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  1. Impounded Vehicle Numbers on the Rise in the UK

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    Our latest research exclusively reveals the amount of impounded vehicles in the UK has reached almost 200K (197,000), which is a YoY increase of over 7,000 impounded vehicles!

    As we have launched our new impound release insurance, we wanted to look into how many vehicles are being impounded across the UK. After sending FOI requests to Police constabularies, we learned that cases of impounded vehicles have risen year on year, with some regions in particular seeing some dramatic rises in cars being taken into police custody.

    Regions with the Highest Increases

    Taking first place for highest offending region is South Wales, seeing a whopping 35 percent rise, the equivalent of over 2,000 more vehicles in 2022 vs 2021 were impounded here. Also making the top three, are Gwent and North Yorkshire, with 30 percent and 26 percent increases in cases of impounded vehicles.

    In fourth place, Cumbria saw a 20 percent increase and in fifth, Devon and Cornwall saw a 15 percent increase.

    The increase in impounded vehicles could be a reflection of insurance prices skyrocketing by an average of 58% in the UK. Drivers may be risking driving without insurance due to the struggle to meet the costs, which would result in their vehicle being impounded if caught by the law.

    GoShorty’s Impound Release Insurance

    To help drivers get their impounded vehicles back on the road, GoShorty has introduced an all new impounded vehicle release insurance. This 30-day impound release insurance policy allows drivers to take their vehicle out of a police impound ASAP and get it home, avoiding a £26 a day charge.

    Annual insurance and regular temporary insurance policies do not cover impound retrievals, making impound release insurance a necessary purchase for those in this situation, and with GoShorty, doing this is easier than ever.

    Andy Moody, Founder and Managing Director of GoShorty commented:

    “For those who are unfortunate enough to have their vehicle impounded, GoShorty are happy to say we now have a dedicated single-purchase 30-day temporary insurance policy for the release of impounded vehicles. 

    “Usually, getting insurance for an impounded vehicle is a difficult task over the phone, but now you can sort it with us quickly and simply online in less than 2 minutes.

    “It’s within a driver’s best interest to get their vehicle out of the impound lot ASAP, failure to collect the vehicle within 14 days could lead to it being scrapped or sold, which is why we have created this valuable policy.”

    GoShorty now provides impound release insurance to help you get back onto the road as quickly as possible. As well as flexible short-term insurance for cars and vans; find one hour insurance, one day insurance or even car insurance for a month, our flexible options keep you safely covered exactly when you need to be, hopefully avoiding you being impounded again. 


    FOI requests issued to Police constabularies, requesting yearly data on impounded vehicles. With thanks to the following constabularies: Dundee, West Yorkshire, GMP, Lincolnshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, South Yorkshire, Cambridgeshire, Cumbria, South Wales, Northants, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, Essex, Avon Somerset, MET, Stafford, Surrey, West Mercia, City of London, North Yorkshire, Wiltshire, Gwent, Leicestershire.

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  2. Highway to Hell: Is Road Rage on the Rise?

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    We have carried out research that has revealed that the number of incidents of road rage in the UK reported to the Police saw a 40 percent increase from 2021 to 2022. 

    Using data from 20 separate UK Police constabularies and a survey of 2,000 Brits, we have explored the darker side of motoring – looking specifically into road rage incidents and bad driving habits.

    Road Rage Incidents Skyrocket

    In 2021, there were 2,282 incidents of road rage reported to the Police – whereas in 2022, this number jumped up 40 percent to 3,208. Road rage can land drivers with an assault charge, and even endanger the validity of a driving licence if drivers face prosecution for becoming seriously aggressive. Our research found that the areas in the UK where road rage has seen the biggest spikes from 2021 to 2022 are:

    • Lancashire +198%
    • West Mercia +56%
    • Leicester +13%
    • Cambridgeshire +6%
    • South Wales +4%

    According to our own Survey, 89 percent of Brits said they had encountered rude drivers with bad habits and behaviour whilst on the road. Sadly, plenty of drivers show little remorse for their rudeness, with over a fifth (24 percent) stating that they have never regretted being rude behind the wheel. Many drivers appear to shift the blame from themselves too, with 36 percent admitting they’ve picked up their bad driving habits from other drivers.

