Jun 222018
 

For many, going on holiday means hopping on a plane and jetting off to the sunshine.

However, with regular ferries and the Channel Tunnel, it’s never been easier to escape the UK by car. If you need some extra convincing, Warranty Direct has put together eight fool-proof reasons why driving is better than flying…

1. Take charge

If the thought of flying makes your palms sweaty, forget the plane; sit back and enjoy the feeling of being behind the wheel in your own car.

Many phobias of flying stem from the fear of not being in control, so keeping your feet firmly on the pedals could be the best choice if being air bound is not your favourite pastime.

2. Forget baggage allowances

Driving allows you a lot more flexibility with luggage, so load up the boot and be on your way.

Just make sure you’re within the Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM) or Maximum Permitted Weight (MPW) for your car, which can be found in your handbook. Always load responsibly, with heavier items at the bottom for added stability.

3. It’s all about the food

While in recent years plane food may have improved, it’s still not going to be your first-choice cuisine.

When driving, not only can you stock up on your favourite snacks, you could even stop at some gastronomically fantastic cafes or restaurants. Check sites such as Trip Adviser before you leave, so you won’t be disappointed.

4. You can have ‘fun stops’

You can also visit sights on your journey. Plan your route and put in some cities or attractions you’ve always wanted to see to make travelling part of the holiday. This is also a great way to keep kids entertained along the way!

However, with driving you run the risk of the less-fun stops; breakdowns. To get you on the road again as quickly as possible, make sure you’re covered in case of emergencies.

5. You can control the temperature

One of the worst things about being on a plane is temperature control. Sure, you have an individual air vent, but there’s very little you can do if you find yourself too hot or too cold.

In your own temperature-controlled car, you get to be in charge of the in-car environment. That is until the children have their way with the dial.

6. Think about the children

Flights with children can be stressful. With the extra baggage, the early morning start and the queue for security, you may find yourself needing a holiday before you’ve even taken off.

When driving, you can avoid airport queues, stop whenever is needed and even put children in the car in pyjamas, so they continue to sleep while en route.

7. Your wallet will thank you

Plane tickets can be pricey, even short-haul ones. If you calculate the cost of flights for the whole family, the price can quickly mount up.

Driving can often work out much better economically, even when accounting for fuel, ferry or channel crossing costs. If you have a car full of friends you can split the fuel costs, which will make the journey even more affordable and potentially a lot more fun.

8. Leave no one behind

If you’re a pet owner, you will know the pain of leaving your furry friend behind and also the hassle of finding a good quality pet sitter, kennel or cattery while you’re away.

If you’re driving, it’s easy to make your pet part of your holiday. Install either a pet seatbelt to clip into your car or a travel cage in the boot, as a loose pet could be distracting for a driver. If you’re going abroad, pets will still need passports, so make sure you’re covered.

Warranty Direct is a trading style of BNP Paribas Cardif Limited. BNP Paribas Cardif Limited is a company, registered in England and Wales No. 3233010 at Pinnacle House, A1 Barnet Way, Borehamwood, Herts, WD6 2XX and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, Register No.309075.

Apr 132018
 

New research suggests 48 percent of motorists don’t understand what each dashboard warning light means. While the light may signal a minor issue, it could also be something dangerous or cause expensive damage to your vehicle.

Warranty Direct has put together a complete guide to help any car warning light novice to recognise what your car is trying to tell you…

Engine warning light

The engine light could come on for a host of different reasons, from a loose fuel cap to something more serious like a broken catalytic converter, so it can be hard and frustrating for drivers to pin-point the problem.

Head to a garage if the light appears and they will be able to run a diagnostic check to see what’s going on under the hood.

Coolant warning light

The car’s computer constantly monitors the coolant temperature and overall fluid level to ensure correct temperature is maintained. A warning light on the dashboard means the coolant temperature is too hot, so your engine may be overheating.

Pull over safely as soon as possible and turn your car off and let the engine cool down for at least 30 minutes. Using a thick rag, remove the radiator cap to check coolant level. If it’s low, temporarily add water, then get the car checked by a mechanic.

Airbag warning light

If you ignore your Airbag light and you have an accident, but your airbags don’t deploy, it could have devastating consequences. The airbag warning light can also mean there is a seatbelt fault. Without a seatbelt, you’re twice as likely to die in a car crash so don’t ignore the warning!

Brake warning light

Faulty brakes are the second most common cause of an accident and one of the most important car safety features. The brake light could signal many minor or major issues, such as; broken brake lights, ABS sensor malfunction, worn brake pads, low brake fluid or your handbrake is simply left on.

If the light comes on, it’s essential to go to a mechanic straight away to fix any potential problems.

