Leaving Your Car Parked for Long Periods

  • 11 Feb, 2014
  • Jurga Sefton
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We take a look at some of the common questions posed by motorists planning to leave their car at the airport.

Question
I am leaving my car at the airport soon and don’t want to spend my holiday worrying that it won’t start when I get back. What can I do to make sure this won’t happen?
Answer
The biggest enemy of airport parkers is battery failure. The RAC says that batteries are most likely to go flat when the car has been left parked for a long period of time and that this is a particular risk in cold weather. Batteries need to be replaced on average every three to five years, so if yours is on its last legs, perhaps replacing it before you set off for the airport is a good idea.

Question
My battery isn’t that old so I don’t want to replace it. Is there anything I can do to check that it is still in good condition?
Answer
You can have your battery professionally checked but if you want to cut costs there are a few things to look out for yourself.

– Check that there are no cracks in the casing
– Check that there are no white or rust-coloured deposits on the terminals or connectors as this indicates corrosion.
– Make sure there are no bulges in the casing.
– Finally, a good give-away of battery troubles is when the interior lights are dim or will not come on at all.

Question
Is there anything else that I should do to my battery to make sure it is in tip-top condition?
Answer
If your battery is not a sealed unit, you should check the electrolyte level and top up with distilled water. Also make sure that when you leave your car you switch off all lights, heated seats, etc, to avoid the battery draining in your absence. Read More

Considering a romantic holiday for Valentine’s Day?

  • 31 Jan, 2014
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Valentine’s Day, a popular time for romantically inclined couples to get away, is just around the corner. The big question, as ever, is where to go? We offer a few ideas to get you thinking of your next romantic holiday for Valentine’s Day.

Venice

Venice has to be one of the most romantic cities in the world and its canals make it a very special place. Splash out on a gondola trip if you are feeling flush, or alternatively take a water taxi from the airport which is cheaper and a very romantic way to arrive in the city.

The Grand Canal with its majestic palazzos, St Mark’s Square and Basilica, the Doges Palace, the Accademia and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection are of course must-sees, but a stroll through some of the lesser-known medieval alleys and across beautiful bridges can be equally romantic.

Flights to Venice leave from London Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester.

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Airport Hotel Parking Explained

  • 22 Jan, 2014
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If you live a long way from your nearest airport or have a very early departure or late arrival, you might want to consider booking a room at a hotel near the airport. Not only will it guarantee an extra few hours in bed but it can also be an economical way of parking your car too. If you are not quite sure how it works, have a look at our handy guide, which answers some of the most commonly asked questions.

Do all hotels situated near the UK’s leading airports offer parking?

We can’t vouch for every single hotel near an airport but the vast majority offer parking, even the ones that are just a short stroll from the terminal building. There could be a number of different parking arrangements, so check the details if it is important to you:

  • the parking could be at the hotel for the duration of the holiday
  • it could be the case that the hotel reserves the right to move your car during your absence and so requires the car keys to be left
  • the parking could be some way from the hotel right from the time you arrive

Is parking normally free to guests staying at an airport hotel?

There is normally a charge that is usually included in the hotel room rate but is often a real bargain. Transfers from the hotel to the airport are sometimes included in the room rate too but sometimes charged separately, with a typical adult price for Heathrow being £4 each way and at Birmingham £5 for a return fare. Read More

Airport Parking for Motorbikes

  • 13 Jan, 2014
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Motorcycle-parking

Over the years we have received a range of questions about motorcycle parking at UK’s airports. Here’s an outline of how it works.

Question:
I am on a tight budget and have recently sold my car and bought a motorbike. I am flying home soon to see my parents who live abroad, and since I won’t need much in the way of luggage I am wondering about the practicalities of taking my motorbike to the airport. Are the charges similar to parking a car at the airport?
Answer:
You will be glad to know that it is much cheaper and, indeed, often free to park your motorbike at some of the airports across the UK. If you don’t have much luggage then it is an ideal method of transport. Read More

What is the Park Mark award?

  • 10 Jan, 2014
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If you are thinking of parking your car at the airport, instead of forking out for taxis or having to rely on friends or family, how do you know the car park is safe?

We have all seen horror stories on TV about travellers returning from their trips and discovering that their vehicles have been damaged or that there are hundreds of extra miles on the clocks. What guarantee is there that you are not going to fall prey to the cowboy element when you leave your car at the airport?

The answer to the thorny question of car park security lies with the Park Mark award scheme, a nationally recognised benchmark for a secure parking environment for both vehicles and drivers.

Nowadays, 20% of all crime is vehicle related. The Park Mark scheme is a joint initiative between police and car park operators, meaning that members of the public can make an informed decision on where to park safely.

The Park Mark is awarded to car parks that have been extensively risk-assessed and vetted by the police who look at factors such as the standard of management, the adequacy of lighting, the cleanliness of the environment and the effectiveness of surveillance (both electronic and security patrols). Car parks are re-assessed every two years by an accredited assessor, so complacency is not an option for operators seeking to retain the prestigious award. Read More