5 Cool Auto Tech Gadgets for his Xmas Gift

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With the festive season not far away, if you have yet to choose a gift for the man in your life, there are many cool car gadgets that he would love and to save you some time, we have put together our list of top auto gadgets that make for an ideal Xmas gift.

  1. Dash & Rear Cam – If he has yet to invest in a front or rear cam, this is a guaranteed pleaser and the cams come with complete step-by-step instructions for installation and it is likely to be the first thing he does after the Christmas Dinner. Some units have motion sensors and when anything or anyone comes close to the car, the camera activates and records for a short period, while a dash cam records continually and in the event of an accident, you have the video footage to establish fault.
  2. State of the Art Media Player – Check out Bankstown Sound, where you can buy a multimedia player unit to replace that ageing CD player he has in his car, and with Bluetooth, he can connect to his mobile device and with hands-free call options, it will keep him safe. If you could borrow his car, have the local in-car shop install the unit and return the car without saying a word and watch his reaction when he sees the touch screen player.
  3. Magnetic Wireless Charging Device – Simply place the phone onto the magnetic pad and charging begins and when he gets to know this handy device, he’ll wonder how he managed without it. Even better if his work involves driving, as the holder allows him to use Google Maps hands-free. Of course, when driving, one must remain focused at all times, especially when approaching pedestrian crossings.
  4. Bluetooth Receiver – In the unlikely event he doesn’t have Bluetooth capability in his car, this is the perfect gift, which plugs into the media player and allows all digital channels to talk to each other. He can play his favourite smartphone playlists through the media player and even merge with Google Maps, and this will surely spark a desire to install a state-of-the-art media player with full Bluetooth features.
  5. Vehicle Tracker – If he’s one of those guys that forgets where he parks the car, this is the ideal gift and with a range of 500m, his smartphone screen will show him the exact spot. This device should not be uses as a people or pet finder, due to the limited range, but finding your car in a big carpark is what this gadget can do.

There aren’t that many shopping days left to Xmas and with a Google search, you can be on the website and ordering the gift to arrive before Christmas Day. Every man loves his wheels and you had best check that he doesn’t already have the gadget you’re planning to buy, then order it today from the online supplier and wrap it up nicely and leave it under the tree.

Thailand: Setting Up a Company and Relocating to a Tropical Paradise

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It usually begins with a holiday to the South of Thailand and from that first experience, most people are instantly smitten with the Land of Smiles and some are so taken with Thailand, they decide to sell up and relocate.

Why not live the holiday lifestyle all year round?

Of course, if you are going to sell your property at home and look to acquire real estate in Thailand, this can be an issue (foreigners are not allowed to own land), yet if you set up a Thai company, the company can acquire the real estate. There are companies that handle BOI company registration in Bangkok when you are ready and whatever your business, the local law firm can offer you the best advice on how to set up your business. This will also give you long-term visas for you and your partner, which is yet another problem solved.

Board of Investment

In Thailand, the current government are trying hard to encourage foreign commercial investment, as they have a first-class infrastructure and when you register a BOI company, there are many benefits, including multiple work permits, business visas and significant tax waivers. If you would like to learn more about the Thai Board of Investment, search online for a business law company that specialises in setting up businesses for foreigners and they can advise you on the best package for your business.

Location

The best place to register your business is Bangkok and there is a lot of top-quality office space in the CBD district (Sathorn Road), but if you are longing for the tropical beach, you could open a small local office there and work from that location. If you are a freelancer, there are pros and cons to the digital nomad lifestyle, as this blog outlines.

Long Term Visas

It is quite difficult to obtain long term visas to stay in Thailand, which is normally restricted to those who are married to a Thai national, those over 50, who qualify for a retirement visa and professionals recruited by Thai companies. You could study the Thai language or Buddhism, which can assist in obtaining a 12-month visa, but the best solution is to choose a company formation package that offers working visas.

Local Law Companies

Any person who wishes to set up a business in Thailand should search online for a Bangkok-based law firm that handles foreign business registration. They have a deep understanding of the legal processes involved with setting up a business and will offer you the best advice, while also presenting your application and facilitating the setting up of your company.

Covid-19

The pandemic has made travel very difficult and you will probably have to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Thailand, as this government website clearly states.

Once the legalities are over, you can pack your bags and plan for your new life in the tropical paradise of Thailand, which is the start of a new and exciting chapter in your life.

