Summer’s here – get ready whether home or away ! | Scriptok.Link

Summer’s here – get ready whether home or away !

On the road…

Chances are you’ll be packing up the car and heading off on a lengthy trip at some point in the summer, whether it’s a day-trip to the seaside or a full-blown staycation.

Maybe you’ll venture across the Channel for the Euros, or just to head deep into France for your annual break.

Whatever the reason for the road trip, run through this checklist before you set off.

Going away…

Burglars know that more homes are empty in the summer as people go on holiday, so it’s important to think about security before you leave your house vacant.

It goes without saying that you should check that all of your home’s points of entry are locked, and that there’s nothing in your gardens that could be used to break in – tools, ladders or otherwise.

Timers on your lights can give the impression you’re still home, or you could offer your neighbours use of your drive if you’re taking your car away.

Get a friend or family to check in on the place if you’re going away for a week or more and ask them to pick up the post from the doormat or remove flyers and leaftlets from your letterbox – a dead giveaway that the house is empty.

 

Top tip

France is in the midst of uncompromising industrial action, including blockades at oil refineries and distribution centres that have left many petrol stations completely dry, and others with lengthy queues.

Best to fill your tank before you leave the UK and keep a close eye on the fuel gauge.

Don’t be tempted to load your car with jerry-cans full of spare fuel – there are per-car limits on Eurotunnel (30 litres) and on cross-Channel ferries (usually 5 litres). And you’ll fall foul of French law if you have over 10 litres of spare fuel in your vehicle.

Always use a bona-fide jerry-can (look for ‘ADR approved’, or similar), and don’t put petrol in old milk containers or other unsuitable vessels.

One tactic might be to top up your tank at every opportunity when you’re driving through France, even if it’s still three-quarters full. And once you get to your destination, avoid fuel-burning day-trips until you’re confident there is a reliable local supply that’s going to get you home again.

 

Be social media savvy…

Don’t broadcast your absence by posting details of where and when you’re on holiday on social websites.

Either give yourself a break from messaging, or ramp up your security so casual surfers can’t see that you’re on a beach in Marbella.

If you’re going away and leaving older teenage children in the home, ask them not to have a party. They probably will anyway, so INSIST that they’d don’t inadvertently advertise the event to strangers via Snapchat or the like.

Every summer brings a crop of stories about parents who return home from holiday to find their property trashed and/or stolen by people who gatecrashed a party at their house.

You don’t want that – or the strife with trying to claim back the cost of the damage on your home insurance.

 

Source : http://www.moneysupermarket.com/c/news/max-your-summer-with-our-hot-hacks-and-hints/00234452/

Similar Articles

The Network Working Group... The ARPANET geographical map now shows 61 nodes. Licklider arranges its administration to be turned over to the Defense Communications Agency (DCA). BBN remains the contractor responsible
DARPA and the TCP/IP prot... DARPA supports computer scientists at UC Berkeley who are revising a Unix system to incorporate TCP/IP protocols. Berkeley Unix also incorporates a second set of Bell Labs
Announcement of the Apple... Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs announce the Apple II computer. Also introduced are the Tandy TRS-80 and the Commodore Pet. These three off-the-shelf machines create the consumer
Standards (ISO) and TCP/I... Time magazine names ‘the computer’ its ‘Man of the Year.’ Cray Research announces plans to market the Cray X-MP system in place of the Cray-1. At the
Apollo workstations and D... In January, the ARPANET standardizes on the TCP/IP protocols adopted by the Department of Defense (DOD). The Defense Communications Agency decides to split the network into a
1978 – The ARPANET ... The appearance of the first very small computers and their potential for communication via modem to dial up services starts a boom in a new set of
1991 – The net’s ... The net’s dramatic growth continues with NSF lifting any restrictions on commercial use. Interchanges form with popular providers such as UUNET and PSInet. Congress passes the Gore
1968 Technologies Discove... Roberts and the ARPA team refine the overall structure and specifications for the ARPANET. They issue an RFQ for the development of the IMPs. At Bolt, Beranek
Apple announces the Macin... In January, Apple announces the Macintosh. Its user-friendly interface swells the ranks of new computer users. Novelist William Gibson coins the term cyberspace in Neuromancer, a book
Summer’s here ̵... On the road… Chances are you’ll be packing up the car and heading off on a lengthy trip at some point in the summer, whether it’s a

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *