Lorry drivers and satnav technology
Lorry drivers and satnav technology

Being a lorry drivers isn’t an easy job contrary to what some may think. Besides the long hours and sometimes physically demanding days, moving a huge vehicle through sometimes unbearable traffic can be quite a task especially for those who have to travel through busy cities and towns where there are tons of restrictions and spaces that your lorry just won’t fit into.

Luckily for some more fortunate lorry drivers, they have set routes which they get used to over time and after a few months with know the area like the back of their hand. Unfortunately for others, they will have to head off in a new direction almost every day and not knowing exactly where you can and cannot go due to traffic restrictions, low hanging bridges and narrow alleys. This can quickly become a nightmare, especially since most navigation systems were designed with cars in mind and thus don’t take into account large, abnormally shaped and heavy vehicles.

Navtruck

Navtruck however provides such drivers with a great alternative to getting around without having to worry about backing their lorry up for an eternity, because their GPS sent them down the tiniest road in the city. Not only does this app take into account lorry restricted roads when planning your route, it also avoids any low bridge overpasses with width and height restrictions.

This alone is something which can make life so much easier but some of the other commercial considerations just take this app to the next level. This app not only allows you to input the dimensions of your lorry to ensure that all roads selected are appropriate, it also allows you to change between vehicles of different sizes which have already been inputted automatically. This means that no matter which type of lorry you have to drive around for the day switching is quick and simple.

Smartphone app

There are several other ‘little’ features that also enhance this app just a little more, such as the fact that highways are preferred to smaller roads or that it avoids U-turns at all costs. These of course are apart from conventional navigation system add-ons such as live traffic and weather updates or points of interest- although the points of interest are custom designed for lorry users such as truck stops or weigh stations or rest areas.

This app is available on IPhone platforms through IOS and can easily be downloaded and installed. There are of course customised extras which can also be purchased with this app such as special features including alerts for mixer which optimises safety when transporting a mixer.

It goes without saying that just like most IPhone apps worth mentioning, you have a wide selection of languages, the app can be used while on phone calls or while other apps are also being used. All in all a great app for any lorry driver, making life just that much easier and working that much safer.

What to do when your parcel is damaged?
What to do when your parcel is damaged?

So, you finally mustered up the courage or saved up the cash to order that something indulgent you’ve been eyeing online since forever and even though the website said shipping time was only a few days you knew it was going to take a week or two, but you waited patiently none the less. Then all of a sudden you doorbell rings out of the blue just before you forgot about the parcel and suddenly you exited because it finally arrived!

Most times you get so excited you just sign and run back inside to unfurl you long awaited treasure and to your utter shock and horror, your parcel arrived damaged. This must have happened to everyone at least once in their lifetime- for regular shoppers at least once every couple of months, but what should you do?

Don’t panic!

Well before you start to panic (even though this is still most frustrating either way), this doesn’t mean that all is lost. Most online vendors will gladly refund your money or more likely replace the damaged item at no charge to you. Yes, you will have to wait for the new one to arrive in the post again, but it will come. For these types of situations there will usually be a process to follow, which could either entail calling a customer care centre or e-mailing the company with your complaint. You may have to at this point supply copies of your purchase, fill out a claim form and even sometimes end a picture of the damaged item- mostly companies use this information to track the cause and deal with the delivery service, or branch of their company.

Is parcel insurance worth it?

On the other hand, sometimes parcels sent by friends or relatives can arrive damaged and at this point there’s only one important question to answer. Did you or the sender take out insurance on the parcel?

Well unlike online vendors, postal and parcel services are unlikely to replace the item or refund you for its value, unless it’s a private delivery vendor which provides insurance as a standard feature. However you look at it, these instances where privately sent packages were damaged are usually going to be more of a pain to recoup your losses. As mentioned it is highly possible and if you have taken out insurance it could be a simple process if the insurance provider or customer service branch of the postal service is easy to deal with- not likely but possible.

It is important when claiming damages on privately sent parcels that all criteria are met. This usually refers to commonly excluded items from parcel insurance such as crockery, cameras or monitors. Additionally there may also be specification as to how the parcel should be packaged to be covered but this may vary from one delivery services or insurance provider to another.

