for the first time since 2009 last year. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com responds: The news about UK car production suggests the market has reacted to falling sales. Sales have partly been affected by lower consumer confidence in diesel vehicles, with just 10% of drivers telling us that they would buy diesel as their next car. This is likely the fallout from the confusing diesel levy announced in November and a ban on the sale of new fuel-powered vehicles from 2040. SMMT has also called for more clarity over Brexit, and one in five drivers (22%) agree, demanding motoring is made a key consideration in the negotiations. Motorists are fed up with the rising cost of owning a car, including the cost of road tax, fuel and car insurance. This means they are more reluctant to splurge on a new vehicle. The modern driver needs to be savvy and shop around online to save on motoring costs at Confused.com. For more information, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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Amanda on Sky - private parking fines

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INTERVIEW/COMMENT: NUMBER OF BREAKDOWNS…

New data reveals that the number of drivers breaking down after hitting potholes has seen a “concerning” rise of 11% in the last quarter of 2017*. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com responds:   “Drivers are fed up of having a bumpy ride because of potholes – in fact, 69% say more should be done to tackle the problem. Not least because of the damage they do to our cars, as around £3.1 million worth of damage was caused to vehicles in 2016.   “Councils spent a staggering £104 million on repairing potholes. If drivers do experience a bump in the road, they should use our guide for advice how to report it to their local council before it gets any worse.   “The true depth of the UK’s pothole problem combined is as deep as the Earth’s upper crust (40,456m) and we’ve visualised this in a scrolling animation so drivers can see just how deep the problem goes in their local area.” To arrange an interview with motoring editor Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656 *RAC data Unless otherwise stated all statistics were obtained from a survey to 2,000 UK motorists. The survey ran between 10 October 2017 and 13 October 2017. Confused.com submitted a Freedom of Information request to 412 local authorities, and the Highways Agency, Transport Scotland and Welsh Government. Of these, 197 local authorities responded as well as Highways England. The following questions were asked: The number of potholes reported within your local authority area in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 (to date), broken down by year. The minimum depth and width (in inches or cm) a reported pothole must be in order to be recorded as a pothole by your local authority. The number of potholes repaired within your local authority area in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 (to date), broken down by year. The amount of money the local authority has spent on repairing potholes within your local authority area in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 (to date), broken down by year. The amount of money the local authority has spent in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 (to date), broken down by year, on paying compensation to claimants where vehicle damage was caused by potholes/damaged road surfaces.

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INTERVIEW/COMMENT: CAR INSURANCE PREMIUMS…

New research has shown that car insurance premiums have once again risen to a new high*. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com responds: “Car insurance prices are at tipping point and unfortunately this is likely to continue throughout the rest of the year. Our own research, based on over 6 million quotes from the last quarter, shows that car insurance premiums have ramped up to an average of £827, expected to hit £900 this year. “The good news is that insurers now have to show drivers what they paid for car insurance last year, making it easier for them to compare against their renewal price. January is always a difficult month after the excess of Christmas and that is true for drivers’ wallets too. Confused.com want to help and are guaranteeing to beat the price your insurer is charging you. “Drivers can see just how much the average premium for their area is using the Confused.com car insurance calculator, to get an idea of how much they could be paying when it comes around to renewing.” For questions or to arrange an interview, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656   *ABI research

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Carnage on the carriageway: THOUSANDS of…

** EMBARGOED UNTIL 00.01 FRIDAY 26TH JANUARY 2018 ** New FOI data reveals deer were the most killed animals on the road in 2016 and 2017 To arrange an interview with Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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INTERVIEW/ COMMENT: Scottish drivers warned…

With drivers stranded overnight on the M74 as snow sweeps Scotland, motoring editor at Confused.com Amanda Stretton advises drivers how to stay safe in these torrential weather conditions. She says: “Last year over 2,000 road accidents were reported in ice and snow*, so it’s important that drivers take extra care when driving in these hazardous conditions. “Our research shows one in seven (15%) UK drivers – roughly six million motorists – have had an accident in icy or snowy conditions at some point. And while half (49%) actively try to avoid driving in such weather, some drivers, such as those stuck on the M74 overnight, might have no option. “As well as being more vigilant in dangerous conditions, drivers should plan their journeys in advance, ensuring they’ve checked the route and can keep to major roads where possible, as they are more likely to have been gritted. “And motorists should leave at least 10 minutes earlier to allow time to de-ice their windscreens as this could improve visibility and help reduce the likelihood of an accident. And if your windscreen is not cleared correctly, it can land you with up to £60 in fines or points on your licence. Using our guide, drivers can educate themselves and avoid fines at a time where motoring costs are increasingly on the up.” To arrange an interview, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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INTERVIEW: CAR INSURANCE SET TO BREAK RECORD…

