Taking a Driving Holiday

A word everyone is fond of hearing again & again! A recent study even revealing that the most appreciated holiday is ‘Taking A Driving Holiday.’

1. How to start?

After the confirmation of the holiday destination, always procure the proper road maps in advance. Study the route fully prior to departure and finally if you want to doubly ensure a safe journey program your satellite navigation system prior to departure.

2. How to Plan the Route?

i) The most erroneous part of the entire driving holiday can be the route planning. Major external forces act on the route taken. Such as lane system, traffic movement, narrow roads and so on. These factors reduce the speed and in turn increase the fatigue. Usually the journey time known is on the ‘IDEAL DRIVING CONDITIONS’. So compulsorily try to reconfirm the actual road conditions beforehand from experienced sources (If Possible).

ii) OBEY TRAFFIC RULES – Rules are not easy for anyone who is on a holiday. Always take care of seat belts, drinking habits, speed limits, etc..
iii) Car expenses – Apart from the fuel, check on the ferry charges, toll charges (if any) at specific locations for effective cost reduction. Also comparison between the car charges for rental and flights is recommended for the one day visit to a specific site.

3. How much time to spend on the specific destination?

The first day might be a bit sluggish, due to the drive (long or short), so avoid excessive sightseeing on the first day. Starting your sightseeing from the second day is advisable.

4. Where to Stay?

A wide range of accommodation is available – ranging from 5-Star hotels to economical motels. An important factor here is to decide in advance, depending on your budget. If you have the facility of self catering, can go ahead with the same only if family members permit, who is in-charge of cooking for the same (Even he/she is expecting the holiday! ) Stay LONGER at FEWER PLACES – This will give time for the family to enjoy their time outside of the car.

Try to take care of the above MACRO things and surely you will end up taking a driving holiday of a life-time, which will be the best!!!

This guest blog post was written on behalf of insureagogo.co.uk

Everything you ever wanted to know about number plates!

All About Number Plates

What are number plates made from?

Number plates are made from two components firstly the yellow or white this is called the reflective and secondly the plastic front of the number plate is made from and called the acrylic.
How is the registration number printed on the number plate?

The reflective is cleaned thoroughly and then registration number is simply printed on to the reflective by a thermal printer and some clever software.  The software ensures the correct legal spacing and legal font.

How is the reflective attached to the acrylic?

The rear of the acrylic is pre- coated with a industrial adhesive and the reflective is placed on top of the adhesive with the registration number facing the adhesive.  The reflective and acrylic are then pressure bonded to stick them together.

How are number plates made?

There are 2 ways of making number plates

Number one:

This process involves printing the registration number directly on to the yellow or white reflective with a thermal printer and bonding the reflective to matching shaped piece of acrylic.  This process is a sign of a quality manufactured number plate and is our preferred method.  We have never received one complaint about the quality of our number plates.

Number two:

This process involves printing the registration number onto a OHP like material and bonding it to a rigid plastic yellow or white coated in a reflective paint.  These types of number plates are used predominately in the caused car sales industry as they are cheaper to buy.  However because the front of the number plate consists primarily of a thin OHP front they are prone to what is called delaminating – this simply means the front OHP material comes away from the back of the number plate.  This in turn makes the number plate unfit for legal road use and will fail the MOT.
If you are looking for a quality made number plate please click here.

Square Number Plates

A standard square number plate has YELLOW reflective and shatter proof acrylic and measures 284mm in length and 210mm wide (28cm by 21cm).  Additionally all square number plates must conform to  latest British Safety standards this ensures that the number plate will be road leagal and MOT compliant.

A square number plate is normally fixed to the rear of  the vehicle/trailer by means of  self tapping screws with colour coded caps or sticky pads.  Some customers even apply a small amount of external clear silicon mastic to each corner of the number plate for added security.
To buy a number plate please click here.

Motorcycle Number Plates

A standard motorcycle number plate has YELLOW reflective and shatter proof acrylic and measures 240mm in length and 180mm wide (24cm by 18cm).  Additionally all motorcycle number plates must conform to  latest British Safety standards this ensures that the number plate will be road legal and MOT compliant.

A motorcycle number plate is normally fixed to the rear of  motorcycle by means of plastic bolts or sticky pads.  Some customers even apply a small amount of external clear silicon mastic to each corner of the number plate for added security.

Where is the best place to buy Number Plates?

Easy Number Plates are a DVLA registered number plate supplier and sell all types number plates from a single rear or front to a pair for all vehicles including:

Cars
Motorcycles
Caravans
Trailers
The number plates are road legal and MOT compliant and ar manufactured to current british standards AU145 D.

Where to buy legal number plates

This is a question often asked by many people when they need a replacement or new number plate or plates. There are many people selling numbers from high street shops, auction sites and company like ourselves. We are a registered DVLA number plate supplier and have invested heavyily in the latest number plate thermal technology, thus giving our customers the best quality number plates which are DVLA and MOT complaint number plates.

Number plates how much?