The easiest solution is usually just to make sure that you package you parcels as safely as is humanly possible- loads of bubble wrap, reinforced boxes and jus an extra hint of care.

Freight Forwarders are a Game Changer
Freight Forwarders are a Game Changer

You may be surprised to learn that not every business is willing to ship to certain places or countries in this day and age. It’s hard to imagine but this is sadly still a reality, and then of during course sales or exchanges between private persons, most sellers will most certainly not go through all the trouble of packing your purchase and having it send half way across the world to you.

There is still hope and this is evident through the rising popularity of freight forwarders, also sometimes calls forwarders, forward agents or more formally as non-vessel operating common carriers-NVOCCs. Well essentially these freight forwarders simply arrange for goods to get from one place to another, such as a manufacturer to the client. This is perhaps a dramatic oversimplification of the long list of services which they could offer you.

The type of freight forwarding agent or their speciality

Depending on the type of freight forwarding agent or their speciality, they could arrange for collection, transportation and shipping of goods, in addition to preparation of required paperwork when shipping items out of a specific country or to your specific country. For smaller clients however you could also arrange with such an agent for storage of parcels and goods  in their specific region or country and when several items have accrued over time they can ship every together as one parcel to your desired address.

These types of transactions can vary in nature as some agents will be more flexible while other can be quite rigid with the list of services offered or the manner in which they are offered. Mostly you would have access to a variety of shipping methods, which could include aeroplanes, trucks, trains and private courier vehicles, each of course with its own cost.

Cost and fees

Additionally you should expect to cover the cost of documentation or handover fees, in addition to the actually shipping and storage fees which you might incur. What makes these agents so unique is that many of them will have forwarding locations, offices or partner companies in most major cities around the world which means that if you need to do business in multiple locations one agent would most likely be able to take care of all your logistical needs.

Unique feature

Another unique feature of their services is that most freight forwarding agents are more approachable and more flexible than bigger companies, which means that you can discuss unique requirements you may have and together come up with feasible solutions, which many bigger companies don’t have available to smaller buyers.

However, as with most things in life, quality usually costs. Often we can be easily taken in by low shipping or storage rates but this does not necessarily mean that your items will arrive in a timeous or safe manner. Because you will in most cases not meet with the agent in person, or the agent will not have a local branch in your country it may be wise to first check out the company before entrusting them with your valuable goods.

How to Load and Secure Load on a Vehicle
How to Load and Secure Load on a Vehicle

According to the HSE, dangerous loading on vehicles accounts for more than 1,200 injuries each year and millions of pounds of damaged goods in British businesses. Thus, correctly safeguarding loads is good for business – this means items are delivered on time and safely.

 

You must follow all guidelines and precautions before you carry out any form of loading on vehicles otherwise you risk messing up and putting not only yourself in danger, but also everyone else as well as the goods.

 

5 Quick Tips to Ease Loading:

 

  • Avoid loading unless you have enough light. Make sure you have appropriate lightening in the area, and you can see what you are doing.

 

  • You must have a detailed inspection of the vehicle. Make sure everything (horns, reflectors, lights) are present and working in their best conditions.

 

  • Use a bubble wrap or tarp to cover small objects.

 

  • If it is a passenger vehicle, then make sure unsecured objects must not be loaded loosely. Upon stopping, it might jerk off and hit the passenger.

 

  • When on the way, keep checking from time to time to guarantee that everything is in its place.

 

When you load…

 

  • Do not overload. You know how much your vehicle can load, therefore utilize that capacity in the best way. Overloading can cause serious issues.

 

  • Pick a suitable vehicle for each type of goods. Raw materials, fabrics, liquids, company goods, in fact, everything has its particular kind of car.

 

  • Use hooks, eyes, rails, anchors, clamps, straps, chains or ropes to hold the load in its fix place.

 

  • It is preferred to pack everything in even boxes or wrappings such as cartons to keep them super secure.

 

  • Keep the locks and lashings tight. And cover the goods with sheets of plastic or fabric so that they are secured in unexpected and unsuitable weather.

