Can I really save fuel with a Truck Wheel Alignment?

Most heavy vehicle owners in the transport industry are asking themselves – How can I save money on my running costs? How can I save on fuel consumption? Will a truck wheel alignment help?

Research & studies conducted around the world show that around 80 percent of medium to heavy vehicles are incorrectly aligned, or have a mis-alignment. If your truck, trailer or bus has incorrectly aligned wheels & axles, you have what we call increased rolling resistance when travelling on the road. This means the engine is working harder than required to push the truck along the road, and the end result is an increase in fuel consumption. Given that fuel can account for up to 50% of the operating costs of a truck or fleet, smart operators must explore all avenues to reduce fuel consumption.
Generally speaking, correcting even slight alignment issues have been shown to result in a saving of 3 – 10 percent on fuel.

3% doesn’t sound too significant does it? Lets take a closer look – One truck runs Brisbane to Sydney (return) 3 times a week (6,000 kms). That’s 312,000 kms a year. Fuel consumption average is 1.85 litres/km. That’s 577,200 litres, current local prices are around $1.49 per litre. Fuel cost for the year – $860,028.00. If you reduced fuel consumption by 3%, you would save $25,800.84!!
Your scenario may be different, but you can see that small changes can make a big difference to the bottom line of your business. There are other areas where you can save on running costs, which will be covered in another article.

If you own one truck or one hundred, and you are not having a regular truck wheel alignment performed as part of your maintenance schedule, you really need to contact your local truck wheel alignment specialist for a chat.

Truckologist is a mobile truck wheel alignment business based in Brisbane, Australia.

Private Escorts – Employment Options

When it comes to finding work as an escort, whether you are male or female, gay or straight, you can choose to work for an escort agency, or join the ranks of the independent escorts, or indies. Which you should choose is very much a personal matter, but you need to take into account the pros and cons of each carefully prior to beginning work.

If you are new to the business then it might be a good idea to work for an agency, even if only for a while, so that you can become accustomed to the ins and outs of the escort business. This will also give you the opportunity to speak to other escorts employed by the agency, and benefit from sharing their experiences.

The Advantages of Working for an Agency

There is more to working as an escort than many people assume when they first commence, and it can be contenting to have someone else to take care of some things for you, while you are getting comfortable. For example, the agency will take care of advertising, will screen potential clients, will manage your diary for you, and will handle booking hotel rooms and organising transport, when appropriate.

Perhaps most essentially for many escorts, the agency implements a safety net as they know where you are and what you are doing at all times, and the client is very conscious of this. This provides you with a significant degree of safety, and with a backup team to call on if you run into trouble.

Speaking of trouble, the law also plays a significant part in many escort’s lives, and the degree to which it affects you will hinge on where you are working, and how you are operating your business. Many escort agencies have been around for a while, and are very accustomed to what you and cannot do. This again can be enough to stop you inadvertently running into problems.

The Disadvantages of Working for an Agency

An escort agency is just like any other business, and some are very well run while others are poorly run, and may even simply exploit their escorts without a care for anything other than the profit the business can make. For this reason, you need to do your research and make sure you know exactly what sort of agency you are joining.

While an agency will take care of much of the background work for you, such as advertising, client screening and arranging appointments, they will also need certain things from you in return. For example, they may require you to be available for work between certain hours each day, and determine how much time off you can have each week. They may also decide where you have to be when you are not working, perhaps allowing you to go home, as long as they can contact you on the phone, or requesting you to be available in the agency’s office.

The agency is also in the business of making profit and does this typically by taking a cut of the fees paid by the client for providing him or her with an escort. Fees can be large, especially in major cities where it is not unusual for clients to pay several hundred dollars an hour for an escort. You will have to look carefully at the financial agreement sought after by different agencies and decide what is, and what is not, acceptable to you.

The Benefits of Working as an Independent Escort

Private escorts are esentially their own bosses, choosing for themselves when they work, who they accept as clients, and what they are prepared to do. In effect you are entertaining all of the benefits, including the financial benefits, of being self employed and, for many people, these advantages often outweigh any disadvantages.

