Tristan Shale-Hester

Tristan began his career in motoring journalism at the age of just 18 and has written automotive content for numerous publications, including the Press Association, Car Dealer Magazine, and AOL among others. His role as consumer reporter at Auto Express allows him to write news and features on matters of importance to motorists. Tristan also curates the Inbox and Q&A sections of Auto Express, sharing opinions and answering questions from the readers of Britain’s favourite weekly car magazine.

International driving permit: do you need one?
BMW M235i 2014 side desert
Driving abroad

International driving permit: do you need one?

Check out the post-Brexit rules and apply for an International Driving Permit for other countries
20 Jan 2021
BMW, Mercedes and Tesla owners could be at risk of higher insurance premiums
bmw x5 m50d tracking front
News

BMW, Mercedes and Tesla owners could be at risk of higher insurance premiums

Raw, uncapped insurance group rating data could be used by insurers to increase premiums on various high-end cars
19 Jan 2021
Coroner calls for smart motorway review following M1 deaths
smart motorway
News

Coroner calls for smart motorway review following M1 deaths

The deaths of two men in a smart motorway collision could have been avoided if there had been a hard shoulder, coroner rules
19 Jan 2021
Councils to get new powers to issue fines for traffic offences
Box junction
Consumer news

Councils to get new powers to issue fines for traffic offences

Local authorities will be able to fine drivers who commit moving traffic contraventions under legislation being drawn up
18 Jan 2021
Councils rake in millions from parking fines
Parking ticket machine
News

Councils rake in millions from parking fines

Local authorities take an average of £850,000 a year from parking fines, with some councils bringing in 10 times that amount
18 Jan 2021
Local Councils to install only 35 on-street EV chargers each by 2025
Electric car charging
News

Local Councils to install only 35 on-street EV chargers each by 2025

Up to 126 local councils across the UK have no plans to install any on-street charging in the next four years
18 Jan 2021
Car colours: grey is the UK’s favourite again in 2020
Skoda Colour Concept system april fool
News

Car colours: grey is the UK’s favourite again in 2020

Nearly a quarter of new cars registered in 2020 were grey, while black and white took second and third places respectively
15 Jan 2021

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Current car usage at similar levels to May 2020 despite lockdown
Traffic
News

Current car usage at similar levels to May 2020 despite lockdown

New data suggests 10 per cent more cars are being used in the UK now than during the first lockdown in March 2020
13 Jan 2021
What is a car insurance 'green card' and do you need one post-Brexit?
GB sticker
Tips & advice

What is a car insurance 'green card' and do you need one post-Brexit?

Now the UK has left the EU, motorists need a car insurance 'green card' to drive in Europe – here’s how you can apply
13 Jan 2021
Driving in Europe after Brexit: everything you need to know
UK & EU flags
Tips & advice

Driving in Europe after Brexit: everything you need to know

Brexit will impact UK motorists driving in EU countries in a number of ways; our guide sets out the changes
13 Jan 2021
Most dangerous day to drive in the UK revealed
News

Most dangerous day to drive in the UK revealed

Chances of having an accident on UK roads vary by a staggering 275 per cent from the least to most dangerous days of the year
11 Jan 2021
Can I buy a car during the Covid-19 lockdown?
Coronavirus

Can I buy a car during the Covid-19 lockdown?

National lockdowns in all four parts of UK keep car dealers closed, but here’s how you can still buy a new or used car
5 Jan 2021
Can I drive my car during the Covid-19 lockdown?
Speed limit to be cut to 60mph on M1
Tips & advice

Can I drive my car during the Covid-19 lockdown?

England is in lockdown for the third time, with the rest of the UK employing similarly drastic measures - what does this mean for drivers?
5 Jan 2021
Covid-19: what it means for motorists and the car industry
News

Covid-19: what it means for motorists and the car industry

Everything you need to know about how Covid-19 affects cars, motorists and the car industry in the UK
5 Jan 2021
Driverless car users may not be liable in accidents
Jaguar Land Rover autonomous testing - static
Consumer news

Driverless car users may not be liable in accidents

Law Commission proposes motorists in driverless cars should be renamed “users in charge” as part of “no-blame culture”
18 Dec 2020
Storing a car: how to lay up a car for the long term
Hibernation feature - car cover
Tips & advice

Storing a car: how to lay up a car for the long term

Most of us won’t be using our cars very much, if at all, in the coming weeks and months - here’s how you should prepare to keep your car in tip-top co…
16 Dec 2020
Smart motorways explained
M6 motorway traffic
Consumer news

