The MOT is an important legal document your car needs to have in order to drive safely and legally. The MOT test checks your car for particular areas of wear and tear as well as the emissions and other driving related things. Any cars or vans which are at least 3 years old are required to have an up to date MOT every year to prove that they are in good working order. Some of the things which are checked include brakes, tyres, lights, washers and general wear. If a car is found to not have a valid MOT, the driver can be liable for an on the spot fine! Many police vehicles have automatic numberplate recognition devices which can instantly spot if a car is up to date with its MOT.
Packing for a business trip takes a little planning and thought. Know exactly where you are going and what you will be doing, take only what you need and remember, less is more! Step 1: Get your itnerary sorted. Have a folder prepared with your travel documents, any important contact numbers (such as the airline, hotel, car rental etc) as well as some plans for non business activities such as sight seeing opportunities. Step 2: Prepare your things. Make sure your passport is well in date, that you have the right cash on you and if you are using carry on luggage, make sure you have travel sized toiletries! There are strict rules about what liquids you can take within your carry on luggage, so be prepared. Step 3: Packing time. Allow one pair of underwear and socks per day, and pack an additional pair of shoes for non-business activities. Colour co-ordinate your shirts and bottoms and take one less item than you think you need.
Winter is fast approaching, and with it comes an increased risk of accidents on the road! There are steps we can all take to ensure our cars and vans are prepared for driving in wintery conditions, so read on to find out how you can ensure you are ready for the upcoming colder weather. The first thing to do is ensure your car has the right levels of fluids – we are talking oil, engine coolant and fuel. Many motorists fail to check their levels when they travel, and this can lead to break downs and accidents. Breaking down in the winter is no laughing matter, as sitting on the side of the road in the dark can be very dangerous! Tyres are next on the list. Ensure your tyres are pumped up to the right pressure level (you can do this yourself or get a garage to help you if you aren’t sure). Most cars have the tyre pressures printed inside the fuel door, or at least in the manual, so check if you don’t know which pressure you are meant to be using. Sometimes it depends on the nature of your driving.