 

  • Don’t pile the objects on the top of another. This means attaining height, which is risky. Carriers with a high centre of gravity are expected to become unstable when overloaded.

 

  • You must not leave space between load and headboard.

 

How to properly secure loads?

 

  • There are multiple options to be used for securing loads on a vehicle. There are combinations as well, which can be used at a time for proper stability and safety of loads.

 

  • Blocking and Bracing: Lumber, metal and even plastic bars are used to inhibit front to rear shifting of loads in a vehicle.

 

  • Fasteners: Nails and bolts are used to brace the loads. They are either used separately or on wood blocks which help to hold goods.

 

  • Dunnage: Scrap wood is used to fill voids. They fill the space between the goods and prevent the shifting of the load.

 

  • Strapping: Steel, polyester, nylon, paper strapping’s are used to hold the loads tightly in its place. They offer strength, elasticity and ability to withstand various environments. Very easy to use and safe. They are available at affordable costs.

 

  • Lashings: Ropes, chains, wires, nets and cables are used to secure the load. It minimizes the shifting of goods.

 

Carelessness can lead to….

 

Many times drivers and people who load goods on vehicles leave everything on luck. They don’t take guidelines seriously and show carelessness in taking safety precautions. The repercussions are inevitable. In such conditions, injuries and deaths are a common occurrence.

 

  • Vehicles which are overloaded or improperly loaded lose their balance and overturn.

 

  • When there is space left between the headboard and loaded goods, braking can be fatal for the driver.

 

  • When goods are not packed in a satisfactory way, then, they either fall off or bang against each other resulting in damage.
International Driving – What Documents Do You Need?
International Driving – What Documents Do You Need?

When embarking on a journey abroad, it is common to find some folks going for the option of renting vehicles. This highlights some of the most exhilarating feelings during travelling, whereby you have the freedom of hopping into a car and driving to a destination of your choice. However, driving in foreign countries is not as straightforward as it is made to sound.

There are some documents that you require to show that you are legally allowed to travel in these countries. This article gives a great insight into some of the documents that you should ensure you have within your reach so as to ensure that you are within the confines of the law when driving abroad.

 

International Driving Permits

One of the essential documents that you need to have with you in order to be on the safe side when driving a vehicle abroad is the International Driving Permit (IDP). In regard to this, the question of what an IDP is could quite easily crop up. So what really is an International Driving Permit?

The International Driving Permit (IDP), which can also be referred to as the International Driving License, refers to a type of document that allows you to drive a vehicle legally while abroad. It is important to note that this license is used in conjunction with your home country’s valid driver’s license. The IDP is not meant for replacing the driver’s license issued in your home country. Instead, it is used as some form of language translator of the validity of your driving license. Some of the features that it packs include; your name and relevant information regarding you as a driver.

 

Passports

For you to drive in foreign countries without having to keep looking over your shoulder, you should always ensure that you have a valid passport with you. In addition to this, always ensure that you’ve checked the passport’s expiry date as well as the rules of entry of all the countries that fall within the route you will be using to travel. This is because some countries require you to have a certain amount of time left in your passport before it is declared to be expired. A good example is a country like Turkey whereby you need a minimum of 6 months to the expiry date of your passport for you to be allowed entry.

 

Visas

Visas are among the essential documents that you can have when it comes to international travelling. The use of a visa is not only restricted to boarding a plane to foreign countries, on the contrary, it can be applied in a number of many other scenarios such as international driving. If you have a passport from the UK or even a member country of the EU, you do not require a visa to drive in EU member countries. However, in the event that you are travelling to countries out of the EU, then ensure that you have your Visa with you.

 

Conclusion

International driving is one of the most exciting activities that one can take to when visiting a foreign country. However, there are some things that one must take into consideration before embarking on driving in foreign countries. These range from learning the specific traffic rules of that particular country to abiding by the regulations that govern drivers in that country. Having the correct documents to allow you to validly drive abroad is an essential hurdle one must jump. So, next time you’re planning on driving through foreign countries, make sure you have these required documents!

How to safely move glassy and fragile things?
How to safely move glassy and fragile things?