Oil warning light

The oil light may come on for a few different reasons, such as low oil pressure or a low oil level. If your oil light comes on while you are driving, the first thing you should do is safely pull over and turn the vehicle off. Without oil, your engine is not lubricated and may stop at any point. It can also result in expensive engine damage,) so if it lights up, stop and call out a professional.

Tyre pressure monitor warning light

If the tyre pressure monitoring light is illuminated, your tyre pressure is either too high or too low. This could be because your tyres are underinflated, or you could have a puncture. Firstly, manually check tyre pressures with a gauge and add air until it reaches the vehicle manufacturer specification and resets the light. If the pressure drops again, you probably have a puncture and will need to repair or replace the tyre.

Power steering warning light

The power steering warning light will let you know when a fault has been detected with the steering system. With hydraulic power steering systems, you may be low on power steering fluid. If you see this sign light up, pull over and check the fluid level. Top it off with the correct fluid type and the light should turn off.

For electrical power steering systems, try pulling over and restart the engine to ‘reset’ the computer. If the warning light doesn’t turn off after restarting, the issue needs further inspection.

Without power steering, the car will be very hard to manoeuvre so be cautious, avoid motorways, and take it to a garage as soon as possible.

Battery charge warning light

If your battery charge light stays on after turning your engine on, you could have an electrical fault. This could be a damaged alternator, cable, or battery in the engine. If the battery light comes on while driving, this indicates a problem with the alternator. Turn off everything that uses power in the car (except headlights in the dark) and go to a mechanic.

 

Warranty Direct is a trading style of BNP Paribas Cardif Limited. BNP Paribas Cardif Limited is a company, registered in England and Wales No. 3233010 at Pinnacle House, A1 Barnet Way, Borehamwood, Herts, WD6 2XX and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, Register No.309075.

Mar 232016
 

Home and business owners across the UK earned more than £2million in 2015 by renting out their unused parking spaces with YourParkingSpace.co.uk. The online parking marketplace is reminding home and business owners the huge benefit that their unused spaces could have on their finances in 2016.

Its customers, both private and commercial, rent out a variety of parking spaces through the site including driveways, private off-street parking spaces, lock-up garages and spaces from commercial car park operators. With household finances continuing to be squeezed, renting out unused parking spaces could be a great way to earn extra, regular income.

Michael Watson rents out his parking space at his home in West London for £120 per month. “I’d heard through friends the concept of people renting out their unused parking spaces. I was initially a little concerned that others in the building complex would take issue but with YourParkingSpace I have found an excellent, regular tenant for the space. It also prevents the space being used by drivers who shouldn’t be parking there.”

Joan Pryce, from Fareham, near Portsmouth, rents out a garage parking space for £60 per month. “I first discovered the idea of renting out my parking space by looking online. The space and income is fully managed by YourParkingSpace and there’s been no issues as my rental client has been very good. I spend the extra income on household bills, not very exciting but extremely helpful living on a pension and it stops my husband hoarding in the garage!”

Those who live near high profile event and sports venues could benefit the most from YourParkingSpace. Joy Farrukh lives close to Wembley Stadium and rents out nine spaces across her two driveways, earning £15 per day for each space when events are taking place.

“My brother introduced me to the idea of renting out my drive as he already knew about it and when he realised the size of both my drives and the location of my homes, he put the idea to me”, said Joy.

“I meet and chat with almost all of the drivers because I think it’s important for them to feel a strong element of trust in me knowing that their vehicle is safe and then they are at complete ease as though they’ve parked with me before.”

It’s not just individuals and homeowners benefiting from letting parking space, many businesses are also utilising YourParkingSpace’s services. Bruntwood is a family-owned and run property company that provide office space, serviced and virtual offices, meeting rooms and retail premises to companies with over 100 properties across Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Birmingham. YourParkingSpace.co.uk rent out its unused parking inventory across their property portfolio.

Andrew Butterworth, Sales Director at Bruntwood Estates Ltd, said: “Utilising the services from YourParkingSpace is a fantastic way for us to increase revenue from unused sites. The whole process is easy and straightforward and is an excellent way for businesses to generate extra income for their unused parking space. Taking just one of our sites in Manchester, over £30,000 in incremental revenue was generated by YourParkingSpace in 2015.”

Commenting on the amazing sums that its customers earned in 2015, Harrison Woods, managing director of YourParkingSpace.co.uk, said: “It’s great that our customers have earned such significant amounts of money by renting out their unused spaces with us. We hope that even more customers will join our parking revolution in 2016.”

For more information on YourParkingSpace.co.uk or to find out about renting out unused parking spaces please visit https://www.yourparkingspace.co.uk.