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Winter driving

Winter is the worst time of the year for motor insurance claims. It is also the most important time for you to look after your car and make sure that it is worthy for the roads.

How to prepare your car for winter

As expected in winter, the temperatures will plummet and of course there’s always the chance of snow, so it’s important that your car is ready! Booking in for a service is a great way to insure that your car is fit for the winter conditions. It is also advised to do regular checks on your oil level, antifreeze, hazard lights, wiper blades and battery.

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Driving in winter weather conditions

 

Driving in the snow

Driving in the snow can be nerve-wracking for the first time. It is important to remember that when you set off, you must accelerate gently, use low revs and change to a higher gear as soon as possible. This way the car is far less likely to slide or wheel spin. While you are driving, when you go on to the brakes or back on the accelerator, touch the pedals smoothly and slowly. Give yourself extra time to get to your destination and leave more space between you and the vehicle in front.

 

Driving in heavy rain

During or after heavy rain, you must bear in mind that there could be flooding on the roads, so you are best to give yourself extra time to get to where you are going. Be careful whilst driving as there will be low visibility due to spray from other vehicles. Do not drive quickly through flooding or large puddles as you may experience aquaplaning which could lead to a serious accident.

 

Driving in icy conditions

When the roads are icy, decide whether the journey is absolutely necessary. If you do need to drive, then make sure you leave plenty of time to get to where you’re going and leave as much as 10 times the normal recommended gap between you and the car in front.

 

Winter Driving Checklist

During winter the best thing you can do is be prepared. Here are a few things we recommend that you keep in the car at all times to avoid disaster.

  • Making sure you bring de-icer and an ice scraper. This is very useful if you park the car and come back to ice all over your windows.

  • In case you breakdown during the winter months, it is a good idea to have packed in the boot water, food, blankets and warm clothing for you and your passengers.

  • First aid kits are always handy to have in the event you or your passengers need medical attention before the emergency services reach you.

  • Unless driving is absolutely necessary, it is best to avoid driving in the really bad winter conditions.

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Young learner driver wins brand new car through Good Egg Drivers school workshop!

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TEENAGER Connor McAteer won a new Volkswagen Polo S after taking part in the Good Egg Drivers School programme, a UK wide initiative which helps young people become better safer drivers.

The 17-year-old from Cumbernauld was picked from thousands of entrants in the Good Egg young drivers’ competition and got the keys to the blue VW Polo when it arrived at Greenfaulds High school in front of his teachers, fellow students and the Good Egg Team.

Connor is still learning to drive and has his test booked for February 2016. On finding out he’d won the new car he said “I can’t describe the feeling of winning this…people only dream of getting such an amazing prize. I thought it was a wind up! The workshop was great – not just because I won a car –but because I learnt things I didn’t know about which will hopefully help me to pass my test when I take it and keep my licence once I get it! None of us knew about the different qualifications for driving instructors or that we are in such a high risk age group. I’d recommend Good Egg Drivers to any of my mates who are serious about learning to drive well.”

The car, donated by Arnold Clark, is part of a drive to raise awareness of road safety among young drivers and passengers - and the keys were handed over by The Scottish Sun Rookie Racer Christie Doran, who is also an ambassador for the programme.

Christie said: “It was a real buzz to be able to give away the car to Connor, especially after seeing him attend one of our popular workshops in his school.”

Campaign chief Jan James added: “We are delighted that Connor has won this. His school has been especially supportive of this programme and his teachers really impressed us with the emphasis they put on student pastoral care alongside good academic performance. Both are equally important.

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Rigorous Independent evaluation has underlined the effectiveness and importance of this programme in helping tackle the unacceptable high number of young driver and passenger casualties on UK roads.

We had over 5,000 entries from young people this year and thanks to the generosity of our partners Arnold Clark we now have another new car to be won next year, which is one of the many great incentives we offer for young people to engage in this potentially life-saving programme”

Paddy Adler, PT Pupil Support and Work Experience, Greenfaulds High School said: “Having carefully evaluated the Good Egg Driver programme with our S6 students, they have told us that it has really helped to raise their awareness of safe driving practices. A lot of the students felt it gave them the confidence to tell a driver to slow down if they felt they were driving too fast and be able to explain why they felt that way, which is really very encouraging to hear.

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We feel that it is extremely important that all students, not just at Greenfaulds, have this vital opportunity to raise awareness of the issues and help prevent avoidable death and injury caused through careless driving.

“Education across all age groups is a key part of the council’s road safety strategy, and the Good Egg Drivers School programme is an excellent way for our senior pupils to learn the skills they need to keep them safe on the roads,” said Councillor James Coyle, Convener of the Planning and Transportation Committee. “Congratulations to Connor – I’m sure the lessons he learned on the programme will give him the skills to help pass his test and enjoy his new car.”

 

Eddie Hawthorne, Group Managing Director at Arnold Clark said: “Arnold Clark is very proud to help young drivers stay safe on the road through our support of the Good Egg Drivers Initiative. It is important that new drivers understand the risks and dangers that the roads present, and ensure that they protect their licence through safe and considerate driving at all times. We would like to offer our congratulations to Connor and wish him all the best for sitting his test in the coming months.”

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What are the cheapest cars to insure if you are a new driver?

Congratulations! You have passed your driving test. All of your hard work has paid off and you can now look forward to many years of happy motoring.

You now have the tough decision of deciding which car to go for. You may have already seen your perfect car, but aren’t sure how expensive it will be to insure. Or you may need some inspiration in finding one that’s insurance costs won’t eat up all your money.

To start off, it’s worth keeping in mind that vehicles can fall into 50 different insurance groups, with group one being the cheapest and group 50 being the most expensive. Insurance companies also take things into consideration such as the age of the car, safety features and where it will be parked when calculating cost.

To make things a bit clearer, we have compiled a list of cars that are in low insurance groups and will be the cheapest to insure if you are a new, young or teenage driver.

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Vauxhall CorsaCorsa

The Vauxhall Corsa is one of the most popular cars in Britain and it is easy to see why.  It is cool, stylish and fun to drive. The good news is that its Expression Ecoflex model is in insurance group one, the cheapest insurance group.

 

 

 

Citroen C1citroen vtr

 The Citroen C1 VTr is in insurance group two and is ideal for city and urban driving. The C1 VTr is compact, making it perfect for new drivers who worry about squeezing into those tight parking spaces.

 

 

 

Peugeot 107 107

 If looking for a car that has low running costs and low priced insurance, the Peugeot 107 is a car to consider. It comes in loads of fun colours too.  

 

 

 

Ford Ka ka

The Ford Ka is a fantastic first car. The current Titanium model falls into insurance group four, making it ideal for a new driver.

 

 

 

Fiat 500 fiat

If you are looking for a retro-inspired car that’s insurance won’t cost the earth, then the Fiat 500 may well be the one for you. Its Pop model sits in insurance group five.

 

 

Volkswagen Polopolo

The Polo has all the quality you would expect from Volkswagen, and stylish looks to boot. The insurance will be affordable too, as it is placed in group five.

 

 

 

 

Buying your first car is a major milestone, and there is so much choice that it really is a buyers’ market. Whatever you decide to go for, make sure it is right for you, not only in cost but how you feel when driving it. Older cars may seem more appealing due to their lower price but newer cars are reliable and will have the latest safety features. Many come with warranties and service plans, giving you peace of mind.

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