When you are moving, you definitely come into contact with fragile and glass things.  It could be plates, vases, mirrors, glasses, statues. All of this things are easy to breake. They require a lot of attention not only when you are packing them, but also when you transport them from one place to another. We are bringing you a few tipes in this article, which will help you to transport even fragile things with easiness.

BOXES – Choice of boxes in which you transport things is really important. Boxes should be big enough, even a little bit bigger than things you put into them. Mainly during the transporting you have to close your box well so that it doesn’t fall out of it and doesn’t break.

TAPES – Use extra tapes on each box. You will ensure your boxes enough, and even if something break, it will remain into the box.

FOILS – Bubble foils provide great protection to fragile and glassy things! They are affortable and you can buy them anywhere. Thing packed into bubble foil is highly protected!

NEWSPAPER – If you don’t have a bubble foil you can also use the newspaper as a protection. It can’t protect your thing as bubble foil but always better than nothing. You can also use newspaper tu fill the space between things or its individual walls.

CORNERS – The box should be ensured enought not only from outside but also from inside. As a protection you can cut a piece of carton and secure corners in your box.

SIGN – To sign your boxes will considerably help you to transport. It will help you to know what is in each box. You will make sure, that you will be more careful with the boxes with sign, for example, mirrors.

 

 

 

Verified advices for ideal moving PART ll
Verified advices for ideal moving PART ll

Moving to somewhere new brings joy but also a lot of worries. Things get complicated, new problems start to occure and time is running very fast. We bring you some of good tips in this article, with which moving will be really easy.

Don’t pack trifles!

Moving away doesn’t mean that you have to move away everything you have in your house. Remember, how many times you want to separate everything and throw away unnecessary things. Now is the right moment to do that! Just do it. You certainly won’t need trifles in your new house of love. You will save on costs but you will also make someone happy. For example by donating clothes that you don‘t carry anymore.

Bonus survival suitcase!

Not only packing is demanding but unpacking as well. If you properly pack everything, you should’t have problems with that. Anyway, you can’t unpack all your stuff, this is why is necessary to have “bonus survival suitcase“ in which you’ll have everything you need to survive the first days and nights in your new home. Nothing complicated, just pack your suitcase like you are going away for a weekend.

Mark up!

Everything thorougly sorted? Great, but it isn’t enough. You have to mark up every box. You will be better orientated in that big stack of boxes but also you will save your precious time. You will find everything really quickly and mainly you will be careful during the manipulation with boxes and you will avoid of breaking down your fragile things. As it’s known, there is never enough of caution.

Be careful!

Not only uselessnesses but also, for example, various dangerous substances, chemicals, flammable substances, shouldn’t be transported. This kind of dangerous substances doesn’t belong to the car. You don’t even know how but it can cause disaster. Avoid this not only in your interest!

Verified advices for ideal moving
Verified advices for ideal moving

Moving to somewhere new brings joy but also a lot of worries. Things get complicated, new problems start to occure and time is running very fast. We bring you some of good tips in this article, with which moving will be really easy.

Have a plan!

Planning is important for our lives and moving is not any exception. Have a sufficient plan in advance is irrecoverable. You should keep on mind, that moving isn’t easy matter and that is why it deserves enough attention. Do packing as you planned will not save only your worries, but also your precious time.

Do not leave everything on the last day!

Do you tend to do things on the last day? Believe or not, it isn’t useful especially when we are talking about the moving. Simply you need enough time to pack all your things but one day won’t be enough. If you pack a little bit earlier, you will gain more time to check everything again and you will also avoid stress that comes when you do things on the last minute.

Use foil!

During the moving isn’t enough just to throw your things to the boxes. Even packing things to the newspaper isn’t sometimes sufficient, especially for glassy objects. Resolution is just easier than you think. Bubble foils will provide you perfect safety. These foils have high strength and are sufficiently durable and adhesive. They are ideal helpers during packing the electronic.

Separate everything properly!

It will be necessary to find time for proper separation of your things, because you can avoid worthless finding of certain things. As we mentioned above, you can’t throw all your stuff to the boxes. It’s needful to put your things to the boxes as they are in your rooms. You won’t mix the kitchenware with your underwear, will you?

