Swerving the Plights of Being a Car Owner

As a car owner, you will probably be able to attest to the fact that although you wouldn’t be able to live without your car, it doesn’t half cause you a lot of trouble sometimes. You can probably attest to the fact that it is forever burning a hole in your pocket. You can probably even attest to the fact that it angers you from time to time. But, however annoying these plights of car ownership may be, there are always ways to swerve them. Read on to find out how.



Get more out of your petrol and diesel


The biggest bane of your car owning and driving life is probably the fact that you are seemingly forever at the gas station. You probably feel as if you are constantly refueling, and shedding out on fuel whilst you do so. However, you can swerve the plight that is filling up your tank far too frequently by simply doing things to get more out of your petrol and diesel. These kinds of fuel saving tips include trying not to drive in the rush hour, closing the windows (when it’s cool enough to do so) and removing any roof rack you may on top your vehicle. Once you do these sorts of things, you’ll be amazed at just how little you have to go to the petrol station. Once you do these sorts of things, you may even find that the weekly trip to the petrol station turns into a bi-weekly trip.

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Get the cheapest insurance quote possible


That time when your car insurance is up for renewal is one of the most stressful times of the year, right? It’s a time when the pressure is on to find insurance before your current one runs out. It’s a time where endless amounts of form filling takes place, which each form asking the exact the same questions: your name, your address, your average annual driving tendencies. It’s a time when insurance companies will inundate you with calls, emails and messages as they try to lure you into their corner. And it’s a time when a shed load of money goes out. But the latter, the fact that a lot of money is spent on insurance, need not necessarily be a plight any longer. Getting a cheap insurance quote that is exactly the right amount of insurance coverage for your car is easier than it may seem. You just have to be willing to put your homework in and try out various companies. You just have to know not to ignore local and regional insurance companies just because you’d prefer to use one of the ‘big boys’. And you must never accept a quote that is offered to you just like that; you should attempt to haggle it down on the phone. For more advice on how to cut down on your car insurance the next time it is up for renewal, click here.

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There are many more plights of being a car owner; one is having to deal with bouts of road rage. However, advice on how to deal with that one safely is best left for another time and another article. For now, just focus on doing all you can to cut down on those trips to the gas station and to cut down on the expenses you pay out for car insurance.

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Stay Safe During Your Workout With These Simple Pieces Of Advice

Staying active is one of the very best ways that you can go about being healthier and happier in life. Not only does it help you lose weight, keep away certain medical conditions, and improve your overall health, but it’s been shown that exercise can improve your general levels of happiness overall as well. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t sometimes a downside to it as well. As with just about anything, there are ways in which working out could potentially put your health at risk. This is usually because of someone making bad choices or ignoring sound advice. In order to make sure that you don’t fall into this situation, here are a few ways that you can make sure that you’re always safe when you’re working out.


Watch your form

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Many of the most common workout injuries come from people having bad form during their exercises. Bad form can result in pulled muscles or something much worse. Many of the injuries that come from this can have some pretty serious long lasting consequence as well. In order to avoid this, make sure that you’re always focusing on your form during any strenuous exercise. If you have the budget for it, then you may well want to try hiring a personal trainer who can help you maintain your form and work out in a way that keeps your body safe as well as maximizing its effectiveness.


Get the right gear


The right workout gear can make a surprising amount of difference to how well your body responds to the strain of exercise. Marathon runners have been sporting things like compression socks for years, but a lot of people assume that you only really need the right gear when you’re working out at a serious level. However, no matter what level you’re at, the right gear can be the thing that stands between you and a nasty injury. Things like specific workout shoes and designed to distribute the weight of your foot evenly and reduce the impact when you’re running or walking. These things might not seem like much, but they can really make a difference in the long run.


Don’t overdo it

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Exercise can be surprisingly addictive. Not only do you get a pretty amazing rush from it when you’re done, but the results can be pretty intoxicating too. Because of this a lot of people keep trying to push themselves harder and harder to achieve better and better results. While it’s good to push yourself, it’s very possible to go too far with it. Over exercising can be as dangerous to your health as not exercising at all! Because of this, you need to make sure that you’re putting in rest days between your workouts, and that you’re never pushing yourself beyond your limit when you are working out. Again, hiring a personal trainer is great for this because they can help you come up with a dedicated workout plan and also let you know when you’re pushing yourself too hard and need to take a break for a while.

