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Learn how to save money as a female driver, get advise on where to get your car fixed, educate yourself on points & penalties and get the best female car accessories on the market!

Transcript of My Car Gossip Booklet

  • Car Advice For Female Drivers

  • 1. Money saving tips for your car.

    2. Advice on how to avoid being ripped off whilst getting

    your car fixed.

    3. What are penalty points, what do you do if you get them

    and how long do they last?

    4. Top car accessories

  • During my second year of university, I took my car with me. I ended up being the taxi driver for all of my friends because they didn't have their cars with them. Running and maintaining a car is very expensive: there's petrol, car insurance, road tax, MOTs and the general running costs. For anyone even thinking about lessons at this point, there are all sorts of costs involved with a car. Here are four tips to save a little cash here and there.

    A learner in the UK will average 46 hours of driving lessons before they can take their test,

    and most lessons cost between 20-25. The theory test is then 21 and the practical test is

    either 62 (for a weekday) or 75 for a weekend. So it isn't cheap - but there's no need to

    pay out for top price lessons with the big brands.

    There are 1000s of driving instructors out there looking for pupils and many driving

    instructors promote their discounts and offers on Twitter/Facebook, so its worth signing up

    to Twitter to look for cheap lessons. Of course, always check their website for reviews and

    testimonials before you book lessons to be sure they're reliable.

    Insurance is particularly expensive for young drivers but there are lots of insurance

    companies that are dedicated to the young driver market. A system called Telematics has

    been introduced for young drivers; it will track your driving and lower your insurance costs if

    you drive consistently well.

  • Buying your first car is a bit investment, so you need to visit a trustworthy and reliable

    dealership. Dealerships can be scary places full of pushy sales people, but if you do your

    research online and have an idea of prices you could get a great deal - a little knowledge

    goes a long way.

    Buy a car on the last day of the month or year as thats when the sales people need to get

    their deals in to reach their monthly/yearly targets. They're more likely to give you a better

    price if they're desperate...

    Never be afraid of walking away. You don't need to buy right then or there, especially if you

    have doubts about the process. Feign indifference - it's a powerful weapon.

    Besides insurance, petrol is the real killer. It's always going up and down in prices but if you are driving regularly it's always going to be expensive.

    Find the cheapest petrol station: different petrol stations have different prices for their petrol. Use this brilliant website to find which petrol station is the cheapest in your area: There are also any number of phone apps which do the same thing - and indeed, WhatGas have their own one too.

    Keep your tyres inflated: if your tyres arent fully inflated you increase the force pulling your car back, which requires more petrol when you accelerate. So if your tyres are fully inflated you could save money on petrol - just top your tyres up with air on a regular basis.

    Clear out your boot: did you know that the heavier your car, the more petrol you use up when you drive? I have a lot of junk in my boot that I dont need, if you clear out your boot you could save money on petrol.

  • Here are some tips from Charles the Humble Mechanic; he wrote an article for us back in

    September that we want to share with you:

    Hey Everyone. My name is Charles; I am a master certified Volkswagen technician. I have been

    turning wrenches on VWs for about 10 years now. In that time I have learnt a lot about the dynamic

    that women face in the automotive world. Today I would like to share some tips to help you get the

    best experience you can when getting your car serviced.

    When someone I meet finds out I am an auto mechanic. They usually ask me about getting ripped

    off. It usually goes something like this.

    Oh, you are an auto mechanic. Well, I don't know anything about cars. How can I tell if a mechanic is

    ripping me off?

    I feel like, as a woman, I am always getting taken advantage of when I get my car serviced. How do I

    tell if a mechanic is ripping me off?

    They are basically saying that they are scared. Scared that they will get taken advantage of. The truth

    is, there are many people that know very little about how cars work. That is okay, but I want to make

    sure you are confident in your car maintenance and repair choices.

