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DVLA Showdown: The Top 10 Cities to Pass Your Practical Driving Test

By | November 19th, 2013|Show Plates|

Every year, over 1.5 million attempts are made to pass the UK practical driving test, of which 65-70% of all attempts will be made by young drivers between the ages of seventeen and twenty-five. Sadly, less than half of these young drivers are successful at passing their driving test first time around, which can make [...]

Should Drivers Be Tested On Motorways?

By | October 18th, 2013|Show Plates|

Passing their driving test and finally taking those ‘L’ plates off the car is the goal of thousands of young people every year. Between 2012 and 2013, almost one million driving tests were taken by those aged between seventeen and twenty-five and, for the fifth straight year, government statistics show that the percentage of young [...]

The Real Cost of Driving

By | September 7th, 2013|Show Plates|

They can be frustrating and liberating, lifesaving and taking, they can move at a snail’s pace or pass by in a flash. Whatever your opinion on cars, there’s no doubt that a world where they didn’t exist is a frightening thought. With over 30 million cars on UK roads and a further 7 million vehicles [...]

Smoking In Cars

By | August 23rd, 2013|Show Plates|

Smoking in Public Places The 2007 smoking ban in UK public places brought many voices into a debate which seems never ending. Legislation was brought in to forbid smoking in any public workplace. This included restaurants, NHS buildings, offices, and even pubs – basically anywhere indoors. Aside from a few exemptions, this blanket ban is [...]

Face Facts: Sugar Fuelling the Future of Petrol Station Ads?

By | August 17th, 2013|Show Plates|

New face-recognition machines are invading supermarket petrol stations across the land, Show Plates Direct reports, and their judgemental attitude could make paying for petrol an awkward and ‘outing’ experience for millions of Brits. Driving and advertising have a symbiotic history as old as the first motor car. As soon as roads started popping up all [...]

How to Become a Green Driver

By | July 30th, 2013|Show Plates|

We’re ever more conscious of being “green” and environmentally friendly, but this can often seem like a daunting task. If you feel your car is a necessity but would still like to be green, we’ve teamed up with Helen Kinsella from The Green Home here at Show Plates Direct to discuss the ways in which [...]

How to Upcycle Car Tyres

By | July 9th, 2013|Show Plates|

What is Upcycling? If you’ve not heard about it already, ‘Upcycling’ has taken the craft and DIY world by storm. Show Plates Direct have been speaking to Lynn Haughton, who started The Upcycle Movement, a website she created to inspire and share ideas. Lynn says, “Globally, we are beginning to realise the negative effects we [...]

Drug Driving and the Consequences

By | June 29th, 2013|Show Plates|

Recently, Confused.com published findings that suggest 1 in 5 drivers admit to driving under the influence of drugs. What's worrying is that these findings highlight a great disparity between people admitting to driving under the influence of drugs and official data released by UK police forces about how many people were caught drug driving last [...]

DAB Digital Radio: The Switchover

By | June 1st, 2013|Show Plates|

With the popularity of DAB digital radio constantly increasing, both at home and on the go, Show Plates Direct interviewed Sam Bonham, Technology Development Manager at Digital Radio UK, to find out more about the switchover. What does digital radio offer the listener that analogue doesn't? More content (the stations you have now, and digital-only [...]

Parking on Double Yellow Lines: The Debate

By | May 22nd, 2013|Show Plates|

A recent proposal by Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles, would see shoppers allowed to park on double yellow lines in a bid to boost the local economy. The fifteen minute “grace period” would allow shoppers to park up and nip into shops without having a ticket slapped on their windscreen. A source close to Pickles told [...]