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Protect Your Business on All Fronts Now, You’ll Thank Yourself Later

Unfortunately, businesses always have been and always will be prime targets for criminals. Whether these be criminals that break into premises in the hope of finding and stealing goods. Or whether it be online criminals, such as hackers, that seek to steal valuable information via technology. There are criminals just waiting to prey on all businesses — both the young startups and the mature market leaders — everywhere. So, no matter what stage of its life your business is at, it’s now time to protect it and make it as secure as can be. If you don’t, then you will more than likely end up regretting the decision not to. Below are a few areas that you should target, and a few ways to make them secure.

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Change your locks


Changing your locks as soon you move your business into a new working premises is a must. It is must because, quite frankly, you can’t know for sure who has a set of keys for the current locks. The old occupants may seem like nice people, but can you really trust them not to use their keys to sneak into your new premises as soon as you’ve moved your valuable goods into it? And even if the old occupants have no such desires, who knows who they may have given access to the keys before. And who’s to say that these people won’t have had a spare pair of keys cut? You can never know who has access to the keys that unlock your building, and you can never know what they plan to do with them. So, whatever safety procedures you do put in place, remember that rekeying your business is must.



Strengthen your doors


Changing your locks strengthens your doors in a sense that it stops alien bodies unlocking them at will — but changing your locks doesn’t do the whole job. No, in the venture of securing your business’s property, you must be willing to have your doors strengthened as much as they can be. By doing so you will be doing all you can to thwart potential burglars and stop them from gaining access to the inside of your building. Make sure to check out these simple yet effective techniques when it comes to strengthening your doors.



Backup your files


Burglary doesn’t just occur in the physical realm of your workplace, however. No, it has the potential to take place on your technology too. In this day and age, hackers and the hacking they do is rife — this was evidenced earlier this year by the WannaCry hacking that made an international impact. There is no way to stop these hackers from trying to hack you as they are very skilled at concealing themselves and hiding their identity. You can, however, stop them from actually infiltrating your business’s technology by installing the very best antivirus and anti-hacker software. Better still, you should invest in backup disaster recovery. What this kind of software will do is offer you a solution when it comes to recovering any data that has been hacked. Also, it will offer you great ransomware protection; this will mean you won’t ever have to be forced to yield to the financial demands set upon you by hackers.



Not protecting your business on all fronts is a mistake that can land it and you in huge trouble. So, don’t be that business that loses everything just because they were too lazy to put safety procedures in place!

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Squeezing A Career Out Of A Work Life



A lot of people don’t really start thinking about how their current life is affecting their career until they’re already well and truly in a routine at work. Then, the trouble becomes that they might be kept so busy by that work life that it becomes hard to see their career. But you can still find the next step if you can’t see past all that paperwork.

See what your employer can offer

Perhaps you might like the industry you’re in. You just want a bit of progression or even a lateral move. If that’s the case, talk to your employer or your boss. Ask them about what other positions are opening, to keep you in mind, and see what kind of training or career development they have on offer. You need to be able to identify when your current job is getting into a rut and your bosses simply don’t care about investing in you. Otherwise, you might be stuck there waiting years for the golden opportunity that just isn’t coming.

Find education on your own terms

If they’re not offering anything at work, then what can you do? You can begin by getting an idea of a direction you want to move in. From there, it’s all about getting the education and training that can make the move real. In a busy schedule, most traditional options simply won’t fit with your schedule. But thanks to the internet, education on your schedule is becoming more and more freely available. You can find the pace that works with your job, whether it’s night classes from home or a weekly digest at the end of the week. There are few career-relevant skills that can’t be taught online anymore.

Focus on yourself, not the job

It’s easy to let your job define you. It’s what you spend a lot of your day doing. But that can make it hard to focus on selling yourself and your career. Branding your own skills and what you have to offer any company is important. Most important is thinking about the skills and achievements you’ve accomplished at work. It might all seem very common and mundane to you, but phrased right on a resume, it can be a lot more impactful. You just have to make it attractive and relevant to other employers.

Don’t push yourself to the brink

Remember to breathe. If you’re having trouble handling the career search as well as your job, then you have to beware. If you’re always feeling tired, becoming late for work more often, or finding it hard to switch off at night, you might be sacrificing too much for your career. Take it easy. So long as you’re making progress, you’re not wasting time.

