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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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10 steps to prepare your car for winter

Woman on phone after car broken down in winter

With winter approaching, a few minutes' maintenance could see your car through the worst the weather has to offer.

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How to protect your pets on Bonfire Night

Puppy plugging its ears

Bonfire Night can be traumatic for cats and dogs. We show you how to protect your pets during this year's festivities.

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Blog: Road rage and the law

Angry male driver

Driving can be frustrating at times. But when could a display of road rage land motorists in trouble with the law? Lawyer Jeanette Miller takes a look.

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Protect your home this Halloween

Zombies outside of house

It's not only the living dead that you have to worry about on Halloween. Here are some simple ways to protect your home from opportunistic thieves.

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Do you know how to respond to a road accident?

Wounded woman calling for help

Thousands of lives could be saved if drivers were trained to deal with the aftermath of collisions. A new survey shows most of us are keen to help.

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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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Do you know your dipstick from your coolant?

Checking car oil levels

Millions of drivers don’t understand how to carry out basic but vital maintenance checks on their vehicles. This lack of knowledge could cost them dear.

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How to pass your MOT first time

Mechanic at work under a car

September is one of the most common times for motorists to get their MOT done, yet 40% of cars fail first time. Here’s how to pass with flying colours – with the added bonus of saving money too. 

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