NEW drivers have been spending upto £200 to take a Pass Plus driving course without realising that it could have no effect on their car insurance costs. Motorists generally think that taking the driving course can reduce their car insurance premium. New research from a British price comparison website, MoneySuperMarket has revealed that the average person sees no difference to the cost. The financial website analysed 50,000 car insurance quotes between May and July 2019 and found that on average, providers did not change their pricing when customers changed their licence type from “Full UK Car Licence” to “Full UK Car Licence with Pass Plus”.Pass Plus is a scheme run in the UK aimed at new drivers who have recently passed the standard driving test. It’s usually available through instructors and can cost between £150 and £200. How to cut the cost of car insuranceIF you're looking to cut down your car insurance bill, follow our tips: Never … [Read more...] about New drivers ‘conned’ into £200 Pass Plus course that has zero effect on car insurance bills
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PURCHASING a baby travel system lets you buy all of your baby-on-the-go kit in one fell swoop, and typically comprises a buggy, car seat and separate carrycot for newborns. We’ve rounded up the best travel systems based on the most highly reviewed options available, that parents and experts rate as their favourites. While you can create your own travel system with a mix of kit from different brands, there are also travel systems from the same manufacturer that come as a complete package. Finding a travel system kit you like from the get-go can eliminate any hassle. After all, baby’s buggy and car seat are two of the most important items of baby gear you’ll purchase. The car seat is also one of the few bits you’ll need for your newborn from birth (a car seat is essential to get them home from hospital safely). Travel systems can be very useful for those who frequently travel by car, since you can easily swap your pushchair chassis with your car seat when on the … [Read more...] about Travel systems give you a car seat and buggy in one – here are our favourites
FINDING a car seat that ticks all the boxes – super-safe, comfy for your child, easy to install and within budget – can be a feat unto itself, and there are now new regulations to contend with requiring parents to keep kids in booster seats until they’re 12-years-old. Additionally, these new rules state that babies need to stay in rear-facing seats until they’re 15 months old, and can’t be transferred to a backless booster until they’re 125cm tall and over 22kg. We’ve rounded up the best car seats that will suit kids from newborn through to age 12 – some seats, like the Joie Every Stage car seat, even work throughout, so can be a good investment in the long run. Whether you’re buying your first car seat or are preparing for the arrival of another child and haven’t bought a car seat in several years, you’ll be delighted to know that new car seats have all kinds of handy features – plus, they’re safer. New … [Read more...] about These are the best-rated car seats for kids from newborn through 12
The moment a toddler was pulled from a baking hot car by police an hour after her father was shot dead in front of her in Baltimore has become a symbol of the record breaking homicide rates in the city this year. Ernest Solomon, 26, was sprayed with bullets outside his car on March 27 in front of a busy carryout in West Baltimore and died soon after being taken to hospital. In a bid not to contaminate the scene and inadvertently tamper with potential evidence police did not open Solomon's car immediately after the incident. Shocked: Onlookers and police were visibly shocked when the baby was lifted from the car Scene: Ernest Solomon was shot multiple times in front of his car and daughter Murder: The 10-month-old baby, wearing a pink and white onesie under a black sweatsuit, was pulled from the car However after hearing a 'whimper' emanating from the vehicle officers ordered car keys from Solomon's pockets to be returned to the scene so they could open the vehicle. … [Read more...] about Heart-breaking moment a whimpering toddler is pulled from a scorching hot car over an hour after her father was shot dead in front of her, as homicide rates in Baltimore reach ‘crisis point’
Hamid Farahi Alamdari was full of stories. When he was living out of his car in a Tesco car park in Harlow, Essex, he told anyone who would listen about his exciting past as an avionics engineer, Iranian war veteran and physicist. Then there was his pièce de résistance: the time he was shortlisted to be Stephen Hawking’s assistant. “I took it all with a pinch of salt at first because he was telling me all these stories and I could tell he was a drinker,” says account manager Adam Protheroe. “He could have been anybody. He could have told me that he was the king of Iran and I wouldn’t have known any better.” Protheroe became close friends with Hamid in 2017. “I’d seen him around and he was living in a Peugeot 206 that was parked up just around the corner. I came back a couple of days later with a bag full of clothes and bits and pieces and socks. My wife cooked him a nice meal and I took it down to him in a little box and started … [Read more...] about A gifted physicist reduced to living in his car: what killed Hamid Alamdari?