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Car insurance premiums continue to fall

November 5, 2012
Posted in Car news — Written by Nationla Numbers

Insurance premiums obtained through price comparison sites see biggest fall in years.

An average decline of 5.1% during the third quarter (July to September) reported by the Car Insurance Price Index is the largest since 2007.

This figure contributes to a yearly reduction now at 10.3% over the last 12 months.

The average premium in the UK is currently at lb757 compared to lb844 last year, a total reduction of lb87.

Third party, fire and theft cover has also decreased in 12 months, falling by lb24 on average (2.1%).

Duncan Anderson of Towers Watson, one of the companies involved in compiling the report, said: “Despite this being the fifth successive quarter of flat or falling rates for comprehensive cover, I think the current scale of the annual and quarterly decreases will cause some pause for thought in the insurance industry.”

Younger drivers are one of the main groups that have benefitted from reductions; younger female drivers especially.

Between 17 and 20 year old drivers, rates have fallen by 13.6% in the last year on average, but counting females alone the figure is 17.3%.

“Price decreases of this order signify jostling for position amongst insurers ahead of the implementation of the European Court of Justice ban on the use of gender in pricing from 21 December,” added Mr Anderson.

“Having won more younger driver business, they will seek to retain profitable segments by substituting other factors for gender and minimising the impact of the future price rises that are reasonably anticipated to affect many women in 2013.”

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Driving Test or Circuit Training?

November 1, 2012
Posted in Car news — Written by Nationla Numbers

A teenager from Hull becomes the first person to take and pass a driving test in an electric car.

18-year old Navdeep Singh Pandher was very excited to finally begin driving as passing his test first time round.

“I’ll be using my mum’s car to drive her around and get to university”, the computer science student said. “One of the main reasons I started driving was to help my mum.”

Navdeep’s mother suffers from heart problems, asthma and diabetes. While she is still able to drive it may not be too long before she is relying on her son to get her from A to B.

The monumental driving test was taken in the Vauxhall Ampera, the first long-distance electric car in the UK.

Anthony Fuller, the Red Driving School instructor who oversaw Navdeep’s test, said: “An electric car feels a lot different to an unleaded or diesel car.

“It is very smooth and very quiet – the biggest thing people notice is the lack of noise, the engine is totally silent.”

Despite being very nervous when the test began, Navdeep passed with just two minor faults.

“He is extremely mature for his years and drives like it,” Anthony continued.

“When I teach people to drive, especially young men, they tend to have an issue with speed.

“Navdeep doesn’t have that kind of personality about him – he sees problems and takes them on board.

“He is a very careful driver.”