5 Useful Gifts for Older Teens

Keeping up with teenage trends is tough for parents and grandparents, which makes it tricky for them to choose the right gift for a teenager’s birthday. One solution is to buy teens practical gifts that they can use in their everyday lives. Here are five practical gift options that are sure to please even the pickiest teen boys and girls. 1. Driving Lessons Australian teenagers can get a learner’s permit at age 16 (or 15 years, 9 months in the ACT). To upgrade this permit to a full driver’s licence, teens need to pass a driving test. Although you can teach kids the basics by taking them out on the road yourself, driving lessons from a professional driving school can teach teens the rules of the road and help them establish the good driving habits they’ll need to pass their test on the first attempt. 2. Second-Hand Car If you want to splash out on a significant gift for your teenage child, a set of wheels is sure to be appreciated. Used cars are not only more affordable to buy, but also cheaper to insure in many cases. Always have a mechanic or family friend who knows about cars look over the vehicle before you buy to ensure it is in good condition. 3. Sturdy Backpack Whether your teen attends school, college or university, they will need to carry...

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Important Questions to Ask Any Potential New Courier Service

A courier service is typically very different than a trucking company that may handle large shipments of goods that need to be sent to another state or even another country. Couriers are usually used for delivering documents and small packages across town or to nearby cities, and they may be called on for same-day or after-hours deliveries. Because they are a bit different than standard shipping companies, note a few important questions you might want to ask such a service before hiring them. 1. Always ask if they can handle sensitive deliveries Many courier services are called on for medical deliveries; this may be someone looking to get medical or lab test results done quickly, or it may be for those delivering medicines that are needed promptly. These types of materials may need special handling; they cannot simply sit in a backpack of a bike messenger or in the basket of a bike, but may need refrigerating or at least some type of protection from the elements. Always ask how they handle sensitive deliveries and their methods of transportation so you know your materials will be protected, rather than assuming they will even be delivered in a vehicle much less given added protection from extreme temperatures and weather. 2. Ask if you can electronically track the package With so many handheld devices that are available for courier services and...

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What You Need to Know When at the Car Rental Counter

Arranging for a car hire is not very difficult, but this doesn’t mean you should just arrive at the rental counter at the last minute, without doing any research or preparation beforehand. Below are a few things to remember about a car hire that will ensure you ask the right questions and get a car that works for you when you’re ready to rent. 1. Your credit card company may provide for added insurance The company you use for your own car’s insurance may not provide coverage for a rental car, but your credit card company might. It’s good to find out about this beforehand and then use that particular card when you’re ready to rent or hire a car. Check on what they cover and the policy limit and then you can decide the best way to cover your rental car, whether it’s sufficient with this coverage provided by your credit card or if you might still purchase additional coverage for your rental. 2. You may pay a fee for more than one driver You might expect to see limitations on young drivers getting behind the wheel of a rental car, but even if all the drivers of a car are over a particular age, you may still pay an added fee for each additional driver. This is often done because the rental agency needs to run a...

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2 Commonly Asked Questions About Heavy Vehicle Tyre Alignment

Heavy vehicle tyre alignment may be somewhat different than the alignment needs of your personal vehicle, as a heavy-duty truck may have more than one back axle that could need adjustment, and in some cases, the wheels of a heavy-duty truck may be purposely misaligned, something done for safety reasons. If you’re confused about terms you hear when it comes to having the wheels on your company’s heavy trucks aligned, note a few questions you might have and then discuss these with your mechanic. 1. Why is the caster purposely put out of alignment? The term caster refers to how the rim sits inside a tyre; if the rim is misaligned, the tyre will be misaligned. In some cases, the caster alignment may be set to purposely pull a truck in one direction or another. This might be done with the addition of shims or by purposely bending the axle. This caster misalignment is done in case a driver falls asleep at the wheel; in countries where you drive on the right side of the road, the caster will be set to pull the truck to the right so that it may then drift onto the shoulder rather than into incoming traffic. For countries where a person drives on the left side of the road, the left tires will have their caster adjusted slightly. If you or your drivers...

