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Why to Buy a Nissan Qashqai

Nissan Qashqai Review The Nissan Qashqai has become very popular in the last few years, becoming the go-to family for a lot of consumers. The Qashqai has a crossover SUV/Hatchback style but it is a more affordable option for many motorists compared to competitors in the market. The Qashqai is known for great comfort which is great on long drives, but they also boast great performance with up to 150 bhp depending on the model and year you get. The seats in the Qashqai are quite high, so you don't need to bend down to get in, this is great [...]

2022-05-20T09:27:02+00:00May 20th, 2022|General News|


2022 promises to be a huge developmental phase for electric vehicles with ‘Tesla Cyber Truck’ and ‘Ford’ entering the industry. There was a time electric vehicles were considered outliers on the road, but today they are no longer a rare sight. With Tesla, companies like Audi, Nissan, and Porsche have not remained behind. Tesla has established its name as the groundbreaker in the market. With new vehicles all set to launch, it is essential to identify the best EVs in 2022. Tesla Model 3 To date, Tesla Model 3 takes up the position for the best electric car, while every [...]

2022-03-31T12:43:01+00:00March 31st, 2022|General News|

Guide to Penalty Points in Ireland 2022

Penalty points are a record of driving offenses a driver in Ireland can get, if you gain 12 penalty points within a 3 year period, you will be disqualified for driving. What to know about Penalty Points in Ireland This system has been in place since 2002 to improve road safety in Ireland.  Penalty points last on your record for 3 years and they can really affect your car insurance premium, raising the costs to insure a car again. Below are the ways you can get penalty points according to the RSA These offenses can bring you anywhere between 2-5 [...]

2022-03-29T10:29:50+00:00February 25th, 2022|Tips|

Guide to your Essential Driver Training (EDT) Lessons

According to the Road Safety Authority, the Essential Driver Training is a training program for drivers starting out, and it consists of 12 driving sessions with an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI). EDT was introduced as part of the government’s road safety strategy under the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program. It is also one of a range of measures introduced by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) to enhance the way that learner drivers like you are trained, tested, and licensed in Ireland. What can you expect in your EDT Driving Lessons 2022? Car Controls and Safety Checks In this lesson, you will learn your [...]

2022-02-23T08:19:17+00:00January 20th, 2022|General News|

How to Care for your Car in Winter

How to care for your Car in Winter This article will provide you with some excellent tips for winter car care. We all know that winters can be tough on our cars. The harsh environment and the lack of use can make your car lose its shine and appearance over time. But don’t fret! With a little bit of maintenance and preparation, you can protect your vehicle from the hazards that come with winter and keep it safe and sound throughout the season. Switch to Winter Tyres Winter is a time when the weather, environment and climate make it necessary [...]

2022-01-27T17:23:38+00:00December 17th, 2021|General News|

Top Car and Insurance Tips for Students 2021

During the pandemic, many people turned to learning new skills such as driving. There are more new drivers on the road than ever. For students, a car can be very expensive when you are juggling college, exams, and part-time jobs. At we are going to give you the best tips for students for their car and insurance. Buy a Diesel Car As a student, the hours you can work are reduced and money can be tough while you are in college. When buying a car, some people forget the cost of running the vehicle every week and with recent [...]

2021-11-30T23:54:39+00:00November 30th, 2021|Car Insurance|

Tips for new drivers buying their first car 2021 

So, you are a new driver looking to buy their first car? There are so many factors when it comes to buying a car and it can be stressful to decide what to buy. So, we have compiled some top tips to help you when buying your first car:  Tips for new drivers buying their first car 202 Consider your budget for the car  Consider how much you can afford for your first car, remember you will need to factor in costs such as your insurance which can be very high for a new driver and other potential costs like Tax and NCT. Older cars [...]

2021-11-22T23:38:07+00:00November 8th, 2021|General News|

Preparing Your Car For Winter

The leaves are falling, and the temperature is dropping. Without jinxing anything, we think it’s safe to say that we are enjoying a really beautiful autumn so far, but we know the harsher winter months are only just around the corner and with that comes not only cosy fires inside and hats and scarves outside but also more unstable weather and road conditions.   This doesn’t have to be a bad thing, however, it does mean it’s more important than ever to be prepared when you’re planning on driving. You do not want to be caught on the side of the road on a bad night especially [...]

