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Why is coffee on-the-go so popular & why is it such an integral part of modern society?

Grabbing a coffee in the morning is almost apart of everybody’s working morning routine, with around 2.25 billion cups of coffee being consumed every day. Most rely on it to give them that early morning boost as in modern society people are having less sleep at night with lives becoming busier, resulting in people getting less time to recover from the day. So why is coffee so popular, and how has it becoming such an integral part of our culture?

First, we begin commercially, brands like Starbucks and Costa have become almost trendy, with the cup being a symbol of fashion, almost like an extra accessory you are carrying around. This, in turn, has led to niche coffee shops popping up all over major cities, to capitalise on and become successful through peoples absorption into the branded culture, and being a part of the trend. Coffee shops have become so popular that Starbucks and Costa now have many locations with drive-thrus. This shows how much the market for coffee on-the-go has rapidly expanded in the last decade, as there is still enough demand for people to queue for a drink like fast food. 

Furthermore adding to the sense of a daily routine coffee drinking gives you, caffeine has addictive qualities on the brain which makes you come back for your morning cup. As you unintentionally make a drink a necessary part of your routine without realising you do it every day! As although it is a common joke that if you don’t have your morning coffee you will be irritable and fatigued, the scientific research shows if you are a regular drinker and have been for some time, these are some of the withdrawal symptoms you may experience if you don’t have your morning cup, which keeps us coming back. 

With everybody’s lives now on the move, so is the food and drink we consume, for example in 2017 46% of coffee consumed was done so outside of the home. As coffee does not take long to make, especially in a shop in which they prioritise speed and efficiency, as the morning routine of coffee is so convenient in modern society due to the change in lifestyle patterns, making the industry continue to grow. 

On the whole, with the coffee industry ever-growing, the morning routine of starting your day off with a cup will not be going anywhere soon. With big brands investing in the fast-paced movements of our on-the-go society, this perfectly fits the industry and will continue to grow as our lives get busier.

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Why do people choose motorbikes over cars?

No form of transportation can compare to a motorcycle, the two wheel break neck speed at the drop of a wrist, the freedom of an open road with no surroundings and the sense community which comes with it. Although motorbikes and cars may seem quite similar there are so many aspects that make them the complete opposite. Many people choose to ride bikes for the pure love and passion and for the multiple benefits which is unparalleled when it comes to driving a car.

The first benefit is a financial one. To buy a bike around just 5 years old, depending of model of course, on average you will look to spend anywhere from £3000 to £6000 but most probably on the lower side as motorbikes decline in value over the years rapidly, a lot faster than a car. Furthermore insurance is far cheaper than a car as the base cost of the vehicle and the repairs are less money than a car.

The freedom you get on an open country road, with the sun shining as you feel and smell nature while the wind blows past you is incomparable. If you ask anybody that rides bikes this will be the first thing that springs to mind, as its a feeling like no other. Cars are designed for comfort and ensuring relaxing experience as you drive which makes them quite mundane according to most riders. You can’t feel the breeze as you climb up the gears and you can’t get a real sense for your environment.

With a motorbike you will always find yourself working on something, as its almost like a constant work-in-progress. And for those who are mechanically minded and like a garage project, a motorbike is obviously just for you. As with less parts it is easier maintenance and furthermore with jhless hassle getting to the engine it means less labour intensity and its easier to get to.

One thing bikers are huge on, is the sense of community between fellow riders, whether its a head nod as you drive past somebody else on a bike, or whether its going on hideouts with everyone who rides in the local area. You will always find yourself making friends with other riders as the community is tight knit and so welcoming as you all share the same passion. As a bike can not only be used for a commute, its supposed to be a hobby, to be used as somebody’s pride and joy, a constant garage project.

One of the final points i may add is that it is great fun able to filter through cars in a traffic jam or pile up! It can actually save you some vital time on your commute to work, and maybe cut down your journey by 5-10 minutes, which can mean a crucial 5 minute lie in on Monday morning! As bikes offer so many advantages over a car, so if you’ve ever been interested in riding a motorbike and love the culture, realistically, what is stopping you?

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Why should you consider buying an electric car?

It’s no secret that the electric car market is the most rapidly growing sector of the motor industry and it has garnered everybody’s interest. But why are they so popular? Well electric cars offer a lot of advantages that petrol or diesel ran cars simply cannot provide, such as being quite cost affective and also present some niche benefits you may never had actually considered.

On the point of being cost effective, an electric vehicle is cheaper to run due to an electric bill or cost of a home charge point being far less expensive than having to fill up from a petrol station roughly every week, especially if you take into consideration the extortionate constantly rising petrol prices. As it has been calculated, on average, that If you cover 8,000 miles a year you will save around £1000 which can in turn can help to cover the bills or anything in your life that leads to unnecessary expenses. 

Another obvious point is that you are doing your bit for the environment, which of course shows passersby that you are promoting a healthy planet, which may have a knock-on effect to the people viewing your car. Furthermore electric cars have 0 emissions being polluted into the atmosphere and less noise pollution which is a large problem in bigger cities. On top of that, with no vehicle noise you really get a feel for the road as you glide across it hearing only the tyres roll against the surface of the road. 

Also did you know the Nissan Leaf’s interior is made out of 60% recycled water bottles? So when you do buy certain electric vehicles like the Leaf that use recyclable materials, you genuinely are saving the planet. And further coming back to the topic of emissions, cars in the UK make up 25% of all carbon emissions so buy having more people driving around in electric motors, this leads to cleaner air and a healthier planet.