Drivers urged to check their renewal price as premiums rise by £60 (+8%) in one year, now £827 ** REGIONAL DATA & CITY VIDEO CUTS AVAILABLE ** To arrange an interview with Louise O'Shea, CEO at Confused.com or motoring editor Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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Drivers face £5,000 fine for splashing…

Responding to reports that the police are hunting a careless driver who could be hit with a £5000 fine after ploughing through 20ft puddle to soak mum with pram, Confused.com motoring editor, Amanda Stretton says: “Some people might think that driving through puddles is a bit of fun, with others accusing the police in this instance of overreacting. However, it can be a serious safety issue for drivers and is highly inconsiderate for pedestrians.   “Firstly, drivers have no way of knowing what the road surface is under the puddle, causing unpredictable driving conditions. Secondly, the water itself can cause the car to aquaplane – where the vehicle’s tyres fail to grip the road and cause the driver to lose control.     “If that isn’t enough, it’s also just incredibly rude and drivers can be penalised, quite rightly, with a huge £5000 fine. Puddle rage really can lead to big fines. To avoid this cost and to ensure their safety, we advise motorists to look out for big puddles when driving, and pay particular attention when there are pedestrians around.”   A police spokesperson said: “On Thursday, January 4 around noon, a mother was with her two children, one in a pram and the other walking alongside her near the junction of Pig Lane and Greengarth in St Ives.   “Due to the poor weather a very large puddle had built up due to a blocked drain near the junction, which was halfway across the road. “It was not raining and the puddle, some 20 feet in length, could easily be seen by motorists. Unbelievably a motorist drove through the puddle causing the water to soak the three. “The driver could well have waited to drive around the puddle or drive through it very slowly so as to not cause water to splash anyone on the footpath. “The Road Traffic Act 1998 states that it is illegal to drive ‘without reasonable consideration for other persons’, including ‘driving through a puddle causing pedestrians to be splashed. “The traffic offence can lead to a maximum fine of £5000 if it is established that the driver’s behaviour ‘amounts to a clear act of incompetence, selfishness, impatience, or aggressiveness.”

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COMMENT: DIESEL CAR SALES SET TO PLUNGE…

New research reveals that diesel vehicles will account for just 15% of the UK market by 2025. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com responds: “It seems declining consumer confidence is partly to blame for the demise of diesel cars. Sales of diesels are forecast to fall by up to 10% in 2018 – perhaps to be expected after the new diesel levy announced in November’s Budget and a ban on fuel-powered cars planned from 2040. “Diesel used to be the second most popular fuel-type after petrol, but our research shows hybrid cars are now preferred among car buyers. Almost a quarter (23%) of drivers admitted they would opt for a hybrid vehicle as their next car, compared to just 10% choosing diesel. “Positive schemes such as competitive tax discounts and diesel scrappage schemes would be welcomed by 57% of drivers who are calling for the government to make it easier to switch to less polluting vehicles. To save money, we encourage all drivers to shop around online for the cheapest fuel and minimise motoring costs where possible using sites like Confused.com.”

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Comment: Commuters face week of chaos as…

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Comment: UK car sales see first drop for six…

The SMMT have today reported that UK car sales have suffered the biggest fall since 2009. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com responds:   It seems declining consumer confidence in diesel vehicles is partly to blame for less drivers buying new cars. Sales of diesel vehicles fell by 31% in December alone – perhaps to be expected after the new diesel levy announced in November’s Budget and a ban on fuel-powered cars planned from 2040.   Diesel used to be the second most popular fuel-type after petrol, but it seems hybrid cars are now preferred among car buyers. Our research shows 21% of drivers admitted they would opt for a hybrid vehicle as their next car, compared to just 12% choosing diesel.   Drivers are fed up with the rising costs of owning and running a car, including the cost of car insurance, car finance and road tax. These rising costs mean that drivers are more reluctant to fork out a large sum for a new car. We encourage all drivers to shop around at Confused.com to minimise motoring costs where possible.   To arrange an interview with motoring editor Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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COMMENT: UK PETROL PRICES SOAR TO 3 YEAR HIGH

