RALLY experience days can provide great value for money.
While most track days get you a handful of laps around a circuit in a selection of supercars, rally days tend to offer a little more driving time.
Times Newspapers Ltd Many rally days offer the chance to drive a Subaru Impreza off road
They can also be a pretty complete test of your driving skill as the conditions are often a lot tougher than a spin on the tarmac.
So if you’re looking to give a great driving experience gift this year, consider snapping up a rally experience for maximum value for money.
Buyagift offer a number of top gifting ideas and experience days.
But their highest-rated rally day is an extended rally driving experience day at Brands Hatch in Kent. Find it here.
The package costs £189 and buys you 40 minutes driving time in a works-prepared Toyota GT86.
That includes expert tuition from a qualified instructor and a high speed passenger lap to get your pulse racing.
Alamy You can get more for your money at a rally driving experience day
Into The Blue
Into The Blue have got experience days with everything from flying, to water sports to spa days.
But their top-rated rally experience day is the gravel rally experience day at Castle Coombe. Find it here.
There’s two packages on offer through the website: either the taster session that gets you two short rides around a gravel/tarmac racetrack in a Suburu Impreza to get a feel for the car.
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Or on the half-day rally you get extended driving time in the car along with a timed lap to test your mettle.
The taster day costs £79.99 while the half-day rally costs £189.99.
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If you want the best of both worlds: supercars and rally cars, Experience Days have got you covered.
Their supercar and rally driving experience in Stafford gives drivers the chance to drive two high-performance sports cars before taking the wheel of a Subaru Impreza WRX STI. Find it here.
£109 buys six laps in each car and some expert advice from a qualified instructor.
The Time You Waste In Traffic Revealed – Equal To Watching 775 Game Of Thrones Episodes And Making 8,900 Cups Of Tea
BRITISH drivers spend hours each month stuck in traffic on roads around the country.
But how much time are you actually wasting by sitting in gridlock on the motorway?
Alamy The average Brit spends 31 hours each year in traffic
Go Compare have created a new tool that allows you to work out exactly how many hours you have spent staring at the back of another car throughout your driving career.
And for those of us that have been on the road for more than a decade, the results might shock you.
Based on the stat that the average Brit spends approximately 31 hours in traffic delays each year, the comparison website crunched the numbers for a 40-year-old motorist with a 23-year driving career.
They found that driver would have spent a whopping 713 hours stuck in congestion, at a cost of nearly £27,000 in wasted fuel and time.
Getty – Contributor Drivers could be spending their time do much more than just getting frustrated by gridlock
Using that same amount of time, the driver could have seen 474 games of football, made 8,913 cups of tea, or dithered away their time watching 178 coats of paint dry.
They could have completed 153 marathons, or even had a marathon TV binge and got through 775 episodes of Game of Thrones.
And even in their first year of driving alone, Brits waste so much time they could have seen 20 football matches, flown to Sydney and back one and half times, and completed almost seven marathons.
On top of the wasted time, traffic delays will cost new drivers just over £1,000 in their first 12 months on the road.
Direct Line Reveals New Car Insurance Policy That Means You Won’t Lose Your No Claims Discount If Damage Isn’t Your Fault
FEW things are more frustrating for a driver than losing your no claims discount because someone else has damaged your car.
But a new insurance policy now means that drivers can still make an claim without losing their benefit – as long as the incident isn’t their fault.
Corbis – Getty Drivers can now make certain insurance claims without losing the NCD
Car insurance provider, Direct Line, recently announced changes to their standard comprehensive insurance policies that will allow drivers to make a claim and still keep their NCD.
From damage caused by potholes and wild animals to the car being stolen or flooded, drivers will be more covered to make a claim if the damage isn’t their fault.
Motorists can even make a claim to cover damage incurred while their car is parked, or as a result of being hit by an object or debris – but not including another car.
When making a claim, you will still need to pay any excess included in your policy, but you’ll keep your NCD and your next premium won’t be affected.
Incidents that won’t affect your No Claims Discount (NCD) with a Direct Line policy
Damage caused by potholes or poor road maintenance Fire and/or theft (both contents and the car itself) Hit whilst parked Flood Hit or hit by a wild or domestic animal Hit by object or debris (excluding vehicles)
This Is The Top Reason Brits Fail Their Driving Test – And It’s Not Parking Errors
THE most common reasons for Brits to fail their driving test have been revealed – and they aren’t as obvious as you might think.
While Brits certainly aren’t known for their incredible parking skills, tricky manoeuvres weren’t the main reason drivers had to re-sit their test.
Getty – Contributor Failing to look properly at junctions is the most common reason for drivers to fail their test
A recent study, conducted by Warranty Direct, found that the most common reason new drivers would fail their practical test was because they did not properly observe the risks at a junction.
Junctions posed a number of issues during driving tests, with many motorists failing when trying to turn right at a crossroads.
Drivers were also highly likely to fail their test for not using their mirrors properly when making a turn.
While parking manoeuvres weren’t as common, reverse parking did come in third on the list, just above poor steering ability.
Top 5 most common reasons for failing your driving test
Observation at junctions Use of mirrors when changing direction Reverse park/left reverse Lack of control (steering) Turning right at junctions
Getty – Contributor The UK’s driver pass rate is improving
According to the study, 2017 had the highest driving test pass rate in the last 11 years.
The UK pass rate is currently at 47 per cent, having risen by four per cent since 2006.
The number of drivers to pass their practical with no faults has also spiked in the last year.
Just 3,329 drivers passed with a clean slate in 2006, compared to a massive 17,950 Brits last year – a rise of over 400 per cent.
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