Greatest 60 Driving Songs

There are few better feelings than hitting the open road and turning up the radio or putting on the MP3 player to savour a great driving song. From classic rock to catchy chart songs, some music was just made for the highway. Whether it’s a great guitar riff, soaring vocals or just that perfect driving rhythm, everyone has their favourites. In this article we take a look at 60 songs from a half century of classic music that provide the perfect accompaniment to any road trip, with a little something for all musical tastes; we’ve also included links to YouTube videos so you can get your groove on both in and out of the car!
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Places To Stay On A European Road Trip

Many thousands of British residents take a road trip onto the continent each year. Whether it’s their own car or a rental vehicle, the reasons for the trip are many and varied; from a simple cross-Channel hop to stock up in the delicatessens and supermarkets in Calais to a journey crossing thousands of miles and numerous countries.

While driving in Europe is often highly pleasurable, some tourists run into difficulties when finding great places to stay; whether it’s a last-minute change to the itinerary or a problem en route, failing to prepare or understanding your options can be a costly business. Others are caught out when they arrive at their hotel and discover there are no on-site parking facilities, which can lead to unexpected additional costs or hassle.

In this article, we take a look at a range of hotels and guesthouses that are ideal for road travellers, offering complementary or nearby secure parking and affordable facilities. We’ll also suggest a few places to stop off en route to major cities, which can break up a long journey into a more leisurely holiday. Naturally it’s impossible to catalogue the tens of thousands of hotels and guesthouses across Europe, so we’ve narrowed the choice down to 10 major towns and cities that are popular with British road travellers, and various places en route.

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Hiring A Truck To Drive To Europe? Read This First!

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Advice for hiring a truck and driving in Europe

When it comes to truck rental, whether for a short haul trip across to France or for a longer sortie into Central Europe, many of the rules and restrictions that need to be followed are identical to those for driving a car on the continent. However, many countries have unique regulations and driving laws that can catch out an unwary motorist, so it’s important to get a handle on the dos and don’ts of European motoring before you set off. It’s also vital to understand any specific laws and rules that apply to larger commercial vehicles, both at point of hire and out on the roads.

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The Best Car Journeys in Europe

Europe is filled with wonderful roads and enough iconic sights to attract any motorist. In this article we take a look at two dozen of the most popular, exciting and scenic roads across the continent, and throw in a few that will challenge even the best drivers. From twisty mountain passes to coastal roads through some of the world’s most idyllic villages, we reveal the great drives and routes that should form the basis of any motoring adventure in Europe. We’ve arranged the drives by country for ease of reference.

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The Ultimate Advanced Road Driving Safety Guide

The Ultimate Advanced Road Driving Safety Guide

More than 1.3 million people die annually in road accidents, tens of millions of others are injured, and the numbers continue to increase; in the UK we have a much lower accident rate than many countries but there are still thousands of accidents and fatalities every year. Our cars may boast ever-improving safety standards and gadgets designed to minimise accidents, yet the biggest cause of death is human error. Advanced driving courses provide a means of boosting your own driving skills, but can often prove expensive or difficult to fit in. In this article, we explore a number of ways to both improve your own driving standard and also help mitigate for the poor driving of motorists around you.

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Car Insurance Cover: A Guide

Sometimes car insurance can get complex. There are different kinds of cover, add-ons and legal requirements which can make the process of selecting the correct product harder than it sounds. Nationwide has helped many people over the years hire cars effortlessly, so deciphering car insurance policies is second nature to us. Check out our insider insight below…

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Car Journeys with Toddlers: Top Tips

Keeping kids happy when they are buckled up can bring real stress, especially over long journeys. Nationwide appreciates that car journeys with toddlers can be hard. That is why we have put together our top tips on how to reduce travelling troubles, and make car journeys with your little angels easier than ever.

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Smoking in Cars with Children set to be Made Illegal

From October 1st drivers in England and Wales could find themselves faced with on the spot penalties of £50 if found smoking in a vehicle which carries someone under the age of 18. The government has finally woken up to the dangers of second hand smoke and has made it illegal to smoke in cars which have children as passengers.

According to Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) 10 million people smoke in the UK, which means the new law is set to affect around a sixth of the UK population. So what does this mean for parents who drive and smoke?

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Best Fuel Saving Techniques

With the price of fuel on a seemingly upward spiral, motorists should be doing everything they can to slash their petrol consumption. As well as saving cash minimising emissions is also an integral part of increasing air quality, preserving the natural environment and helping the EU reach its ’20-20-20’ targets. Did you know that across the globe, the transportation sector is responsible for a colossal 13% of total greenhouse gas emissions? Cars are a major offender which means drivers should make a conscious effort to minimise their footprints.

So what can you do to save fuel? Read on for our top tips and techniques on how to slash gas bills, no matter what vehicle you’re driving.

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Key Changes to British Driving Licenses

This year saw the DVLA get rid of paper licenses and make the switch to an online electronic process. The decision to phase out the green paper sections in favour of an electronic alternative is part of the government’s Red Tape Challenge. The endeavour is designed to reduce regulations for businesses while simultaneously minimising environmental impact. Overall the challenge is set to save the British government around £8 million. The DVLA is also on-board and maintains that the paper license phase out will simplify its services.

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