Don’t let yourself get caught in the spiral of your work life keeping you from a career. Take the steps, whether internally or externally, to transform your work life and to make yourself a much better fit for the career that you want not the job that you have.

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Being There In Times Of Trouble

Whatever your role in life – brother, sister, father, mother, child, parent, friend or lover, you’ve got one key responsibility. You need to be there for the important people in your life through the highs – and through the lows. When money is tight, when they are sick, poorly or hurting, or when they are going through a rough patch in life – you need to be there for them through thick and thin and be the best friend, parent, or partner possible. The situations that we can all face are varied, so we’ll all get stuck in different mud throughout our lives – we don’t need to be an expert on all these situations, but preparing to be a helping hand in any situation that could occur will ensure you’re on hand to help, and be a good help at that.


One thing we must understand about offering help – or being on hand – is that people rarely ask for help. Some cultures don’t accept help at all. It might seem counterproductive, but sometimes you must do the right thing and find a way to help out without waiting for a request to be made to you. What can you do? Grabbing some supplies, walking their dog, feeding their fish – cooking them some nice dinner. There’s a lot of things that you can do for a friend that has a lot of impact, but are low effort. Not many people will come to you begging for help, but they might severely need your assistance. This can be a hard situation to judge, and it is deeply personal, so use your experience and knowledge of the person to know the right time to step in.


Sometimes you will need to perform quite serious actions to assist someone. Being there to help might mean speaking to a personal injury lawyer with the person in need, it might be assistance with legal matters like that. It could be health matters – you might need to attend appointments, or even drive the person there and back. It will differ on each situation, of course – but it goes without saying that sometimes, more serious forms of help are needed. This doesn’t mean the simple stuff can be left behind; it just means you’ll be required to do a lot more to be on hand and help. When someone needs help, their confidence might be shot – so you need to ensure you can step up to plate and be on hand to assist with serious matters.


Can financial matters be something you can help with? Certainly. However you must use your best judgment – whether the person in need means it or not – they can become dependant on financial aid. Ensure any financial help is limited and only in serious matters, because it could quickly drag you into a bad financial situation.


Regardless of the situation, the best thing you can do is simply be there. Be a light of guidance and a helping hand, and you’ll help someone get back on their feet in no time at all.

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Road Rage: Dealing With It Safely

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There is nothing better than driving on the open road, the beautiful scenery ahead and the wind in your hair. All seems fine until you notice the person in front is driving at ten miles an hour, or you see somebody talking on their cell phone. Suddenly your calm and serenity disappear, replaced by feelings of frustration as you angrily beep your horn at the other road user. Welcome to road rage, one of the biggest dangers on the road today.

Road rage is a curious thing. No matter how calm and friendly a person is in everyday life, once behind the wheel of the car, there can be a transformation of Jekyll and Hyde proportions. The smallest event can make a person angry, and if those feelings are not dealt with, what happens next could prove costly and life threatening.

It is likely you have experienced some form of road rage in your life. Whether you have found yourself shouting at other people from behind the wheel, or been the victim of somebody else’s wrath, it is important to protect yourself and the lives of others on the road.

Therefore, consider the following advice that could prove life saving.

Controlling yourself

Road rage generally comes from feelings of stress. Driving can be pleasurable, but sometimes other drivers or pedestrians can aggravate the negative feelings we have circling through our unconsciousness. Therefore, you need to alleviate your stress by doing some of the following:

Listen to relaxing music that will calm your nerves.

If you know you need to be somewhere at a certain time, set off early, so you’re not stressed through being in a rush.

Think before you act. Another driver may annoy you, but should you beep your horn in anger or drive irresponsibly in vengeance, you could cause an accident and be at risk of having your license taken away from you.

Pull over to the side of the road and let yourself calm down.

Remember other people can be irresponsible, it’s a common fact of life. Accept it, take some deep breaths and carry on.

Protecting yourself

When it comes to others causing road rage against you, there is the need to look after yourself. Consider the following.

Purchase a dash cam that can record the actions of the driver. Should you be involved in an accident, the footage can support you should you hire the services of a car accident lawyer, and is invaluable when dealing with insurance companies.

It is important you don’t make matters worse by copying their action and fueling their anger further.