2021-12-07T12:43:09+00:00October 28th, 2021|Tips|

Top Tips for Getting Your Full License 2022

Ok theory test, check! Eye test, check! Provisional license, check! Now to get on the road! It’s time to get started on your driving lessons and prepare for your full license test. In Ireland, you must complete 12 lessons with an EDI-approved driving instructor before your full test. We’ve gathered 10 of the top tips from driving instructors to help prepare for learning to drive. Consider these tips and work closely with your instructor to work towards passing your driving test the first time around.   Keep hold of that driver theory test book You might be ready to throw [...]

2022-03-02T19:55:15+00:00October 5th, 2021|Tips|

Tips for Getting Cheaper Car Insurance for Young or New Drivers

You’ve been waiting for this moment for years, you’ve watched some of your friends get their first cars and spent hours aimlessly driving around with them singing along to the radio, getting lost and beeping at cute pedestrians thinking you’re great. Now it’s your turn to take the wheel! It’s an exciting new milestone for anyone but getting used to that extra dent in your pocket is never too fun. It’s common knowledge that car insurance tends to be more expensive for new or young drivers but there are a few factors you can work on to make sure it’s [...]

2022-01-20T10:37:03+00:00September 16th, 2021|Tips|

Top tips for young driver insurance

It’s common knowledge that car insurance tends to be more expensive for new or young drivers but there are definitely ways around this. First and foremost you would want to get your full license as soon as possible, this alone will make a difference but there are more things you can do to make sure you save yourself some money and get the best deal on your insurance so that all you need to worry about is where you’re going on your next spin!     Know your options Research, research, and then research some more. Compare prices and ask for [...]

2021-08-13T14:31:31+00:00August 13th, 2021|General News|

Preparing your vehicle for the NCT

Preparing your vehicle for the NCT The NCT can be one of the more stressful tests that your car goes through on a yearly (or semi-yearly) basis. With many cars backlogged due to restrictions just lifting, more and more people will be filing in to have their cars inspected to (hopefully) be safe to drive on the road. No one likes going through the NCT process – that’s pretty much a well-known fact. However, it’s incredibly important to ensure that the vehicles you encounter every single day are safe and roadworthy. In addition, if you are caught without a valid [...]

2022-03-02T19:53:55+00:00June 25th, 2021|General News|

How to change your oil

How to change your oil. Good clean oil improves the performance of your car while simultaneously extending the life of your engine. Many people delay when it comes to changing their car’s oil and this can be damaging to internal components of the motor. So why do they stall? A significant proportion of drivers rely solely on mileage as a gauge for when they should change their oil.  However, the age of the car, how the car is driven, and the quality of the oil used are all factors which determine when oil needs to be changed. Before we start [...]

2021-06-04T15:53:06+00:00June 4th, 2021|General News, Tips|

How to drive safely at night 2021

Driving at night is undoubtedly a little bit trickier than driving during the day. It’s important to be extra cautious on the road when the sun goes down. Despite the fact that the roads are quieter at night, a huge proportion of accidents still occur when it gets dark. However, you shouldn’t worry because there’s myriad of great tips that you can follow to keep you safe on the road at night. 1.Use your headlights correctly. Firstly, before we get to switch on your headlights, it’s important to give them a once over now and again to make sure they’re [...]

2021-11-17T23:11:51+00:00May 28th, 2021|General News|

Top tips all round for young drivers

Being a young driver can be exciting and daunting in equal measure. Having your own car and being able to navigate the road is a right of passage for every young Irish person. While the benefits to your new-found independence are many, there are a couple of factors to consider. Having your own car comes with a level of a responsibility. While you might be confident with your driving skills and your rules of the road, a car presents it’s own set of challenges. There’s no need to worry however, by conducting some key research you will know exactly how [...]

2021-03-04T09:35:38+00:00March 3rd, 2021|General News|

The best selling cars for young drivers 2021

Buying a new car after passing your test is a milestone event in a young person’s life. The cost of buying and running a car however can sometimes put a dampener on things. While there are lots of options at your feet when you’re a young driver looking to purchase a car, it can get a bit confusing. Naturally, the first decision when you’re buying your first car comes down to whether or not you’re going to buy used or new. Today we’re going to focus on the new cars but check out our blog if you’re considering going down [...]

