The Root

The official blog of Carrot Insurance

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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9 June 2016

Top tips for driving in the summer


Seeing as we’ve been basking in unusually hot temperatures over the last couple of weeks, we thought some practical pointers on how to drive more safely and efficiently in the summer months would be useful. If this blog post coincides with the weather turning rubbish again, don’t blame us but keep your fingers crossed that […]

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2 June 2016

The pop song recorded inside electric and plug-in cars


Multi-talented Cerys Matthews’ career and CV span all kinds of things. Probably known by most people primarily as the singer in the Welsh band Catatonia, with hits including ‘Mulder and Scully’ and ‘Road Rage’, she’s also sung with Tom Jones on a few tracks as well as with the Pet Shop Boys and Manic Street […]

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25 May 2016

Should newly qualified drivers be restricted?


Passing their driving test and peering over the steering wheel at the road to freedom that lies ahead is an exciting moment in a person’s life, no matter how old or young they are. The ability to go anywhere at any time without getting drenched with rain or delayed because of public transport is, after […]

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18 May 2016

What’s new in the world of young drivers?


With the usual focus on stuff that particularly matters or is of interest to young or newly-qualified drivers, this week on The Root sees us round up the latest topics, debates and headlines from the world of motoring. Will driving licences go electronic? It wasn’t all that long ago when the DVLA got rid of […]

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11 May 2016

Which brands and small cars are the most reliable?


Running a car isn’t exactly cheap these days and the last thing any young driver wants is to have to shell out money on unexpected repairs because their car isn’t very reliable. Fortunately, various organisations put a lot of effort into crunching real-life data to tell the British public which car brands and models really […]

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4 May 2016

Picks (and plenty of pics) from the Beijing Motor Show


Have you heard of companies called BAIC, Great Wall, Brilliance, Qoros or Guangzhou? Okay, how about Chery, Dongfeng or Geely? You’ve probably guessed by now that they are Chinese brands and something to do with cars. That’s right, they’re all manufacturers from the world’s most populated country, home to over 1.35 billion. Most people have heard […]

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28 April 2016

10 practical tips for newly qualified drivers


Having put so much energy and effort into learning to drive and then passing your practical test, it feels amazing to have the freedom to get behind the wheel of your very own car. For many newly qualified drivers, it can also feel a little scary at the same time. Here are some top tips […]

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21 April 2016

MOTs – a guide for young drivers


This week we’re focussing on MOTs, with the aim of making them less daunting for younger, newly qualified drivers who haven’t owned a car for long. MOT stands for ‘Ministry of Transport’, a government department which no longer exists and never was as exciting as the Ministry of Sound. The snappy, three-letter acronym has been […]

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14 April 2016

Top tips for young drivers buying a used car


Maybe you’ve been daydreaming about buying yourself a new (to you) car as a treat for graduating from university in a few months’ time, or you could be in the fortunate position of having been given some money to put towards a car for travelling to and from a new job you’ve landed. Here are […]

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