The Root

The official blog of Carrot Insurance

5 September 2017

It’s official. Learners will soon be allowed motorway lessons.


Motorways have always been statistically safer than other roads, which might sound like an odd thing to say at first when you think about the number of vehicles using them and the speeds involved. It makes sense if you think about it a little more though, as less confident drivers can stick to the inside […]

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1 September 2017

Parents’ guide to helping choose a driving instructor


Learning to drive is one of the major milestones in many people’s lives, opening up loads of possibilities. Plenty of young adults across the UK are still keen to start taking lessons as soon as possible after turning 17, but there are quite a few other things they’re not legally able to do at that […]

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4 August 2017

A young driver’s guide to smart motorways


All across the UK, ‘smart’ motorways are being rolled out – but what exactly are they? Sometimes referred to as ‘managed’ motorways, their main aim is to reduce congestion by helping traffic to flow more smoothly, allowing more vehicles to travel along them as a result, especially at peak times. It’s a great idea in […]

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25 July 2017

What do you do if you hit an animal while driving?


The last thing on most drivers’ minds when they’re enjoying motoring on jam-free roads through the countryside or heading off to the cinema on an evening is that they could end up hitting an animal. It can happen to any of us, though, and can be especially upsetting for young and newly-qualified drivers. Seeing as […]

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22 June 2017

‘Only a fool’ does what when it comes to driving?


The answer is ‘breaks the two-second rule’, which is something that a leading road safety organisation called GEM Motoring Assist is keen to promote at the moment because they’re concerned that a large chunk of drivers aren’t aware of the rule. Regular readers of The Root will know how much Carrot Insurance cares about road […]

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25 May 2017

Fancy becoming the next Younger Driver Ambassador?


Having a voice on a large stage and being able to bring about positive and very real differences that benefit a whole load of people is an opportunity most of us can only dream about. As a young driver insurer passionate about road safety, our eyes lit up when we were told that leading charity […]

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17 May 2017

Tips on making driving calmer in exam season


This time of year can be pretty tough to deal with for many students of all ages, from GCSEs and A Levels to BTEC/HND college coursework and university exams. It’s been making the headlines lately, an example being “Exam stress is ‘blighting lives of students’” in the Yorkshire Post. With student support organisations reporting that […]

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9 May 2017

Road safety: are you aware of the much tougher new speeding fines?


Think of what you earn in a week, then times that figure by seven. What does it come to? This is technically what a driver could now be fined if sentenced for speeding under the most serious category of much tougher new laws that kicked in on April the 24th. Yes, ouch. Okay, maximum fines […]

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4 May 2017

Young driver tips: handling emergency vehicle situations


Imagine for a moment that you’re driving in a big city for the first time as a newly-qualified driver, maybe in the biggie, London, or in another pretty large city like Manchester or Birmingham. With bus lanes, no entry signs, one way systems, large junctions and car park entrances to spot, taxis absolutely everywhere and […]

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19 April 2017

Young driver tips: how to drive past horses on the road


With several driving-related headlines involving horses making the news over the last few weeks, we thought our young and newly-qualified driver customers would appreciate some more information, tips and advice to keep them, horse-riders and horses themselves safer out on the roads. Evenings gradually getting lighter until June 21st and staying light for a good […]

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