2021-02-08T09:24:53+00:00February 8th, 2021|General News|

Top tips for young drivers starting to drive 2021

We know that generally speaking the world of driving and car insurance can be incredibly daunting for a young driver. When you look at your parents or older siblings you might feel uneasy about the lack of experience you have and you might feel even worse when you contemplate your insurance premium. While it can be tricky navigating your first year on the road, there is a lot of helpful advice there that’s going to help. We have some useful tips for young drivers below. Check them out. 1.Buy a safe and reliable car. We dived into this one last [...]

2022-01-17T13:22:56+00:00December 18th, 2020|General News|

Ultimate Guide to the Provisional Licence 2022

Everything you need to know about the Provisional Driving License   How old do you need to be to obtain a provisional driving license? The provisional driving licence is issued to anyone in Ireland who is 17 years old and has passed their theory test but who has not yet passed their practical driving test. Having a provisional licence in Ireland will allow you to take regular driving lessons and even drive on the main roads provided you are with an adult with a full licence prior to your test. If you want to qualify for a provisional licence you must have live in Ireland for [...]

2022-04-04T09:10:47+00:00December 11th, 2020|General News|

What’s The Best Type of Car for a Young Driver?

What’s the best type of car for a young driver? We’ve covered the various tips that you need to consider when buying a new car. You have to think about price, you have to think about second hand or new and you have to think about parking a huge car! We haven’t however visited the topic of petrol vs diesel, fuel vs electric or engine size. So, we’re going to visit that today. If you’re still doing some research around the best type of car to buy and you want to get down to the nitty-gritty then you’re in the [...]

2021-11-17T23:17:05+00:00December 4th, 2020|General News|

Top tips for fighting fatigue as a young driver 2021

We hear a lot about driving under the influence of drugs and drinking and the dangers it can cause for young drivers on the road. While we’re all aware that driving under the influence has life-threatening repercussions for young drivers and legal repercussions for that matter, fatigue is also a major problem on the roads. The slogan ‘tiredness kills’ is present on road signs all over Ireland and for good reason. It is estimated that as many as 1 in 5 driver deaths in Ireland every year are related to tiredness. Fatigue is the physical and mental impairment that is [...]

2021-11-17T20:42:45+00:00November 27th, 2020|General News|

How to prepare for the road as a learner driver 2022

Learning how to drive as a learner driver can be a nerve-wracking experience. Some people even compare it to the leaving cert. However, rest assured the more prepared you are when you’re starting out the less stressed you will be doing your test or starting out on the road. Avid preparation is the key to success. Here are some tips before you sit in the driver’s seat. Before we get started, because of Covid-19 the driving test waitlist has undoubtedly been affected. There has been calls to put a calculated grade system into operation in order to help with the [...]

2022-03-29T13:20:00+00:00November 13th, 2020|General News|

How to be a safer young driver 2022

When you’re a young driver you have a lot going on. You have to think about car insurance, you have to think about your first NCT, all the rules and regulations of your newfound independence and much more. Here are at Cover in a Click, we know it can be a lot to take in but safety has to be first on the agenda. Young drivers simply don’t have a lot of experience when they are starting out on the road. Subsequently, young drivers are at a much higher risk of having a collision than more experienced drivers. So what [...]

2022-03-29T13:19:46+00:00November 6th, 2020|General News|

6 car gadgets all young drivers need 2021

Being a young driver can be daunting and sometimes you might wish there was things that could make it a little easier. Well the good news is that these products do exist. Determining the good ones from the OTT ones however, brings its own challenges. If you want to invest in some handy car gadgets that can simplify your life and make you a safer driver then listen up. Here are 10 great gadgets that you can drivers can avail of to make driving easier; we also have some handy nick-nacks that could have positive impact on your car insurance [...]

2021-11-22T08:22:31+00:00October 30th, 2020|General News|

6 breakdown tips for young drivers

For many young drivers, the prospect of breaking down on the side of the road can be hugely daunting. This can seem like the worst-case scenario for young drivers who are already lacking in confidence on the road.  What do you do? Who do you call? It’s not just young drivers who dread breaking down – this is a universal pet peeve for drivers of all levels. Not to worry, we’re here to help. In the event of a breakdown, follow these six tips to make sure your car is back on the road quickly and with as little stress [...]

2021-11-22T08:27:15+00:00October 23rd, 2020|General News|

6 hacks for saving on car insurance as a young driver

Car insurance rates have undoubtedly continued to soar for young drivers over the last number of years. Unfortunately, even as 2021 approaches, there doesn’t seem to be any end in sight for this existing trend. Insurance is all about the calculated assessment of risk.Due to the inexperience of younger drivers, they tend to pose more of a risk on the road than a driver who has many years of experience under their belt. This issue is further coupled with the increasing trend of compensation culture which also appears to be contributing to rising insurance costs. Compensation culture essentially is a [...]

