The Perfect Gift for My Dad

I was trying to think of the perfect gift for my father. He is the hardest person to buy for because he lacks for nothing. This never stops me from finding him the perfect gift though. This year for his birthday, I was thinking for days, and I was coming up empty. I knew I still had time though, and I did end up finding the best gift ever. My boss told me to find the best show plates online after I asked him about a show plate that he had displayed on his office wall.

I am rarely in his office as he is very interactive with us in the main parts of the office, but I had to have him sign some papers quickly. As soon as I saw the show plates, I knew that it was something my father would really enjoy too. He is a classic car buff, and he loves going to car shows.… Read More

What Makes the Baleno a Top Choice among Car Buyers?

Ever since its arrival in the Indian car market the Baleno has been receiving major attention from brand loyalists and car enthusiasts; so much so that, the manufacturing company has decided to increase its production. This major step is expected to cut down waiting time, so that people can take home their favourite car sooner than later.

All this hype compels one to think as to what makes the Baleno one of the top selling cars in the country. To answer similar queries, here is a breakdown of all that is cool about the car –

Premium experience

Retailed through the brand’s “Nexa” outlets, Baleno does in fact tick all the right boxes for a premium car in its price range. A good upgrade from its predecessors, the car is built to bring its buyers a top of the range driving experience.

Practicality at its best

There is no denying the fact that Baleno is a practical car. With a length of 3995 millimetres and a width of 1745 millimetres, the car is quite commodious on the inside. A large wheelbase of 2520 millimetres further makes driving the car in different terrains, without corroding it, easily possible.

The car also goes light on the pocket when it comes to fuel. One can hope to achieve good mileage in both the petrol and diesel variants of the car.

Amazingly loaded

When it comes to the interiors of this car, buyers are definitely in for a surprise. Loaded with a start and stop button, key-less go, rear parking sensors, touch screen system with Apple car play, audio controls on the steering wheel, rear camera, ABS, climate control, auto headlamps, follow me lamps and EBD and dual airbags across all its variants, the Baleno is well-equipped.

Wide range of variants

Baleno is a car designed to suit all kinds of buyers, with its wide range of variants. People looking for standard fuel options can go for the 1.2 litre VVT petrol engine, while those looking for autobox can opt for the CVT. Again, for people looking to save some bucks, the brand also offers a 190 DDiS diesel engine and for the ones on the lookout for sportiness comes the RS version of the car, powered by a 1.0 litre BoosterJet Direct Injection Turbo engine. Thus, the company ensures that all kinds of customers are covered.

Competitively rated

The brand brings its buyers numerous premium features stacked in a cool body beginning with a price of just Rs. 5.38 lakhs (ex-showroom price in Delhi). One can expect the Baleno car price to change by a few digits here and there.

However, the fact still remains that for a price this low, people get a fresher feeling car, with ample space within and loads of features, including safety features. The Baleno is definitely one of the best specimens for a well-priced car from its makers.

Given all of the above, any one purchasing this gem of a car is sure to hit … Read More

What Is Behind the HGV Driver Crisis?

Whether your company relies on good supply networks or you manage a logistics company, you may have noticed that the demand for HGV drivers is currently high. So high, in fact, that some analysts are calling the shortage of HGV divers a crisis. What is behind the crisis and can things improve?

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Brexit Effect

The Brexit effect isn’t just going to mean higher food prices. The uncertainty around EU trade has had a major effect on the number of people entering the HGV driving workplace, especially migrants living in the UK who are unsure about their future. Until a final deal is made with the EU, the HGV driver crisis is going to continue.

Insurance for Under 25s

One of the major effects on HGV driver shortage is the fact that affordable HGV insurance is rarely permitted for drivers aged under 25. This means a whole section of society is restricted from this kind of work. Those aged 45 plus make up 60% of the HGV workforce in the UK, a statistic which is wholly unsustainable. Unless something is done to bring down the cost of HGV insurance for under 25s, the crisis is likely to worsen.

Some ways to bring down the cost can include fitting cameras and black boxes to vans. Some brokers such as have access to specialist insurance providers and can find you the best available rates for under 25s and also advise you on how to make the premiums lower.

