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Is my car insured? How to run a car insurance check - Uswitch

Is your car insured? Driving without a valid car insurance policy is illegal. Find out how to check your insurance to see if you're insured to drive.

Am I insured to I drive someone else's car? - Uswitch

Before you borrow a friend's of relative's car, do you know whether you're insured? Even if you have your own comprehensive car insurance policy, you may not be covered to drive another vehicle.

Car Insurance Legal Requirements

Avoid invalidating your car insurance by following these legal requirements. Including, named driver insurance rules, modifications and medical conditions.

How car thefts have changed over time

An in-depth study of how vehicle crime has changed over time.

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Compare 4x4 Car Insurance Quotes

Do you need specialist 4x4 car insurance or are you covered by a standard car insurance policy? Our guide to 4x4 insurance could help you to save.

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Cheapest hybrids to insure?

The range of hybrids available on the market is now wide. With such abundant choice, you can afford to take the cost of insurance cover into consideration when making your choice. We reveal what you need to know.

The cars and regions most likely to fail their MOT

Uswitch finds out which cars are most and least likely to pass their MOT over time.

Using your car for Christmas decorating - how to avoid fines and stay safe

Uswitch have created a 'rule of thumb' list to help drivers stay safe on the road this Christmas, from transporting Christmas trees, bank holiday parking to social media trends.

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The world's tourist attractions with the most affordable parking

Touring your chosen holiday spot in a car can means contending with the issue of pricey parking fees. So Uswitch has analysed the number of car parks nearby the most popular tourist destinations, as well as their average prices.

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Most unreliable supercars

Supercars are out of the realms of affordability for most of us. But for all of that money, you’d also surely be expecting a top-quality vehicle that you can rely on. So Uswitch has discovered which models are the most unreliable.

Study reveals the ultimate playlists for these iconic road trips

For the most iconic road trips across the world, Uswitch has discovered the ultimate playlists to keep you entertained for the journey.

Car brand earnings

How much do the biggest automobile manufacturers make every second?

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Revealed: How much it costs to learn to drive in these 11 countries

Uswitch have put together a roundup of how much it costs to obtain a driving licence in 11 different countries around the world and how much it compares to learning how to drive in the UK.

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The most popular car brands according to social media

Millions use social media channels daily to post photos of cars - from the sleek and sporty to the ultra-luxurious. But which car brands are shared the most on social media? Uswitch.com finds out.

What is the most used car brand in horror movies?

The cars used in horror movies have often played an integral part in assisting the villain or protecting its victims. Uswitch investigated which car brands and models are used the most in horror movies.

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Get paid to watch 30 seasons of Top Gear

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Family Fuel Crisis: 1 in 4 Brits are cancelling half term travel plans due to petrol concerns

Uswitch reveals top tips for how to save on fuel as 1 in 4 Brits are cancelling half term travel plans due to petrol concerns.

Pay-as-you-go car insurance explained

Pay as you go car insurance policies use telematics technology - find out if it could save you money on insurance premiums.

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Spotify study reveals the ultimate commuting playlist

Carefully curated playlists get a lot of people through their daily commute, whether in the car, by train or bicycle. But which songs are essential listening for your commuting playlist? Uswitch analysed Spotify data to find out.

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The most Googled motoring problems in the UK

Uswitch analysed google search data to reveal the most common car maintenance questions asked by drivers.

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The top 10 countries with the fastest best-selling cars

Which countries are most likely to place importance on top speed when buying a new car, instead of other specifications like reliability or aesthetic? Uswitch found out in their latest study.

Temporary Learner Driver Insurance

Want to practice driving in your parents' car? Read about temporary learner insurance as an alternative to insuring a provisional driver as a named driver.

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TikTok rich list: These are the highest-earning car influencers on TikTok

With car influencers rising in popularity on TikTok, the experts at Uswitch sought to investigate which “carfluencers” are earning the most per post on the app.

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Five things you might not know as a driver

We know not to drink and drive or use a mobile at the wheel, but did you know you can face legal action for not showing ID? Find out what else you may not know.

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The cheapest European capitals to hire a car

Hiring a car in Europe lets you see the sights throughout the country, but which capital city has the cheapest average price per day? Uswitch investigated.

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Driving in the EU – what you need to know

The rules around driving in the EU have changed for UK residents. Find out what you need to know with our handy guide – including whether your insurance is valid

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What to do if you're involved in a car accident

Car insurance experts at Uswitch have put together a checklist on what to do if you’re involved in an accident and essential car safety tips to help drivers stay safe on the road.

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Famous landmarks for sightseeing road trips

The UK is home to a number of historic and beautiful landmarks. If you want to get behind the wheel and see some of the country’s best sights without having to trek on foot, Uswitch’s Top 10 UK landmarks might just be the list for you!

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Most name-dropped cars in music

With artists keen to brag about their favourite motors and flash cars in their music, Uswitch were eager to find out just which famous car brands feature the most in song lyrics, and which artists mention car brands the most.

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Blue Badge Offences

Where in the UK has the most blue badge related parking offences?