Fitness Centres: A Booming Sector

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For the past decade, we have been more focused on good physical health than ever before, with state-of-the-art fitness centres and gyms to cope with the demand for MMA and other disciplines that young people are taking up. If you are an entrepreneur who is looking to ride the wave of success, an urban fitness centre would be a great investment and with careful planning and the right equipment and facilities, your venue would quickly become the place to go.

What is Involved in Setting Up a Fitness Centre?

First, you need to find the right location, with enough floorspace for the many machines you will be installing, and with a long lease, you can prepare the premises by calling in the fitness equipment supplier, with delivery installation specialists from Rhenus Hightech, the UK’s leading white glove logistics company. Your fitness equipment must be top-notch and hire the white glove provider to maintain the equipment, an essential element in the business and an investment that must be protected. While running and cycling machines are tough, things will go wrong and with a specialist white glove company, you have nothing to worry about regarding your equipment.

Digital Marketing

Of course, you want to reach as many people as you can and that’s where an SEO agency comes into play. They can help you to identify your target groups and put together an aggressive digital marketing plan which ensures maximum online exposure, using social media as a main platform, with the eventual aim of creating a huge social media following, the key to success.

Great Staff

Of course, you will need to recruit a few qualified personal trainers, while offering their services to your clients, plus you will need pleasant reception staff, so quite a lot of research needs to be done before you can calculate the human resources you will need. Look for young people who are fit and have a positive outlook on life and train them accordingly, as the customer experience is the most important aspect of the business. It is very beneficial for all ages to have regular exercise, as this blog highlights.

Virtual Courses

Due to the current Covid-19 regulations, you may have to offer virtual online courses, at least until we return to normal and with Zoom as a platform, your instructor can interact with the students via audio and video. You might need some extra IT equipment such as good microphones and cameras, but it is well worth the investment as there are many people who are looking for virtual fitness solutions.

Memberships & Promotions

If you would like to attract long-term clients, you should offer an annual subscription that is very attractive when compared to non-member fees. Bring a friend for free is a great way to introduce people to your venue and there are lots of seasonal promotions you can offer to attract people to try your equipment. If you live in the UK, don’t forget to keep abreast of Covid-19 updates, as things can change very quickly.

If you are a fitness fanatic who loves a challenge, now would be a good time to open your own fitness centre, or at least create a study to see what the numbers are, as this could be a very lucrative sector if the current health trend continues.

A Guide to Year-Round Motorcycle Riding in the UK

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While there are many fair-weather riders in the UK; those who ride their bikes in the summer months, there are some who ride their motorcycles in all weather and if you are thinking of joining the latter group, there is a lot to consider. It might be out of necessity, as your trusted bike is the only transport you have, or it could simply be that you are a bike fanatic who takes every opportunity to get out on the open road, whatever your motivation, here are a few tips to safe all-weather riding in the UK.

  • Wear a Hi-Vis Vest – These are great for making sure that other road users see you and in the winter months, we have less daylight-time, so you need to make yourself as visible as possible and short of setting yourself on fire, the Hi-Vis vest is the best way to get noticed.
  • The Undeniable Protection of Genuine Leather – The best motorcycle jackets at Wheels are not only stylish, they are very affordable and a good-fitting leather jacket will last a lifetime and should you ever come off your bike, the jacket will save your skin, quite literally!
  • Tyres – As a bike owner, you already know that your tyres are the only thing keeping you on the road and your life quite literally depends on these two rings of rubber. Ideally, you want top quality wet weather tyres, with adequate tread to force water from the road surface. Of course, icy roads make for a very risky ride, which is simply not worth it, but aside from snow and ice, there’s no reason not to ride.
  • Cold Weather Clothing – The biting wind demands that you wear either leather pants with your leather jacket, or a lightweight wind suit for protection against the cold. Keeping your hands from going numb is always a challenge when riding in cold weather and the very best quality gloves are a sound investment. A good pair of boots with ankle support completes the outfit and if temperatures are close to freezing, this is the time to leave the bike at home. Here are cool things you didn’t know about Harley Davidson, the famous US bike manufacturer.
  • Sensible Riding – It is obviously essential that you ride with the utmost care and never forget other road users, who sometimes have difficulty noticing motorcycles, especially at speed. If you are a novice rider, take a basic course that will teach you how to control your bike and safe riding techniques, along with proper use of braking.
  • Headlights – Always turn your headlights on when riding (except hi-beam), as this is yet another way to improve visibility.
  • Observe the Highway Code – The Highway Code is designed to make road users aware of the risks when driving and if we all observe the recommendations, our roads will be safer.

