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Harnessing an HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle)



HGV-Heavy Goods Vehicle

You’ve probably heard the word ‘HGV’ quite a few times. Mentioned on radio traffic reports or perhaps as the subject of discussion on the next table at the café when you’re having your morning bacon and egg, but you never really paid much attention.

But what exactly is an HGV, and why should you specifically get an HGV licence?

The letters ‘HGV’ stand for ‘Heavy Goods Vehicle’ and cover any truck or lorry that weighs in at more than 3,500 kilograms. To put that in some context 3,500kg is a little less than the average Indian elephant, or equivalent to about four and a half North American bison, if a little easier to control!

But enough interesting statistics. How does this affect you?

Driving an HGV is harder than it looks, and to those in the know, being able to command such a huge vehicle is a very valuable skill, like being able to operate a complicated piece of machinery. Because of the skill involved, your average Joe isn’t permitted to just hop behind the wheel of a four-ton truck – he needs a licence. That licence (of which there are many different types) certifies and legitimises your right to drive such a vehicle.

However, obtaining such a licence opens up a whole world of possibility, something beyond the humdrum existence of your everyday job.

Great Salary

First of all, valuable skills are exactly that — valuable. That means an HGV-licensed driver can expect a serious boost to their pay packet. The average earnings for a category C+E driver (a category C+E licence means that the driver is qualified to drive a bar or articulated vehicle, and an extra entitlement of 750 kg) exceed £26,000 per annum, with a starting salary of £24,000. This is more or less unheard of outside very particular graduate industries, and even looks favourable when compared with some of the jobs and sectors that debt-laden university graduates go into, like fashion or journalism, where even the chance to work for free is seen as gold dust.


Some research conducted by Nationwide fairly recently found a shortage of around 40,000 HGV drivers in the UK alone – and that in a time of recession. Remarkable news. Put quite simply, the world is crying out for HGV drivers. If you qualify as one, you can name your price.


And the job itself isn’t too shabby either! Many lorry and truck drivers wouldn’t ever want to do anything else. They love the sense of adventure, the freedom, the ability to see new places each and every day, the time to themselves to think and ruminate. A regular change of scenery is vital to our development as human beings, and the chance to have that as part of your working life is not one that should be passed up on too quickly. If licensed to go abroad, HGV drivers can also experience new countries and cultures – and all whilst getting paid to do it!

Valued Role

In addition to all that, lorry drivers are the lifeblood of any country’s economy. Without lorry drivers and their ilk, the transport of tangible goods would stop: children wouldn’t get their school dinners, companies couldn’t sell their products and vital medicines couldn’t be delivered. If you are a lorry driver, what you are doing really does matter, and it matters to millions of people.

Take a look at for more information, and take the first step towards a lucrative, exhilarating and uplifting career. Getting your HGV licence has the potential to change your life for the better.

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Top 5 Tips For Buying The Perfect Car Cover



BMW protected by car cover

Your car protects you from the environment and other hazards; how about you return the favor?

So you own a pretty car and want it to look its best everyday and every hour. If the risk of environmental damage keeps you awake night, it’s time you became familiar with the world of car covers.

Car covers aren’t exactly the most glamorous car-related topic to discuss, but if you want to save thousands of dollars in damages caused by harsh weather, people, or pets, a car cover is a definite must-have.

Buying a car cover is fairly straightforward. You go to a vendor, select a cover best suited for your car, and you’re done… unless you own a luxury car. Things get a bit more complicated when dealing with luxury cars.

Covers come in all shapes and sizes and are made with different materials to provide different levels of protection. When you are the proud owner of an expensive car, having the right cover helps ensure the car stays in perfect shape for years to come. Hare a few important things to keep in mind when buying car covers.

  • Never buy cheap — you’ll get what you pay for. If you have an expensive car, get a costly car cover that provides the right protection.
  • Always purchase from a reputable car covers dealer. Make sure they are willing to help you if something goes wrong.
  • Ask plenty of questions from the vendor such as what will happen if you run into a problem. Will they help you out? How long have they been selling car covers? Where do they buy their car covers from? These questions will help you understand who you’re dealing with.

In addition to those pointers, make sure to consider the following five tips.

1. Understanding Your Needs

Now that you know how important it is to buy from a reputable car cover dealer, it is now time to understand what your real needs are. Will you be protecting your car for the long term? Is the cover just to protect from winter or summer, or both? What kind of vehicle do you have?

