1. Paper Driving Licences

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      Did you know that the paper part of  driving licences are being phased out in the UK and will be abolished by January 2015?   Did you also know you can now view your driving licence details on-line with the DVLA?  It’s only in it’s infancy but it’s there and it’s available.  If you sign into the DVLA website (make sure it’s the GOV.UK one and not a bogus site) and type in View Driving Record. You will need your driving licence number, your national insurance number and your postcode, enter all this information and there you are; your driving history.  It tells you what you can drive, how many penalty points you have and when your licence is due to expire. This information will also be available to the insurance industry so when you phone for a quote they will be able to check this for accuracy too. You won’t be able to Read more…

  2. Notting Hill Carnival

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    Source Each August Bank Holiday weekend London’s Notting Hill district comes alive with the Carnival of Carnivals and has been doing so since 1964. This year is no different, hundreds of thousands of people will flock to West London to join in the carnival atmosphere.   Source Sunday’s procession is for the kids as it is quieter and more child friendly, although remember it’s still very busy so keep the kids close and use a smaller buggy if you have one. The floats and bands start around 9am and is usually finished  by 7pm on both days. The main parade is on Monday, Carnival day, and will start on Great Western Road, along Chepstow Road, Westbourne Grove and finally coming to rest at the top of Ladbroke Grove.   Source Along the route you will find every type food that the world has to offer, a truly multi-cultural event. But the main aroma will come Read more…

  3. Fair Fuel Policy

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      We get quite a few queries about the different fuel policies that exist. Each supplier is different and can even differ from car to car. So we thought we’d write a short blog to explain the differences.   Pick up Full, Return full This is the best option to get. You’ll get a full tank of fuel when you collect the car, you’ll have to return it with a full tank! Simple! You buy the fuel from the cheapest garage near the airport (not at the airport itself if you can help it) so you get the best deal. Just make sure it’s as full as you can possibly get it to avoid any additional charges.   Pick Up Full, Return Empty Quite hard to work this one out as you might only be hiring the car for a few days so you won’t get through a full tank of fuel. You’ll still be Read more…

  4. Win £20 Amazon Vouchers every day for a fortnight!

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      We’re running our new competition starting today to win £20 worth of Amazon Vouchers every day for a fortnight!   How to enter You can enter every day and if you share this with your friends then you will be given three bonus entries too! All you have to do is simply enter the competition through our Facebook page or    Are there any restrictions You just have to be 18 or over and be a UK resident to enter. Full terms and conditions are listed below   Terms and Conditions This competition is open to UK residents over the age of 18 only. (Except employees of and their relatives) No purchase is necessary. A limit of one entry per person, per day will be accepted. However, there are chances to gain bonus entries when you share the competition on Facebook so that your friends can like our page and enter the competition too. No Read more…

  5. Read the Small Print!


      We all tick the button that says you’ve read and understood the T+C’s but have you really?  Most don’t. I know we all hate doing it, we ‘re in a rush and just haven’t got time but I assure you it’s so important to know what you’re signing up for, especially when it comes to hiring a car!   You need to know that you’ve just agreed to the most expensive fuel policy or that the pick up location is outside the airport. These little things can really ruin the start of your holiday.   It only takes a few minutes but it will ensure that you have truly understood what you’re signing. How smug will you feel the next time you’re at the rental desk and you actually know that you need a credit card for the deposit or you needed to bring the paper part of your driving licence or that you Read more…

  6. Local Laws and Customs Campaign

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        The FCO’s Know Before You Go team have released their latest campaign to keep you all safe on your holidays. This one is called Holiday Know How and it highlights the importance of researching the local customs and laws of your holiday destination.   The key messages of the campaign are: Make sure you fully research the destination you intend to visit before travelling, including its laws and customs Understand what is appropriate behaviour and which activities, for example social drinking, you can and can’t undertake in your destination Being caught out by local laws and customs can carry consequences or hefty fines Visit for country specific laws and customs, including the consequences (or specific destination pages)   The last thing you want on your holiday is a huge fine or being arrested over something that you do at home! Take a quick look at some of the examples below and you’ll see how Read more…

  7. Driving Safely in Europe

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      New research issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and has found that nearly half of British nationals who have driven overseas did not research the local laws and customs of their destination before leaving the UK, with 64% of more experienced drivers stating that they did not feel it was necessary to prepare beforehand.   40% confirmed they were unsure what they should do if they were involved in an accident overseas and over a quarter were unsure of the drinking regulations in the country they intended to be driving through.   Nearly a quarter admitted they find driving overseas to be a stressful experience and only 20% felt they had an accurate understanding of the necessary equipment they were legally required to have in the car.   Driving regulations vary from country to country and it’s important to be aware of the local laws of your destination before driving. The Read more…

  8. British Behaviour Abroad Report 2014

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      The Know Before You Go team have just released a British Behaviour Abroad Report for 2013 – 2014. This details the type of trouble us Brits have whilst travelling abroad and also highlights the destinations that seem to have the most problems.   The Foreign and Commonwealth Office have also given us 3 tips to remember before you go abroad this year:  Get comprehensive travel insurance — read the small print, declare pre-existing medical conditions and make sure it covers you for everything you want to do  Check health requirements — so you can get the right vaccinations and take any necessary medication such as anti-malaria tablets  Research your destination — the more clued up you are, the smoother your trip will be and the less likely you are to find yourself on the wrong side of foreign laws   Over 17,000 Brits needed help through the Consular service last year but this is dropping all the Read more…