Smart motorways explained

Smart motorways are meant to be a cost-effective way of increasing road capacity, but they’ve made headlines for the wrong reasons
16 Dec 2020
New van safety ratings reveal ‘alarming’ lack of safety tech
News

New van safety ratings reveal ‘alarming’ lack of safety tech

Euro NCAP urges manufacturers to address the lack of advanced driver assistance features in vans compared to cars
16 Dec 2020
New £3.50 charge to drive into Greater London considered
News

New £3.50 charge to drive into Greater London considered

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan looks for ways to raise extra £500 million a year amid Transport for London’s financial woes
14 Dec 2020
Warning: scam emails, texts and calls targeting motorists rise 600%
News

Warning: scam emails, texts and calls targeting motorists rise 600%

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency has released images of common scam emails, as fraud reports skyrocket 600 per cent
14 Dec 2020
Drivers planning 13m Christmas journeys despite Covid-19
News

Drivers planning 13m Christmas journeys despite Covid-19

Millions of UK drivers will still visit friends and family during the Christmas travel window, although a fifth won’t due to Covid-19
11 Dec 2020
Drink-driving conviction can cost £70,000
News

Drink-driving conviction can cost £70,000

As Christmas approaches, IAM Roadsmart warns the personal financial cost of a drink-driving conviction can be £70,000
9 Dec 2020
Just 5% of mechanics can work on electric cars
BMW i3 in factory
Electric cars

Just 5% of mechanics can work on electric cars

Vast majority of mechanics are not yet qualified to work on EVs as 2030 deadline looms, experts warn
8 Dec 2020
New police speed camera can catch drivers from 750 metres away
News

New police speed camera can catch drivers from 750 metres away

TruCam II speed guns cost around £10,000 each and feature both a night mode and an auto-focus function
8 Dec 2020
Goodwood Festival of Speed, Revival, and Members’ Meeting to go ahead in 2021
News

Goodwood Festival of Speed, Revival, and Members’ Meeting to go ahead in 2021

All three of Goodwood’s flagship motorsport events are set to take place next year, having been cancelled in 2020 due to Covid-19
3 Dec 2020
Worst towns and cities for catalytic converter thefts revealed
Mazda RX-8 catalytic converter
News

Worst towns and cities for catalytic converter thefts revealed

Catalytic converter thefts rose six-fold between 2019 and 2020, with the biggest increases in Warrington, Wolverhampton and Coventry
30 Nov 2020
Cheapest and most expensive cities to insure a car revealed
News

Cheapest and most expensive cities to insure a car revealed

Liverpool is the most expensive major UK city for car insurance, while Aberdeen is the cheapest
24 Nov 2020
Treasury eyes up road pricing to plug £30bn fuel-duty gap
News

Treasury eyes up road pricing to plug £30bn fuel-duty gap

The UK’s Petrol and diesel car ban will bring with it huge losses for the Treasury as fuel-duty revenue dries up; road pricing looks set to be the sol…
17 Nov 2020
Crackdown coming on illegal number plate trade
News

Crackdown coming on illegal number plate trade

Criminal gangs exploiting “wild west” number plate trade to clone vehicles and evade police, Government surveillance expert warns
9 Nov 2020
Proposed Highway Code changes face criticism from motorists
M6 motorway traffic
News

Proposed Highway Code changes face criticism from motorists

Fears proposed updates to Highway Code could increase conflict between road users and reduce safety of cyclists and pedestrians
9 Nov 2020
Electric vehicles make up just one per cent of Department for Transport fleet
Electric cars

Electric vehicles make up just one per cent of Department for Transport fleet

Only 22 of the 1,860 vehicles in the Department for Transport’s fleet are fully electric, new data reveals
28 Oct 2020
Fewer than half of UK drivers know the rules of smart motorways
News

Fewer than half of UK drivers know the rules of smart motorways

Research also shows a quarter of drivers don’t know what a smart motorway is; motoring groups call for increased public awareness
28 Oct 2020
Roadside breathalyser tests at lowest level for 18 years
Breathalyser test drink driving
News

Roadside breathalyser tests at lowest level for 18 years

Police in England and Wales conducted just 285,380 roadside breath tests in 2019 - down 40.74 per cent since 2002
27 Oct 2020
Pester power from kids pushes parents towards electric cars
News

Pester power from kids pushes parents towards electric cars

More than half of UK children want their parents to make the switch to an electrified car
27 Oct 2020