UK petrol prices have risen to a three-year high. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com responds. She says:   “We can’t blame drivers for resenting the fact they are now paying the highest prices for petrol since December 2014. Motorists are fed up of seeing the cost of owning and running a car go up every year, including the cost of car insurance and road tax.   “Our fuel price index shows that drivers now have to pay an average of £68.88 to fill up their car with petrol, and this hefty sum could continue to rise over the year.   “The main thing drivers can do to steer away from rising fuel prices is to research the cheapest place to fill up in their local area, which they can do using Confused.com’s petrol prices tool. Drivers should also try and drive more resourcefully, including driving at slower speeds, accelerating gradually, avoiding over-revving as and using a higher gear.” To arrange an interview with motoring editor Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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MOTORING EDITOR RESPONDS TO 30% INCREASE IN…

Police data today reveals there has been a 30% increase in car thefts over the past three years*. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com responds. She says:   It’s shocking that there were over 85,000 vehicles reported stolen in 2016. And it’s likely this figure will continue to rise each year as modern security systems mean that criminals are now able to steal vehicles without needing keys.   We recommend all drivers to prepare and invest in low-tech solutions to prevent high-tech car thefts. First and foremost, drivers should think carefully about where they leave their car and try to park in a well-lit area, such as under a streetlamp.   And don’t give thieves a reason to want to take your car. Drivers should make sure that valuables are never left in the car on show. Other deterrents could include anti-theft devices such as steering wheel locks or a sticker saying “this car has a tracker”.   With motoring costs across the board continuously rising, drivers should do all they can to avoid the extra costs and burden of having their car broken into, or worse stolen. We encourage all drivers to shop around at Confused.com to minimise motoring costs where possible.  For more information, please contact charli@the10group.co.uk     *Commissioned by the RAC

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Price Index interviews

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RECORD NUMBER OF DRINK DRIVERS ON NEW YEAR'S…

New research reveals 1st January has been the…

STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL 00.01 ON FRIDAY 29TH DECEMBER 2017 For more information, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk

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SEVERN CROSSING TOLL CUTS WILL SAVE DRIVERS…

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Stormzy takes top spot for ‘most dangerous’…

** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ** Of the 40 most streamed songs of 2017, research shows ‘Big For Your Boots’ is the song most likely to make you put your foot down Ed Sheeran has the second ‘most dangerous’ song with ‘Castle on the Hill’

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LANE OFFENDERS SET TO PLAGUE MOTORWAYS AS 11…

Careless driving offences prove notoriously hard to catch as only 2,012 drivers fell foul of the offence in 2016 REGIONAL DATA & B-ROLL FOOTAGE 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: Festive season comes out…

STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL 00.01 ON THURSDAY 14TH DECEMBER 2017 ** REGIONAL DATA AVAILABLE ** More than a quarter (27%) of drunk-drivers have been caught between the hours of 5am and 11am For more information, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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INTERVIEW: Festive season comes out top for…

STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL 00.01 ON THURSDAY 14TH DECEMBER 2017 ** REGIONAL DATA AVAILABLE ** More than a quarter (27%) of drunk-drivers have been caught between the hours of 5am and 11am To arrange an interview with motoring editor Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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INTERVIEW/ COMMENT: Drivers warned of 'Black…

The Met Office issued warnings today about ‘icy patches on untreated roads’ – motoring editor at Confused.com Amanda Stretton advises drivers how to stay safe this winter. She says:   “Last year over 2,000 road accidents were reported in icy and snowy conditions*, so it’s important that drivers take extra care when driving in these hazardous conditions.   “Our research shows one in seven (15%) UK drivers – roughly six million motorists – have had an accident in icy or snowy conditions. And while half (49%) actively try to avoid driving in such weather, some drivers have no option.   “As well as being more vigilant in dangerous conditions, drivers should plan their journeys in advance, ensuring they’ve checked the route and can keep to major roads where possible, as they are more likely to have been gritted.   “Motorists should leave at least 10 minutes earlier to allow time to de-ice their windscreens as this could improve visibility and help reduce the likelihood of an accident. And if your windscreen is not cleared correctly, it can land you with up to £60 in fines or points on your licence. Using our guide, drivers can educate themselves and avoid fines at a time where motoring costs are increasingly on the up.” To arrange an interview, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656 *Department of Transport statistics

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Over 2,000 road accidents were reported in…

More than 2,000 road accidents were reported in icy or snowy conditions last year Half (49%) of UK drivers actively try to avoid driving in icy and snowy weather. ** Regional data available ** To arrange an interview with motoring edtior Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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INTERVIEW/COMMENT: UK Councils made £819m…