The best engines of 2017
The best engines of 2017

Like every year, also in this year was the 19th year of prestigious inquiry Engine of the year, in which  Ferrari took the gold. But it isn’t any surprise because they took the price of the best engine last year too. However, other known names scrapped because of front places, and hybrid engines from BMW and Honda mixed up with cards. Vice-versa, you nearly can’t find diesel engines in results.

Jury, which judge the engines was consisted of 58 journalists of all the world. And the trend is clear. While in the past the front bars have been rolling down economical diesels, followed by hybrids and then small-volume turbocharged aggregates, now engines come to the foreground, which are only for the chosen ones. This is especially true of the main category where the powerful, supercharged 3.9-liter 8-cylinder from the sinful precious Ferrari 488 GTB has been placed for the second time.

It is not for everyone

As we have mentioned above, dominant attenuation of diesel engines have caused growth of expensive and strong engines, like in 488. Ferrari’s overcrowded engine was once again crowned with success. The Maranella carmaker confirmed it as the first milestone in the sports engine class of the year and also in its volume category from three to four liters. So the springing stallion has a hetrik. He added gold even in the “New Motor of the Year” class last year, but he couldn’t have been here this time. On the other side we can also find the engine, which scored last year. And again from the most exclusive class – SuperSports class. It is a flat, supercharged, three-liter 6-cylinder Porsche 911 with variable turbocharger geometry. We can even certainly say, that he improved his position. So the Porche Turbo doesn’t hurt either.

The Tricycle was closed by a hybrid sports car from Munich’s BMW brand called i8. His hybrid engine was placed just behind the Porsche 911 with a total of 151 points. However, against Ferrari’s winning engine, it loses up to 100 points. This lead points up to dominance of overcrowded Italian engines.

In the top ten was Audi engines, specifically the 2.5-liter 5-cylinder, Ford EcoBoost engine from Ford, which can be found in the new Ford Fiesta, Focus and Mondeo models. On the 6th place was an electric motor from a well known company Tesla, under the guidance of visionary Elon Muska, and immediately followed by a French 1.2 liter PSA Peugeot – Citroen.

Ecology was also important

You can’t easy find these ecological cars for low prices. “The green engine of the year” class was taken by Model S of Tesla, before the plug-in Hybrid SuperSport BMW i8 and the clean electric car Chevrolet Bolt. A pair of engines from BMW, specifically the electric and hybrid engine from the model series i3, obtained around 80 points. There was no shame nor for Volvo, and for their hybrid 2-liter engine, which also drives the XC90 or V90 models. Tesla still wins, and the fact is, that point difference between Tesla and Volvo is 142 points. And this feature just confirm the dominance of Tesla.

New engine of the year

Strong engines also dominated the most exciting class, such as the “New Engine of the Year”. Here is hybrid the winner, but in combination with the 3.5-liter 6-cylinder and three electric engines for the amazing Honda NSX coupe. The new 4-cylinder diesel 220d in the Mercedese-Benz E class at least in any case defends the middle class. It ended up among the news on the second bar. By the way, this is the only diesel engine in statistics. You can’t find others. And the third is again honest 6-cylinder 2.9 bi-turbo for the sharp Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde.

Totally top engines

Even in the “Sports Motor of the Year” class, we have no chance of finding anything popular. Here reigns the Ferrari 488 GTB and behind it the atmospheric 8-cylinder 4.0 V8 for sharp versions of Porsche 911 GTR, GT3 RS and R. Now you are asking, what is here for “basic” people? So we can find the answer to this question among the winners of smaller volume classes. But most of them are old well-known. In a one-liter class the gold is for 1.0 EcoBoost 3-cylinder from Ford and the 1.4-liter 3-cylinder 1.2-liter PureTech from PSA.

One level higher, among the engines with capacity between 1.4 and 1.8 liters, was again rewarded the premium brand – BMW with its 1.5-liter 3-cylinder coupled with an electric motor in superSports8. However, the most people should for this one at least 30 years. In our chart wasn’t mentioned the name of favorite German brand- Volkswagen. Fotŕ this brand only the eyes were crying because the new 4-cylinder 1.5 TSI did not move to more than fourth place. But is at last praiseworthy. At least they have something to improve to the next year’s Engine of the Year, where he will attack the hetrik a red horse from Italy.

