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Autumn Road Trips

The weather is gradually getting colder, especially in the mornings. Autumn is around the corner and I am kind of looking forward to it. Summer has been amazing. We made the most of it with various trips and activities. I am looking forward to the relaxing Autumn season. I have been thinking of our Autumn Holiday plans. What to do over the mid-term break and all. We have a few road trips planned before the end of the year, and I am also looking forward to that.

I enjoy road trips a lot more now that the kids are older. We don’t have to stop as many times as we used to before and they seem to enjoy the long car rides.

A lot of planning goes into our road trips. There are a couple of checks we have to make before we start our journey. Luckily we have a Kwik Fit centre very close to us. Which means we can pop into the centre quickly if we need to sort out anything car-wise. We also have to ensure we have all we need for the journey, depending on how long it is.

 

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Here are the top 5 checks we make on our car before embarking on a long journey.

 

Check the Tyres

We check all the tyres before we set off on a road trip. Long road trips usually cause the tyres to wear out so it is best to ensure the tyres are in good condition before starting the journey. You can check your tyres with a penny or a tread gauge.

Make sure you have at least 1/16th” or 1.6mm tread left. If the tread is less than 1/12″ or 2.5mm, you should consider replacing your tyres before embarking on a road trip.

 

Give the Car a Wash

Washing your car before embarking on a long journey would ensure your windscreens have great visibility. It would also ensure your plate numbers are visible. You should also check the condition of your wiper blades and replace them if required.

 

Check all Lights & Signals

You should check to make sure all lights and signals are working as they should, and replace what needs replacing before setting off. You can also take with you spare bulbs for each light.

 

 

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Change the Oil

You should get the oil changed before you go on your road trip, if it’s almost time for an oil change. The oil change will get rid of sludge from old used oil, and keep the car working efficiently. Also have the oil filter changed when you change the oil.

 

Check the Fluids in the Car

Before starting a long journey, it is wise to check all fluids in the car. So apart from the oil, you also need to check the coolant, brake fluid, windscreen wash levels, clutch fluid and power steering fluids, if fitted.

 

What do you check before going on a long trip? Do you do any of these? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading.

 

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Interior Design – How to Create a Stylish Games Room Without Compromising Space

When it comes to interior design, having a dedicated games room in your home may seem like an impossible prospect. For starters, your house might not have the space available to justify devoting an entire room to leisure alone. You could also be unsure as to what such a room would require. Especially if you have never undertaken a home improvement project like this before. Thankfully, there are ways around these issues. As well as a host of advantages to having your own games room.

When it comes to Interior Design, the little things matter. For example, a pool dining table could be just the centrepiece you need to make this proposal possible. A convertible table that can switch between pool and dining functions? These transformative pieces of furniture are designed to make the most of your space in a stylish, practical manner.

 

 

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Hamilton Billiards is a trusted and credible resource for all things pool, snooker and billiards related. Specialising in hand-crafted, solid wood tables for all occasions, hamiltonbilliards.com hosts a massive selection of pool dining tables and snooker dining tables. Each table can be made to precise specifications, carved from a variety of different woods. Each table is comprised of many customised features such as aged wood and differently coloured cloth. Even the manner in which the table converts is a customised feature.

Your new pseudo-games room would be ideal for entertaining guests and developing a hobby at the same time. Your family and friends wouldn’t even have to relocate to another room for dinner! Creating the perfect environment to house your convertible dining table can be a fun and rewarding experience. Mixing and matching various fittings and features until it truly becomes your games room can be great fun too. For example, if you desire that authentic ‘pub games’ aesthetic, Ironmongery Experts stock an impressive selection of brass handles for sale. Little details like these can really go a long way when factoring the ambiance of your chosen space.

 

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For more ideas on how best to set-up a games room that really lets your personality shine through, browse Pinterest for some pointers. There are some exceptional design choices to peruse, with more appearing every day. If you’re concerned about all the necessary heavy lifting, a Handy Squad handyman can help assemble the room for you, or transport your furniture to a new location.

You may even want to see how the professionals play for some pointers. That is once your room is set-up and ready to go. If you have a TV or laptop available in the room, you’ll be able to watch BBC live snooker coverage through streaming services or Freeview.

So if your dining room is in desperate need of revamping, a pool dining table may just be the transformation it needs to bring a breath of fresh air.

 

Author Bio:

This article was written by David Newman, managing director of Ad Lab – Magento E-Commerce Growth Specialists. David is a regular contributor of lifestyle blogs, writing about a variety of topics such as health, sports, hobbies and everything in-between.

 

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5 Ways to Add Some Luxury to your Bedroom

Ever looked at your bedroom and wondered how to make it look as luxurious and stylish as half the rooms on your favourite Pinterest board? Over time, it’s common for your bedroom to feel dull, boring and in desperate need of an update, but figuring out the best way to transform your bedroom often feels like a mammoth task. If you want to give your room an update but need some quick inspiration, have a read of these easy tips to help give your space a sophisticated, luxurious makeover in no time.

 

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Think about lighting

The type of lighting you use can have a big impact on the appearance of your bedroom. Ditch your worn out light shade for some chic hanging lights or tasteful chandeliers to easily insert some glamour into any room. As for bedside lamps, consider wall lights as a more sophisticated alternative, with the added bonus of being cord free which is a great way to keep the bedroom looking minimal, and minimise the appearance of clutter.

 

Consider your bed

The bed is typically the focal point of any bedroom, meaning you should pay special attention to the frame and bedding used. Investing in a 6ft Divan bed is the perfect way to add some luxury to your room, with simple yet stylish designs, and space to store all your bits and bobs to avoid clutter. Go for bedding in beautiful colours and designs, and pay special attention to layering up your bed with soft throws and lots of cushions. They might be a pain to rearrange each morning, but the results are well worth it!

 

Optimise your space

 Making your bedroom look bigger can be a good way to give it that hotel room feel, and is easier to achieve than you’d think. Placing a large mirror across from the opposite of the room can work wonders, creating the illusion of more space in an instant! The colours you use in your room can also play a factor. Try painting your walls in light shades such as white, grey or beige, and then opt for a darker colour for the ceiling to create the illusion of higher ceilings by drawing the attention upwards.

 

Find some statement pieces

While you don’t want to over clutter your bedroom with too much furniture, it’s definitely worth hunting down some perfect key pieces to bring everything together. A stylish rug, bedside cabinet and chair with a bold colour or pattern are just a few items that can easily give your room a quick update. A beautiful piece of framed artwork should also not go amiss, being the perfect way to add personality and character.

 

Add some florals

Once the majority of the room has been transformed, create some final finishing touches with a selection of beautiful bouquets. Flowers are a lovely way to decorate your home, and give you the chance to get creative in arranging your bouquets just how you like them! Place florals in elegant vases on bedside tables, dressing tables or shelves for a really easy, quick and cost-effective way to spruce up your space.

 

 

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How do you add some luxury to your bedroom? Please share your tips below.

 

 

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