CBD Oil

Driving under the influence of herbal remedies

The driving laws around herbal remedies such as Rescue Remedy, CBD oils, gummies and capsules, and how to stay safe on the road when taking them.

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The most-googled ‘Is it illegal to drive with...’ questions answered

Uswitch answers the most-googled driving law questions and explains how to stay safe on the road.

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Brits reveal how well they know UK and EU road signs

Uswitch have conducted a survey asking British drivers how much they know about road signs both in EU countries and within the UK. Find out which simple signs confuse drivers the most.

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Roof box and bike rack safety

Heading out on a staycation, road trip or even moving home? Find out how to safely secure your luggage and bikes to ensure your car insurance covers you in an accident

How angry do bad manners on the road really make us?

One in nine revealed to be more enraged than when they were cheated on

Cost per mile

Cost Per Mile

How much does it cost to run Britain’s most popular cars per mile?

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These are the most commonly featured cars in video games

With different cars featuring heavily in video games over the years, Uswitch sought to find out which cars feature most often in the gaming world, as well as popular brands and colours.

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The most expensive films for car crashes

With car crashes, explosions and overturns all featuring regularly in our favourite pulse-racing blockbusters, Uswitch were keen to estimate just how much these scenes might cost in car damage.

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The laws, dos and don’ts around children’s car seats

Top tips for travelling in a car with children this summer, including the laws associated with car seats.

Car credit - how a good credit score can help you in buying your dream car

How a good credit score can help you in buying your dream car

Uswitch have found out how your credit score could potentially impact your ability to opt for a car finance loan - and vice versa. Personal finance expert James Andrews offers advice.

Don’t suffer behind the wheel: How to hay fever proof your car this summer

It can be hard to avoid the symptoms of hay fever in summer, but there’s no reason you should suffer while driving. Here’s how to hay fever proof your car.

The tikTok Motor League

The Most Popular Cars on TikTok

Car Videos on TikTok have racked up billions of views, but which makes and models are the most popular?

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Using your car to move home? Here's how to stay safe and legal on the road

Moving house is stressful enough without the added issue of getting a fine in the process. Make sure you are abiding by the law when moving big furniture.

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How to remove tree sap, bird poo and blossom from your car

Tree sap, bird poo and blossom can cause irreversible damage to your car’s paintwork if left. Here's how to remove these common causes of paintwork damage.

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When’s the best time to switch car insurance for a cheap quote?

Is there a best and worst time to switch car insurance? Should you leave renewing car insurance to the last minute or not?

Where to park for cheaper car insurance

Who owns the major car makers now?

The UK car industry turned out more than million new motors in the past 12 months alone - from Fords, to MINIs, Jaguars and more - despite Coronavirus, but almost none of the brands are British owned any more. So who controls the brands Brits drive most often? We explain exactly who now owns everyone from Alfa Romeo to Volvo.

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Do you know when to turn your headlights on?

Uswitch’s research reveals that just 17% of drivers know that the Highway Code states that headlights must be used when visibility is reduced to less than 100m.

Public transport

Would you give up your car to help the environment?

With initiatives to reduce our carbon footprint being launched, we found that 1 in 4 would be willing to give up their car in exchange for free public transport.

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How to deal with driving anxiety if you’re worried about getting back on the road after lockdown

We reveal how to combat driving anxiety and become more confident behind the wheel.

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The most popular fictional cars around the world

Uswitch have collected Google data to find out what the most Googles fictional cars are across the world.

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Famous women in the motoring industry

To mark International Women’s Day, we decided to look into the impact this has had on women’s confidence around driving and delve into the history books to find out the true role women have played throughout motor history.

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The Uswitch Roadkill Report

Roadkill is a major problem, one which many Brits are unaware of. To try and raise awareness of the issue, and to help drivers avoid harming animals when they’re on the roads, we’ve created the Uswitch Roadkill Report.

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Adding a named driver or any driver to your car insurance policy

Adding another driver to your car insurance policy is easy to do and could help to bring down the cost of your car insurance premiums. Read on to find out all you need to know about adding a named driver or any driver to your car insurance.

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Is commuting covered by my car insurance during lockdown if I need to drive to work?

We explain how the latest coronavirus car insurance extension cover works while non-essential travel is technically banned.

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How car modifications affect insurance

Car modifications can improve the look, performance and safety of your car, but they can also impact insurance premiums.

Car insurance for over 50s

Pay-by-the-mile car insurance

If you drive only a few miles during the year annual car insurance can seem unfairly expensive. Pay-by-the-mile car insurance can be a cheaper alternative.

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What your car reveals about your personality

Exploring colours, models, and brands, we teamed with expert psychologist Lee Chambers to find out what your choice of car reveals about your personality traits.

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How to read the secret language of number plates

In recent weeks, Australian celebrity barrister, Peter Lavac, hit the headlines after the controversial number plate ‘LGOPNR’ on his canary yellow Lamborghini was banned by Transport NSW for being too offensive.

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10 common driving habits that could be damaging your relationship

From tailgating to road rage, we asked 1,000 Brits to tell us their biggest driving turn-offs.

Does high-tech car safety kit help lower your insurance costs?

Anti-lock brakes (ABS), airbags and advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) that scan the road ahead.