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NCT, Breakdowns, Accidents and Penalty Points

Ensuring your car is in full working order is vitally important. Defective motor vehicles have a higher risk of breaking down and being involved in accidents. We took a look at the 2015 National Car Test stats and our own Breakdown stats.

NCT Fails

2015 saw an increase in National Car Tests taking place, this seems to have occurred following the announcement in late 2014 by the Minster for Transport that driving a vehicle without a valid NCT cert would become a penalty point offence. 1.49 million cars were tested in 2015, the highest amount to date. Half of the cars tested did, however, fail the NCT according to the Road Safety ...

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Keeping Your Home Safe While You Are on Holiday

When you leave you home, whether it is for a quick weekend getaway or a 3 month exploration, you should always take some basic safety precautions to keep your home as safe as possible. Here are some steps you should take before leaving home on any trip.

Make Your Home Appear Occupied

There are a number of ways to make your home appear occupied while you are away. One of the simplest is to leave a key with a trusted neighbour. They could make sure grass stays cut or periodically turn on and off different lights around the house. Very little says that a house is empty more than darkness. A house remaining in complete dark...

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Art in the Gardens

Antrim Castle Gardens will be transformed into a celebration of Northern Irish heritage through the arts, during the Allianz Garden Show Ireland which takes place 5th to 7th May.

With a stunning selection of live music throughout the Show, a unique tree hanging exhibition and large scale floral art displays it is set to be a true artistic delight not forgetting the exceptional garden designs that visitors will see.

Director of Garden Show Ireland Claire Faulkner commented,

“We are so excited to be offering such a rich variety of artistic activities this year in our celebration of Northern Ireland’s heritage. It is a priv...

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Obesity in Pets - Pete the Vet

Obesity is shockingly common in pets: all species, including dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters and budgies can be affected. Surveys1 have demonstrated that around one-third of all pets are too fat. It's a complex subject: owners don't set out to deliberately overindulge their beloved pets.

Potential Problems

Obesity causes many problems in pets, just as it does in humans. A vicious circle of weight gain can easily develop. The heavier a pet becomes, the less they want to exercise, and so the less energy they burn up. Instead of enjoying play and exercise, the most enjoyable part of their life becomes eating, so they eat mor...

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Bad Driving Habits to Avoid

It is very easy to pick up bad driving habits, especially in the years following your driving test. These habits are easy to subconsciously adopt and in some cases are hard to kick. Here are 8 common driving habits present today.

Speeding

This seems obvious right? With the constant stream of road safety advertisements and road signs informing the public of the dangers of exceeding the speed limit somehow, speeding remains one of the biggest problems in road safety. In fact, according to the European Commission of Road Safety, speeding is the key factor in around 30% of fatal road accidents in Europe.1 Exceeding the spee...

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24 Hour Race - Finland

This weekend I go to Finland to do a 24hour race. Anything over a marathon distance is considered as an 'ultra' marathon. A marathon distance is 26.2miles or 42.2km.

In a 24 hour race the objective is to cover as much distance as possible within that time. I am thankful to Allianz Ireland who have yet again shown me encouragement and belief by sponsoring my participation in this race. Thank you guys. Your continuous support means so much.

I am going to suffer during the race. I know I will. One of the hardest parts of the race is standing at the start line and realising that you're going to suffer for 24hrs. But to reac...

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