Short-term insurance
Short-term insurance

Mandatory contractual insurance is foundation, but that doesn’t pay you everything. This is why is convenient to think about supplementary insurance. Fortunately we live in time, where you don’t have to pay for expensive insurance, that you will never use. Quite the reverse. You can pick up the insurance which you want.

Short-term for short

What is short-term insurance? Well, aswe know from the name, it is intended for a short time. It depends on insurance company, but in some of these companies it is around one month. You ask why short-term rather than year-long? The answer is simple. You save. Imagine that you are a less experienced driver and you rarely drive. In that case will be enough for you to have mandatory contractual insurance and some supplementary insurance. But if you decide to go on holiday in the summer or drive in winter, then the short-term insurance is just the job. You will take the insurance as you want and only for a certain period. So why pay for months, which you will not drive? This way you can choose insurance, for exapmle for your holiday, and also reinsure you against vandalism, natural disasters or wild animals. Also useful is insurance against fire, explosion, road damage or damage of cables, hoses and isolation by rodent.

Risk winter

The most difficult are winter months. It is best time for supplementary short-term insurance. The risk of damage caused by snow, ice, high animals or by foreign cause is high. Everywhere is slippery, an results of this is an increase of minor accidents and damage events. And if you belong to the drivers who use the car especially in winter, you will ask yourself, why pay unnecessary expensive year-long supplementary insurance? You can have a short-term emergency insurance from 25 pounds per month. You will ensure supplemenraty insurance in only risk months and you will save. Why to pay for garage unnecessarily when you don’t drive with the car? Pay for insurance only when you really need it.

Broken paint…

If someone breaks a paint on the door or fender, the damage is covered by the compulsory insurance of the vehicle that has caused you damage. And no matter who was driving the vehicle. It is important to reach the offender or at least know, who he is. For the indentification is good to know at least his or her licence numer. According to that, you will find out in which insurance company the car is insured. A central register on the web allows to find an insurance company through the licence number of the vehicle. And the last thing: in such a damaging event, never forget to call the police.

Who is the offender?

If the culprit don’t come to prove his identity after an accident, you can still find him or her. And the registration number is enough. Do you know, how to find out an owner of a car through licence number? Of course, you can’t find it by yoursefl. The police register isn’t available for public, for obvious reasons. However, you can still claim the damage caused by the compulsory insurance of offender. You just have to know his licence number. As we already mentioned, you can find his insurance company in the register on the web. But only police can find a culprit through licence number. This is why is important to call the police immediately after an incident. The police has access to all registered vehicles in England. They can detect through the transmitter or terminal not only the name or address of the home, but also the telephone contact. Ideal is to provide to police contacts of witnesses. The police can complete their testimony for record of city or industrial cameras, from the place of an accident.

Turn to the insurance company

The other way, how to find a culprit through licence number is to go to insurance company where is insured the vehicle of the culprit. That is what you can find on the web. It is necessary to inform about the damage in the insurance company of culprit with licence number and other data. Get them know that event is investigated by police. If you follow these steps and the police clearly identify the culprit, your chance to get the compensation is high.

What to do if the culprit is unknown?

If case that the culprit is unknowen or uninsured and you have the police record, you don’t have to pay damages by yourself. The CPA is compulsory to pay you damage from a reserve fund in case of unknown offender. This also aplies on the people who don’t have an insurance to their car. The CPA reclaim their money back from these people, because they don’t accomplish their lawful obligation- contract mandatory contractual insurance of their vehicle.

Vehicle accident from abroad …

If the car with foreign vehicle licence number wreck my car, the situaction is slightly more complicated. Through vehicle licence number you can’t find an owner of the vehicle nor his insurance company. You need this information if you want to claim damages, because each insurance company has a so-called liquidation representative for England. Applies the same rule as in England: call the police and have a record of an accident with introduction of a foreign vehicle licence number. Then ask the CPA for assistance with finding the accident offender. With this information, you can then contact a specific liquidation agent with a claim for damages.

 

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