New research reveals that UK Councils made £819m from parking charges between 2016-2017. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com responds. She says: “The fact that UK councils cashed in £819m in parking fees and fines last year suggests 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. “Drivers who are fed up with hefty parking charges can avoid this by booking parking in advance and shopping around for the cheapest spaces via 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.” To arrange an interview with motoring editor Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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BRITS AVOID THE ROADS AHEAD OF WET AND SNOWY…

Last year alone, there were over 36,000 accidents in bad weather conditions A quarter (24%) of drivers have had an accident or near-miss when driving in bad weather conditions. British drivers leave their homes 16 minutes earlier to allow for delays in bad weather conditions 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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BUDGET 2017 - IMPACT ON UK DRIVERS

Motoring editor at Confused.com, Amanda Stretton, comments on how the Chancellor’s budget will impact UK drivers. She says: “The Chancellor’s budget will deliver some small wins for drivers, including the freezing of fuel duty, which will come as a relief after the recent cost hikes in both car insurance and fuel. “Drivers will welcome the £400m Mr Hammond has allocated to fund the development of electric vehicle charging points. Our research shows 58% of motorists blame the lack of available charging points as the reason for not wanting to switch to a greener vehicle, with only 7% of drivers willing to consider an electric car for their next purchase. However, some frustration may come for drivers looking to purchase a new car next year. From April 2018, the first year vehicle excise duty (VED) tax rate for diesel cars that fail to meet the latest standards, will go up by one band. It’s crucial that the government doesn't penalise drivers with further costs and considers more positive measures to get diesel vehicles off our roads, like offering competitive tax discounts and diesel scrappage schemes. We encourage all drivers to shop around at Confused.com to minimise motoring costs where possible.” To arrange an interview with motoring editor Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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BUDGET 2017: DEATH OF DIESEL CARS?

Chancellor Phillip Hammond will announce his Autumn Budget on Wednesday 22nd November. Motoring editor Amanda Stretton discusses how drivers could be affected. She says: “It’s predicted that the budget will sting drivers with diesel cars as the Chancellor is no doubt feeling pressure to support the Clean Air Strategy revealed in July. “There has been speculation that the Chancellor will increase fuel duty. According to our fuel price index, drivers are currently paying an average of 122.4p per litre for diesel, a figure that has risen 3.65p year on year. The research also shows that almost one in three drivers (32%) are most concerned about the cost of petrol, more so than any other motoring cost, including car insurance and maintenance costs. Drivers should always keep an eye on the cost of fuel in their area and can find the cheapest place to fill up using our petrol prices tool. “This isn’t the only setback diesel drivers should expect - raising road taxes and taxes on the purchase of new diesel vehicles are also on the cards. UK diesel car sales fell by nearly a third last month and only 12% of drivers would consider buying a new diesel car. So if extra taxes are implemented, we will well and truly see the death of diesel cars. “It’s likely that all of these potential budget announcements will spark outrage amongst 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 like offering competitive tax discounts and diesel scrappage schemes.”   Motoring editor Amanda Stretton is available for interview, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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Interview/Comment: One million motorists are…

It has today been announced that experts are urging drivers to have an eye test every ten years. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com comments: “It’s shocking that over one million drivers are on the road illegally with bad vision. Our research shows over 9,000 drivers had their license revoked or application refused by the DVLA last year (2016) as their eyesight did not meet required standards. “It’s no wonder over half (55%) of drivers agree with expert opinion and think all motorists should be legally required to have regular eye tests. Without the correct prescription, motorists may have trouble judging distance, depth and could miss cars, cyclists and pedestrians in their wider field. Many opticians offer free tests for first-time customers. “Drivers with an eye condition should always notify their insurer to ensure they are covered should they need to make a claim. Motorists who are concerned about the impact an eye condition could have on the price of their car insurance premiums should shop around online using a driver savings site, such as Confused.com.” To arrange an interview with motoring editor Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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INTERVIEW/COMMENT : TRAFFIC LIGHTS TO BE…

Highways England announced today that they will launch a £7m trial next month in a bid to reduce congestion on the UK’s busiest routes. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com comments:   “While this initiative to introduce traffic lights on motorway link roads is only in its trial stage, if successful it would be a huge driver win. Especially for those motorists who regularly drive on our crowded and most congested motorways. “However, our research shows that Brits already spend more than two days a year waiting at red lights* so it will be interesting to see whether the installation of these traffic lights will actually increase journey times. “Any plans that help drivers save time and money on burnt fuel should be welcomed by road users. Drivers wanting to save money on fuel should do their research and find the cheapest petrol in their area using our petrol price tool.”   To arrange an interview with motoring editor Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656     * British drivers spend, on average, eight minutes a day waiting at red lights. Eight minutes multiplied by seven equals 56 minutes a week. 56 minutes multiplied by 52 weeks of the year equals 2,912 minutes. This equates to 48 hours and 32 minutes a year waiting at traffic lights.

