Drivers across the nation could potentially be slapped with a £5,000 fine for incorrectly transporting their Christmas tree home.
While bringing home a fresh pine is the highlight for many over the Christmas period, car sales website Goodbye Car has warned that shoving it in the back of the car in a certain way could land drivers a hefty fine.
According to the research, drivers could face a maximum fine of £5,000 for ‘careless and inconsiderate’ driving in addition to the three points for that indiscretion.
That isn’t very Christmassy, is it?
Another motoring office likely to be committed is ‘causing or likely to cause danger by reason of load or passengers.’ This can result in three penalty points which can stay on a driving record for between four and eleven years.
Police can also dish out on-the-spot £100 fines and three penalty points for the offence, while more serious cases go to court and could result in the maximum fine and disqualification.
Again, not very Christmassy.
But fear not, because Goodbye Car has offered some advice on how to safely store your Christmas tree on its journey home.
Goodbye Car’s Operations Manager Mark Royal said: “Driving your Christmas tree home is an important one to get right for the safety of yourself and others, but with the right knowledge, it shouldn’t be a difficult job.
“Fines can easily be avoided if you properly secure the tree to the roof of your car.”
Here are their top tips:
Buy a netted tree
A netted tree is much more manageable and easy to transport in a vehicle – most places that sell Christmas trees know to provide the tree wrapped in a net and, if they’re not already netted, this is a service you should be able to ask for.
Face the tree stump to the front
The best way to position to a tree on top of a car is to have it laid lengthways with the stump facing the front of the car. This limits wind resistance due to the angle of the branches.
Use a roof rack
A roof rack is one of the safest ways to attach a Christmas tree to the roof of a car. Bungee cords or ropes will be needed to secure and tie down the tree tightly to the roof and the roof rack. Tip: Make sure the tree is secured right from the bottom branches to the tip of the tree.
Use your car doors if you don’t have a roof rack
Car doors can be used as another way to safely secure your Christmas tree within the law. Instead of attaching the ropes to a roof rack, open the car doors and tie the ropes inside the car. Once the car doors are closed, it should secure the ropes even further.
Attach reflective tags to an overhanging tree
Depending on the size of the tree, a car roof may not be long enough to accommodate it. If this is the case and the tip of the Christmas tree is hanging over the back of the car, make sure that you attach reflective tags so that other motorists and road users can see how much room to give you.
Drive more cautiously than usual
Transporting heavy cargo like a Christmas tree should have an impact on how you drive. Be careful in particular when taking corners and keep well back from other vehicles to avoid braking sharply – both of which could dislodge the tree from your car roof and be classed as driving dangerously.
Woman finds Easter eggs for just 75p in Morrisons and does trolley dash
A woman took to social media to show off her Easter egg shop after hearing Morrisons had slashed them down to 75p.
If you need to stock up on Easter eggs for the upcoming holiday, or you’ve just got a sweet tooth and love a good bargain, you’ll be pleased to hear Morrisons are selling some of the chocolate goodies for a reduced price of 75p.
One woman heard the news and had to go and check it out for herself, sharing her chocolate egg haul in a video clip on TikTok.
Savvy shopper and chocolate lover Tammy made sure to fill her trolley with a selection of the Cadbury and Nestle eggs currently on offer at Morrisons.
The retail giant has slashed its 96g – 126g Easter eggs down by half price from £1.50 to 75p.
However, there’s just one catch: to get this price, customers will need to scan their Morrisons More Card. Customers without a More Card will still have to pay the full price of £1.50.
However, shoppers will have to act quick to bag this bargain as these deals usually only last a week.
Tammy’s TikTok clip shows her POV as she pushes her shopping trolley filled with 20 of the Easter eggs costing her a total of £15 – not bad. At full price this shop would have cost her £30, saving her a cool £15.
With surely enough in her cart to sort the whole family and have a few left over to treat herself to while watching a Netflix series, it’s no wonder the TikToker was so pleased with herself as she typed in the caption: “When you hear these eggs are down to 75p.”
The clip, posted just days ago, has already gained almost 10,000 views and over 1,000 likes, though viewers have been left divided over the haul. Some have been tagging their friends and family to hurry and make the most of the deal while others have called it ‘selfish’ – but Tammy clapped back at the commenter, saying: “chill out”.
Meanwhile, someone else said: “Literally picked 2 of all flavours for my children.” And another asked: “Is there a limit? My daughter’s birthday party is the day before Easter so I was going to bulk buy them to give to all the kids.”
