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Don’t leave your dog in the car...Or your child!

Yesterday was the hottest day in Britain so far this year and while some got to go out and enjoy it, the heat seemed to be unbearable for most of us stuck indoors...
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Heat Wave or Speed Wave?

We have had some really warm weather in Britain this week so far but nothing compared to the sunny shores of Barbados which had glorious weather while hosting its first ever festival of speed 11 days ago on the 8th of May 2016 at Bushy Park!
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Race Tracks Of The Past

With formula 1 being one of the world’s most popular motorsports, we thought we would pull out the history books through a few tracks which some will remember and see what they are used for now.
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The Ultimate Playground Slide

The residents of LA have recently found themselves with a new attraction, in addition to the Hollywood sign and Chinese Theatres, in a local skyscraper.
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EU Referendum: Stay or Leave?

On the 23rd of June the British electorate will have to make a decision that will reverberate for many generations; whether or not to leave to European Union.
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How Far Can We Trust Driverless Car Techonology

Why? Because first and foremost we work in the arena of motor insurance. We can see that self-driving cars will radically alter the insurance and motor industries, a process that has already begun and will quickly grow in scale over the next few years.
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Charging Forward: Electric Cars

As all types of vehicles; private cars, commercial vans and even public transport, tend to be making the jump to Electric.
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Hacking Cars: Scare Journalism or Legitimate Threat?

Almost all modern vehicles are computerised in one way or another. Like any of our personal devices are they also under threat of cyber attacks?
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Dog Insurance Guide

Man's best friend can be your bank account's worst enemy. But how can you keep the cost of owning (and insuring) your dog to a minimum?
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Population Crisis?

There are currently more than 7 billion people on our planet today and the number is getting higher every minute. But is it really a problem?
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Budget 2016

Although the 'sugar levy' took the focus of this years budget, it will be the rise in IPT which will generate the more income.
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Geneva Motor Show

With the Geneva Motor Show drawing to a close we pick out our favourite cars and significant moments from this year's show.
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1 In 5 Motorists Could Be Driving Uninsured

New research from the RAC has discovered that approximately 18% of all motorists would not disclose new driving convictions to their insurer. This means that across the whole of the UK there could be as many as up to 7 million drivers on the road without valid insurance cover.
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Faulty Appliances Cause Over 3,000 Fires Every Year

Between 2013-2014 there was 13,300 house fires caused by appliances, attributing to 64% of all accidental fires in dwellings. The most common source of house fires in the UK originate from cooking appliances, accounting for 52% of all accidental fires, often because they are left unattended.
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Solar powered roads – a breakthrough in the tackling climate change?

We have all seen or at least heard of solar powered cars. Vehicles that can run entirely on the power of the sun are astonishing, yet we all know that at this time we would never own one instead of our regular petrol or diesel fuelled cars. But there has been a new thought on how solar power can be applied into our transport system
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ABI Reveal 1 in 5 Household Insurance Claims are Rejected

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has released statistics on payout success rates for the first time. The findings shows that only 79% of all home insurance claims are were successful, meaning that at least 1 out of every 5 claims was rejected.
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A World with Trump

If you were to tell me this time last year that Donald Trump, the entrepreneur from the American version of The Apprentice, would be the front runner for the Republican presidential nomination I would say you were as daft as he is.
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Cheaper Fuel To Start 2016

To the end of 2015 we motorists were enjoying petrol at less than £1 per litre, courtesy of the UK's supermarkets Tesco, Sainsbury's, ASDA and Morrisons. Since that article was posted in late November 2015 the price of oil per barrel has fallen from roughly $40 a barrel to $29.35 a barrel today.
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Smart Motorways To Ease Congestion

Smart Motorways, or managed motorways, uses active traffic management (ATM) to ease the flow of traffic. Active traffic management uses systems like variable speed limits and opens hard shoulders to traffic. CCTV closely monitors the flow of traffic and computer programs implement changes that keep congestion to a minimum.
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Crackdown on Drug Driving

On the 2nd March 2015 a change to the law made it easier for police to convict drivers under the influence of drugs. Beforehand the police had to show that a suspected driver's performance was impaired by the drug; however now the police only need to prove that a small amount is in the driver's system to convict them.
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Driving with Mobiles

At present the standard fine for using a mobile phone whilst driving is £100 and 3 motoring conviction points. However the government wants to increase the punishment in order to make the act a taboo similar to driving without a seatbelt.
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Motorway lessons for Learner Drivers

We could soon seen red learner plates merging on to the motorway with more provisional drivers wanting to gain experience on the highways with an instructor. The Department of Transport is contemplating the idea so that new drivers are prepared for everyday driving.
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Driving in 2016: What you need to Know

