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Martin Lewis advice: Money Saving Expert reveals ways drivers can make massive savings


Martin Lewis has issued key advice on everything from car insurance discounts to declaring your car as off the road. He has also advised motorists on how to switch insurance providers for less and avoid heavy fines from a simple driving licence mistake. 

Cancellation and adjustment fees have been waived by many car insurance firms to help motorists who have been affected by the pandemic. 

However, motorists could use that to their advantage by switching providers to secure better deals. 

Mr Lewis urged drivers to check big insurers for special deals which may not appear straight away on price comparison sites. 

Save on car insurance and tax payments 

Applying for a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) means motorists can take their car off the road and will not need to pay car insurance or car tax charges, 

Martin Lewis revealed road users “could save cash” by applying for a SORN but warned motorists would not be covered in the event of any damage. 

He also suggested it could be a “faff” for a small saving unless motorists were considering not using their car music after lockdown. 

He said: “The difficulty is we don’t know how long lockdown will last. If it’s just weeks, this’d be a faff for a small saving. 

“Yet if you don’t think you’ll drive much anyway even when the rules relax, then, for example, if you’ve two cars and are only likely to use one, it could save you cash. 

“Though do remember if you’ve no car insurance, your car isn’t covered for damage or theft.”

Avoid fines with driving licence error

In his latest advice to motorists Mr Lewis has urged road users to check their DVLA driving licence for one simple error. 

The DVSA has extended photocards for those due to expire between 1 February and 31 August. 

However, cards set to expire before these dates are illegal and could see motorists fined. 

Mr Lewis has warned 2.3 million motorists could have failed to update photos on their driving licences and could risk being charged. 

He said: “Licences last for a long time but the photo is only valid for 10 years and 2.3million of them are out of date. 

“You check by going to the 4b number, this one here ends May 2020 so this is out of date. 

“If your photocard lapsed or lapses between 1 February or 31 August then they are automatically adding seven moments so you don’t need to renew it. 

“If it lapsed before then when you check and find out I’d get on and renew it because if you get stopped by police while driving it can be a problem.”


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