Car covers come in different shape and sizes and they are to provide different protection levels. Ideally, you should know the difference between generic fit, tailored fit, and custom fit car covers. Let’s have a detailed look at these.

2. Custom Fit Car Covers

When buying a car cover for a luxury vehicle, such as a Mustang, you’ll need to focus all your attention on getting a custom fit car cover. Many vendors have ready to be bought and used, but it isn’t always the case for many other cars.

With custom fit car covers, the car cover vendor will use advanced technology to get the measurements of your ride and make a perfectly accurate cover for your car. You can even pick the type of material you want the cover to be made off.

3. Car Covers For Large Vehicles

Not everyone owns a sedan, and an increasing number of us love large vehicles like SUVs and pickup trucks. Many vendors have that fit most big vehicles, but if you have a custom truck or SUV, you may want to look into custom fit covers.

Once again, with custom fit covers, a car cover manufacturer or dealer will take measurements of your car and let you pick the material to make the cover from. Make sure to pick the material that best protects your car in your given region.

4. Heavy Duty Car Covers

Developed primarily for environments that experience intense sun or snow throughout the year, heavy duty car covers are ideal for protecting your car from UV rays and heavy snow fall. These covers are made with special outdoor car cover material and offer the best protection money can buy.

5. Sun Covers For Cars

As the name suggests, these premium car covers are designed to protect your car from harsh sun rays no matter how hot the day gets. If you live in a region with very hot weather, you may consider buying a . They are made with special outdoor car cover material and usually come with a minimum of 5-6 years of warranty.

Final Words

Car covers are crucial in keeping your car safe from environmental damages. Whether your car is parked in a garage, or out in the sun, with a cover over it, you will minimize any potential damages are minimized, saving you thousands of dollars in the process. Never overlook the importance of a car cover.

Have any questions or additional tips? Let is know in the comments below.

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Bentley Continental GT V8 Brings New Engine, Better Fuel Efficiency



Bentley Continental GT V8 Coupe, Convertible

The GT V8 is fast despite having a downsized engine.

Bentley has given its Continental GT Coupe and GT Convertible a new powertrain that promises better fuel economy while delivering impeccable performance.

Doing away with the W12 TSI engine of the regular Continental GT, the new GT Continental V8 variants feature a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that produces 542 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque, allowing the coupe to accelerate to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 3.9 seconds before topping out at 198 mph (319 km/h). The convertible is a tenth of a second slower to 60 mph but has the same top speed.

Drivers can travel more than 500 miles on a single tank, thanks in part to the new engine’s ability to shut off four of its cylinders when they’re not needed.

Designers gave the Continental GT Coupe and GT Convertible V8 badging and a unique set of 20-inch 10-spoke painted alloy wheels, while interior highlights include twenty-way adjustable leather seats, Crown Cut Walnut trim, a 12.3-inch touchscreen for infotainment duties, and a 650 watt 10-speaker Bentley Audio system that pumps out a powerful 650 watts of entertainment.

Buyers can spruce up their ride even more with a range of exterior colors and interior upholstery configurations and the choice of other wheels up to 22 inches in size.

The Bentley Continental GT V8 models go on sale in the third quarter of 2019.

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New, 2020 Cadillac CT5 Sports Sedan Suits Up To Replace CTS



New, 2020 Cadillac CT5 Sports Sedan

The CTS replacement has arrived in style.

Cadillac has unveiled the CT5, the successor to the CTS and the brand’s all-new midsize sports sedan.

Design wise, the new CT5 falls in line with Cadillac’s latest design language, featuring a short and wide shield-shaped grille, angular headlights, and vertical LED daytime running lights.

A fastback-like roofline rather than traditional three-box proportions gives the model a more distinctive side profile than the CTS, while thin, vertical taillights make it instantly recognizable as a member of the Cadillac family.

The CT5 rides on an evolution of the critically-acclaimed Alpha platform that underpins the ATS, the CTS, as well as the Chevrolet Camaro. Power will come from one of two engines (you choose): a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, or a twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter V6.

Rear-wheel drive and a 10-speed automatic transmission come standard, and all-wheel drive will be offered as an option on select models.

Two flavors of the CT5 will be available at launch: Sport and Luxury. The former takes on a more muscular appearance, while the latter goes for elegance instead.

The all-new, 2020 Cadillac CT5 goes on sale in the second half of 2019 after making its world debut at the 2019 New York Auto Show. Are you happy with how it turned out?

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