Though we are some way off commuting in driverless cars, the future of driving is due to change in the short run. Laws on the road are always changing so it is always a good idea to stay on top of them. Even better is knowing the changes to the law before they are put into place.
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Flood Re-vamp to Protect Homes

Flooding is the UK's most catastrophic natural disaster. The country is regularly tested with heavy rainfall, leaving land and property under the threat of rising water levels. However last month the strain from high rainfall was the greatest Britain has ever faced in the single wettest month ever since records began back in 1910.
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The Whiplash Epidemic – A Real Pain in the Neck

The UK has the weakest necks in Europe, according to claims statistics which show that whiplash accounts for 78% of all UK personal injury claim. Compared to France, in which more vehicle collisions occur, the number of personal injury claims from whiplash is just 3%.
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Tips for Driving on Icy Roads this Winter

During winter we can expect to see ice on the roads and even snow on our drives. It may be a surprise to some to discover that road fatalities fall during the winter months as drivers as drivers take extra precautions. However the winter weather can catch us off guard, which can commonly result in minor incidents, and frustratingly, an unwanted claim on the insurance.
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Reduced Car Crime in 2016

Thieves are becoming increasingly dissuaded from car theft, so it would appear. The Home Office reported that UK car crime is currently the lowest for the last 20 years, with fewer vehicle break-ins and personal items being stolen. Read more...




'Tis the season to be insured

There is a common misconception that burglaries significantly rise around the Christmas period. With valuable Christmas presents in the house and families away visiting relatives it is easy to understand how this idea began. Read more...




First-Timers - The Worst Drivers

A recent study has highlighted that those who pass their driving test first time around are the worst driving. Read more...




Parking on the Pavement – What are the Rules?

Many people do it, sometimes out of necessity; sometimes out of laziness. But parking on or partially on the pavement restricts the use of the pavement for pedestrians, forcing them onto the road. This is not a problem for some but it does put more vulnerable road users at risk such as the elderly, those with disabilities or parents pushing prams. Read more...




Private Licence Plates - Are They Worth It?

Buying your own personalised licence plates has been a way to uniquely accessorise your vehicle for just over 25 years. As each individual licence plate is exclusive to the car, there has been an inherent contest for the ideal registration, the end result being some motorists paying astronomical amounts. Since 1989 the DVLA has raised an estimated £2 billion in auctions with over 3 million plates sold. Read more...




Which Car Owners make the Best and Worst Drivers?

No matter who you are there is always a stereotypical connection between the car you drive and how you drive. Of course there are a million ways to determine how good a driver you actually are, this article just considers the number of 'at fault' claims and parking errors your brand of car commits. Here are the statistics. Read more...




£1 Per Litre Petrol? A Promising Possibility

Good news for motorists as the price of petrol could fall below £1 per litre in the next few weeks. Currently the average petrol price is £1.07 and diesel at £1.10 with some forecourts having already lowered theirs prices to £1.03 per litre. Read more...




Driving Test Examiners Strike in Protest to DVSA Changes

A majority of driving tests have been cancelled today as examiners from 350 locations have taken to a strike over a dispute to increase working hours. With the proposed changes, driving examiners would be working longer days with the same pay. Read more...




Black Friday 2015 Set to Smash Last Year’s Records

Black Friday is almost upon us. The shopping craze is now just around the corner with the promise of unmissable offers, deals and sales. Last year saw record profits for numerous big brand retailers and current trends suggest those records are due to be broken on Friday 27th November. Read more...




Be Wiser promotes Apprenticeship success with local MP Kit Malthouse

Kit Malthouse MP for North West Hampshire visited successful Insurance Broker Be Wiser Insurance on, Thursday 12, November. The MP presented apprentices with their examination certificates. Read more...




Record High Deer Population a Peril to Motorists

The Highways Agency states that deer are at nearly ‘insupportable levels’ in some areas, predominantly in South East England. Each year in Britain there is up to 74,000 vehicle accidents involving deer. Read more...




Storm Abigail may only be the beginning of the Wild Winter Weather

Storm Abigail has brought snow, showers and gale force winds to the Northern parts of the UK, but it could only be the start of a season of turbulent weather. Read more...




Be Wiser and Mark Wright go to the top of the class

Students from John Hanson Community School revelled in the opportunity to meet and listen to Mark Wright on Tuesday, 10 November. Mark delivered a key note speech to year 11 business students courtesy of Be Wiser Insurance. Read more...




Dash cams a must have for British motorists

Dashboard cameras are becoming increasingly common in the UK. British motorists are realising the potential of these handy devices as a means of saving money on their car insurance. Read more...