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Using Your Senses to Find a Tyre Leak

If you have found that you are filling up your tyres with air more often, it might be due to a leak. It would be nice if you found a nail or other object stuck in the tyre, as it makes it very obvious where the leak is coming from. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Using your senses can help you find the leak so you are able to patch it up instead of having to get a brand new tyre. Here are ways to use three of your senses for finding an air leak in your tyre. Look for Bubbles The first sense that helps you find a tyre air leak is your sense of sight. Unless you have found an object stuck in the tyre, it can be hard to find a crack or hole in a tyre. The best thing you can do is use soapy water to find the source of the leak. Just about any type of cleaner that makes bubbles will work for this method. Either pour some dish soap into a spray bottle with water or just grab a bottle of window cleaner. Spray the bottle in different areas of the tyre, covering small sections at a time. If you see any bubbles start to form on the tyre, that is the area of the leak. When you find a...

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Why a “Full-Empty” Fuel Policy Could Be Chasing Away Your Clients and How to Prevent the Situation

Do you run a vehicle rental company, like a minibus hire company, and your clients seem to be reducing? You could be offering the best customer services, including prompt response to customer’s requests, efficient communication systems, or keeping time as requested by your clients, but still losing them gradually. Revisit your company’s fuel option and maybe you will find your answer. You already know how important customer satisfaction is to your business. Therefore, here are reasons why your clients could be dissatisfied with your “full-empty” fuel option and how you can solve this problem. Expensive The “full-empty” option lets your clients buy a full tank from your company and returning it as empty as possible. It might not be easy to return vehicles with empty fuel tanks so if your clients return them with some fuel in the tank; they could lose out because they would have paid for fuel they did not even use. Moreover, imagine you rent a vehicle on full tank to a client and he or she uses up all the fuel, fills the tank again, but only uses half. Such a client would have spent more and could be discouraged, making him or her to look for other companies with fairer fuel policies. Since you could be operating in a highly competitive business environment, offering the lowest prices in the market, and failing to...

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Heading Away On Holidays? Fix That Gearbox Oil Leak First!

With children having up to six weeks off school over the Christmas holidays, many Australians take advantage of this time to hit the open road and explore new places. As you are planning to join the mass exodus out of town this summer, it is important your car is up to the road trip ahead. That means you need to address the oil leak that is mysteriously growing under your car every night by checking out your gearbox.  What Is A Gearbox? The gearbox of your car contains a number of metal gears that turn as your car is speeding up and slowing down. To make sure the metal teeth of the gears continue to move smoothly, they need to be continuously coated in oil, which acts as a lubricant. To keep the oil surrounding the gears, this gear mechanism is encased in a metal box, and that is your gearbox. The metal seals of your gearbox have a soft gasket that separates the two pieces, and when this gasket gets old and starts to perish, then gearbox oil can leak out. This could be the cause of the patch that has appeared under your car if the patch looks to be the area size of a tablespoon of spilled oil. Gasket leaks are slow leaks. Alternatively, the rotating shaft that runs through the gearbox also has a seal...

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Tips for Selecting Parts from Auto Recyclers

The process of auto recycling is beneficial because it allows consumers to obtain vehicle parts at lower purchase prices. Moreover, the practice is good for the environment since there is no extensive processing of the old auto parts required. If you are thinking about purchasing used parts from an auto recycler, it is critical to understand the choice. The parts are generally obtained from vehicles that are damaged. Generally, the vehicle is salvaged when the costs for refurbishment and restoration is higher than the value of the automotive. Therefore, if you are ignorant, you might not get value for your money. Here are simple tips to help you select ideal parts from auto recyclers. Know the History You should inquire about the history of the component before purchase so that you can determine if it is a good investment for your vehicle. Generally, most vehicles which are termed as salvage and dismantled for parts are obtained through crashes. The damage sustained through crashes is mainly focussed on the external panels and components that experienced direct impact. Therefore, many auto parts obtained are in good condition and will provide you with long-term service. Unfortunately, some auto parts can be obtained from vehicles that have experienced water damage in floods and off-road environments. These parts are usually in bad conditions since water causes extensive corrosion and ruins the oil receptacles. You...

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Forklift Benefits

Forklifts help businesses to quickly load and unload pallets of heavy products. Forklifts also reduce labour expenses, and instances of workplace injury.
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Forklift Types

There are many different types of forklifts, each suited for different types of operations. You can switch out the forks with various attachments.
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Forklift Parts

The forklift operator sits inside of a cab, and the forks attach to a mast, where the attachments move up and down.