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Research shows drivers are 10x more likely…

Almost half of drivers have had an accident or…

  Increased number of hazards and inconsiderate road users cause road rage ** Regional data & FOI available ** To arrange an interview with motoring editor Amanda Stretton, please contact charli@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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COMMENT: POLICE USE UNMARKED LORRY TO CATCH…

  UK police announced today that they are using an unmarked lorry to patrol Britain’s motorways and catch drivers committing offences behind the wheel. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com comments:   “Dangerous driving is a serious problem on UK roads, but it’s sometimes difficult for the police to catch offenders in the act. With our research showing that four in five (79%) drivers admit to breaking the speed limit, we hope that police efforts such as the undercover police lorry, will discourage dangerous behaviour on our roads.   “Ultimately, the sort of behaviour captured by police can cause accidents, jeopardising the safety of other drivers. And, as a result, convictions and claiming for vehicle damage can lead to expensive repair costs and car insurance premiums, so it’s in all motorists’ interests to drive safely.”   To arrange an interview with motoring editor Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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COMMENT: MIDDLE-LANE HOGGERS ARE CAUSE OF…

Motoring editor responds to new research revealing that drivers blame middle-lane hoggers for more arduous and time consuming journeys on UK motorways.    To arrange an interview with Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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LIGHTS OUT FOR DRIVERS AS CLOCKS GO BACK…

One third of UK’s 6 million street lights are…

FOI data shows almost 1.5 million street lights are dimmed at night while more than 600,000 are switched off completely. Scroll down for full release To arrange an interview with motoring editor Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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INTERVIEW/ COMMENT: Drivers pay over £1bn a…

"We need to stop punishing the driver at every…

A study has today revealed that British drivers are hit with a penalty charge fine every 2.5 seconds. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com comments:   “It’s shocking that drivers are paying over £1billion a year in fines, whether this be parking penalties, speeding fines or getting caught in bus lanes. We need to stop punishing motorists at every turn.   “Our research shows that the average driver will rack up almost £10,000 worth of parking charges and fines over a 25-year period. One million penalties were issued last year for speeding and jumping red-lights. Almost two thirds (62%) of drivers are put off speeding by the presence of speed cameras but 28% still believe that these cameras are just a way for the police to make money.   “With rising motor costs, we need to be careful that these extra, and sometimes unfair charges, are not going to price drivers off the road. Those who feel a fine or ticket has been issued unfairly should challenge it. We also encourage all drivers to shop around at Confused.com to minimise motoring costs where possible.” To arrange an interview with motoring editor Amanda Stretton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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Comment: Surcharge plan on parking permits…

City of Edinburgh Council have begun a consultation on a proposal to apply a surcharge on parking permits issued to owners of diesel vehicles. Motoring editor at Confused.com comments: “Drivers could yet again be slammed with even more motoring costs and price increases. The proposal, if implemented, would sting thousands of diesel vehicle owners with parking permits in Edinburgh. “While many drivers support initiatives to improve the UK’s poor air quality, the cost is likely to frustrate motorists who are fed up with bearing the brunt of these costs. “Drivers would welcome any initiatives to reduce these costs, including a nationwide scrappage scheme, which could make it cheaper and easier for motorists with older diesel cars to avoid the hefty costs. We encourage all drivers to shop around at Confused.com to minimise motoring costs where possible.”

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COMMENT: New London T-Charge comes into…

A new London traffic charge for mainly pre-2006 petrol and diesel cars, called the “T Charge”, comes into force today. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com discusses how this will impact drivers:   “Drivers are yet again being slammed with even more motoring costs and price increases. The new T charge is set to sting thousands of drivers by almost doubling the cost to enter Central London. It will now cost many drivers who have to commute into London for work every day over £100 per week.   “While many drivers support initiatives to improve the UK’s poor air quality, the cost is likely to frustrate motorists who are fed up with bearing the brunt of these costs.   “Drivers would welcome any initiatives to reduce these costs, including the nationwide scrappage scheme, which could make it cheaper and easier for motorists with older cars to avoid the hefty costs. We encourage all drivers to shop around at Confused.com to minimise motoring costs where possible.”

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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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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…

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*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…

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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