    The Worst Driving Habits

    Every driver experiences moments of frustration and annoyance on the road – whether it’s warranted by others’ bad driving, or just as a result of a specific dislike they personally harbour. Lane hogging, anyone? 

    The top five worst habits, according to British drivers, are:

    Braking suddenly to scare the person behind you.


    Tailgating someone on purpose because they drive too slow.


    Not pulling over for emergency service vehicles.


    Overtaking and then going slowly.

    Throwing rubbish out of the window.

    54 percent of respondents admitted to committing at least one of the acts mentioned above whilst driving. Due to other road users’ bad behaviours, 21 percent of the survey respondents claimed they have taken a break from drivin

    What Do the Experts Say?

    Andy Moody, Founder and Managing Director of GoShorty, said:“Our research reveals that many drivers are experiencing road rage, as both perpetrators and victims of rude, antisocial behaviour on the roads – which clearly isn’t good for anyone. The revelation that this is actually learned behaviour is also concerning, particularly as it is then dissuading people from driving because of their past experiences with rude road users. 

    “It might not offer a complete solution to policing the UK’s anger issue, but our short-term insurance gives drivers the freedom to borrow friends’ or family members’ vehicles, actually encouraging better behaviour amongst drivers. 78 percent of the Brits we surveyed said that they’re more likely to show respect to other drivers and avoid any rude behaviour if they’re behind the wheel of a borrowed car!“

    With the help of short-term car insurance, we may be able to lessen the amount of vehicles on the road, whilst also reducing the amount of time each driver spends behind the wheel. Hopefully lessening the rising road rage the roads of the UK are becoming home to.

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  3. UK Car Essentials – What do you need to keep in your car?

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    Owning a car can be an expensive thing to do. With many cars, something new seems to go wrong every month. You can’t always predict what is likely to go wrong, but you can prepare yourself and the car for when it does. Keeping a few car essentials in your vehicle can help you be ready for most eventualities.


    One of the hardest things to predict is the easiest thing to prepare for. If you get a puncture, or your tyre bursts entirely, you could be left stranded for a long time on the side of the road. Preparing for any eventualities gives you the confidence that you will be ready if the time comes.

    Many cars come with a spare tyre, or with a tyre repair kit. However, you should not assume that your spare is suitable, or will even fit your car. Familiarise yourself with how to change a tyre, or with how to use your repair kit. Make sure that you also have all of the appropriate kit you need. If you need a tyre jack, then ensure that you have the correct equipment.


    You can’t always predict a flat tyre. However, you can prepare your tyres, and try to keep them in a state that lessens the risk of getting a flat tyre. Essential to this is keeping your tyres correctly inflated. Keeping your tyres either too inflated or not inflated enough can cause damage.

    Make sure that you keep a tyre pressure gauge / foot pump in your car. Somewhere on your car, usually inside the door, your car is likely to have a sticker indicating the correct pressure levels. Keep your tyres at the right level of pressure, and you could reduce your chances of needing the spare.


    It can be tempting to assume that you can look up anything you need to know on your phone. After all, a quick Google search always seems to turn up the answers you are looking for. However, this is not always the case. If something goes wrong with your car, a Google search will often not show up the answer you need. Equally, if you are in a remote area, or your phone is out of battery, you might not even be able to access the internet.

    If you keep your car’s manual with you in the car, you will always have access to the answers you need. Sometimes the oldest ways of solving problems are still the best.


    If you break down, you need to be prepared. While you are unlikely to break down, you can prepare to make the process easier, in case you do. There are not the same regulations about breaking down in the UK that there are in some other European countries. However, while they are not regulations, it is often worth following the same guidelines.

