Young drivers lack basic car know-how
Young drivers fork out £140 million every year in car maintenance due to their lack of basic mechanical know-how, new research suggests.According to the study carried out by Direct Line, half of all drivers under 25 do not know how to jumpstart their car or replace a tyre, compared to 25 per cent of drivers aged 45 or over.Nearly one in three admitted to paying to have their oil changed, while 25 per cent also admitted to having their brake fluid checked.The findings come despite the DVLA introducing a car maintenance section to the practical driving test in September 2003.Some 37 per cent of 18 to 24 year olds who have passed this test still struggle when it comes to checking the level of their car's brake fluid."It's not unusual for drivers to feel a little helpless when it comes to car maintenance -however, it is important for drivers to be able to make basic safety checks on their vehicle, such as checking tyre pressure and oil level," Emma Holyer, Direct Line's motor spokesperson said."These checks are essential before embarking on a long journey and we are urging motorists to ensure they are able to conduct these simple tests rather than relying on parents or mechanics for help."Our research also shows that more than four in ten drivers have waited for their vehicle's annual service to fix some of these potentially serious problems. This should be avoided as it is important that all motorists are driving roadworthy vehicles," she added.Asking parents for help is still a popular and altogether cheaper alternative to paying out for professional know-how, with 62 per cent of all young drivers confessing to turning to their mums and dads for advice.
Rally in sterling comes to an end
As news that UK inflation had increased to 2.9% in December hit the markets we saw a rally in the exchange rate with sterling picking up to hit a six-week high. However, Mervyn King placed a break upon the recovery in sterling last night with a suggestion that UK inflation will not push ahead and indeed is expected to fall back in the short to medium term. He also reiterated his concerns about the...Read More
Grand designs not matched by grand handiwork
Brits do not seem to be able to translate their ideas for making their homes into palaces into reality, with over £670 million a year paid out to fix botched DIY jobs.According to Halifax Home Insurance, 11 million UK households are dreaming of grand designs for their property, yet 4.1 million of these will have to shell out for professionals to correct the job they started.People in the Midlands...Read More
GlaxoSmithKline expects spike in swine flu vaccinations
Leading pharmaceutical group GlaxoSmithKline has today confirmed it has so far secured orders from 195 million doses of its new swine flu vaccine. This figure is expected to rise significantly over the coming weeks and months as governments around the world look to treat the worldwide population as soon as possible and stockpile vaccines for the future. The first doses of the swine flu vaccine wil...Read More
Comprehensive travel insurance 'is vital for romantic trips'
Romantic types planning to whisk their loved one away this Valentine's Day should check their insurance policies to ensure the day is as happy as it should be, one of the UK's largest insurance providers has advised. According to Defaqto, the need for travel insurance on such a trip is underscored by the fact that "costs of medical treatment overseas can be very variable and loss of baggage could...Read More
Artist Tracey Emin threatens to leave the UK
Well-known artist Tracey Emin is apparently on the verge of leaving the UK and moving to France because of the ever increasing income tax rates in the UK and general cost of living. The UK government is set to bring in a 50% tax band which will hit UK earners bringing in more than £150,000 a year. Miss Emin believes that when you take into account the new tax band, national insurance and other co...Read More