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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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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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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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Meet Jude Currie: The 11-year-old car tax disc collector

Jude Currie with car tax discs

Jude Currie, the 11-year-old with a collection worth thousands of pounds, says plans to scrap the car tax disc on 1 October, 2014, is a big mistake.

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Blog: Should cyclists be allowed to ride on pavements?

A cyclist, motorist and pedestrian

Cyclists who ride on pavements face a potential £50 fine. But are our roads so dangerous that cyclists should be allowed to mix with pedestrians, asks motoring journalist and cyclist Maria McCarthy.

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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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