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A road is covered in snow

Driving in winter weather

Snow, ice and fog can be host to a whole bunch of driving hazards in the winter. As road conditions become trickier, it's important to prepare for common side effects of wintry weather. Read our tips to tackle any dangers you face behind the wheel.
A child holding a soft toy looks out at a snow-covered garden.

Prepare your property for winter

During the autumn and winter months, property disasters like burst pipes, malfunctioning boilers, flooding and storm damage are more likely. Start the preparation and planning before the temperatures drop, and you'll protect your property.
Condensation forms on a window.

Crack down on condensation

Day-to-day activities, such as cooking, drying washing, burning fuel, all produce water vapour. This vapour can condense back into water and excess condensation can cause damp, and even lead to structural problems. Find out how you can deal with it.


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What you need to know before you buy an electric car

Thinking of switching to an electric car? Our handy guide will help you make your mind up.
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How to jump-start a car

When you turn your key and your car doesn't start, it's easy to get frustrated. To get back up and running quickly, it's handy to know how to jump-start a car. Here is a quick and easy guide.
A thief tries the handle on a car door.

Is your car at risk of relay theft?

Relay theft is a new method used to steal cars. And if your car has keyless entry technology, then you're at risk.
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Red wine has spilled over a keyboard

Accidental damage cover

Carpets ruined by red wine? Coffee spilt on your laptop? Football through a window? Accidental damage cover can provide you with additional cover for any mishaps or DIY disasters.
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Burglar alarms and home security systems

Being a victim of burglary can leave you feeling unsettled for a long time. Luckily, increasingly sophisticated security alarms help to deter potential thieves. Find out about the different types of burglar alarms and how they can secure your home.
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A home with solar panels.

A guide to green homes

It's more important than ever to think about the environment. We can't just flick a switch and improve things overnight, but we can do our part at home to make things a little better.
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How a baby will change your life

There's no bigger milestone in life than having a baby. You might think you know what's coming, but how does having a baby change your life? We go through the important things you'll quickly realise when a newborn joins your family.
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Financial support for when you lose someone you love

Dealing with money, wills and inheritance tax may be the last thing on your mind when you lose someone. How can you make these practical matters easier to deal with? There's a range of financial support available for people who have lost loved ones.
A dog is tied up to a post.

Dog theft - how to prevent your dog being stolen

Dogs are stolen more often than you might think. Read our guide to find out how you can help prevent dog theft and what is covered by pet insurance.
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