CAR OWNERS can cut down costs on their motor insurance by switching to pay-per-mile cover. Designed for those who don't travel too far too often, a black box tracks every journey you make and charges you accordingly. Insurers such as By Miles, launched earlier this year, offer policies from as little as 3p per mile depending on how much you drive and your home address, for example. The caveat being, customers have to pay a one-off fee from around £150 to insure a car for the times its parked as well as purchase of the telematics gadget. Record-label owner John Leahy from north London said he will save up to £150 this year thanks to the service, according to the BBC. He travels around 4,000 miles a year and has been tailored a 3.4p a mile fee, in addition to his £170 one-off cost and £50 deposit. That equates to a projected £356 premium. Rated a full five stars from Defaqto in August, the fully-comprehensive cover is backed by AXA Insurance. Policies are … [Read more...] about Your car insurance can be hundreds of pounds cheaper by only paying for cover when you’re driving
It’s probably the sort of thing one only thinks about when heading off to foreign climes on holiday - particularly if you’re going to be driving there - but why do some countries drive on the left and others on the right? Here in the UK we drive on the left but most of our European neighbours drive on the right. It would certainly seem like we’re in the minority - but is that the case - and who else drives on the left? Cross the Channel to the European mainland, keep going in any direction and it’ll be a long time before you find anyone with their steering wheel on the same side of the car (the right) as in the UK. However, if you head across the Irish Sea to the Republic of Ireland you’ll find they drive on the same side of the road as us. 35% of the world drive on the left Taking the world as a whole, around 35% of the world’s population drives on the left. It might not surprise you to know that many of the other countries that do are former … [Read more...] about Why do we drive on the left and who else does?
DRIVING legally seems like an easy feat once you've passed your test and know what you're doing - but you might be breaking the law without even realising it. If you pop out for a Maccies and pay on your phone, or play loud music while doing it, you could be getting yourself in a lot of trouble. Breaking these unusual laws could mean racking up fines into the thousands or a driving ban. Splashing a pedestrian with a big puddle might seem hilarious from the inside of your warm car, but you'll regret it if they decide to take revenge and report it to the police. We all partake in a little road rage every now and then, but be careful with your hands as giving someone the finger as you overtake could come back to haunt you. Here's an informative list of bizarre driving laws to watch out for - don't say we didn't warn you. Using your mobile phone to pay for food at a drive-thru Paying for your McDonald's using Apple Pay on your mobile phone could land you a £1,000 fine and a driving … [Read more...] about Why you should NEVER play loud music in your car or use Apple Pay at a drive-thru – weird driving laws revealed
Cheshire Oaks has revealed details of this year's Christmas light switch on, marking the start of the festive period. The main attraction will no doubt be the return of Europe's largest walk-in artificial Christmas tree and the Christmas corner - and it's always a popular event with Liverpool people. It takes place on Wednesday, November 7 and will see Radio City's Leanne and Dave kicking things off at 6pm in the build-up to the 100,000 lights being switched on. To make things extra special this year and to mark the 40th anniversary of The Snowman, guests will be able to watch a live orchestra performance of the film, following by a musical firework show. What time does it start? The festivities will be kicking off at 6pm, but we'd suggest arriving much earlier as the traffic around the centre can be heavy. The screening of The Snowman will start at 7pm and the musical fireworks will start from 7.30pm. The Christmas Corner This Christmas Corner is back and bigger than previous years. … [Read more...] about Cheshire Oaks announces plans for its Christmas light switch on
Manchester will soon be full of festive sparkle as the city's Christmas lights are switched on this weekend. The lights are up and the famous Santa figure - or Zippy, as he's better known - has already arrived ready for the big switch on event in Albert Square on Saturday night. It will be the last time for at least four years that the festivities will take place in front of the town hall, with work due to begin on a major revamp of the public square next year. Manchester's Christmas Markets will be forced to move their main hub next year too. The switch on will be going out with a bang, with a spectacular fireworks show over the town hall and performances from a line up of chart acts. Thousands of people are expected to attend the event. If you're planning to join them, here's everything you need to know. Manchester Christmas lights switch on line up 2018 Jonas Blue DJ and producer Jonas Blue will headline the show before pushing the button to turn on the lights. He's the hitmaker … [Read more...] about Manchester Christmas lights switch on