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Wednesday 17 January 2024

Driving Instructor Discusses The Most Common Driving Test Faults


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A driving test represents a major step during our years as a young adult, and it’s often accompanied by a considerable amount of nerves for both the test-taking teen…and their parents! To help lessen these anxieties, Regtransfers, a provider of personalised number plates, partners with Sophie Stuchfield, an experienced driving instructor. With a rich experience of 15 years teaching students and an online presence as @TheOnlineDrivingInstructor, Sophie imparts key advice on the most common faults made in UK driving tests over the past decade.

Observations at Junctions 

Starting off at the top, Sophie highlights the need for vigilant observation at junctions - the leading fault seen in driving tests over the past ten years. “If you don’t pay close attention to road markings or road signs, you may be completely unaware that you are approaching a junction,” she warns.

In fact, an examiner may need to intervene in these scenarios. “If you miss a junction, your examiner may have to step in verbally or engage the dual control brake to manage the vehicle’s speed or bring it to a stop.”

Sophie also highlights the importance of carrying out proper checks when leaving a junction: “A single glance isn’t enough; confirming that the road is clear is a really important step before joining it.”

Mirror Checks During Direction Changes

Mirror checks should be carried out before signalling, turning or changing speeds. The "Mirror-Signal-Manoeuvre" process should be second nature to learners by the time they take their test, but it can easily be overlooked under the stress of test pressure.

Sophie emphasises, "Focus on your wing mirrors when changing lanes or moving around obstacles. Check the corresponding wing mirror for the direction you’re heading." She relates these common mirror-related errors to the stress of being assessed, where learners might lose focus on their natural hazard management, and instead be concerned with how their test is going.

Right-Hand Turns at Junctions

For executing right-hand turns at junctions, Sophie insists on strict lane adherence. "Remain in the proper lane at all times, irrespective of the traffic situation," she advises.

She further explains the importance of proper positioning: "Approaching the turn, if there is no oncoming traffic, drivers will often drift to the wrong side of the road before turning. It’s really important to stay on your side of the road until you reach your point of turn".

Saturday 13 May 2023

Invictus Flooring

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Easy to Maintain, Affordable and Stylish 

Are you looking for luxury flooring that is easy to maintain and stylish, yet still budget-friendly? Look no further than Invictus Flooring! As one of the top leaders in laminate vinyl tile (LVT), this company has something for everyone. From traditional wood look styles to modern ceramic designs, these flooring options are certain to make any room look beautiful. Their family-friendly solutions allow anyone to transform the look and feel of their home while staying within a reasonable price range. In short, there's something perfect for every taste when it comes to Invictus Floorings' selection of high-quality LVT products! 

Why Luxury Flooring is Right For Your Home 

Luxury flooring is the perfect flooring option for anyone looking to add a touch of elegance and sophistication to their home. With a variety of styles, patterns, and materials to choose from, you can find the perfect flooring to complement any room in your home. Whether you're looking for a traditional hardwood floor or something more modern like marble or concrete, luxury flooring options will not disappoint. Not only are they beautiful and durable, but they also add value to your home. So if you're looking to upgrade your flooring, consider investing in luxury flooring for a chic and stylish home. 

What is LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile)? 

When it comes to flooring options, you may have heard of hardwood, tile, or carpet, but have you heard of Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT)? This type of flooring has become increasingly popular due to its durability, affordability, and versatility. LVT is made up of multiple layers, including a clear protective layer, a high-definition print layer that mimics the look of natural materials such as dark grey vinyl flooring stone or wood, and a thick vinyl core for added stability. Unlike traditional vinyl, LVT is available in various sizes and shapes, making it easy to customize and create unique patterns. Plus, it can even be installed over existing flooring, making it a great option for quick home renovations. With the advantages that LVT offers, it's no wonder it's becoming a go-to choice for homeowners and interior designers alike. 

How to Install Invictus Flooring 

Installing new flooring can be a daunting task, but with Invictus Flooring, the process is easier than you might think. The first step is to ensure that your subflooring is clean, dry, and level. Next, measure the room to determine how much flooring you will need, adding 10% for cuts and waste. It's important to acclimate the flooring to the room's temperature and humidity before installation. Then, start laying the boards, making sure to stagger the seams to create a cohesive look. Use a tapping block and hammer to secure the boards together, and trim the edges as needed. With the right tools and a little bit of patience, even a novice DIYer can successfully install Invictus Flooring and transform the look of their space. 

Easy-to-maintain Care Suggestions for Invictus Flooring 

Taking care of your floor shouldn't be a daunting task, and that's why Invictus Flooring has made it easy for you. To ensure its durability, all it needs is a few simple steps. Sweep or vacuum the floor regularly to keep it free of debris, this will prevent scratches and stains. When cleaning, avoid harsh chemicals or abrasive materials and use pH-neutral products. For spills, wipe them up immediately with a damp cloth. And if you have pets, keep their nails trimmed to prevent damage to your Invictus floor. These easy-to-follow steps will keep your Invictus Flooring looking as good as new for years to come. 

