All cars more than three years old require a yearly MOT test to ensure the vehicle is still roadworthy. Tests should be carried out at a reliable garage such as BGS. If the vehicle fails the MOT, it needs to be repaired to conform to roadworthy standards. Many of the checks in an MOT are basic, so even if you aren’t familiar with car maintenance, it is possible to perform a pre-MOT check. This check will reduce any chance (and inconvenience) of failure.
1: The General Checks
Certain items are considered ‘general checks’ in an MOT. To improve your chance of passing the MOT, you should do the following:
Ensure the windscreen washers and wipers are operative
Many of the drivers that are new to HGV driving often ask this question, and it frankly is a sound inquiry given the circumstances. Nobody wants to go into a career that will not fully compensate them for any work done or offer a fair pay. However, with the career as an HGV driver, salary concerns may not have a definitive answer, since there is not definitive pay for every HGV driver out there. Even then, there are useful guidelines and some trends as well as statutory minimums that can help you figure out which would be the suitable pay for you as a new HGV driver – with or without a category C1 license, you still need to know how much you can expect to be paid.
The Statutory Minimums
The HGV industry does have its rules and regulations that govern operations, and this includes the salaries. That is why legal wage minimums are applicable. In short, you will be covered by the National Minimum wage, the Apprenticeship Levy and the National Living Wage.
As per the National Minimum Wage, your projected minimum per hour wage rate is around:
£7.38 if you are 21 to 24 years of age
£5.90 if you are 18 to 20 years of age
£4.20 if you are 16 to 17 years of age (thought it is rare to find HGV drivers who are this stage)
£3.70 for the apprentice rate, but it is subject to a few terms.
The above may be the legally allowed minimum pay to expect, so you should expect to get a salary that is significantly higher than that. Many HGV employers understand and appreciate the need to pay their drivers more as a means of encouraging them to do better work. The National Living Wage is designed …
People are in business to make a profit, even not-for-profit
organisations need to make a surplus to survive. But, just how healthy is your
business? All businesses have weaknesses as well as strengths. Now is the time
for you to consider your profitability (PROFIT) issues such as:
People Management and Culture,
Resources and Risk Management,
Operations and Systems,
Finance and Focus,
Innovation and Ideas,
Technology and Timeliness.
A Business Health Check can be a key part of this process;
it asks some key questions about your business, highlighting areas of potential
weaknesses and pointing you in the direction of relevant help and support.
Do you have enough time to do all this and keep running your
business? Do you have the expertise? Well there are third party experts who can
assist in your business health check and, whilst you know your business better
than anyone, having more than in-house opinions and perspectives is valuable as
it utilises the experience and knowledge of expert business advisors – people
external to the business with a fresh perspective.
Ensure that 2011 is your healthiest year yet. To ensure you
achieve your maximum profit in 2011 you need to consider the following issues
and take steps to address areas where you or your business may be lacking.
People, Management and Culture
Consider the terrific people you have on board, are they
performing to their full potential? Do you allow them to? Do you listen to
their feedback, do you talk to them and let them know that you value them? In
looking at the organisation’s operations it is also critical to understand the
culture. Remember that people are flexible and require ownership of whatever
they do to perform to their best abilities. Is your management structure the
best for your operations? Are …
It is very important to visit the dentist on a regular
basis. Finding the right dental practice is also essential to good oral
hygiene. You should first start off by looking into the professional background
of the dental professional. They should be licensed and properly accredited.
You should also be comfortable with the actual facility. The staff should be
friendly and professional. And they should manage all of their appointments in
a timely manner.
All dental practices are different and vary according to the
dental services they provide. There are also differences in the quality of
service. Some facilities are better than others so it is a good idea to look
around and make sure you are selecting a good practice. The facility should be
clean and well managed.
Professionals that perform dental work must go to school to
receive their training. Upon all of their training and testing they are then
licensed and are able to work on patients. Some of these professionals move on
to form their own practice or the join an existing practice. It is good to know
their credentials and their areas of expertise before scheduling an
Most of the dental practices have websites that offer
information about the services they provide as well as the background
information on the dentists at their facility. The websites will also usually
site information on the different types of equipment that they use on
specialized procedures. If all of your questions are not answered, then you
should call in or visit the office for additional information. You want to go
to a facility that is current on all of the technology.
When you visit the practice, the employees should be
organized and ready to assist you. Every customer should be warmly greeted and
given proper …
Sometimes our expenses can be more than our income and we find ourselves scrambling to make ends meet every month. You try to find ways to cut back and save money but there are some expenses that you simply can’t cut out altogether, like auto insurance. Each state law will vary on just how much auto insurance you are required to carry but across the board, it’s illegal in all states to go without insurance. Now, it is easier than ever for a policeman to see if you have insurance or not. They don’t even have to pull you over anymore to find out if you have insurance or not. They simply have to pull behind you, run your license plate and within seconds they will know whether the car you are driving has auto insurance or not. If you are caught driving without auto insurance you are more than likely going to get a ticket and no insurance tickets usually run anywhere from $250 -$350 and if you get more than one of those tickets, they can and will suspend your license. So, now that we know we can’t go without automobile insurance lets looks at some simple tips that will help you keep your premiums as low as possible and achieve your goal of cheap auto insurance.
Increase Your Deductibles
If you are looking to decrease your monthly
premiums, then you can increase your deductible amount and your monthly
premiums will go down. Deductible amounts are usually $250, $500, $1,000,
$2,000 and $2,500. The deductible amount is the amount of money that you are
responsible to pay in the event that you file a claim. For example, if your car
needs repairs due to an accident, and the total repair bill is $3,000, and your
deductible is …
about the potential risks – Once you’re aware of the risks that are involved, you will
automatically learn to avoid them. One golden rule of thumb is to report any
abnormalities or unsafe conditions directly to your supervisors. Unless you’re
qualified to handle a certain situation, you must do everything to shun your
ego. Remember that your supervisor is obligated to maintain a safe working
environment for you and your employees. Similarly, you too are obligated to
avoid such disasters from happening. Always keep track of potential problems
and be ready to inform the ones in charge.
2. Use your
tools properly – Using inappropriate tools at critical moments is a common
occurrence in workplaces. This also contributes to the majority of injuries.
Make it a point to use the correct tools for the job and never replace one with
the other, simply because you “think” it can get the job done.
Also, make sure to properly clean your equipment. Faulty tools can
spell disaster for you and your colleagues. Clean them regularly and make sure
they are always at their 100% before putting them to use.
breaks – Working can be strenuous but that doesn’t mean you must work
around the clock. Taking breaks is very important as it freshens your mind and
keeps it alert and working at full efficiency. If your work involves complicated