Maria McCarthy

GBS Maria McCarthy

Maria McCarthy is a member of The Guild of Motoring Writers and author of The Girls' Guide to Losing Your L Plates – How to Pass Your Driving Test and The Girls' Car Handbook - Everything You Need to Know about Life on the Road, both published by Simon and Schuster.

She also lectures in freelance journalism at Bristol University and on the Motoring Journalism course at Cardiff University.

Her books and articles have featured in a wide range of national newspapers, magazines and websites including The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, The Daily Mail, The Daily Mirror, The Sunday Express, The Evening Standard, Metro, MSN Cars,, Closer, Company, Look, Woman and Home, Good Housekeeping, Prima, Star, and OK!

Maria is a regular commentator on motoring matters on BBC Breakfast News, GMTV, Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour. She has contributed to Jeremy Vine's lunchtime show, Chris Evans' drive time and Stuart Maconie's afternoon shows on Radio 2, The Car Guys slot on Ian Collins' Talksport Show, Robert Elms' and Vanessa Feltz's BBC London radio shows and carried out numerous interviews on local BBC stations.

What the audiences say:

You were the first name suggested - so it's safe to say we hold you in high regard.”


“Maria is lively, reliable and very well-informed on motoring issues. We love having her on the show.”

Annie Martin, producer, BBC Radio Wiltshire

“What Maria McCarthy doesn't know about the driving test isn't worth knowing.”

Charlie Crocker, presenter, Radio Solent

“Maria was brilliant and the feedback from some of the radio stations was really positive as well.”

Churchill Insurance

“Very interesting and funny.”

Ian Collins, The Car Guys slot on Talksport

“A big thank you to Maria for being our spokesperson for the Diamond Women and their Cars campaign. Maria's knowledge was second to none, she really brought the research to life and all the radio interviews went really well.”

Admiral Group

“In terms of feedback, Maria was fantastic. A real pro who came across very well in interviews and understood exactly what Gumtree needed to get out of the day. She proved a good draw for the media and I’d recommend her in a second!”

3 Monkeys PR

“Maria was a pleasure to work with on the radio day. She did an excellent job for Privilege, and in some of the interviews really made me laugh - so a very engaging spokesperson talking on what can be a very dry subject area!”

Direct Line Car Insurance

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