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Driving Test Tips

How To Avoid Stress When Preparing For Your Driving Test For many of us the driving test seems to be a daunting task. It is not designed to judge you, but to make sure you know what you are doing when finally hitting the road. You have been preparing for this moment with your driving instructor, however, the best preparation can be undone when your heart starts racing, your legs turn into jelly and your hands start shaking. has collected eight helpful tips on how to avoid stress when it comes to your driving test. 1. Don’t Announce It Avoid telling [...]

2019-07-22T10:35:23+00:00February 19th, 2019|General News|

Things to Consider When Buying Your First Car

Congratulations, you’ve obtained your provisional, or even your full licence and the much-anticipated time has come for you to invest in your first car. Unfortunately, the cost of the car is the least of your troubles; you may think you’re saving a fortune by purchasing a good ole-fixer-upper; when in fact, this approach could accelerate the cost of your insurance premium, especially in Ireland. As featured in the Irish Times, we have brought you some top tips on what to consider when making your first car purchase. Read our guide below. Engine Size & Model It is always best to [...]

2019-06-19T16:13:22+00:00January 16th, 2019|General News|

Young Drivers Limiting Value Options by Going Direct for Motor Insurance

The difference between having access to a variety of providers – and going to just one – can be over €2,000. Limited competition in the first-time drivers market and a mistaken belief that going direct to an insurer is the best value, is costing young drivers thousands on an annual basis and may be precluding some from even getting on the road.'s latest survery has found that young drivers are vulnerable when it comes to motor insurance as a lack of knowledge, experience and a limited budget are all combining to make insurance a very expensive business for them. The [...]

2019-04-18T15:02:24+00:00October 31st, 2018|Car Insurance, General News|

How Young Drivers Can Get Cheap Car Insurance

Lessons, a full licence and one year driving experience can reduce the cost of young drivers' car insurance Young drivers have faced significant challenges when it comes to motor insurance in recent years. But at, we say that while their first year on the road can be expensive, an analysis of premiums between year one and year two demonstrates a sharp fall in costs. We want to let young motorists know that more affordable premiums are insight and that if they can see out the first year and take the necessary steps to help themselves, young drivers could see their [...]

2022-02-08T18:58:13+00:00July 3rd, 2018|Car Insurance, General News|

New Research Shows a Staggering Number Of Drivers On 3rd Or More Learner Permit

Almost 37,000 people are on their fifth, or higher, provisional licence, according to a study conducted with The study also found that more then 65,000 are on their third or more provisional licence. Deirdre McCarthy, Manager of, said: “There are 65,000-plus people on their third or more learner permit, and 36,814 of them are on their fifth or greater permit, some of whom are in their 30's, 40's, 50's or 60's. While a few may be late bloomers when it comes to driving, it’s apparent that many have been on the roads for years, without either taking or passing [...]

2019-07-18T13:13:53+00:00April 26th, 2018|General News|

3 Steps For Young Drivers To Cut Their Insurance Premiums

Young Drivers can cut up to 80% off their insurance premium by obtaining a full license. Here at we are calling on ALL young drivers across the country to complete this 3 step process in order to dramatically lower their insurance premiums. The simple 3 step process is; Complete all required driving lessons. Obtain their full license. Get some named driver experience - perhaps on a parent's policy. Jonathan Hehir, Managing Director of has advised; "The Consumer Price Index released this week revealed that motor insurance is down 11.7% between Jan 2017 & Jan 2018 – but if you speak to any young driver [...]

2021-11-17T23:06:09+00:00February 19th, 2018|Car Insurance, General News|

Vroom For Improvement On Your Motor Insurance Costs

Motor insurance premiums have finally begun to fall after consumers have been subjected to 3 years of relentless rises. However the majority of motorists have yet to see the benefit and it is worth noting that switching insurers or shopping around may be the best way to cut the cost of your cover. This time last year motor insurance premiums had reached somewhat of a peak, having risen sharply by somewhere in the region of 70% over the course of 3 years. Around this time last year a major government report was undertaken into the cost of motor insurance premiums and it [...]

2019-06-19T14:02:47+00:00January 15th, 2018|Car Insurance, General News|

Young Drivers Can Save Hundreds of Euros a Year By Cutting Out These Expensive Habits

Transport is the second highest expenditure for households across the country. The latest household figures available from the Central Statistics Office show that transport now accounts for the second largest chunk of an Irish family's expenditure coming in at an average of €124 per week. Earlier this month, it was found that the cost of keeping a car is even more expensive, with the average price of running a car being €10,671 a year or €205 per week. A number of factors were taken into consideration including fuel, insurance and maintenance, however there are a number of ways you can [...]

2019-07-18T13:12:42+00:00November 10th, 2017|Car Insurance, General News|

Car Insurance Is Still Valid Even In Severe Weather

Car insurance not affected by Storm Ophelia. Ireland is currently recovering from it's worst storm in 50 years. Not since Hurricane Debbie in 1961 has a storm with the wind speeds and destructive force of Ophelia, made its way to this side of the Atlantic. The entire country was subjected to severe 'red' weather warning, an occurrence which very rarely happens and demonstrated just how serious Met Eireann were taking this extra-tropical storm. Motorists across the island have been worried about how the severe weather would impact insurance cover. A number of rumors were circulated on social media that during extreme [...]