This is a valid question asked by many people including our customers. The pricing varies in regards to quality of the number plates. The bargin so called number plates on offer from a well known auction site tend to be of low quality and supplied by sellers who are not licensed todo so by the DVLA, this means your number plate will fail the MOT and the ANPR cameras will pick it up and you will receive a fine so those cheap number plates were not so cheap afterall!
Easy Number Plates is a registered DVLA number plate supplier and supplies number plates to British standard. Our number plates range from £11.99 upward and are a quality product which are DVLA and MOT compliant and should last you many years.

Number plate sticky pads

Number plate sticky pads are also know as number plate self-adhesive pads.  They are use to secure a number plate directly to vehicle by removing the protective film on either side of the number plate sticky pad and attaching it to firstly the rear of the number plate and then pressing it firmly to the vehicle.

Top tip: Remove any grease and dirt to the area of the vehicle where the number plate is to be attached with white spirit first.

Do Halfords make number plates?

Quite simply Halford’s do make number plates.  They still make them by sticking vinyl lettering  to the reflective before applying a bonded acrylic front. However most number plate makers use a more modern approach to ensure 100 per cent legal compliance and constancy.  This is achieved by the use of thermal printing and some clever software this process improves the look and longevity of a number plates life.

In order to ensure you purchase a 100 per cent road/MOT legal number plate that has the correct spacing and font we would suggest you use a number plate supplier who uses thermal printing technology. Today’s number plate industry standard!

Buying legal number plates

All DVLA registration number plates must be supplied by a DVLA licensed number plate supplier.
1. The number plate must be in specific font
2. The letters on the number plate must be spaced correctly
3. Only certain side flags are permitted
4. The number plate construction must conform BS 145 AUD
5. The number plate must contain the DVLA registered suppliers ID – or it will fail the MOT!
6. If a number does not conform to the above you could be fined at least £60
Click here to buy a legal number plate from a DVLA registered supplier.

How do I buy a new number plate?

In the UK a number plates must be supplied by a DVLA licensed number plate supplier.  If you buy a number plate from a seller who is not a licensed number supplier your number plate will not have the DVLA licensed number plate seller verification id and will not pass a MOT.
Click here to buy a number plate from a DVLA registered supplier.

What documents do I need to buy a number plate?

In order for us to make a number plate  for your vehicle you are required to provide proof of vehicle entitlement to the number plate and documentation to prove your identity.  All documents must be originals and one document must be supplied from lisi one and two.  Click here if you would like to view the documents required in image format.

List One:

Vehicle registration certificate (V5C or V5CNI) – these are the preferred documents
The new keeper supplement (V5C/2 or V5C/2NI) of the registration certificate
Certificate of entitlement (called ‘V750′ in England and Wales)
Retention document (V778) (England and Wales only)
Vehicle licence renewal form (V11)
Temporary registration certificate (V379) (not applicable in Northern Ireland)
Authorisation certificate (V948) with an official stamp from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) or Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA)
A letter of authorisation from a fleet operator (including lease or hire company) (England and Wales only) – the letter must quote the document reference number from the registration certificate, not the vehicle identification number

List Two:

Driving licence, whether or not issued in the United Kingdom (UK) (with or without a photo) – this is preferred because it’s a secure, government-issued document showing both name and address

A bill issued by your electricity, gas or water supplier, a landline telephone bill, or a council tax bill (current within the last six months) or rates bill (in Northern Ireland only)
A bank or building society statement
A passport, whether or not issued in the UK
A national identity card issued by the government of a state or territory other than the UK
A debit or credit card issued by a bank or building society
A police warrant card
An armed forces identity card

How to fix your number plates to your vehicle

Number plate fixing guide – This blog post is for guidance only.
Many of our customers ask us how to attach/fix your new number plates to your car, van, trailer or caravan.
Tools required:
Drill
4mm metal drill bit
Masking tape
Tape measure
White spirit
Clean cloth
Old number plate if available
Marker pen
Piece of scrap wood – slightly larger than your number plate (needed if you decide to fix your number plate with self tapping screws.)

Process using self adhesive pads:
Advantage: Easier and quicker to attach to your vehicle
Disadvantage: Less secure or can fall off if the number plate area is not clean enough.
1. Remove your old number plate(s)
2. Clean the area where your number plate will be placed with a dry clean cloth and a small amount of white spirit and allow to dry
3. Evenly space the self adhesive pads on the rear of the new number plate
4. Remove the self adhesive pad protective paper
5. Position your number plate and apply even pressure to the number plate
6. Leave for 10 minutes
Process using self tapping screws:
Advantage: Better security harder to remove and less likely to fall off.
1. Remove your old number plate(s)
2. Clean the area where your number plate will be placed with a dry clean cloth and a small amount of white spirit and allow to dry
3. Measure evenly the location of the holes you need to drill (if you have your old number plate use this as a template)
4. Place a piece of masking tape over each area of the number plate you are going to drill (this prevent scratching the number plate)
5. Place your number plate on a scrap piece of wood and secure it firmly
6. Slowly drill the front of your number plate until you can see the yellow or whit number plate film, then turn over your number plate and drill through to the hole you have already drilled on the front very slowly