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Learning to drive is a considerable cost for youngsters today. The average cost for an 18-year-old to learn to drive in the UK is currently £3300. Add to that the cost of HGV lessons and an HGV licence and you can see why many people under 25 don’t see the point of gaining this skill. Employers could consider covering some of this cost for their young employees or apprentices in order to encourage them into HGV driving.

The crisis surrounding the number of HGV drivers in the UK is largely due to two factors: Brexit and not enough under 25s. Finding ways to cut the premiums for younger drivers as well as helping them cover the cost of learning are two great ways to help find more drivers for your logistics firm.… Read More

Choosing the right forklift for your operation

Forklifts are the worker bees in any manufacturing and warehouse operations. They are commonly used to move heavy loads and sometimes in lifting or removing objects from high places. These powered industrial trucks are either ridden or controlled by a walking operator. They come in many types and these represent various operating hazards.

When choosing a forklift for your operation, the following are some specifics you should consider

It should match the work specifications

Think about the prerequisites and the functions that you would require of a forklift. Large companies would require several of these machines and therefore, you must pay close attention to these details and think about how different forklifts can serve different purposes. Consider the length of the aisles and other specifications such as the size of the items that you would need to lift. Whether the forklift will be used indoors or outdoors will dictate the power source; for instance, an electric forklift may only be used indoors, while battery or a generator can be used to power outdoors and would definitely impact safety.

If it is to be used indoors, you need to check the width, weight of the forklift and overhead obstructions. If it is to be used outdoors, you need to consider the tire type. You can consider a powered forklift so that you would not have to worry if the place in which it is operating in is too dark. You will need a forklift that is well endowed with tires especially if it is operating under slippery floors.

Consider the OSHA regulations

OSHA regulations are against a forklift or any machine of such magnitude being operated by someone under 18 years of age. These are considered minors and therefore cannot be certified to operate such machines. To determine the best way to protect workers, according to OSHA, depends on the size of the machine and the condition of the work site. Therefore, it is a requirement by this regulator for every employer to train their truck operators on a variety of subjects. Top on the list is maintenance and vehicle inspection. There is also a requirement for a daily pre-shift powered industrial trucks inspection.

A forklift plays a major role in moving and arranging big loads in a warehouse. Thus, think carefully before you purchase one.… Read More

What to look out for when renting a car

Renting a car has become one of the easiest ways to move around. Wherever you are in the country, you can rent a car at whatever time and for whatever period. It is critical, however, to find out the terms and conditions on the contract to avoid unnecessary charges that are accrued due to a violation of the terms. This article aims at pointing out a few observations you have to make so that you can have an enjoyable experience.

Choose your picking spot carefully

The rental location spot affects the overall price of the car rental. It should not surprise you when the same car rental prices differ in different spots. For instance, car hiring at the airport is more expensive than a car hired in a hotel; this is because the service provider has to pay more to operate at the airport compared to a hotel.

What are the additional services?

The cost of renting a car is highly determined by the additional services that the commercial vehicle rental Singapore offers. If you are not careful, the renting company would include extra services for a fee, something that you may not need at all. For instance; if you request for a baby seat or additional driver, the renting company may take advantage and charge you exorbitantly. Check through the checklist and cross every extra service you may not require. You’ll be surprised how much you could save from a single contract. Again, there are extra services that they should offer free, compare and choose the company that gives you a variety of extra free- services.

Check the insurance coverage

Is the vehicle you are about to get, properly insured. Of importance here is to ensure that the insurance coverage includes occasional waivers. It is prudent for you to get an insurance policy purchase prior to avoid the last minute highly priced insurance policies. Without a proper insurance cover, you may have to pay for the car damages incurred during your trip and this could cost you a significant amount.

Check out for damages and any scratches

Before you take over the car, look out for any scratches or damages and record such together with the rental agent. In case you incur further damage, it would be easy to tell to what extent the car was damaged under your custody. Remember, if you don’t have a record of existing damages, you could be forced to pay for what you aren’t responsible for.

Before you sign that car rental contract, you must be on the watch out for the condition of the car. Take your sweet time to understand the terms of the contract and the prices for all additional services. Whatever cost can be avoided, cross it from the list, save the much you can.… Read More