Police called to hilarious Halloween traffic cone prank

Police in Kingston, South-West London were called out to a bizarre Halloween prank at 04:40 GMT on Sunday. Five pranksters dressed as traffic cones were caught... Read more...




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BBC’s Apprentice Winner Mark Wright Teams up with Call Wiser Insurance

If there is one thing that the UK hates its poor customer service. The arrival of online shopping has removed personal interaction with another human being and reduced us to become ‘credit card punchers’. Read more...




As the evenings get darker - are your valuables safe?

As we get further into autumn, the nights start drawing in and the annual discussions start as to whether or not to put the heating on. However, there’s something else you need to consider at this time of year – making sure your valuable possessions are safe. Read more...




France to issue ‘virtual licences’ to combat rogue foreign motorists

French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, has recently announced 22 measures to tackle a rise in road-related deaths in France... Read more...




Diesel cars are “literally killing people” and the government was wrong to subsidise diesel cars – says former minister

The Chinese economy slows there was concern that the global motor industry could go into recession. China accounts for 26.4% of worldwide vehicle production... Read more...




Under-25s see average car insurance premiums fall at the expense of over-50s, thanks to ‘black box’ insurance

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European motor industry is booming

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University students – Are you insured properly?

As a student about to embark on your first year of university there are endless to-do lists of things to plan, buy and pack. Perhaps the furthest thing from your mind is insurance. Read more...




Transport for London implements new rules for lorries driving in the capital

Last week Transport for London’s Safer Lorry Scheme came into effect, effectively banning HGV’s without safety equipment to protect cyclists and pedestrians. Read more...




A worrying increase in uninsured drivers in the UK

The number of uninsured drivers on UK roads has rocketed by 10 per cent in the past year, according to official figures released today by the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB). Read more...




Government drafts biggest motoring reform since 1935

According to traffic data and software specialist Inrix, UK drivers wasted an average of 30 hours in congested traffic last year. Read more...




The UK climbs the list of Europe’s most congested countries

According to traffic data and software specialist Inrix, UK drivers wasted an average of 30 hours in congested traffic last year. Read more...




Learners wait five-months to take driving test as DVSA struggles to cope with demand

Due to a surge in applicants who were unable to afford lessons during the credit-crunch, learner drivers are facing a five month wait to take their driving tests in some parts of the UK. Read more...




Motoring: Is the future electric?

There has been a lot of talk in the news recently about electric cars, which has got many people speculating whether they will become the next generation of motoring. Read more...




Speeding: One third of UK drivers don’t know the correct speed limits…Do you?

Although speeding is one of the main causes of road accidents in the UK, a recent survey by Co-operative insurance suggests that over a third of drivers are motoring around Britain with no idea what the speed limit is. Read more...



Hundreds of children are banned from driving before they are old enough to take the wheel – and the number is rising

A recent report has revealed that hundreds of children under the age of 17 were disqualified from driving last year, with some as young as 12. Read more...



How will technology shape our homes?

Our homes have come a long way in 40 years, microwaves, satellite television and the internet have all helped develop our homes into technological hubs. Whilst the interior is continually changing, the way our homes are built and powered have remained barely unchanged, but what about the next 40 years? Read more...



Forget driverless - Will flying cars become the new future of motoring?

Ever been stuck sitting in traffic, wishing that your dashboard had a button that could make your car hover above the traffic and soar off at 200mph? If so, it might not be that long until your daydream becomes a reality. Read more...



British Driving Licences: The most powerful in the world

Australian insurance comparison website Captain Compare have created an interactive infographic ranking driving licences in the order of how widely accepted they are globally, as well as displaying the countries where licences can be used, together with the relevant restrictions that apply in each country. Read more...



More than 400 learners crash during driving test

The Driving Standards Agency has revealed that 415 learner drivers were involved in an accident during their driving test last year. It was also revealed that 21 sat their test for at least the 30th attempt. Read more...



At 95, Britain’s oldest driving instructor has no plans to stop

Meet Laura Thomas, a great-grandmother from Pembroke Dock in west Wales, who at the ripe old age of 95 is Britain’s oldest driving instructor. Read more...



Woman handed drink-driving ban after pushing a car she hadn’t driven

A mother-of-six has been issued with a three year drink-driving ban for pushing a car to a safer place after it ran out of petrol. Read more...



Hundreds of driving licences revoked after drivers fail roadside eye tests

Hundreds of motorists in the UK have had their driving licences revoked after failing roadside eye tests performed under new police powers, figures show. Read more...



Another step closer to self-driving cars in the UK

The UK government plans to make Britain a world leader in driverless technology. The Department for Transport estimated that the industry could grow to be worth up to £900 billion globally. Read more...