    Wearing a Hi-Vis jacket when you break down can be the difference between another motorist seeing you in advance, and you having a serious accident. Equally, warning triangles can alert approaching traffic that you have broken down ahead.


    Satellite Navigation seems to have entirely defeated the traditional paper map. After all, how often do you break out the road atlas when you are trying to plot a route? However, using your phone or a sat nav system is not always possible. If you get caught out in the countryside and you have no signal, or you run out of power, technology might not be the best way out of your difficulty.

    Keeping a traditional paper Road Atlas in your car doesn’t take up much space. However, an atlas can help you out regardless of where you are – and it never runs out of battery.


    You cannot prepare for everything. No matter how many car essentials you have prepared, sometimes you are going to have an accident, and there isn’t much you can do about it. That’s where your insurance comes in. While you are only required to have third party insurance, it is always worth having a higher level of cover. Short term car insurance from GoShorty is fully comprehensive. That means that if you have an accident, your insurance will cover damage that your car suffers.

    Temporary car insurance from GoShorty can cover you from 1 hour to 28 days. That means that you only need to get cover for the time that you need, and not waste money insuring a car when you don’t need it.

    Get a temporary insurance quote today, and see how much you could save.

  4. Five Easy Ways to Save Money When you Drive

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    Running a car is an expensive process. While electric cars might offer a cheaper future, most people still use traditional cars that use fossil fuels. Traditional fuels are getting more and more expensive for most drivers – along with the associated costs of owning a car, like insurance and tax. All of this means that drivers all across the country are looking for ways to save money when they drive. Here are five easy ways to save money on your driving costs.

    Drive Sensibly

    One of the easiest ways to save money on your car is to change how you drive. Different ways of driving use more or less fuel. Driving smoothly – not speeding up, slowing down or changing gear too quickly – is an effective way to use less fuel.

    Going slower is also an easy way to use less fuel and save money. Generally, the speed limit is a good measure. While you should be sticking to the speed limit anyway, going at 70mph rather than 60mph uses 9% more fuel. Going 80mph (even on the motorway) uses 25% more fuel than going 70mph.

    Care for your Car

    Cars that are not maintained tend to use more fuel than those that are kept well looked after. Make sure that you service your car every year. Minor issues with engines or valves can contribute to inefficient use of fuel, and as a result, higher costs.

    You should also make sure that your tyres are all in top condition. If any of your tyres have damage, an incorrect tread depth, or are incorrectly inflated, then you will have a correspondingly worse fuel efficiency. Defective or damaged tyres cost you money.

    Carry Less

    Everything you put on or in your car is weighing it down. Heavier cars go slower, and use more fuel. An estimated extra 50kg of fuel makes a car 1-2% less fuel efficient. This sort of weight is easy to achieve in a car. Attachments to your car that should be temporary are easy to forget about. Roof bars and cycle racks should be removed when not being used, as they are heavy.

    Shop Around

    Fuel costs can vary wildly between different areas, and different petrol stations. Finding the best deals in your local area is an easy way to reduce your potential driving costs. Generally, fuel from supermarkets is cheaper than from both chain and independent petrol stations. It is also often possible to get vouchers for cheaper fuel when you shop at the same supermarket.

    Drive Less

    Perhaps the easiest way to save money when you drive is to use your car less. This might sound counterproductive, but you should start to ask yourself if you need to drive everywhere. If you can walk or cycle to a nearby destination, you should do. Equally, if it is possible for you to split a journey with a friend or neighbour, car sharing can be a great way to save money.

    Insurance from GoShorty

    Temporary Car Insurance from GoShorty is perfect for saving money. If you only use a car occasionally, you don’t need to be insured for the whole year. Save money all year round by only paying for short term car insurance when you need it. If you share a car, or borrow a car from a friend or relative, you can insure yourself for between 1 hour and 28 days when you need to use it.

    Get a temporary insurance quote today, and see how much you could save on your car insurance with temporary cover from GoShorty.