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Driving License Scam

In June 2016 the government issued a warning about a new driving license and vehicle tax scam being distributed to the public, via text message, email and telephone. Many of the scam/spoof emails and text messages contain a link to an imitation government website (the website and even URL may look similar however they will be a slight variation from the real URL).

07 October 2016 - BY KIM COPPINS

Uninsured Travellers Killing Time

The FCO (Foreign & Commonwealth Office) has released details of the ten oddest calls it has acknowledged in the past year, mainly coming from British expatriates or travellers.

01 September 2016 - BY RAKIM A DIXON

Frequently Asked Parking Questions… The Answers

We have all been in that situation where we have driven to our desired destination and are faced with a whole host of car parking dilemmas, such as can I park here? How long for? And how much does it cost? Take a look below for some of the most frequently asked car parking questioned answered.

21 July 2016 - BY KIM COPPINS

What You Shouldn't Leave Behind When Going on a Business Trip

Are you known to your trips away for business? Then it's easy to put packing on the last thing to do for you go on your trip. There always seems to be other main concerns, including preparing properly for the meetings you have planned. But it is always worth taking some care in preparing everything you need. There are a few items which you may oversee when packing at the last minute which could ensure that your trip goes without a drawback.

01 July 2016 - BY RAKIM A DIXON

How to Renew your Passport while Abroad

Sometimes traveling isn’t always straight forward, you may need to renew your passport while in another country or could even face travel problems after a passport has been lost or stolen. Take a look below to find out more about travel and your passport.

28 June 2016 - BY KIM COPPINS

What is ABTA and ATOL?

ABTA is an abbreviation for ‘Association of British Travel Agents’, ABTA is the UK’s largest travel trade association for travel agents and tour operator. ABTA has been a trusted travel brand name for over 65 years, offering advice and guidance to the travelling public.

28 June 2016 - BY RAKIM A DIXON

Information About Biometric Passports

Recently there has been a lot in the media about travelling with biometric passports, please take a look at this blog to find out more about the biometric passport and how it may affect you and your travels.

31 May 2016 - BY RAKIM A DIXON

What Happens at a Car Hire Desk?

Take a look below to find out more about what happens at a car hire desk and how car hire excess insurance can benefit you.

26 April 2016 - BY KIM COPPINS

Feefo Gold Trusted Merchant

Direct Car Excess is proud to announce that we are now one of the hard-working merchants who have achieved Gold trusted Merchant accreditation, the independent and trusted ratings and reviews platform.

15 April 2016 - BY RAKIM A DIXON

Top Late Season Ski Destinations

Planning a late ski trip this year? You'll be happy to hear that not only are you likely to experience a cheaper holiday rate, you'll also probably benefit from quieter slopes. This is because you run a higher risk that the snow conditions won't be as assured as during January and February. Although this is a risk, on the flip side you will benefit from longer days and a better chance of sunshine to top up the tan. Choose the right resort and you'll improve your chances of a great late seaso

27 May 2015 - BY LEE TAD

European City Breaks for the Spring Bank Holiday

With so many irresistible European cities on our doorstep, there is no excuse for staying home this spring bank holiday. Whether you decide to take a short train ride or a quick direct flight, these five European holiday destinations will ensure you spend less time travelling and more time enjoying your bank holiday weekend.

22 May 2015 - BY LEE TAD

10 European Roads to Drive Before You Die

Wending their way through national parks, following hairpin bends high up into the mountains and crossing dramatic bridges, these famous European roads are sure to inspire you to get behind the wheel.

01 May 2015 - BY LEE TAD

Driving the Amalfi Coast - Top Places to See

The Amalfi Coast Drive hugs the steep coastline from Sorrento to Salerno and is not without its white-knuckle moments. For the more adventurous and confident drivers amongst you, we've listed some of the top places to see, along with driving times and pointers on what to expect.

24 April 2015 - BY LEE TAD

5 Family-Friendly Spanish Beaches

Balmy temperatures in Spain make it the perfect beach holiday destination to chase away those last vestiges of winter. Just a short flight away, Spain has plenty of quieter resorts for families to soak up the sunshine and many safe beaches for children to paddle and play. Check out these five family-friendly Spanish beaches for inspiration.

02 April 2015 - BY LEE TAD

5 Tips to Avoid Travel Sickness

If you're someone who suffers from travel sickness, then you know how any kind of motion can bring on nausea, dizziness or, even worse, vomiting and hyperventilating.

20 March 2015 - BY LEE TAD

Ten Beautiful Places to Visit in Ireland

With St Patrick's Day around the corner, we thought it only fitting to take a tour of Ireland's captivating landscape to seek out its most picturesque sights.

13 March 2015 - BY LEE TAD

Keeping Kids Entertained in the Car. Half Term Tips for Families.

Whether you're off for an adventure to a theme park or a long car journey to visit family, the chances are a road trip of some description is on the horizon for you and your little ones during the holiday.

17 February 2015 - BY LEE TAD

Romantic UK Break Destinations

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, stealing a quick break away is a great way to spend some quality time with your partner and get away from the rat race. However, finding a suitable destination is never easy - especially when you're trying to impress! We've searched the UK to found a few options to help make your weekend break special.

13 February 2015 - BY LEE TAD

5 Great Family Break Destinations for this Half Term

For some families, finding things to keep the children occupied during the half term is a struggle. With so many options and a tight budget, it can be difficult to filter through the very best deals. To save you from the stress, we've put together five great family break destinations that are ideal for any family this half term.

06 February 2015 - BY LEE TAD

Top Breaks on our Doorstep

A holiday doesn't have to mean a long journey. A couple of hours on a plane, or even a train, can take you to a huge variety of top holiday spots, and hiring a car at your destination can allow you to make full advantage of all the attractions your chosen destination has to offer. Europe really does have it all - sandy beaches, top ski resorts, stunning countryside, and many historic towns and cities, all with their own unique character. Whether you are booking a romantic weekend for two, or an action p

30 January 2015 - BY LEE TAD