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Why are driving test pass rates higher in rural areas?

Teenage girl learner driver just passed her test

Would you rather sit your driving test in the city or country? Pass rates suggest that location really does matter, says motoring journalist Maria McCarthy. 

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50 years of anti-drink driving adverts

Alcoholic drink and car keys
We look at how the drink driving TV ads have changed over the last 50 years.  Read More…

Is it the end of the road for the three-point turn?

driver with driving instructor in car

The three-point turn could be dropped from the UK driving test under new proposals. Maria McCarthy says she would be sorry to see it go. Would you?

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How to pick a mechanic you can trust

Mechanic replacing car battery

There is no legal requirement for motor mechanics to have formal training. So how do you find one who will do a decent job, asks Maria McCarthy.

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Should pedestrians share blame for road accidents?

Zebra crossing

New research suggests that many people take unnecessary risks when crossing the road – and it's not just children and young people who are responsible.

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Blog: Is it right to shame bad parkers?

Badly parked Audi

Poor parking is increasingly likely to be photographed and highlighted online. But does shaming really encourage inconsiderate drivers to mend their ways?

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Slash your hotel bills by living like a student

Bridge of Sighs Cambridge University

Many universities around the UK offer decent accommodation at reasonable rates, especially outside term time. Maria McCarthy is happy to go back to student life.

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Blog: Why cash is still in fashion

Pound coins in palm of hand

Last year 52% of all payments in the UK were made by cash. But with so many different payment options available, why are so many of us still keen on notes and coins?

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Blog: Are women only parking spaces really necessary?

Female-only parking space in Cologne Germany

A number of countries now offer female drivers dedicated parking spots. But do women really need this kind of 'help'? Maria McCarthy investigates.

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Will £200m pothole fund improve our roads?

A pothole and a car

Campaigners say a £200m fund for pothole repairs announced by the Chancellor in his 2014 Budget is not enough. We look at the state of the nation's roads.

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Maria McCarthy

Maria McCarthy

Maria McCarthy is a motoring and lifestyle journalist and author of The Girls' Car Handbook and The Girls' Guide to Losing your L Plates published by Simon and Schuster. She's also a regular on BBC Breakfast news, and local and national radio, commenting on motoring matters. Her pet motoring hates are potholes and high fuel prices.

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