There are many people who ride their bike all year round, with perhaps the exception of snow, and if you take the above points onboard, you should have a safe riding experience.

3 Ways That you Can Make a Living Online

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Let’s face it, nobody likes having to get up at the crack of dawn, get dressed up and then fight the rush hour traffic to be at your desk on time, and you probably have a few friends that earn a living online. The attractions are many; work when you want and from any location, and as far as travelling goes, you can say goodbye to that if you work online. There’s no reason why you can’t emigrate to an exotic country like Thailand, and live the life of a millionaire, and with that in mind, here are 3 ways that you can earn a decent living from the Internet.

  1. Content Writing – When you consider that 80% of all online text is written by web content writers, there is obviously a demand and if you enjoy writing, you can register as a freelance content writer with one of the many content providing agencies that can be found with an online search. All you need is a laptop for work and a stable Internet connection and you’re good to go. While you might have to pass an online English grammar test, this should not present a problem to a native English speaker, and once registered, you inform the agency when you are available for work.
  2. Teaching English – There is a huge Chinese market for teaching English online, and all you need is a laptop, a webcam and mic to start you off. Even if you have zero teaching experience, if you are a native English speaker and you are presentable, the online language school will give you some work. It’s like most things, the more you do it, the better you become, and while you might have to adjust your working hours to fall in line with Chinese time, you can make a very good living if you teach 30-40 hours per week. Here are a few pros and cons of freelancing, which you should read.
  3. Selling Products Online – This demands a lot of research and planning, but with the right products and good digital marketing, there’s no reason why you can’t make a success of it. It is wise to start off part time, keeping your regular job until such time as you are making a living from your e-store. Outsourcing is the key to managing an e-commerce platform, namely your IT needs and your logistics, which will enable you to manage your business from your laptop. You will need web design and hosting, and with a range of digital payment gateways in place, your customers will enjoy a smooth purchasing experience. Bear in mind that you have a lot of competition, which is why you need SEO services to drive traffic to your sales platform, which need to be ongoing if you are to reach your sales targets. Here is some government information about setting up a business, which might help you arrange things.

Once you taste the digital nomad life, you will never want to work for a company again, and if you apply yourself 100% to the task, you can make a very good living.

The Benefits of Regular Physical Exercise for All Ages

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There is no doubt that exercise makes us feel amazing, and although the routine itself can be quite difficult, once your exercise routine is over, your body and mind do appreciate that you have made the effort. Getting started on an exercise routine and sticking to it, is the most difficult part for many people, and while a lot of people talk about doing more exercise, the reality is that not very many of them, actually get round to doing it. However, if it is your hope to live a long and healthy life, and to be able to spend time with your kids and grandkids, then you need to start becoming more physically active now, today.

In order to get started properly, you need to invest in the right workout clothes, because wearing the right kind of shapewear when you exercise, allows you to move better, to feel better, and then have more energy. Once you get started and you begin to do regular exercise, you can begin to enjoy the benefits, no matter how old you are. The following are some of the benefits of regular physical exercise.

  • It boosts your energy levels – Many of us complain about being tired in the middle of the day, and in many cases, it is affecting how well we do our work. Believe it or not, but becoming more active provides you with higher energy levels. When you exercise regularly, you have better muscle strength, and so this adds to your endurance levels. Regular exercise allows more oxygen to flow into the tissues of your body, and this helps with your cardiovascular health. Healthy lungs and a healthy heart, will all help to improve your energy levels.
  • It makes you more sociable – There are so many clubs and teams that you can join, that like to do a particular type of exercise. There are bicycle clubs, and running clubs, where you can get to run, all around your local town or city, making sure that you obey the pedestrian crossing signs at all times. This allows you to make many new friends, and a lot of the time, everyone meets up at the local pub for a cool drink, after a particularly hard workout.
  • It improves relationships – Many people complain that they are just too tired after a hard day’s work, to spend some close, quality time with their partners. If you are taking part in regular exercise, that is safe and conforms to government industry guidelines, then your physical appearance will change in a positive way, and hopefully, this will give you increased confidence, and so may boost your sex life.

Taking regular exercise does not have to be stressful, or something that you don’t look forward to. Exercise can be a lot of fun, as long as you engage in an activity that you really enjoy. It provides you the perfect opportunity to rid yourself of all of the stress that you have been carrying already, and you can even work out with your family members, to improve the bonds that may have been strained recently.

