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Friday, 15 January 2021

Road trips are a great way to get away for a while, especially if you can’t find the time to get away at other times in the year. Road trips are a relatively fun and easy way to get some fun and excitement in your life during the winter months. There are a few precautions that you’ll need to take to make sure things run smoothly, and here are a few of them.

Check your fluid levels
The colder weather negatively impacts the fluids in your car and makes it harder and more dangerous to drive your car. With freezing water an oil that doesn’t work properly in cold weather, this is just asking for trouble.
So, make sure you check all of your carís fluids before taking off on a road trip. The main ones to top up, or replace altogether, are your engine oil, antifreeze, power steering fluid, brake fluid, and transmission fluid. Keeping your tanks full also helps to keep the containers from freezing – perfect for winter driving.

Have the right tyres
Don’t underestimate the importance of having winter tyres, especially if you do a lot of driving in in winter weather. If you’re planning on taking a road trip, then you’ll be doing a lot of driving, perhaps not always on even roads or clear roads. So, you’ll definitely be needing proper winter types on our car to help make your road trip as safe as possible.
Winer tyres should be used when the temperature drops to below 7 degrees Celsius. These tyres are specifically designed to be used in freezing temperatures or snowy and icy conditions. These tyres are made from tough rubber and have greater flexibility. They also have a tread pattern called sipes that are designed to give your car a better grip during cold weather, and better braking distance on icy or frost roads.

Pack your car for the weather
Make sure you have the proper essentials for the weather in your car to keep you going over the course of your trip. This is going to come in extremely handy if the car breaks down in the snow or needs to have an issue addressed.
For this type of emergency kit, you should have:
•Battery packs/jumper cables
•Ice scraper
•Flashlights and flares
•De-icing fluid
•Spare tires
•Tools or a multitool
•Maps or GPS devices
•Physical cash
•Batteries and charger cables
•Blankets
•Warm clothing
•Non-perishable food and drinks

How to drive safely in winter weather
As well as preparing your actual car for the drive, you also need to prepare for taking the drive yourself. As the one behind the wheel, it is up to you to make sure you are driving safely and that you have the best route possible. In order to do this, consider a few things:
<u>Watch your speed</u> – this shouldn’t come as a surprise, but when there is snow, ice or rain on the road, you will need to reduce your speed in order to drive safely. It doesn’t matter how much of a rush you re in, don’t put yourself or others in danger y driving dangerously.
<u>Know how to stop your car in an emergency</u> – if your car has an anti-lock braking system, you’re all set! If not, then it’s important that you know how to manually stop your car in an emergency to stop yourself from skidding all over the road. You’re going to need to pump your brakes on and off continuously to stop the wheels from sliding.
<u>Keep your car gassed up</u> – if you know you’re going to be taking a long trip in the cold, make sure your car is gassed up fully. It would also be a good idea to keep some spare gas in your trunk if possible, just in case.
<u>Keep your lights clean and working</u> – in the winter, the nights get darker a lot sooner than the rest of the year, so make sure your lights are clean and properly working so that you have the best visibility possible.
<u>Be wary of bridges and overpasses</u> – these types of feature are prone to collecting water which is a hazard for unseen or exposed ice in the winter, o drive slower and be much more cautious in these areas.

Winter road tris can be a great escape from the mundane day-to-day or the bad weather, as long as you are prepared for driving in the winter weather. Take the proper precautions in this article, and make sure you are prepared to be safe on the roads.

Friday, 20 November 2020

Location: Scotland

Scotland is a beautiful country, and there are many reasons why millions of people choose to call this place home. So, in this article, we are going to share with you a few of the reasons we think Scotland is a great place to move to.

The culture
Scotland has one of the richest cultures in the world, which can be traced back almost a thousand years. This culture is still rich nowadays and is just as alive today as it has ever been. As each new generation of Scot has come around, our culture has grown and developed with it.

Culture is a big part of Scotland and something you’ll find embedded in almost everything we do. It’s also something we readily welcome others into, so, if you do decide to move here be prepared to learn all about the culture that surrounds you.
The Scots have everything from their own formal dress, TV, movies, music, recipes and more. If you decide to make the country your home, you will be quick to see this firsthand.

Places to live
Whether you are a city lover or you favour the more rural lifestyle, Scotland has you covered. All across the country, you are spoiled for choice on where you want to love.

There are numerous large, busy, populated cities that are perfect for young professionals, students and generally anyone who loves to be at the heart of it all. Most people favour Edinburgh or Glasgow for the city lifestyle. If this is you, then you can find rough data on the cost of living in Edinburgh and Glasgow online as well as plenty of options for other big cities, too.

For those of you who like a quieter life, why not consider moving a little further north where there is all manner of smaller towns and villages to suit everyone. For example, there are many places in and around the Aberdeen area that could be perfect for you. Take Inverurie as just one of many smaller towns that packs a lot of punch. Situated just north-west of Aberdeen, Inverurie sits in the striking countryside and has all of the amenities that anyone could need for life in a quieter part of Scotland.

World-class education
Scotland’s education system is one of the best in the world. University tuition is free for Scottish citizens but will cost a fee for students from outside the country. Students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales typically pay around £9,250 for the first three years and £5,000 - £15,000 for postgraduate fees. It’s important to note that while study has been free for EU students previously, as of the start of the 2021-22 academic year EU students will have to pay tuition fees.

Don’t let this put you off, though. Scotland is home to some of the best universities in the UK and some that are famous around the world. These include, but are not limited to, the University of St Andrews, Edinburgh University and the University of Glasgow.