The Disadvantages of Working as an Independent Escort

Working for yourself means that you will have to take care of everything yourself, including such things as advertising, sizing up prospective clients, booking hotel rooms, organising transport, and indeed dealing with anything else that comes up. This can be a great deal of work initially, but much of this routine work becomes simpler as time goes on. One thing that you have to deal with though, and which will never go away, are the risks that accompany with escort work.

Like it or not, escort work is potentially very dangerous, and you must not only be constantly wary, but must take positive steps to care for yourself. The list of precautions you need to take is far too extensive to detail them all here, but will include such things as ensuring that any room you use with a client has an emergency exit that you can use, and being positive that someone knows where you are, and that the client is aware of this fact. Convincing yourself that this is a safe enough area and that nothing is going to happen to you does not work, and safety needs to be the priority on the list of things to consider for independent escorts.

On Balance

As with any job there are both good and bad points to becoming an escort, and this is deifnitely one job that you need to go into with a careful mindset. That said, independent escorts can enjoy a very comfortable lifestyle if they get it right, and the job can be good fun if you have the right personality for it, take the time to learn what you are doing, and set your business up properly.

What to Consider When Hiring the Finest Children’s Magician Brisbane Residents Trust

Whether you’re planning to host your child’s pajama party, birthday party, or any other kiddie event, hiring a magician who can provide entertainment for everyone is a brilliant choice. Kids love magic shows, and you can guarantee their excitement and participation by inviting a professional children’s magician Brisbane residents rely on. You may even find yourself laughing along as you watch amazing tricks that these talented entertainers perform on your party.

Important Things to Consider Before Hiring a Party Magician

Initially, you need to know your guests and their age group. It’s important that you inform the magician about the kind of audience and number of guests who are attending the event. This way, he can choose the right material to use that will suit the crowd’s interests. For instance, younger kids may find card tricks uninteresting while older kids are likely to be mesmerized with this kind of performance in a magic show.

You should discuss with the magician how you want him to interact with the audience. There are entertainers who prefer to sit at one corner of the room where kids can come and huddle around as they watch magic tricks up close. However, some magicians like to walk around from one section of the room to another and interact with everyone at the party. Depending on your preferences and requirements, you can count on the entertainer to do exactly what you want him to do. So, make everything clear during your meeting to ensure your guests’ satisfaction and delight while watching the magic show.

Specify particular tricks that you want the magician to do. Do you want him to use live animals or real people during the show, or would you prefer card tricks for a slightly older age group as your audience? Just make sure you ask the magician first about his expertise and decide if his tricks are something that your guests may want to see.

A Few Other Things to Think About

Even experienced magicians must be informed about important aspects of the event before they can quote you a fee for their service. A magic show for a bunch of 7-year olds in your yard is far from a 2-hour show presented in front of 200 or more guests. You need to provide sufficient information before requesting a quote from him.

Just keep an open mind and listen attentively to the magician’s recommendations and determine if these suggestions are suitable for your party theme. The idea is to have an open communication with the professional and settle everything before you start hiring him. By doing so, there are no unpleasant surprises that may come along on the day of the party.

Choosing the best party magician for a kids’ party may be tricky, but as long as you’re certain about the person you have in mind, you can’t possibly go wrong. For a fun-filled kiddie party in Brisbane, you may want to consider hiring Johnny the Jester, one of the city’s finest magicians and performers. His versatility and ingenuity will blow you away, and you can expect your guests to feel the same way about his spectacular performances.

How to stop the flood of election junk mail?

Wherever you live in the world, whether it is a Federal, Local Council, Presidential or State election, your mailbox will groan under the weight of materials aimed at winning your vote. It may be the electronic age, but it seems that a pamphlet in your letterbox is still considered the most efficient way of getting a message across.

While an informed electorate is important for the democratic process, there appears to be a glut of over-sending of junk mail for political purposes – and no clear way on how to stop this. What’s worse, the content of most of the political flyers is simply mudslinging about their opponents with no substance. Is anyone else reminded of children in the playground?

