The Root

The official blog of Carrot Insurance

18 August 2016

New Honda Jazz 1.3 i-VTEC EX Navi CVT: in tune or a bum note?


Honda’s much-loved supermini has always been the right kind of size for young and newly qualified drivers, with dimensions making it easier to manoeuvre, lower insurance and cheap running costs. Over the years, it’s mainly proved a hit with the older generation, though, who love its extremely practical and reliable image. Honda has shaken things […]

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11 August 2016

1-litre Suzuki Baleno – any good? Here’s our full road-test


This new Suzuki’s name, which sounds like something you’d come across in a supermarket on holiday in a place like Greece or Spain, actually appeared on a model they sold in the UK in the mid-90s. The all-new Baleno is a smallish car that sits between the Swift and the S-Cross in Suzuki’s range, the […]

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27 July 2016

Hooray! Driving tests could soon finally reflect real life


Have you ever heard someone say that learning to pass a driving test isn’t really the same as learning to drive out there in the real world? I can definitely recall people saying things like that when I learnt to drive in 2004 and I can’t forget failing my first driving test because of something […]

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21 July 2016

Want to be a Better Driver? Car doesn’t have Bluetooth? No problemo!


If you and your friends, workmates or family have ever argued over who is the best driver, Better Driver from Carrot Insurance is the perfect way to prove it. Created after the success of our original ‘New Driver’ black box ‘telematics’ and app package for young and newly-qualified drivers with 2 years’ driving experience or […]

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14 July 2016

What’s your biggest driving pet hate?


Driving can often be really enjoyable, moseying along fun roads surrounded by lovely scenery, with the sun’s warm rays overhead and a lovely breeze through the open window. Sometimes, though, driving can be utterly miserable and frustrating, perhaps because of bad weather, delays or roadworks. At other times, however, it’s fellow road users who are […]

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7 July 2016

This week’s hot motoring topics


In the week that Chris Evans quit Top Gear and Wales’ Euro 2016 dreams finally came to an end, The Root looks at some of the motoring issues being discussed in the media to see what lessons young drivers can take from them. Be careful at T-junctions Contributed to by organisations including the AA, British […]

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30 June 2016

Motorway driving tips for young and newly-qualified drivers


College and university holidays along with time off work, slightly better weather and lighter mornings and evenings make the summer months ideal for going on long road trips, perhaps to visit friends you’ve not seen in ages or to go camping or glamping at one of the UK’s many music festivals. Chances are that for […]

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23 June 2016

A look at the smaller electric cars out there


Not that long ago, hybrid and electric cars tended to look like either fish or alien spacecraft, meaning a serious ‘thumbs down’ in the beauty stakes. Things have moved on rapidly and positively in the last few years and a huge range of electric cars have sprung up. Very few people can afford something as […]

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15 June 2016

A hat-trick of small car news snippets during Euro 2016 week one


Last week’s summer driving tips article on The Root having had nothing to do with the UK weather quickly turning from scorchio to soaking, many of us could at least veg’ in front of the telly to watch the opening Euro 2016 matches without feeling guilty about being indoors. Who are the Euro champions car-wise? […]

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