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FIVE COMMON SIGNS YOUR GEARBOX IS FAULTY

When mechanical failures happen to your vehicle, it’s not always obvious anything is wrong. However, if you want to avoid high repair bills and road accidents, paying attention to how your car feels and sounds could possibly save your life. The gearbox, like any other mechanical component, can wear out if you don’t pay due vigilance. If you’re not certain what exactly to look out for, listed below is a simple guide to the most common signs so that you’re aware of the smallest change and can act quickly.

VANLIFE TRAVEL IN THE UK

There are plenty of gorgeous holiday locations in the UK, from national parks, such as the Lake District, to the Welsh mountains, and from glittering Scottish lochs to numerous sweeping sandy beaches scattered across England. With staycations on the rise, what better way to spend a week or two of summer than holidaying in the UK. But, instead of opting for a traditional static caravan or holiday cottage accommodation, why not try something a little different: renting a campervan.

A BUDGET GUIDE TO TRAVEL

The chance to get away and enjoy the relaxation and adventure of somewhere new is something we all crave. Unfortunately, it isn’t something we can all afford, or it can be a very rare experience indeed. Getting away without breaking the bank or needing a second mortgage is certainly possible and here’s a closer look at how to plan budget breaks that are still enjoyable and a chance to enjoy a new experience and culture.

HOW TO BE SUMMER ROAD TRIP READY

Are you and your car are up to the task of being ready for a summer’s road trip? The thought of taking a road trip somewhere is something many people can all look forward to. But while road trips conjure up adventure and fun, it’s more important than ever to be ready for anything. One of the biggest considerations is whether your vehicle is roadworthy enough to do miles of exploring. Fortunately, there are some simple preparations you can make to avoid any unexpected vehicle problems along the way and have a safe staycation.

THE UK'S MYSTERIOUS STANDING STONES

You may have heard of the famous Stonehenge, which attracts more than a million visitors per year, but did you know the UK is actually home to around 1,300 historical standing stone arrangements? Instead of Stonehenge, here are two alternative and equally intriguing standing stone circles which are worth visiting:

SUMMER HIGHLIGHTS ON THE SUSSEX COAST

If you’ve been lucky enough to visit the south coast of England during the summer months, you may well be familiar with the vast array of outdoor activities on offer. If not, there are some excellent treats in store for you. If you’ve never visited Sussex or if you’re looking for something new to do with friends or family this summer, here are some brilliant ideas to get you started:

STAYING SENSIBLE WITH CREDIT CARDS

Building credit and improving your credit score are preoccupations for many of us. Whether you’re building credit from scratch or trying to improve your past history, credit cards are extremely useful to improve your financial position. Companies will rush to offer you their services, their credit cards and other lines of credit, but they don’t often provide the guidance you need to use it sensibly, so that’s what we’re trying to do.

30-MINUTE WELLBEING TIPS FOR NEW MUMS

Having a new baby is such an exciting time in life: but it can be daunting and exhausting too. If you have a newborn and are struggling to find time to look after yourself, take a few minutes to breathe, and make sure you’re looking after yourself as well as your brand new human. One thing that's really important to do is to go to your six-to-eight-week check-up with the doctor. Part of this will involve having a chat around your mental health and wellbeing (read more about what to expect on the NHS website). Be open and honest about your feelings, and, hopefully, any serious issues (including possible post-natal depression) will then be on your health carer’s radar. If you feel as though you’re generally OK, but could just do with a little self-care time now and again, we’ve got some great ideas for simple ways to take 30 minutes out of your day from being “mum” to being “you” again.

SCREEN-FREE IDEAS TO KEEP THE KIDS ENTERTAINED

While there are some great apps and television shows to keep little ones busy and get them learning at the same time, it’s probably fair to say that most of us don’t really want our little ones glued to the screen all day on rainy weekends or the holidays. The good news is, there are loads of fun options to convince your kids to step away from their online activities for an hour or two, and they needn’t break the bank. Here are just a few to get you started….

FREE RAINY DAY ACTIVITIES FOR YOU AND YOUR KIDS

Rainy weekends are, let’s face it, a part of UK living, and when you’ve got kids, those indoor days can often seem to drag. But instead of wishing for sun, we say go with what you have, and make the most of those cosy days in. Don’t let the grey weather get you down - use it as an opportunity to have fun with the kids and get creative without going anywhere. Here are a few ideas to get you started, using things you’ll hopefully already have around the house:

THREE REASONS TO SWITCH TO AN ELECTRIC CAR

If you’re thinking of making the switch to an electric motor, then you’ve got more choice than ever before! Plus, battery powered EVs drive faster than previously too. With the government’s focus moving from diesel and petrol vehicles to the point where sales are likely to be banned by 2030, now couldn’t be a better time to shop electric. Increasingly popular, EV manufacturers are consistently releasing new models to keep up with demand.

THREE EASY WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH AND YOUR BANK BALANCE

A healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be to the detriment of your bank balance. Investing in fitness tech, gym memberships and trolleys packed with fruit and veg isn’t essential for a healthier lifestyle and it is possible to make small, positive health changes and see an improvement in your disposable income too. With more than just better health to gain, consider these easy ways to give kickstart your health and save a few pounds too.

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