The Root

The official blog of Carrot Insurance

28 February 2017

A guide to taking out insurance with Carrot


Depending on your age, you might remember the large green driving licence counterparts printed on real paper. Yup, how old-fashioned! The government scrapped printed counterparts in June 2015, partly to save paper, taking everything online. You can read about it here on GOV.UK if you like. Paper counterparts were often required to be shown by […]

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23 February 2017

Brush up on dashboard warning lights to reduce those ‘eek!’ moments


For all motorists, from the newly-qualified and young drivers we look after here at Carrot right up to experienced pros with decades behind the wheel, seeing a dashboard warning light illuminate can bring on that sinking feeling. The AA attends almost 20,000 dashboard warning light-related call-outs each month with annual peaks in March and September […]

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15 February 2017

Small car facts sure to raise your eyebrows


Carrot Insurance’s young-driver customers tend to drive small cars, which are now often dubbed ‘superminis’ or ‘city cars’ in magazines and on TV shows like Top Gear, Fifth Gear and The Grand Tour. With the top 5 most popular cars insured by Carrot made up of the Renault Clio, Peugeot 206, VW Polo, Ford Fiesta […]

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4 February 2017

Get involved – if your car has a name, share a pic with us!


The results of a survey of one thousand drivers were published just before Christmas and found that one in seven people have given their cars a name. The fun study by BuyaCar.co.uk discovered that out of the near-enough 14% who admitted nicknaming their motors, 30% of them turned out to be female – double the […]

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28 January 2017

10 reasons why tyres aren’t as boring as you might think


Okay, they may just be pretty uninteresting black circles at face value, but if you stop and think for a moment, the four tyres are literally the only contact between you, your car and the road beneath, at speeds of anywhere upto 70mph. It’s a humbling thought, right? At Carrot HQ everything we do revolves […]

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19 January 2017

As cool as a Carrot customer


Okay, we know the phrase is ‘cool as a cucumber’, not a carrot, but this week on The Root we wanted to give our young, newly-qualified and improvement-seeking drivers a glimpse into how ‘telematics’ insurance policies have become more and more trendy. ‘Telematics’ basically means technology that uses telecommunications to transmit digital information, which for […]

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15 January 2017

Driving trends and predictions for 2017


It may not be the coolest subject but nobody could really escape politics in 2016, which saw two huge decisions made – Brexit and Donald Trump getting elected. In fact, 64% of young people aged 18 to 24 turned out to vote in the EU referendum, which was double the number many people expected. What’s […]

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2 January 2017

New Year’s Resolutions for wannabe, newly-qualified and young drivers


It’s almost hard to believe it but after all the months of hype and what feels like a zillion mince pies and sprouts consumed and crackers pulled, Christmas and New Year’s Eve are all but faint memories with January now in full swing. We’ve rounded up some really positive car and driving-related New Year’s resolutions […]

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25 December 2016

12 best blogs for young drivers on The Root in 2016


Whenever you’ve stayed in on New Year’s Eve to celebrate the occasion with family and friends, you’ll probably have seen one of those TV programmes looking back at the last twelve months. At the same time as wishing all our policyholders and readers a very happy Christmas and New Year, we thought we’d do the […]

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20 December 2016

What to do if you break down in your car


No matter how long someone’s been driving, whether it’s for many decades or just a few months, suffering a car breakdown is never a nice experience, but it can be even more stressful and scary for young or newly-qualified drivers. This week on The Root, we bring you tips and advice on what to do. […]

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