Electric vehicles are so convenient that you can even charge them at home, all be it that the range on some of the models are not great compared to Tesla’s 250-350 miles on some cars. It means you will never have to fill up at a petrol station ever again, all you need to do is leave the charge on overnight and you’ll be at a full charge for the morning. Or if your on the road stop of at a charging point, sit down take a break from driving, have a tea or coffee and you’ll be all set to go.

One final point that may be the deciding factor in you purchasing an electric vehicle or not is that many governments, like the UK’s will give you a grant to buy a brand new one. This saves you a significant amount of money, as governments across the world are desperate to stop climate change and save the planet. Furthermore with no emissions, this means no road tax, which can really help you financially as that is one less thing to pay for which is another perk of owning an electric vehicle.

On the whole there is a lot to consider before making the commitment to an electric vehicle, as although it is a car it can be seen as as lifestyle too. If you are one who cares for the planet and feels the need to spread awareness and convey your message to everybody who sees you car, you should not hesitate to invest in one. But as we look to the future and the strong possibility of governments around the world employing more regulations around the use of petrol and diesel ran cars, the time to buy an electric car is now.

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Things you must consider when buying a car

When it comes to buying a car, it is understandable you may feel slightly apprehensive or maybe overthinking some parts of the buying process. So to put your mind at ease and allow you to get the right car for you, here are the most important tips and things to take into consideration before making that important purchase. 

First things first although possibly the most simple, only buy what you can afford, you should never put yourself in financial strain over a car. A car is one of the most important purchases you will make in your life next to a house, so you must not be tempted by that gorgeous V8 on offer that is just out your suitable price range, as a nice car is not worth financial turmoil. Furthermore don’t forget to check how much insurance and road tax maybe, as this is something often overlooked, just like the running costs. A lot of people can be met with a nasty surprise when they don’t look into any extra costs and can get unintentionally low on cash.

On the note of practicality you should ensure your vehicle meets your everyday needs, from your commute, to what you will keep in it, to who will be in it. You should ensure you have the appropriate boot space and seating for your everyday needs. Because if you have a family, you must consider if everyone can comfortably fit with their own personal belongings. As not many sports cars can carry a family let alone the weekly shop!

Thinking long term is so important when it comes to purchasing a car, for example a good thing to do is to do some research on how well the model of car, that you want to buy performs over time and researching its longevity. This can potentially save you a good amount of unneeded expenses on repairs, due to the car not performing over time. You should also look long term when it comes to value as well, because when it comes time to part ways you should ensure you will still be able to get some of the original cash back you payed for it. Furthermore you should also know your current cars worth too, as you will be able to sell that if need be, to buy a car slightly out of your current price range.

When you’ve found the car for you, always be sure to test drive it before making the final purchase as only then will you know if its the right one. You will get used to the turning circle, the seat and where your body is sits, all the minor differences that makes each car unique. As one of the most catastrophic mistakes you can make is to buy a car without fully getting a feel for it, then regretting it after only a week of driving. 

On the whole take all these points into careful consideration and remember to buy from a trusted seller with consistently good reviews. As the importance of the purchase of a car cannot be stressed enough, and you do not want to be deceived by a dishonest seller.

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Why should you rent a car for a weekend away?

Every now and again its good to get away for a while, even if its just for a couple of days, whether thats with your significant other or with the whole family, a small break from the monotonous repeat of everyday life can come as a welcomed hiatus. But have you ever considered renting a car? Many people don’t understand the freedom, practicality and enjoyment you can get out of renting a vehicle for a weekend getaway, there are so many things people do not consider as advantages for a weekend rental, so here are some reasons why you should consider it.

If you choose to get a rental this means you have a wide variety of cars to choose from, so you can select the most practically equipped car for the trip. As if you are taking a family, choosing a 7 seater Ford S-max for example would be ideal, because you have enough room for everyone to be comfortable and a boot size big enough to keep everyones bags. You can be very specific and find whatever car is most suitable for your needs and requirements. Your day-to-day personal car may not be able to accommodate for so many people so when renting a car, this gives you a lot more freedom and is a lot more practical. 

Furthermore on the note of practicality taking the road is a lot less hassle than flying, and in the end a lot more cheaper. You can directly drive when and where you need to go, and not have to wait in ridiculously long queues, probably have your flight delayed and overpay for some cold airport food, all for a 30 minute flight…

On a lighter note driving a new car can be a fun, new experience especially if its an automatic and you’ve been shifting the gears manually your whole life. So that can come as a welcomed break, as you see a new side of driving. As you know every car is different in its own way, and every manufacturer has distinct features from the other. So when choosing your rental you can keep this in mind and drive a brand of car you’ve always liked but never got to experience.

If your car has a lot of miles on the clock or is a little unreliable, taking it on a long journey may not be the right thing to do. When renting, usually most rental cars have very low mileage and are very well looked after to ensure no problems occur during the time you have it for. By driving another car as well as saving mechanical wear, you will be saving tyre wear especially your on tread depths and air pressure. A rental really can take a lot of stress out of your weekend away, as you’re not constantly worrying about the wellbeing of your vehicle.

If you wanted to make your weekend away that little bit extra special, for possibly an anniversary or a significant birthday why not rent a classic or performance car to make your weekend unforgettable? You can choose from an array of cars that you never would of thought you’d be behind the wheel of, as a weekend spent driving around the coast in a Jaguar E-Type with your significant other, sounds like the most perfect way to celebrate a milestone or anniversary.

On the whole renting a car for a weekend away seems to be a safe, practical and exciting thing to do. As airplane travel is simply too much hassle, especially for a domestic flight, furthermore taking your own car can be some unneeded stress and when you’re away any unneeded problems and issues are the last thing you need on a stress free getaway.