Avoid eye contact with an offending driver as you may make their behavior worse. Ignore them, and carry on with your journey.

If the car behind is tailgating you, let it pass. Once they are out of your way, you can continue safely.

Finally, be a safe driver. Should you drive responsibly, there is less reason for other drivers to get angry at you.

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Business Owner – Know Your Business!

I’ve heard a saying which goes something like this: “To make a mistake, have an employee handle it, but, if you really want to have it screwed up, have a manager do it.

Well, in some cases, if not many, this is true. And sometimes the owner knows even less, especially in a large company.

I’ve seen this first hand. I saw a small business recently, where the owner had to take over some duties from a few people who’d left the small business suddenly. The owner did a decent job overall, but clearly had forgotten some things and a low-level employee had to “re-show” him some of the ropes. So it turned out ok.

But, this shows how business owners, and big executives, need to know, or re-learn, as the case may be, as much of the workings of the business as possible, especially if the company is a small business.

Though it may be impossible for large company executives and CEO’s to know all or even most of the workings of their companies, large companies do have the luxury of having many employees, who at least have an idea of what should be done, so the chances are good that they will have people to come in and take over for suddenly missing employees.

But a small business doesn’t have that luxury. If they only have one counter person or warehouse person or parts person, and the owner hasn’t kept up or has considered himself or herself too busy to take even one day to check out the inner workings of the business, there could be a real problem if a key employee has to leave suddenly for whatever reason.

A business owner could find himself at the front counter when the regular counter person suddenly leaves. If that owner has forgotten the part numbers, or how to work the computer or billing system, or if it is a new one, completely different from that which he may have once used, what then?

And if the business is a fast food joint, it’s a good idea if there’s more than one person in the company who can cook in short order fashion. An empty kitchen serves no food and will have no customers.






If that owner has kept up, then chances are, things will go better until a replacement person is hired.

Also, a plus to the owner’s “visiting” all of the “areas” of the company from time to time may show that owner just how valuable his or her employees really are.

So, know your business to keep that business running, and may you have success!

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The Unromantic Road Trip

In both film and book, life on the road is glorified as an iconic, life-affirming experience. Read any extract of Kerouac’s ‘On The Road’ to get an idea of how much he hailed the freedom of the driving experience. And, he’s not alone. Artists across the world have tried to capture the power of the open road. Is it any wonder, then, that a summer road trip is high on most people’s to-do list?
Many of us set out with high hopes that we’ll return changed too.

Now, we don’t want to rain on your road-trip parade. No one can deny that life on the road can open your eyes to a new way of being. There is, after all, something meditative about driving. But, there’s also no denying that many return from road trips disappointed. In truth, life on the road just isn’t as amazing as some would have us believe. That’s not to say you won’t enjoy your time. But, it might help to lower your expectations before you head off. For example, here are some downsides you might not have considered.


Many of us opt for a close to home road trip because we assume it’ll be cheaper than going abroad. If that’s your motivation, prepare to be disappointed. For one, you’ll need a complete check on your vehicle before you set off. To avoid breakdowns, you’ll need a complete oil change and a full tank. If you want to cut costs, something like these oil change deals will help. But, you’ll still have to part with some cash to get your vehicle up to standard.

That’s not the only cost, either. You’ll also need to consider where you’ll sleep. Depending on how long you’re away for, those motel costs will add up. And, while sleeping in the car may seem glamorous, you’ll soon change your mind after one night. Might be worth taking a tent with you!


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We may have sat nav nowadays, but it’s still possible you’ll get lost. Nothing kills that sense of adventure quite like not knowing where you are. This can be particularly stressful if you have certain places to be or bookings in hotels along the way. If you’re tempted to head off with little planning, don’t do it. Plan your route as extensively as possible before you go. And, make sure to take a map along with you. Sometimes, the old fashioned ways are best.


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And, don’t be surprised if the roads are lacking in that beauty you’ve been expecting. There’s no denying that there are some beautiful roads out there, but most are uninspiring. If you’re traveling across states, the chances are you’ll be driving long, gray strips with nothing going for them. If beautiful drives are what you’re after, you may want to opt instead for the longer country routes. Or, you could accept the lack of beauty, and stop off at pretty places along the way.