The History Of Pedestrian Crossing Signs

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They’re something that’s ubiquitous today, but if you think about it, pedestrian crossing signs haven’t always been with us, nor have they always existed in their current form. We owe them a lot in the modern day (just ask any car accident injuries lawyer in Denver how dangerous the roads might be without them), so let’s take a look back at how these important informational markers came to be, and how they have evolved over the years.

How Pedestrian Signs Came To Be

A world without any kind of crossing signs? That’s the one humans inhabited until 1868, when English inventor John Peake Knight came up with an idea that would revolutionize society. 

His idea? A signaling system to help cut down on the number of individuals struck and killed by horse-drawn carriage traffic. Installed near Westminster Bridge, that first sign was manually-powered, and could caution the roadway traffic of the time that individuals were crossing on foot (and that they’d need to slow down). Though this original design is a fair bit different than what we’re used to today, there were some similarities. In particular, the original street crossing signal used colored lights to make themselves more visible at night — the colors were green and red.

This foray into crossing signs was successful in controlling traffic and safeguarding pedestrians, but it was short lived. Unfortunately, a leak in one of the gas lines that supplied lighting to the sign exploded, injuring the manual operator. The need to protect pedestrians was still around, though, so in both Europe and the Americas, the evolution of signage continued.

Many of those early models were manually powered, but advances in technology after the turn of the 20th Century allowed for some interesting innovation to come in the form of electrically-powered models as early as 1912. That first electric model came about in Salt Lake City, Utah, with other iterations and evolutions following suit from inventors around the country, much more closely resembling what we think of when looking at pedestrian and traffic signs today.

Evolution Of The Crossing Sign

Traffic and pedestrian signs continued to become more and more advanced throughout the 20th Century. Iteration and technological improvements made them integrated, then automated with timers, then, eventually, computerized to better account for the ebbs and flows of traffic. 

These have often been paired with lighting to inform motorists when pedestrians are coming, and to alert pedestrians when it’s safe to cross and when they need to halt. Thanks to this ever advancing technology, our roadways have been able to stay just that much safer for those on foot.

How To Run A Successful Trucking Business

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A trucking business can be a lucrative venture, but it’s one that you’ll have to plan for properly. In order to be successful, you’ll need to do a lot of legwork nailing down the right market and breaking into it effectively. If you’re not successful (which is a real possibility), you’ll also need a plan for bailing out in a manner that minimizes the risks to you. Here are a few tips to point you in the right direction.

Start With A Business Plan

Like most businesses, having a plan from the onset will help your future trucking company maximize its chances of success. The business plan is where you’ll lay out the important details that will help you march toward your goals. You can use your business plan to identify the specific niche you want to target, for instance. When you’re just breaking into the industry, you’ll need to specialize your services to make the most headway, and avoid competing with larger entities right off the bat.

Use your business plan to perform that critical market analysis, identifying the needs of the customers in said market, how you can price your services to stay competitive, what your targets are for capturing market share, etc. You can also use your business plan to lay out a sales and marketing strategy, and to formalize details like the name of your business, company structure, and the like.

Have Some Experience

You won’t want to go in raw, so you need to have some experience before venturing off on your own. Most recommend spending some time as a company driver or a dispatcher so that you can gain some valuable insight on the inner workings of the business before you make your foray into running a company for yourself. This understanding, coupled with that solid business plan, should give you a great start once it comes time for you to get your business rolling.

Have An Exit Strategy

Of course, there’s always a possibility that things won’t go your way, even with the best laid plan. That’s why it’s important to also have a plan for bowing out with dignity. It might help to consult a business litigation attorney to discuss dissolution before you even hit the ground with your business, just so you know the steps you’ll have to take should you have to call it quits. Even if you don’t, keeping an expert’s contact info around is smart planning and will help you prepare for every possibility.

Car accident costs if you don’t have insurance

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It’s common for people to think they can go without insurance, especially if they’re rarely sick or need medical care. As all too many find out, however, this can easily become a costly mistake. While there are plenty of ways to land yourself in the emergency room, auto accidents remain one of the most expensive. Here’s how much you might have to pay without insurance. 

The Ambulance

Depending on the severity of the accident, you might have to rely on EMTs and an ambulance to transport you to the hospital. The cost of an ambulance ride varies from one location to the next, but you can expect to pay between $224 and $2,204 for a single trip. 

A Hospital Stay

The average hospital stay without insurance costs, (are you ready?) $10,000. If you’re over 45, that price jumps to $12,500. Those aged 18 to 44 will pay less on average, but most people don’t have thousands of dollars lying around to spend on in-hospital care. 