The overall Advantages for Invictus flooring 

Invictus luxury flooring is the perfect solution for busy homeowners looking to turn their homes into something special. It's ideal for families and pets because of its durability and easy maintenance while also maintaining a luxurious look and feel. With Luxury Vinyl Tile, you can rest assured your floors will be resistant to water, stains, scratches, and more, ensuring your home truly stands out amongst the crowd. What’s more? Installing Invictus flooring is surprisingly easy- no matter what type of project you’re attempting. Finally, with quick and manageable care tips like vacuuming regularly, using protective mats and chair pads as well as cleaning spills as they happen – your new luxury flooring can look amazing for years to come. Invest in your future with Invictus flooring today!

Saturday 28 May 2022

The Distinctive Season for Vinyl Flooring

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Rain, snow, and heat affect how you design your home. Not many people factor it in, but how the weather is outside has a great influence on how you want to live inside - which goes to the walls, the ceilings and naturally your floor. It is here that all interior designers recommend a cost-effective, easy to install and wholly durable option - luxury vinyl flooring.

Each different seasons bring about it's own challenges to your flooring-


The Spring weather can go one of many ways; nice and sunny or bleak and rainy. No matter how it falls, the Distinctive flooring range of vinyl flooring has the built-in tools to handle it all.

Spring is a high rain-tested season, providing more than its fair share of water risk from wet clothes or footprints soaking through carpets. This makes vinyl a much safer and more satisfying solution. Distinctive offers a 100% waterproof manufactured design, where moisture in the air cannot breach the floor planks or tiles and seep through to damage the subfloor.

Luxury vinyl flooring provides a quick with the sunny outlook for your living room during the Spring.


With the hot season upon us, outside activity is high for homes with small families. This poses a fair amount of challenges to carpets or real hardwood floorng options.

Other types of flooring can become a victim of grass stains and children tearing through the home forgetting to take their muddy shoes off. Distinctive vinyl ensures that your flooring is protected with the safeguarding of scratch-proof design and easy to clean wear layers - so your kitchen and living area remains glorious with minimal effort. During the summer months, it's good to know humidity will not affect your flooring and cause tiles to come loose or rise.

Tuesday 4 January 2022

Laser Hair Removal Tips For People With Dark Skin

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Laser body hair reduction has time and again surpassed the popularity of all traditional hair removal solutions like waxing and shaving. In this context, it is good to know that the treatment is being improved with every passing year and this is one of the many reasons why the treatment is now considered safe for people with all types of skin.

Back in the day, people with dark skin could not get laser hair removal but that has now changed.

How Laser Hair Reduction Treatment Can Benefit People With Dark Skin?


As per the opinion of an expert associated with a leading laser hair removal London clinic, people with dark skin can get a lot of benefits from this treatment. For starters, laser body hair reduction treatment helps people with dark skin to not only reduce body hair in their skin but at the same time, reduce razor bumps. On top of this, people with dark skin will also get respite from hypo-pigmentation and hyperpigmentation.

Hair follicles treated with a laser will not get inflamed – the common after-effect of traditional body hair reduction solutions like shaving and waxing and it can also help people with dark skin to witness an overall improvement to their skin’s texture.

Sunday 19 December 2021

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella - A Brilliant Musical!

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Back in October my husband and I took the girls up to London to see Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella and straight off, I'll tell you, we all loved it! It truly is the most brilliant show, but I suppose you'd expect that as I've never seen a bad show written by Andrew Lloyd Webber. It was also a bonus that we were able to use a Theatre Tokens gift card I had been given for my birthday in the summer. 

This musical comedy show is loosely based on the story that we all know but don't be fooled into thinking this is a panto or anything like Disney's version of Cinderella. This one is much more adult in content and it has quite a few laugh-out-loud moments. I think it was so clever the way that Emerald Fennell recrafted the story; there are still all the poignant moments of the original show that we know - the mean stepmother, the glass slippers, the Fairy Godmother, the clock sticking midnight and the handsome prince, but there are also clever twists and a deeper tale. 

Andrew Lloyd Webber describes David Zippel's lyrics as "hugely witty" and he is so right. There were many bits in the songs where I looked at my husband with wide eyes and smiled! The witty and racy lyrics were just perfect to engage my teenage daughters that had come with us, but I wouldn't advocate the show for children under about the age of 12, as they just won't get some of what is going on. There were a number of occasions when children sat close to us were heard asking their parents what was going on, or why people were laughing. Here is the official trailer, to give you a little taste.