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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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'Increase green man traffic light time!'

Puffin crossing green man traffic light

The green man traffic light gives pedestrians just 10 seconds to cross the average road! Maria McCarthy wants more time. Do you?

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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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How to stop condensation in your car

Condensation on car window

Damp weather and older cars can be a dangerous combination when it comes to keeping your windows clear. We explain how to fight back against moisture.

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Your guide to October's car tax disc changes

Car tax disc

As of 1 October, 2014, the car tax disc no longer has to be displayed and car sellers won't be able to transfer cover to buyers. We explain all.

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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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Are £10,000 speeding fines fair?

A speedometer

Ministers plan to give magistrates the power to impose huge financial penalties on drivers found guilty of common offences. Do these proposals go too far?

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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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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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