Urgent Care Clinics

Let’s say your accident wasn’t quite so severe. You could always head to an urgent care clinic for treatment to save money, but how much can you save without insurance? As it turns out, a lot. The cost would range between $71 and $125. Keep in mind, however, anything too serious for a clinic to treat means you’re headed to the hospital anyway. 

CT Scans, MRIs, and X-Rays

Various injuries require scans to detail the amount of damage done. Bone, blood vessel, and tissue damage requires a series of CT or CAT scans. Those will run you anywhere between $270 and $4,800 based on what part of your body needs scanned. 

As for MRIs, you can expect to pay in-between $400 and $3,500 depending on where you need monitored. X-Rays can run you somewhere between $260 and $460 based on location. Don’t forget that X-rays usually mean broken bones, which cost $2,500 for non-surgical treatments. 

Physical Therapy

If your injuries are severe enough, you might need to undergo physical therapy. Each session can range from $50 to $350, but keep in mind that you will need multiple sessions in order to recover. In a hospital setting, as opposed to a clinic, you’re going to pay a much higher price. 

Concussions

Head injuries are common in auto accidents, with many leading to concussions. Treating this condition isn’t cheap, with the average price tag hanging around $18,454. That price can increase in combination with other treatments. 

Why Insurance Matters

If you tally up these totals, the medical costs of your accident would be between $32,479 and $48,743. That’s as much as a brand-new car and far more than most people have sitting in the bank. Of course, your costs will vary based on the injuries you receive. These figures also exclude surgery, so take that into consideration as well. 

With health insurance, the majority of these expenses are covered. You might still have a copay, but even that is capped at a low amount. While you might not think you need health insurance, you’ll wish you had it if you ever find yourself in an accident. 

Cool facts about Harley-Davidson

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Think you know everything there is to know about Harley-Davidson? So do a lot of diehard riders, but there are more ins and outs to this highly coveted manufacturer than most people realize. See if you know these cool facts about Harley. 

Harley-Davidson Survived the Great Depression

In 1929, businesses and individuals alike were rocked by an incredibly challenging depression. Most people found themselves out of work as companies closed their doors permanently. That includes motorcycle companies, whose buyers considered bikes a luxury item. 

Despite a dismal economic world, Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycle Company alone managed to survive. Harley was able to do so by continuing to create industrial engines, no matter how little revenue they provided, just to keep themselves from going under. 

The First Harley Was Built in a Shed

Most enormous companies started out with the humblest of beginnings, and the same is true for Harley. The first motorcycle they every created was crafted in a ten by fifteen-foot shed with “Harley-Davidson” etched into the door. 

The original model features an incredibly small motor, and its body was little more than a bicycle. It was never released to the public, but their first fully functioning prototype would be released in 1903. By 1905, a few alterations would help get the business off the ground with sales. Imagine the legal complications of explaining the safety specs of this bike to a motorcycle accident attorney in Orange County

Harley is Global

While Harley-Davidson is an all-American brand, they do sell their motorcycles around the world. They have four locations in the U.S. and manufacturing plants in Brazil, Thailand, and India. There’s also a metallurgy plant in Australia. Of course, anyone in any country can buy their bikes. 

100 Years of Police Bikes

When Harley-Davidson took off, it wasn’t long before police departments took notice and started making requests. By 1907, Harley was officially pumping out motorcycles for law enforcement agencies. Since bikes were more reliable, maneuverable, and faster than cars of the time, it only made sense.

A sole survivor of this time period once belonged to the Los Angeles Police Department, recently popping in at an auction fully restores in its original glory. Harley-Davidson still creates police choppers to this day. 

Service in World War I

Motorcycles in the battlefield were quickly becoming the norm as World War I raged on. The British implemented the Triumph Model H, which was quickly overshadowed when America unveiled the Harley-Davidson in 1917. 

Thousands of these bikes were sent to allied troops, while the U.S. implemented 15,000 for their soldiers. Going from an inventory of five to 15,000 in just under two decades solidified Harley’s place in the American and global market. Heading into World War II, the company would receive two Army-Navy E awards for their aid. 

The Term HOG

Harleys are affectionately called hogs today for their beastly appearance and sound, despite once marketing their motorcycles as the quietest. The term comes from a group of farmers in the 1920s who raced Harleys. After a victory, they would parade their mascot pig around on the bikes.

Harley caught wind of this and embraced the term immediately. They even created the acronym H.O.G. for Harley Owners Group. While they couldn’t trademark the term, they did manage to change their NYSE title from HDI to HOG in 2016.