Tougher Penalties for Driving Offences Now in Effect

Courts in England and Wales are now enacting tougher penalties for drivers violating the rules of the road. In 2015, 244 people were killed in crashes involving speeding in Britain—highlighting the need for greater road safety.

The courts hope these new regulations, which apply to all drivers sentenced on or after 24th April 2017, more accurately reflect the consequences of speeding. The following are the most common road offences affected by these updated regulations: (more…)

5 Ways to Stay Safe in a Crowd

In light of recent UK terrorist attacks, it pays to be attentive while in a crowd. By being aware of your surroundings, you can stay safe at home and while abroad on holiday this summer. Here’s how to safely travel in a crowd:

  1. Be aware of the exits while in public or on public transport.
  2. Carry a charged mobile so you can get information on any developing incidents and can call for help if necessary.
  3. Have confidence in police and security forces. Make sure to follow their advice when danger arises.
  4. During an incident, immediately leave the scene as directed by authorities or in the opposite direction of the perceived threat. Find a safe location, and only move if you must find a more secure location.


How to Keep Your Home Cool This Summer

This summer has been uncommonly warm, with June’s scorching temperatures making it the hottest month in 41 years. Such sweltering heat threatens the elderly, babies and those with underlying health conditions. Public Health England advises that excessive exposure to high temperatures can kill, and that heat-related deaths start to occur when temperatures rise above 25 degrees.

Led by June’s heatwave, the warmer weather this year has already taken 510 more lives than average in England and Wales. For homeowners, this news can be especially troubling, as homes rapidly warm up during the summer months. Here’s how to keep your home cool and your family out of dangerous heat this summer: (more…)

51% Of UK Card Payments Are Now Contactless

New data from Barclaycard’s Contactless Spending Index shows contactless card payments rose by more than a third in the last year.

In a record-breaking year for “touch and go” payments, which have a limit of £30, 51% of in-store transactions were made using contactless cards in 2016.

Unsurprisingly, there has been a significant rise in debit and credit card payments – doubling over the last decade. Our fondness for paying by contactless card might have something to do with a recent rise.