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Importance of Going Green

People are starting to learn the importance of going green and this is one of the main reasons why the governments of various countries are spending large amount of money on the further implementation of green technology to impact the auto market.

Electric vans are powered by an electric motor instead of the common gasoline engine, the electric motor gets its power from the controller regulating the amount of power that driver would use on the accelerator pedal. The major automotive companies of today are putting their best efforts to come out with the best electric vans or other green vehicles that will burn less fuel and concentrate on making the world a greener place. The modern electric vans of today are said to decrease the level and amount of air pollution that are usually generated by fuel vans, these electric vans seem to produce almost zero tail exhaust emissions. According to the research, the electric vans are said to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions by over 30%. Companies are spending good money to develop and research new tools and inventions that can reduce the amount of emissions.

As soon as the electric vans are out, they are said to have a bigger and major impact in the whole auto industry. The electric vans are said to be advantageous from the view point of global warming: they produces less pollution, save (the owner)money due to rise in global gasoline prices, this in turn will lead to less dependence on oil.

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I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realizes an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don’t have complete emotions about the present, only about the past.
Virginian Woolf

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Travel Requirements Spain

Recently Ive been thinking about Spain. Spain, is pretty close to us in the UK and its the type of place where you end up on a two week holiday with either friends or family with a massive sun tan and a car rental vehicle you have hired but have spent more time on the beach then actually in.

Below is some information regarding the travel requirements for Travelling into Spain.

Visa Requirements 

If you are a British Citizen or British Subject with Right of Abode in the United Kingdom, you do not require a visa to enter Spain. Other British Nationals should confirm the current entry requirements with their nearest Spanish Diplomatic Mission. 

Passport validity 

You need a passport or a National Identity Card (see the website of the Identity and Passports Service (IPS)) to enter Spain. There is no minimum passport validity requirement but you should ensure that your passport is valid for the proposed period of your stay. 

Staying for longer than three months 

Since 28 March 2007 all EU citizens planning to reside in Spain for more than three months are required to register in person at the Office for Foreigners (Oficina de Extranjeros) in their province of residence or at designated Police stations. However, you will no longer be issued with a residence card and, instead, you will be issued a certificate stating your name, address, nationality, identity number and date of registration. The certificate serves as confirmation that the registration obligation has been fulfilled, but it is not recognised by the local authorities as a valid form of identification and you are not obliged to keep the certificate with you. See the Local Laws and Customs section of this advice for acceptable forms of ID. 

Unaccompanied minors 

You should be aware that each airline has its own policy regarding unaccompanied minors, and may require prior notification before arranging for them to travel. It is therefore essential to consult your airline before travelling.

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Top Money Saving Tips

How to actually put money aside into savings accounts

Food

  • Suggest everybody buys rounds in the pub, drink your fill, then hide in the bogs or go home when it’s your turn.
  • Arrive at a friend’s house looking hungry, just before they usually cook dinner to guilt-trip them into feeding you. Do this to all your friends in rotation.
  • Dye your milk blue with food colouring before you put it in the fridge, and keep an eye out for anyone eating green cornflakes.
  • Never go shopping if you are hungry, drunk. You will buy piles of food that you don’t need and forget the stuff you do need, so you’ll have to go shopping twice.

General budgeting

  • Work out what you need to spend for the week and take this money out as cash. Then stick to it, and don’t write any extra cheques or go to the cash point.
  • To keep your household bills down, only use the phone for cheap rate calls, and avoid using the tumble drier - unless it’s an emergency. Better still, use someone else’s phone and tumble drier.
  • Get the best deal on all your essential bills by using comparison sites, such as moneysupermarket.com and www.uSwitch.com, and make use of any money off vouchers on MoneySavingExpert.com.

Travel

  • Take advantage of a 16-25 Railcard for some serious savings on the cost of train journeys.
  • Travel off-peak when possible to further reduce ticket prices, and check out various routes to find the cheapest one to your destination.
  • Keep an eye on cheap travel deals at places such as STA Travel, and book well ahead to get the best deal.

Work

  • Get another job. Work behind a bar in the evenings - even if it’s only to stop yourself propping it up from the other side.
  • Find out if there are any other ways to make spare cash, such as completing online surveys, or doing a mystery shopping exercise.

Relationships

  • Dump your boyfriend/girlfriend just before Christmas/Valentine’s Day to save on unnecessary cards and gifts.
  • If you’ve got a date and can’t afford a haircut, go to the hairdressers on ‘model night’ and get it cut cheaply by a trainee. But don’t ask for anything too complicated.
  • If you’ve been dumped, get your own back by selling every gift you were given by your ex on auction sites such as eBay.

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American Gateway - Making Money on Holiday!

I really like a site from the UK called theSITE and today whilst completely bored at work I came across the idea of the American Gateway which is apparently a way of crossing the states in a car that is someone Else’s - It’s kinda like using a US Car Hire service but its completely free!

Below is the sites information - now this is a mentally great idea and means that essentially you get a driving holiday across the freeways of the US and possibly might get paid for doing it!

How does it work?

There are countless reasons why someone would want their car shipped from one side of the country to the other, or even just state to state - what matters is that the companies who oversee delivery need drivers like you. Companies such as driveaway, and amtransco work by matching up cars-to-be-moved with drivers-who-want-to-get-to-the-same-destination, and the result is a motor-marriage made in heaven.

What’s the cost?

There isn’t one. You might even get a flash car, too. Some companies chuck in a full tank of petrol, after which you fill up at your own expense, but there’s no charge for the use of the vehicle providing you stick to the agreed route. Expect to pay a deposit of $250 - $500, refundable on delivery.

What’s the catch?

So long as you’re a responsible driver, and aren’t tempted to spank the car from start to finish, you’ll find the whole deal to be one of the cheapest means of travelling in the States. You’ll have to sign an agreement undertaking not to smoke at the wheel, or go street racing in it and stuff, so if you do trash the car by your own stupidity, or turn up with an extra thousand miles on the clock, you could find yourself on the wrong side of the law. So long as you understand the terms before you sign, however, you’ll have nothing to worry about.

What if the car gets nicked?

Providing you took all required precautions to protect the vehicle, you’ll be covered under the company’s insurance. You and the vehicle will also be insured in the event of an accident, but always check the terms of the agreement (including all insurance documentation) before you sign.

What do I need?

You must be over 21, with a full, clean driving licence, and an International Driving Permit. Application forms are available online from most driveaway websites (see above), and you’ll need to provide your ideal departure and arrival dates too.

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