Advice & insights

Whether you’ve been driving for a few months or many years, some simple tweaks can make all the difference. Fitting a car seat correctly, driving in blustery conditions or travelling overseas all come with their own challenges. Check out our advice section for all of these tips and many more. Or if you fancy a more in-depth discussion of the issues affecting drivers and riders, our insights might be the thing for you. 


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  • car boot

    Essentials everyone needs to keep in their vehicle

    Whether it’s summer or winter, there are some key items you’ll need in your vehicle all year around to help you stay safe on the road. Richard Gladman, IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, writes about the eight essentials that you should always keep in your vehicle.

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    Six of the best! Our six top summer travelling safety tips

    With summer season showing no sign of ending, our head of driving and riding standards Richard Gladman has put together some tips to keep you safe on the road.

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  • Glaring sun

    Don’t let the sun’s glare keep you off the road

    It’s been two weeks and there’s still no sign of the sun leaving the UK anytime soon (fingers crossed!). We’ve got our summer clothes out and are ready to take those weekend road trips to the beach, however the glaring sun is taking no prisoners. Being dazzled by the sun can be a major distraction and is often a factor in summer collisions.

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  • Sunglasses

    Sunglasses: A shady business

    The sky’s blue, sun is shining and the snow, fog and rain are a distant memory. It’s time to get the top down, the shades on and celebrate the great British summer with some open-air motoring. But hold on a minute - those shades might make you look cooler than an ice box, but are they OK for driving? Are sunglasses a boon or burden for the safe driver?

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    Spending the day in a whole different gear

    I had the great pleasure of attending the Ladies Motorcycle Skills Day, with a special appearance by bike racer Maria Costello, at Thruxton Race Circuit last week. As well as getting some photo and video footage, it was a great way to chat to members and non-members - and browse the variety of stunning bikes - and talk to them about why they’re here and see first-hand the great work IAM RoadSmart does.

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  • GPR 2

    It could have been worse, Lewis

    While it may not much have been a weekend to celebrate for Lewis Hamilton, for those of us that went to the British Grand Prix it was notable just how much the UK has to celebrate when it comes to technology and innovation, and most importantly firing up the kids of today into becoming the motorsport brains of the future.

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    Fruit of the loom

    I recently had expensive electrical problems with my car and the garage found that something had been chewing the wiring. The mechanic said they often see that nowadays, and it’s because the wiring is poor quality. Is this right, and how can I stop it happening again?

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    Sending me to braking point

    I like building flat-pack furniture. Not enough to actually want to spend any time in IKEA, but enough to view flat-pack as a grown up version of Airfix, with a bit of added practical value. My colleagues and I agreed this morning that it can be an enjoyable, somewhat therapeutic pastime, but doesn’t always result in furniture that possesses a great deal of structural integrity.

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