Responding, one shopper typed: “I wasn’t told there was a limit so it was worth a try. I just went to a self-checkout.”
While Tammy replied with: “Yes it says two of each only. I was over the ‘limit’ but no one questioned it.”
You can get paid £400 a month to take a relaxing hot bath
A bathroom supplier is looking for someone to test out baths and give feedback
If you thought your dream job didn’t exist, think again as you could find yourself being paid to soak in a bath tub.
Some people much prefer a shower, while others enjoy a relaxing soak in a nice hot bath. Either way, this job description sounds heavenly, especially for the latter.
Baths have come into the spotlight since the release of Saltburn and its shocking slurping moment in THAT bath scene.
Perhaps a few shower people have been convinced to change over to the bath side. If you prefer a bath, perhaps you’ll want to take a look at this next job description.
Bathroom Deal are looking for someone to test their bath tubs and share feedback on them. If you successfully land the role, you could become a Bathroom Quality Assurance Tester.
But you’ll have to spend a good bit of time having a soak so that you can share your verdict on each tub before they’re sold to the public. On the plus side, you’ll be squeaky clean!
If you land the role, you’ll need to make sure you have between one to four hours per week to meet the job’s needs and in return you’ll get a freelance rate of £25 per hour, which works out as up to £400 per month.
The job is also remote so you can take a dip in the privacy of your own home but applicants must be prepared to swap out their bathtub for a different one at least once a month by professionals.
With energy prices rising and water bills going up too, we all know the cost of having a bath has become more of a luxury and probably less of an occurrence for many. However, the extra cash may be worth it.
On top of this, aspiring bathtub quality assurance testers should also be aware that experts warn not to spend more than 22 minutes in the bath.
According to a recent study at Victoria Plumbing, this is the perfect length of time to spend in the tub and anything over that can suck the natural oils out of your skin and even leave you feeling dehydrated.
So, if this sounds like the perfect job for you, submit an application on the Bathroom Deal website – you must be over 18 to be considered.
Man discovers it’s cheaper to stay in 5-star resort than rent in Manchester
People were left shocked
A man went viral on TikTok after discovering it’s cheaper to stay in a five-star inclusive resort than live in Manchester.
High house prices, rising mortgage rates, soaring rent – we all know about it, but if you needed proof that the British property market has become a joke, let this video be it.
TikToker Josh Kerr was having a look at holidays to the Mediterranean online when he discovered an all-inclusive stay at a five-star resort in Turkey costs less than his city centre apartment.
In the clip, Josh shared how he pays £950 a month for his flat in Manchester but in comparison, he found a 28-night stay at the Xoria Deluxe Resort in Antalya.
The stay included flights direct from Manchester Airport and all food and drink for £938 via the website, On The Beach.
In the viral clip, Josh said: “I’ve just found out it’s cheaper to live at a 5-star all-inclusive resort than it is to live in Manchester.”
He continued: “Even looking at the gaff, it’s a 5-star hotel. I mean, it looks pretty bog-standard to me, but it’s decent for £900 a month.
“I’m not being funny right, but I pay £950 for my rent, bills, council tax and that. Here, you get breakfast, lunch, evening meals, drinks, snacks and a gaff. What are we doing in England?”
Though the Xoria Deluxe Resort was classed as a five-star hotel due to its amenities, Trip Advisor rated it as an average of four out of five based on reviews.
Out of the 1,174 ratings the resort had received, reviews ranged from comments including ‘luxurious,’ ‘excellent value’ and ‘spotlessly clean’ by some people, to ‘awful’ and ‘terrible’ by others.
Xoria Deluxe has two restaurants to choose from, a patisserie, and three bars. It includes free Wifi and has a large pool with waterslides, hot tub, gym and wellness centre.
There’s also entertainment for guests throughout the day and night. In response to the video, one smart person suggested Josh ‘rented his gaff out’ at the same time as staying at the hotel.
While another said: “Remote working looking even more attractive….” And a third added: “So does WFH now mean ‘Work From Holiday?’”
Meanwhile, others pointed out that the prices were the cost of winter holidays and not for peak season in the summer. As one skeptic pointed out: “Set it for July & August and see what it comes back with.” As another added: “Until you reach the summer and it doubles.”
The cost of a 28-day trip during July and August, on the website On The Beach, costs from at least £3,000, which is a good bit more expensive and worth taking into consideration if you’re dreaming of a remote job working by the beach.
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