2020-10-16T11:08:22+00:00October 16th, 2020|General News|

Top car maintenance tips for young drivers

Obtaining your driver’s license is a right of passage and it marks a significant milestone in many young people’s lives. However, getting on the road for the first time brings certain challenges. You have to practice the rules of the road daily for example and you also have to source and finalise the right insurance cover for an affordable price. Finally, you must handle the maintenance of your car. When you’re a young driver the concept of car maintenance might be alien to you. There’s a lot to consider from tyres, to wipers and all that ‘under the bonnet stuff’. [...]

2020-10-02T11:05:04+00:00October 2nd, 2020|General News|

Top tips for preparing for your driving test.

Doing your driving test can be a nerve wrecking experience. Hey, some people even compare it to the leaving cert. However, rest assured the more prepared you are going into the test, the less stressed you will be for the duration of it. Avid preparation is the key to success when it comes to passing your driving test. Here’s some tips before you sit into the driver’s seat.   1.Plan your lessons properly.  Consider how many lessons you have left to undertake. Then consider the possibility that you might need one or two additional lessons outside of your required 12.  When you have done these calculations, try to [...]

2020-09-25T10:55:55+00:00September 25th, 2020|General News|

Why is car insurance so high for young drivers and what can you do about it?

Are you a young driver who’s eager to get on the road but is firstly on the hunt for car insurance? By now, no matter how minimal your search has been you’ve probably noticed a large disparity in quotes between you as a young driver and someone more experienced. We understand that it can be demoralising especially if your trying to save cash wherever possible. At we’re here to give you some advice on steps you can take to reduce your premium but first it’s important to understand the rationale behind why car insurance quotes for young drivers are [...]

2020-09-18T10:58:37+00:00September 18th, 2020|General News|

Top tips for purchasing car insurance for the first time

So, you've got your license, and you're ready to get on the road as soon as possible, but first, there are a few things to consider. One of the most crucial is car insurance. Buying car insurance for the first time can be as daunting as it is confusing. Firstly, there are a whole host of different policies available, and secondly, there are significant disparities in price. There's no need to fret, however, because today at Cover in a Click we're about to answer 5 key questions when it comes to buying car insurance for the first time. 1. What [...]

2021-11-17T23:26:23+00:00August 31st, 2020|Tips|

How to prepare for your theory test

As a new learner driver, you undoubtedly have a lot of things on your mind. You’re asking questions like ‘how will I afford car insurance?’ and ‘who’s going to provide me with lessons’? While all these questions are more than valid, it’s crucial to start at the beginning, the theory test. Before you’re permitted to sit a practical driving test in Ireland, you must first sit a written one. If you have been fretting over booking your theory test, here are 6 useful tips to help ease your worry.  1.Revise using the official material.  There are a few options available [...]

2020-08-27T15:14:30+00:00August 27th, 2020|General News|

Nearly 1,200 Young Drivers Refused Quotes Last Year

Notwithstanding the fraught state of the Irish car insurance market, the current treatment of young drivers by insurance companies is arbitrary and unfair. 2 days ago, the Garda Twitter account reported that they stopped 7 uninsured drivers at a checkpoint in one day. Our own Jonathan Hehir, MD of while speaking with various newspapers, said that the premium prices are grossly unfair and potentially lead to undesirable trends in driver behaviour. Due to young drivers being priced out of the market and in some cases refused quotes entirely, an increased number of uninsured drivers has been recorded on the roads. Other [...]

2021-11-17T23:22:47+00:00January 6th, 2017|Car Insurance, General News|

Insurers Urged To Reassess Young Drivers’ Policies

Insurers have been called on to reassess their pricing approach to younger drivers. According to Insurance Broker, motor insurance underwriters have failed to take steps to address an imbalanced pricing market in which young drivers are suffering. claims the insurance companies had experienced significant losses by offering premiums that were too low and that premiums should reflect the fact younger drivers are a significantly lower risk than they were 10 years ago. Managing Director of, Jonathan Hehir, said the situation faced by younger drivers in the current insurance market is “grossly unfair”. “It seems to be generally accepted now that [...]

2022-01-12T14:28:23+00:00January 3rd, 2017|Car Insurance, General News|
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