The Scottish people
Arguably one of the biggest selling points of moving to Scotland is the Scottish people. Scots are famous all over the world for their incredible warmth and unbeatable hospitality. The Scots love people and are generally some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. They’ll pass the time chatting to anyone and everyone and will often lend a hand if need be.

They’re known for not taking themselves too seriously and always having a good laugh. Scots are very proud of their culture and heritage and are always happy to answer questions and spread their knowledge. More than anything, the Scottish people love a good party – and a good drink!

While this is by no means an exhaustive list, we hope you take these points on board when making your decision whether or not to move to Scotland. If you do decide to make the move, we can promise you you’ll not regret it.

Thursday, 05 November 2020

Location: Cornwall, England, Europe

Road trips are a great way to spend your annual leave – you don’t need to worry about public transport and can stop wherever you want. The UK has many routes that feature incredible landscapes.

From the very South in Cornwall to the rough North in Scotland, there are plenty of different routes that are perfect for a driving holiday. Let’s have a look at some of the best ones as well as some guidance on what you need to prepare for a road trip.


North Coast 500, Scotland

If you don’t mind driving on narrow roads and through tough weather, then the scenic North Coast 500 that stretches from Inverness all the way up to Wick is something for you. The route will reward you with spectacular views of the highlands and the Northern coast of Scotland.

The drive is more than 500 miles long and will take you about 5-7 days. Make sure you plan your accommodation well in advance – there is only a small number of bed and breakfasts that are usually booked out around peak times.


Atlantic Highway, South England

If you prefer sunnier weather than the very North of the UK, then you might want to drive along the Atlantic Highway on the North Coast 500. You can start your trip in the scenic town Bath and then drive the highway along the coast through Somerset, Devon and Cornwall.

If you are into surfing, you shouldn’t miss out Newquay. Fistral Beach has some of the finest waves in England and is suitable for any level surfer.


Causeway Coastal Route, Northern Ireland
Also, Northern Ireland has some great routes for a road trip. One of them is the Causeway Coastal Route that takes about six days. You can start your trip from downtown Belfast and head to The Gobbins where you can stop to walk along the breath-taking cliff-facing pathway.

Other stops on the Coastal Circuit that you shouldn’t miss are the Glens of Antrim, Rathlin Island as well as Dunluce Castle before you finish your trip in Derry.


Hebrides Island Hopping, Scotland

One of the best spots for remote, white-sanded beaches is the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. While the Isle of Skye is usually crowded with tourists, you can take your car on a trip with the ferry and visit the island chain off the west coast of mainland Scotland.

For example, you can start your road trip in Oban by hopping on the ferry to Lochboisdale. From there you can drive along Uist and take the ferry to Leverburgh. You’ll then find yourself on the Isle of Harris that is famous for its stunning scenery. Once you drove up to Stornoway, you can take the ferry to Ullapool back to the mainland.


Getting Organised
With the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, you will need to check if you can drive to certain remote areas. Particularly if you come from one of the strongly affected areas, then you should reconsider if a road trip to an area with a low number of cases is responsible.

You might find it convenient to pack a tent as you don’t have to rely on accommodation. Sometimes, it can be hard to find a bed and breakfast short-term, especially in the summer season.

If you plan to drive with your own car, you also need to make sure that your car is insured. Then you don’t need to worry about things that can potentially go wrong, and you don’t end up stranded when your car isn’t driveable.


Depending on where you live in the UK, there are lots of different road trips you can do that may not even be that far away from your home. With a bit of planning in advance, you can organise a beautiful driving holiday for your next annual leave.

Monday, 14 September 2020

Location: Aberdeenshire, Scotland

The stresses and strains of modern urban life have left many of us questioning what the actual benefits are of living in a city. Thanks to many people now working from home in light of recent circumstances, a lot more businesses and companies are open to the idea of their employees’ home working. This has opened the door for those who want to keep their job but perhaps want to enjoy a more rural lifestyle.

The Scottish North East has become an increasingly popular place to move in recent years as people across the country have discovered the beauty that can be found in Aberdeenshire and the surrounding area. This part of Scotland has often been overshadowed by the likes of the Highlands and the Central Belt, but today we will talk about the area and the town of Buckie.

Aberdeenshire Offers Rural Living

One of the most appealing parts of moving to this area of Scotland is the balance between getting off the beaten track and being close to the comforts you would want from a town or city. The area that we are focussing on includes a number of well-sized towns and cities including Aberdeen, Inverness, Montrose, and Peterhead. If you choose to move to any part of Aberdeenshire, you can rest assured knowing that there is a degree of civilisation not too far away.

The Town of Buckie

Right on the Northern coast of Aberdeenshire is the town of Buckie. With a population in excess of 8,000, it is an ideal size for people who are wanting to move away to escape the many of a town or city that might have several hundred thousand people living there. While Buckie is one of the larger towns of the region, it still carries the charm of a village and enjoys stunning coastal views looking out to the North Sea. It has all the amenities you would want from a town and there are some beautiful coastal walks to be found in the surrounding area.

Undertaking Your Research

It is important to have a clear perception and view of a place before you commit to moving there. With a place like Buckie that is a little out of the way, making multiple visits to help you decide might be a little tricky and time consuming. Luckily, there are online resources from local property experts that can help you to find out what you’re interested in knowing. Take advantage of all these guides and articles to help you make an informed decision on how you would make a move to a town like Buckie.

The idea of a rural lifestyle has become increasingly popular for those who have been working in the office-based 9-to-5 routine throughout the course of their careers. Making the move is one that should not be taken lightly, and you should consider all options available to you before you commit to a region or place. For a lot of people for whom this lifestyle appeals, the town of Buckie and the countryside within Aberdeenshire ticks a lot of different boxes.


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