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Burglary Prevention Tips

Whilst your home insurance covers the financial loss you suffer as a result of a break-in, nothing can protect you from the emotional trauma and shock suffered when a stranger ransacks your home and rummages through your personal belongings. However, there is a lot you can do to help prevent it from happening in the first place.

All External Doors

Fit five-lever mortice deadlocks (or their equivalent) to all external doors and you should lock these doors even if you are out for just a short time.

All Accessible Windows

A large number of break-ins occur through windows. Fit security locks to all accessible windows, i.e. th...

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Teaching your Teenager how to Drive

Teaching your teenager to drive is one of the most challenging and daunting responsibilities of child rearing. As co-pilot, you will be in a very influential position to help your teenager make good driving decisions and develop good habits that will last them a lifetime.

The Essentials

Getting your Teenager a Learner Permit

To obtain a learner permit your teenager will have to complete and pass a theory test at your local test centre. In preparing for the theory test it is important that your teen prepares and revises. Learning the rules of the road is the first key step to life long safe driving. You can find more inf...

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Bad Driving Habits to Avoid

It is very easy to pick up bad driving habits, especially in the years following your driving test. These habits are easy to subconsciously adopt and in some cases are hard to kick. Here are 8 common driving habits present today.

Speeding

This seems obvious right? With the constant stream of road safety advertisements and road signs informing the public of the dangers of exceeding the speed limit somehow, speeding remains one of the biggest problems in road safety. In fact, according to the European Commission of Road Safety, speeding is the key factor in around 30% of fatal road accidents in Europe1. Exceeding the spee...

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Staged Accidents – What You Need to Know

Unfortunately staged accidents do happen on Northern Irish roads. According to the Association of British Insurers, insurers uncovered 130,000 fraudulent claims worth £1.32 billion across all insurance products in 2015. This represents an increase of 6% from 2014.

The Belfast Telegraph reported (which was highlighted by the Association of British Insurers), a man was convicted of staging fake road accidents in his ice cream van. Had he been successful he would have pocketed around £100,000, the ABI said.

Part of the problem with staged accidents is that they’re difficult to prove and quite often it can be a case of the ...

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Tips for Driving your Car Abroad

Driving in a foreign country is daunting at the best of times. Driving on the other side of the road is difficult enough without a foreign language, unfamiliar road signs and sometimes aggressive drivers to worry about!

Like everything else though, a little preparation can go a long way and help you to avoid potential bumps in the road. Here are our top tips to make your foreign driving experience more manageable.

Before You Travel

Before you head off there are a number of essentials you will need to have:

Your driving licence – Ensure your full driving licence is valid and with you.  Keeping your passport to hand can be ...

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Getting Into The Garden With Children

Gardeners have long claimed higher job satisfaction and lower stress levels, this could perhapsbe explained by recent scientific research which suggests that microbes found in soil canstimulate serotonin production in the body, a substance which make us feel relaxed and happy. That, to me, translates that getting into the garden and getting dirty is good for you and something all the family can benefit from. With the days getting longer, brighter and warmer there are more opportunities to get out and get interacting with these microbes. Sometimes it can be tricky getting out into the garden when you have children, how...

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