Driving Selfies – More dangerous than drink-driving

The UK’s leading independent road safety, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), recently surveyed 500 drivers to determine the extent that drivers are using their mobile phones and tablets to take selfies, make video calls and watch videos while driving. Read more...



Wireless Carjacking: Is your vehicle vulnerable to hackers?

Researchers in the US recently showed Wired magazine that they could remotely take control of a car from a sofa 10 miles away and crash it into a ditch. Read more...



Motor insurance price on the rise, why?

For the first time in almost three years, car insurance premiums have risen in the three months leading up to the end of June. Unfortunately for consumers the price hikes are set to continue throughout the rest of 2015. Read more...



DVLA announces extension to Driving Licence ‘check code’ validity

On the 8th June this year, the DVLA scrapped the paper counterpart from the UK driving license system. It was anticipated that removing the counterpart would cause potential problems for holidaymakers looking to hire a car abroad this summer - as reported in Call Wiser’s Guide to Holiday Car Hire.
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Tax disc loopholes leave angry motorists with hefty fines

In October of last year the Government scrapped paper tax discs after 93 years in service, in favour of a new digital system. However, rule changes bought into effect at the same time have left thousands of law-abiding motorists with fines of up to £800 and their vehicles being towed away. Read more about the changes...



Budget 2015: What it means for motorists

The Chancellor, George Osborne, presented his seventh Budget to parliament, in which he announced a number of changes that will impact on UK motorists, including a complete overhaul of road tax regulations and a hike in Insurance Premium Tax (IPT). Read more about the changes...



Summer Driving Tips to help you keep cool behind the wheel

Rising temperatures and extra holiday traffic can put extra demand on your journeys at this time of year. However, a little planning and preparation can go a long way to help keep your stress levels under control and your vehicle moving. Read more...



New ‘pothole alert’ technology will help drivers to avoid hazards

Potholes are a huge problem throughout the UK. According to independent website potholes.co.uk, road maintenance in England and Wales is underfunded by around 55%, which equates to £1 billion every year. Read more...



Middle lane hogging – Keep left or face a careless driving conviction

The government made it illegal to hog the middle lane two years ago, but few people realise it is an offence. Read more...



Turning up the volume on Electric Cars

With rising pollution levels and seemingly ever-increasing petrol prices, more and more people are turning to hybrid and electric powered vehicles.

Together with the cost savings and environmental benefits, the buyers of electric cars also cite that the absence of noise is another major benefit that improves the overall driving experience and helps to reduce stress behind the wheel. Read more...




Police call for Drink-Drive limit to be slashed in England and Wales

Following the success of a similar move in Scotland, the police in England and Wales are now calling for the Government to dramatically cut the drink-driving limit in England and Wales. Read more...




The Call Wiser guide to Holiday Car Hire

Hiring a car abroad can be an essential part of many holidays, providing a convenient means of getting to your destination, getting out and about and exploring the local area.

To make sure that you’re not caught out this summer, Call Wiser has prepared this useful guide to holiday car hire. Read more...



Will the UK introduce Graduated Driving Licensing for Young Drivers?

According to recent figures from the RAC Foundation over four teenage car passengers are killed or seriously injured on Britain’s roads every week. This shocking statistic has been put down to the inexperience of young drivers. Read more...


Fraudulent claims rise by 28% with unsuspecting householders the most recent targets of criminal gangs

One of Call Wiser’s largest insurers, Aviva, recently revealed that unsuspecting householders are being targeted by organised fraudsters who use their address as a front from which to make bogus motor insurance claims.

The revelation came after the company’s anti-fraud system exposed a scam involving 157 bogus claims, worth an estimated £3 million, where hundreds of Norfolk city residents unwittingly had their addresses used to set up policies. Read more...


Are Self-Driving Cars closer than we think?

With Google recently announcing that its self-driving cars are headed for testing on public roads in California this summer and a driverless car review currently in place in the UK, it’s understandable why the subject on everybody’s lips in the motoring world at the moment is driverless vehicles. Read more...


EU to make Car Insurance compulsory for Lawnmowers and Mobility Scooters

Following a recent EU decision, vehicles such as ride-on lawnmowers, mobility scooters and golf buggies could soon require motor insurance, even when they are used on private property.

The decision in question arose from a European Court of Justice case involving Slovenian farm worker, Damijan Vnuk, who was knocked from a ladder by a tractor on private land. Read more...


Call Wiser’s guide to Home Insurance for First Time Buyers

Owning your own home is one of the biggest milestones you will encounter in your lifetime, but before you furnish or redecorate your new property and get ready for the housewarming party, it’s important to make sure your investment is soundly protected. Read more...

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