Tint Your Car Windows For World Energy Conservation Day

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Q: How can tinting your car windows help to conserve energy?

A: In the summer, window tint can block between around 35-65% of the solar heat that builds up in a car, depending on the grade of the tint. This in turn helps to stop the car from overheating, which then reduces air conditioning overuse and excessive fuel consumption.

In the colder winter months, car tinted windows help retain heat by stopping it from escaping through the windows. This means less need for high levels of heating, which again helps to reduce fuel consumption.

For a wide range of pre-cut car window tinting kits, visit www.window-tint.co.uk.


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The New Aston Martin Vantage: 5 Facts


1)  The car has a 0-60mph time of 3.6 seconds and is able to reach a whopping 195mph.

2)  The Vantage was inspired by the Aston Martin Vulcan Рthe track-only supercar.

3) ¬†James Bond’s car in the film Spectre was based on this new model.

4) ¬†Aston calls the Vantage look as ‘predatory’.

5)  The car would cost you just over £120,000.

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Mercedes-Benz Safety Issue

m-b2Mercedes-Benz cars are being recalled due to a potential safety issue with the airbags. In the UK around 400,000 cars are affected, and around 495,000 in the USA.

A spokesperson for Mercedes-Benz stated that there would only be a safety issue in certain vehicles ¬†in “rare circumstances” and that the cars are safe to drive as normal. However, if the airbag warning light should come on, drivers should seek assistance straight away.

The safety issue is said to affect certain A,B,C and E-class models, and CLA, GLA and GLC vehicles built between November 2011 and July 2017.

Mercedes-Benz have said that they will contact all affected customers to ask them to bring their vehicle in so that they can solve the problem, which will only take an hour to perform and will be free of charge.

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Do roadworks drive you mad? There could be some good news!


It has been announced that the Department for Transport have outlined proposals in which utility companies could be charged by the hour when undertaking roadworks. This attempt to reduce unnecessary delays will be good news for many UK motorists who find themselves regularly inconvenienced by roadworks.

It is also hoped that going forward the different utility companies will work together to achieve as minimum disruption as possible to motorists, rather than all working on the roads at different times.  For many of us there is nothing more frustrating than a company completing one set of roadworks, only for another company to come along and dig up the same roads again just a few weeks later.

Trials have already taken place in London and Kent, where motorists have seen delays caused by roadworks drop significantly.

And it’s also good news for the UK economy, as roadworks carried out in the UK have been shown to cost around 4 billion pounds in terms of lost productivity, delays and rising business costs.

What do you think of the proposals? Do you think that they will work?

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Speed cameras and fines


You will usually know¬†if you’ve been caught by a speed camera as it will emit two bright flashes as you drive by. And there is also something called an average speed camera system which consists of a series of CCTV-style cameras that record your car registration as you pass. The system then calculates how fast you’ve been travelling between each camera and from this works out your average speed. Beware – if it’s above the speed limit, it’s going to cost you.

From 2017, speeding fines have increased. The minimum fine for speeding is £100, though it could be up to a whopping £2500 if you are caught significantly speeding on the motorway and you find yourself having to go to court.

The three main ‘bands’ of speeding are now:

BAND A – this is the lowest level of speeding, for which you can expect to be fined around 50% of your weekly income. An example would be driving between 21mph and 30mp in a 20mph zone.

BAND B – this is for more serious cases of speeding, where you could pay a fine of 100% of your weekly income. For example, if you were driving 31mph to 40mph in a 20mph zone.

BAND C – this is for the most extreme cases of speeding, and for which you could pay a fine of 150% of your weekly income. An example would be driving 41mph or above in a 20mph zone.

It’s important to remember that there is a degree of flexibility in terms of the fines, depending on exceptional circumstances such as a genuine emergency. There are also speed awareness courses which are usually offered as an alternative. ¬†Although you can’t appeal a fine, there is the option to reject it in which case you’d go to court instead. However, we would advise to avoid this if at all possible as it can be a difficult and costly route to take.



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Virgo Traits – Sound Familiar?

It’s the first day of the Virgo star sign. So what are the most common traits of a Virgo? Do you recognise any of the below in any of your family or friends? Tag someone who comes to mind!