2021-12-01T09:43:24+00:00October 19th, 2017|Car Insurance, General News|

Motorists Still Reporting Rising Premiums But Prices Begin To Level Off

Car insurance premiums are finally about to stop rising says's Managing Director Jonathan Hehir. Some of the largest car insurers operating in Ireland have been reporting substantial 6 month profits for the first half of 2017. This has prompted questions as to why insurance premiums across all sectors have continued to rise with insurers seemingly in fine fiscal health?'s Managing Director Jonathan Hehir has stated that this is in fact the first year that the majority of insurers have posted profits and this is largely due to the Setanta high court ruling; "Large sums of money were being held in reserve [...]

2019-07-22T10:36:46+00:00August 8th, 2017|Car Insurance, General News|

Ask The Expert: Will My Overseas Driving Experience Count In Ireland?

Ever wondered whether or not your overseas driving experience will count towards lowering your insurance claim in Ireland? Question: I have recently moved back home to Ireland after 10 years in the States. When I was living there I drove periodically – by which I mean I moved around a lot, so while I drove for the last two years when I was living outside Boston, I hadn’t been driving for the previous three years while living in New York. I’m unsure what impact this will have on getting insurance in Ireland. Do the two countries share no claims bonus and other [...]

2019-07-18T13:18:19+00:00July 31st, 2017|Car Insurance, General News|

Consumers Still Feeling The Pinch Of High Motor Insurance Premiums

On his weekly radio show/podcast Matt Cooper discusses high motor insurance premiums with Jonathan Hehir.'s Managing Director Jonathan Hehir discusses the impact high motor insurance premiums are having on Irish consumers with Today FM's Matt Cooper on his new show 'Stretched'. Car and van insurance premiums have sky rocketed over the last number of years. While they have begun to level off over the last 12 months or so, many drivers are still feeling the pinch with stories emerging of drivers being forced off the road or worse again driving uninsured. But what has been the cause of these [...]

2019-07-18T13:20:08+00:00July 26th, 2017|Car Insurance, General News|

Calls For Crackdown On Professional Insurance Claimants

Calls For Crackdown On 'Professional Insurance Claimants' - Insurance scammers driving up premium prices for consumers and hitting Irish businesses hard. CFM Group have called on the government to allow the industry to find and expose 'professional insurance claimants' which they say are costing Irish businesses and motorists tens of thousands in increased premiums. CFM Group, who are brokers and the parent company of a number of brands including, insuremyvan.ieand, say that there is currently no database of claimants which can be cross checked by insurance firms to expose repeat claimers "Current laws protect repeat claimants and pseudo thieves over law abiding [...]

2019-07-18T13:20:54+00:00July 10th, 2017|General News|

Fake Insurance Brokers Going Door to Door To Rip Off Motorists

Fake insurance brokers selling faulty policies door to door Motorists in Ireland have been warned that fake insurance brokers are going door to door selling fake policies. The scammers who operate with a laptop in hand, tell unwary motorists that they can offer massively discounted cover. However these policies are invalid as the phony brokers are unauthorized intentionally falsified details to insurance companies. It is understood that one of these fraudsters has been arrested but not before he sold over 100 dodgy policies in the greater Dublin area. In a recent trend these fake insurance brokers are charging people up to [...]

2019-07-18T13:21:54+00:00July 5th, 2017|General News|

Summer Spike In Robberies Of Parked Cars Leads To Garda Campaign

'Most robberies occur between 12-7 PM during summer months' - An Garda Síochána The pattern of robberies spiking during summer months has continued into 2017, prompting An Garda Síochána to launch a fresh awareness campaign. This campaign was even featured on crimecall with a particular emphasis on preventing thieves from breaking into parked cars. We have compiled a number of tips which may seem like common sense but are the primary reasons people might fall victim to opportunist thieves. A handful of change left on display inside your car could result in you forking out €200 for a new window or even put your [...]

2019-07-18T13:22:47+00:00June 27th, 2017|General News|

5 Steps to Cheaper Car Insurance

Consumers have been slammed with steep car insurance price hikes over the last 12-18 months. It's never been more important to seek out the best deal - but how can you be sure you're getting a fair quote? Managing Director of, Jonathan Hehir said that by simply posing the right questions when renewing your policy can lead to serious savings. When it comes to shopping around, you should ALWAYS ask the following: 1. What's the price of comprehensive vs third party? Check the cost differences between comprehensive and third party fire & theft. It might not make financial sense to pay the difference depending on [...]

2019-07-22T10:34:26+00:00June 13th, 2017|General News|

Professional Claimants Are Making a Living From Insurance Payouts

Insurance fraudsters cash in with law keeping them safe Professional claimants are making a living from falsifying multiple claims in a bid to get insurance payouts. The law stops insurers sharing information on serial claimants, many of whom are criminals. Changes in the law that would allow insurers to share information on serial claimants have yet to be delivered. The setting up the new database of fraudulent personal injury claims is a key recommendation of a Government working group on insurance reform. The database would record all those who have made claims which have raised suspicions. It would be shared between the [...]

2019-07-18T13:23:33+00:00June 12th, 2017|General News|

Insurance Costs: Loading The Young

The cost of car insurance is prohibitive to young drivers and may incur an increase of uninsured drivers on the roads. The Government has published a plan to tackle this issue. They will look at a more realistic approach by the courts to compensation and more rigorous enforcement by gardaí. The figures tell their own story. Data from the Department of Transport shows that the number of 17- to 20-year-olds holding a learner’s permit declined by a third from 90,413 in 2006 to 57,821 in 2016. The number of young people in the same age group holding a full licence declined [...]

2019-07-18T13:25:41+00:00April 24th, 2017|Car Insurance, General News|
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