Those looking to get back on the road have been given a helping hand as the cheapest cars to insure have been named.
Lockdown measures are easing somewhat, with many drivers keen to get back behind the wheel.
Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, huge changes to our way of life have been introduced as part of efforts to reduce the risk of infection.
Some people are wary of using public transport, particularly with the wearing of masks becoming compulsory, making getting behind the wheel of a private vehicle seem more desirable.
AA Cars searches for used cars surge 90% in June, when compared to the beginning of lockdown, reports the Mirror.
But the price you pay up front is only part of the consideration – with the annual insurance bill also adding to the costs.
Clare Egan, from car insurer Admiral, said: “It can be expensive to get on the road and there are a lot of costs to consider. From the price of fuel, to car insurance and making sure your vehicle is serviced and has valid road tax – it all adds up."
So, to help people, Admiral took a look at its database to see which cars cost people the least to insure.
Egan added: "The good news is they vary in styles and size so some of the cars may suit a single person or couple, whereas others will be ideal for a family of five who need more space."
These are the vehicles costing people the least:
- Mazda MX-5 – £334.12 average premium
- Fiat 500c – £346.37 average premium
- Volkswagen California – £356.85 average premium
- Dacia Logan – £357.63 average premium
- Volkswagen Up! – £365.14 average premium
- Seat MII – £368.75 average premium
- Seat Arona – £383.62 average premium
- Skoda Citigo – £385.65 average premium
- Skoda Yeti – £388.67 average premium
- Landrover 90 – £389.53 average premium
Admiral also had some advice for people getting back into driving after a while without sitting behind the wheel – whether it's a result of lockdown or you've just not had a car recently.
Egan said: "If you’ve been out of driving practice for a while, it’s important to make sure you are confident and comfortable being back behind the wheel.
"Practicing manoeuvres such as parking and reversing in open spaces like car parks could help increase your confidence before you get back on the roads again.”
Admiral’s tips for getting back on the road are as follows:
- Concentrate – it sounds obvious, but try to avoid distractions
- If you lack confidence getting back behind the wheel, practice manoeuvres in a quiet car park
- Keep your mobile phone out of sight and on silent to avoid distracting alerts or ringing
- Plan your route before you set off if it’s unfamiliar
- Don’t be afraid to ask passengers to behave or be quiet if they’re distracting you
- Avoid eating and drinking whilst driving
- If you need a break find a safe place to pull over and take a rest