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These Business Mistakes Could Get You in Huge Trouble

Everyone makes mistakes, but some are bigger than others. There are mistakes that might make you stumble, although you ultimately learn and grow from them in the end. Then there are those mistakes that are so big, you might learn a lesson, but it’s a bit too late. When you run a business, there are some incredibly unfortunate mistakes you could make. If you’re not careful, some of them could get you in big trouble. You could find yourself on the wrong side of the law, even if you never meant to be, or you could find your business’s reputation in ruins. Avoid making these big business mistakes, and you can protect yourself and your company.

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Being Lax on Health and Safety

Your employees need to be safe while doing their jobs. Also, any members of the public who could be at risk when on or near your business premises also need to be protected. You could be in huge trouble if someone becomes ill or is injured because you neglected your responsibilities as a business owner. Having a solid strategy for dealing with health and safety is vital. You can see more from fallprotectoinpros.com, where you can learn about preventing falls, one of the leading types of workplace accident. You should also make sure you have worker’s compensation protection and public liability insurance.

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Failing to Treat Employees Fairly

Treating your employees fairly can involve a number of factors, starting with your hiring practices. You need to follow the law in regards to equality, from asking the right interview questions to making hiring decisions. You also need to consider factors such as fair pay and minimum wage, creating a safe and equal work environment, and offering benefits to employees. Having an HR department makes it a lot easier to stay on top of these things and ensure your business is operating legally.

Getting Your Finances Wrong

Money keeps your business running, and getting the numbers right is essential for its survival. It’s not just important for good business, though. You also need to make sure your finances are correct so that you stay on the right side of the law. For example, filing your taxes requires you to make sure you’re careful about your numbers. Using an accountant is best practice if you want to report your income and expenditure as accurately as possible. Find out the benefits of using an accountant at kashflow.com.

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Failing to Check Intellectual Property Ownership

You’re releasing a new product, or perhaps naming your business or product. Have you checked patents, trademarks, and other intellectual property registers? If you haven’t, you could soon find that someone who has registered their intellectual property isn’t happy about you using a design, a name or a slogan that belongs to them. Checking to make sure you’re not using something you shouldn’t be can be tough, but you can get help from a professional service or lawyer.

You don’t want your business to be finished before you can really get started. Avoid these massive mistakes, and your company can live to see another day.

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Make Yourself More Employable By Adding These Skills To Your Resume

It’s not so much that there are no jobs available; it’s that people don’t have the skills needed to do the jobs to the required capability. These days, it’s no longer enough just to do one thing well: in a world that’s increasingly competitive, you need to show that you can go above and beyond what the person next to you is capable of. Below, we take at five skills that’ll enhance your resume and make you more employable: not just for today, but in the years to come, too.

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Understanding What Your Looking At

The world is moving at a pretty fast pace; you may have noticed. That means that what’s relevant today might be relevant in six months or a year from now. As such, companies are always looking for workers who can spot the next great trend, as it helps them to stay ahead of their competition. This mostly revolves around big data. There’s more data at a company’s disposal than ever before; but of course, data alone isn’t very useful: it’s how the data is interpreted that matters. If you can understand the bigger picture alongside your core duties, you’ll be in a strong position moving forward.

Organising Teams

There’s going to be a lot of challenges facing the world in the next few decades, and these problems won’t be solved by individual efforts: they’ll be solved by teams across many disciplines, working together to find solutions to a whole host of issues. It could be housing, architecture, climate change; you name it. As such, those people who have industry-specific management skills will be in demand. Take a look at studying for an engineering management masters online, and you’ll have the necessary attributes to be an important player in a whole host of fields in the future. Big problems need many players, and they’ll all need organising!


An open mind that can adapt and respond to new situations is a skill that’s increasingly in demand in the corporate world. Things can change pretty quickly in this day and age, and having people who are agile enough to respond to a changing market is important for any company. This is less about one having one specific skill as it is about having a range of skills that show you’re open to learning.


The vast majority of the business world is about communication, even if that is dressed up as sales, marketing, social media nous, and so on. If you have the ability to communicate in some mediums and to people from different demographics, you’ll always be in demand. In a world that’s talking more and more, it’s never been a more useful attribute to have.


Every big company is looking to the future, and every small company should be. Show yourself to be able to think outside the box and come up with new ideas on how you can take the company forward, and you’ll be making yourself very attractive to employers.

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