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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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Jury still out on park-and-ride schemes

Bus in Salford

For 40 years, councils have tried to address city-centre congestion with park-and-ride services. But for many motorists, these schemes have never taken off. Do you think these schemes work?

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Blog: Should parking on pavements be banned?

Car parked on pavement

New research shows 69% of people want a ban on pavement parking. Motoring journalist Maria McCarthy explains why she strongly supports a ban too.

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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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Blog: Smelly car solutions

Air freshener

If you own a malodorous motor, then don't worry: there are lots of cheap and easy solutions to your problem, as motoring journalist Maria McCarthy explains.

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Blog: Why it pays to keep your car clean

Blue car being washed by hand

Spring begins on 20 March this year. Motoring journalist Maria McCarthy looks at the financial - and even romantic - advantages of sprucing up your motor.

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Blog: Why I don't like Top Gear

Top Gear logo and presenters

Motoring journalist Maria McCarthy should like Top Gear - but doesn't. Is her lack of interest solely down to her gender? Confused.com's (male) car reviewer also shares his views.

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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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