    Asking to see the problem is the best way to avoid the "did I really need that" feeling. Even if you

    know nothing about cars, ask to see the issue. You will be surprised at how easy it is to see a worn

    tyre or a ripped wiper blade when it is staring you in the face. Take this situation for example.

    You bring your car in for an oil change. The service advisor tells you that you need to replace 2 tyres.

    You ask them to SHOW you why you need new tires. The advisor walks you back into the shop and

    shows you this tyre.

  • You don't have to know anything about tires to know this is not safe. See the impact that looking at

    an unsafe tyre vs just me telling you? You might not be happy about buying tyres(I know I wouldn't

    be) but you know they are needed. If the mechanic or service advisor can't or is not willing to show

    you what is wrong, think twice about the repair.

    Do I NEED this repair?

    I know it seems like a very simple question. You might feel like "they" will always tell you the repair

    is needed. Yeah, that might be true, but not as much as you might think. Asking the question can

    help you find out if the repair is NEEDED vs RECOMMENDED.

    A needed repair is one that will make lead to a safety issue, or cause further damage to your car.

    A recommended repair is something to consider, but may not be vital right now.

    If you NEED to make a repair, then you might just have to bite the bullet and do the repair. If the

    mechanic or service advisor says they recommend the repair. You might be able to skip that repair.

    Check your owners manual

    This is a great tool when it comes to maintenance. Does your owners manual say you need a

    transmission service at a specific interval? If it does, you need to get the transmission serviced. If the

    mechanic recommends it, ask why. Ask why THEY recommend it, even though it is not in the owners


    Now, if the mechanic shows you that the transmission fluid is dirty, you might want to think about

    the service. If they say something like

    Well we just recommend it.

    I would probably steer clear.

    Get a second opinion

    If you have exhausted all the other possibilities, there is always this option. If your car is drivable,

    you can get a second opinion. Even if it means calling a friend, there is nothing wrong with getting a

    second opinion. Getting a second set of eyes on an issue can help you feel better about a repair.

    I do have a few issues with getting a second opinion. I worry that the second place will not be as

    good as the first. You will need to make sure the second opinion know what the heck they are doing.

    I would hate for the second opinion to be wrong.

    The biggest advice I can give is BE CONFIDENT. You don't have to understand how a timing belt

    works. But if you ask questions about the repair, it will generally expose a dishonest mechanic. If the

    service department has the answers to your questions, and can show you the issues, I say go for it.

    You might not love having to make the repair, but at least you will not feel like you get taken

    advantage of.

    Do me one more favour. Don't ever say "I don't know anything about cars". I don't care if you have

    no idea what a tire is. Well, I do care about that, but you see my point. Don't ever be afraid to ask

    questions, even if they sound silly. You might just find yourself with a mechanic that is awesome and

    will always go the extra mile for you!

  • The majority of driving offences results in the penalty points staying on your licence for four years from either the date of the conviction or the date of the offence, depending on the situation.

    If the offence is drink driving/ drug driving or causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs or causing death by careless driving, the points stay on your licence for 11 years from the date of conviction. You can check your penalty points by phoning DVLA customer enquiries on 0300 790 6801 or online if you applied for you licence online.

    Each penalty has a special code and is given points on a scale from 1-11. The more serious the offence, the more points you get.

    The most common offences are: CD10: Driving without due care or attention: 3-6 penalty points.

    LC20: Driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence: 3-6 penalty points.

    SP10: Exceeding goods vehicle speed limits: 3-6 penalty points.

    SP30: Exceeding statutory speed limit on a public road: 3-6 penalty points.

    DR10: Driving or attempting to drive with alcohol level above limit: 3-11 penalty points.

    TS10: Failing to comply with traffic light signals: 3 penalty points

    CU80: Using a mobile phone while driving a motor vehicle: 3 penalty points.

    IN10: Using a vehicle uninsured against third party risks: 6-8 penalty points.

    There are many other offences that you could get penalty po