I'm a journalist covering motoring, personal finance and lifestyle topics. I write for a wide range of magazines and newspapers including Good Housekeeping, Saga, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and Woman's Weekly.

My books The Girls' Guide to Losing your L Plates - how to pass your driving test and The Girls' Car Handbook are both published by Simon and Schuster, and aim to give a lively, well-informed, female-friendly take on motoring matters. I am a member of The Guild of Motoring Writers.

I also comment on motoring topics in the media. I've appeared on BBC Breakfast news, ITN, Sky, Good Morning Britain, Radio 4/You and Yours, The Today Programme, the BBC World Service and BBC General News Service (GNS) and  carried out over 1,300 radio interviews.

2017 Guild of Motoring/AA Campaigning Journalist of the Year/ Highly Commended  

2018 Newspress Awards/Automotive Feature Writer of the Year/ Highly Commended 

Vuelio Journalist spotlight - Maria McCarthy

SoundCloud - Radio interviews 

Maria McCarthy - voice reel Radio 4/You and Yours/Radio 5 Live

Maria McCarthy - BBC Radio London/Chat with Robert Elms about learning to drive in London

Maria McCarthy - BBC Radio 4/You and Yours - young learner drivers

Maria McCarthy - BBC Radio 5 Live/ talking about VW emissions scandal