Positive Traits

#1   Loyal

#2   Kind

#3   Hardworking

#4   Practical

#5   Responsible

Negative Traits

#1   Worrying

#2   Overly critical

#3   Stubborn

#4   Pessimistic

#5   Materialistic

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Car finance companies using ‘kill switches’ to immobilise vehicles


Car finance companies now have the power to immobilise cars using a ‘kill switch’ if the customer does not make their monthly payments. The controversial immobilisers are a GPS device in the form of a small black box that is installed behind the dashboard of the car. They are said to be generally offered to customers with poor credit ratings.

Each month when a driver makes their monthly payment to the car finance company, a code is given to them to enter into the device. This will enable the car to keep on running. If they don’t pay, they don’t receive a code and the car will not start.

Many have pointed out that this is irresponsible and also potentially dangerous, as it could leave drivers stranded and vunerable. Graham Hill from the National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers has also raised the issue of the legality of the devices. The Financial Conduct Authority is yet to confirm whether the immobilisers are under their investigation.

However, the Car Finance Company who fits the immobilisers claimed that the devices actually helped customers by reminding them when their payments were due. The company also said that they could provide an emergency code so that the driver was able to move their vehicle to a safe and secure location before being disabled.

What do you think? Are these immobilisers a good idea or are they ruthless and exploitative?

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Car Servicing – Is Your Location On The List?


Car servicing and MOT prices can greatly fluctuate depending on whereabouts you live in the country, sometimes up to a massive 42%.

According to comparison site MyCarNeedsA.com, the most expensive geographical locations and their average service costs are:

South West London Р£195
Leicester Р£187
Portsmouth – 186
Bristol Р£180
Nottingham Р£176
Dartford Р£170
Wigan Р£170
Bradford Р£170
Preston Р£170
Crewe Р£170

The cheapest geographical locations and their average service pricings are:

Stoke-On-Trent Р£113
Walsall Р£117
Doncaster Р£127
Coventry Р£127
Swansea Р£129
Derby Р£129
Birmingham Р£129
Manchester Р£129
Stockport Р£129
Oldham Р£129

We’d advise getting several quotes for a car service and MOT no matter where you live in the country, as obviously prices can also fluctuate between dealers and garages in a particular area.



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Leo Traits – Sound Familiar?

It’s the first day of the Leo star sign. So what are the most common traits of a Leo? Do you recognise any of the below in any of your Leo family or friends? Which one is most familiar? Tag someone who comes to mind!


Positive traits

#1   Warm and kind

#2   Energetic

#3   Optimistic

#4   Loyal

#5   Straightforward

Negative traits

#1   Opinionated

#2   Stubborn

#3   Egoistic

#4   Arrogant

#5   Impatient


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A Guide To Hiring A Car On Holiday


We’ve put together some tips to consider before hiring a car on holiday. Failure to prepare could mean a lot of stress and extra cost, so read on to ensure you get the best deal on your holiday car hire this year.

  • If you want to avoid unnecessary stress and additional cost, the most important point is to plan ahead and book early. Instead of leaving the car hire until the last minute, leave yourself plenty of time to shop around and to research the best deals.
  • Compare prices and deals using comparison sites such as www.travelsupermarket.com. Check what is included in the price, and be careful as the lowest price doesn’t always necessarily mean the best deal. Take the time to read thoroughly through the extras and small print as some companies will have certain requirements such as returning the car full of petrol.
  • Before you leave home, remember to take the driving licences of anyone who will be driving the hire car. The more drivers that you add to your policy, the higher the cost will be. As the green paper section of the driving licence was axed in 2015, be sure to obtain a code from the DVLA that will enable the car hire company to check your details online before you leave home. You will also need a credit card for an initial deposit upfront.
  • Be vigilant about insurance as you won’t necessarily need the most expensive excess cover that the car hire company offers you – you may well be able to get the same amount of cover much cheaper elsewhere, so make sure you shop around.
  • Before you take the car, check the car carefully for any damage and make sure that it matches the inspection sheet. If it doesn’t, get the discrepancy marked and signed on the sheet by an employee of the car hire company, preferably in front of a witness. It’s also a good idea to take some photos on your phone of the car before you take it, and check that the time and date of the photos have also been recorded.
  • After you’ve returned the car, keep hold of the paperwork. It has been known for car hire companies to charge you more at a later date. Keep an eye on your credit card statements, and if there are any issues contact the company immediately, asking for proof of any issues or damage that they are claiming.

Follow these guidelines above and you’re sure to have a relaxing and stress-free holiday. Hopefully you’ll also have saved a bit of cash to enjoy spending while you are away!

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