How can you help stop this frivolous waste of resources? Imagine the strain on our environment and the large volume of greenhouse gases generated from all the trees cut down, printing and transport of the materials. Grab a cup of tea or your water bottle and let’s get down to it.

We know in Australia that material deemed to be political, educational, religious and charitable is exempt from “No Junk Mail” signed letterboxes according to standards conducted by the Australian Catalogue Association. So there is no way to stop it being deposited in your letterbox along with the other junk mail catalogues enticing you to buy all sorts of things you don’t really need. It is likely the same in other countries.

Step 1. Incorrectly addressed political mail
Much of your mail may be addressed to past occupants of the house. You need to “return this to sender” with the note “no longer at this address”.

Step 2. Contact every political party or politician that is mailing you
There is no central database so you will need to call the office of each individual sender and ask to be removed from their mailing list. Remember to be polite! You catch more bees with honey than vinegar.

Step 3. National Standard to stop political junk mail
Write a letter to the Electoral Commission asking them to implement a National Standard to curb the number of pieces each political party is allowed to put in each household’s letterbox.

Step 4. Polling day
Don’t forget to recycle any materials you are given on the day – often the Greens Party has a box at the booths for such materials on polling day!

Written by Tracey Bailey, Director of Biome Eco Stores in Brisbane, specialists in water bottles and eco friendly, reusable choices for your home, body and lifestyle.

Ideas All Trades Fixing Brisbane’s Storm Damaged Homes and New Building Projects

Brisbane based and BSA licensed Ideas All Trades Pty Ltd  is stepping up their private building project. The family owned business is expanding rapidly to cater to the more diverse requirements of private construction in the Brisbane area.

Ideas All Trades Pty. Ltd. formerly Ideas Painting & Plastering are armed with 9 years of trades and trades management experience in the Brisbane region with a focus on building in the Logan area.

With well demonstrated success in the insurance repair sector, and a thirst for solid growth in work load capacity and service provision, Ideas All Trades Pty Ltd are branching out in pursuit of low rise building projects including renovation, repairs and extensions on homes, new homes and commercial buildings.

As Ideas Painting & Plastering, they assisted thousands of Brisbane residence affected by the major floods of Australia Day 2012. They continue to repair storm damaged and flood affected homes; homes broken into and homes burnt out by fire on behalf of several National insurers and other major National Builders.

The trust earned by thousands of Brisbane residence is clear. Just have a look at the myriad of video testimonials they accrued on their You Tube channel. The link here will take you to the company’s founding director Will Warrens’ YouTube channel which is packed with Brisbane homeowners all voicing their approval and thanks to the Ideas tradies and administration staff for their swift and quality service.

In fact, speed, quality and ensuring customers have as little disruption to their home life with as higher quality finish as possible, is a major part of the Ideas All Trades customer service policy. They are trying to bring positive attitudes to the fore about trades practices, quality, trust in trades and value in the building trades consumer market.

Their experience as a builder responsible for insurance claim funded repairs has heightened Ideas All Trades’ commitment to quality building. The demand of high standards in insurance repairs plus the need to adapt high turnovers of unique repair requirements has given Ideas All Trades a building advantage.

The advantage is the Ideas All Trades Pty Ltd model of job management. They have most skilled building trades people required for any home repair, renovation or house extension job on their books and maintain their relationship with Brisbane construction industry and custom manufacturing small businesses by regular contact and support.

They have also developed strong ties to local engineers and other building professionals offering the owner builder, and potential homeowner assured standards of structural safety. They offer experienced support to gaining council approval to building projects such as extensions and major renovations as well.

The benefits flow to the customer who no longer needs to worry about finding trusted tradesmen and engineers to complete each complicated task. Neither is there worry for the customer to organize the order and scheduling of each tradesman in turn.

For more information or to find out how you can get started on your building project visit the Ideas All Trades website and arrange a quote today.