Why Commute on an Electric Bike?

Going to work can really be terrible, and especially if you’re the person that has a standard 9-to-5 job. You are probably going to get stuck in that awful traffic jam, and there is a good chance that you’ll be late for work. Also, driving your car to work, or even going by a bus or a taxi, can really be stressful, and that is not the condition you want your workday to start in.

Some people say that they have found a cheat code for this, and have started going to work by bicycle This is great if you live in the same city or town your job’s at, and you can beat the traffic jam with it, but the problem lays in a different matter – you are probably going to get tired by pedalling to work, and more importantly, you’re going to sweat on your commute, and that can be really embarrassing – imagine getting to work and attending the very first meeting of the day smelling of sweat. Terrible!

This above mentioned cheat code is not perfect, but you can be sure that there is one that is just that – a perfect way of commuting to work, without breaking a sweat, without getting stuck in the traffic, and without spending all that money, and it’s called the electric bike! So, why exactly is the electric bike the perfect way of commuting to work? Well, first of all, it evades the issue of tiring yourself and getting all sweaty. By riding an electric bike, you don’t actually do the pedalling if you don’t want to. An electric bike has a motor, which powers the bike. You can also pedal at times, and when you don’t feel like doing it, just switch to the electric form of the bike. This is great because it also allows you to get some exercise, this is something the busy modern people really need. So, you won’t just be commuting to work, you’ll be exercising as well at the same time. Two birds with one stone!

The next reason why you ought to start commuting to work by an electric bike is the fact that electric bikes don’t require any gas. You won’t be spending all that money on your car fuel, and you can use it to improve your home budget. You’ll be saving a couple of hundreds of pounds each month, which could be used in a far better way.

Besides the fact that you’ll be avoiding the traffic jams and not spending all that money on gas (or even on other car expenses – the electric bikes don’t have them), you’ll also be helping to make your city become green again. You see, the carbon foothold of an electric bike is practically non-existent, which basically means that you won’t affect the environment in any way (at least, not in the negative way; in the positive way – sure). You’ll be saving your city, you won’t get stuck in traffic jams, you won’t be stressed out by the jams, you won’t waste all that money any more, and you’ll get some exercise. Sounds unbelievable, but is, in fact, true.

Guide to the European Health Insurance Card when travelling…

The European Health Insurance Card, or EHIC for short, is something that every single citizen of the UK ought to have if they wish to travel to Europe. It is a card that covers your emergency health care in the European country you are at the moment; but keep in mind that not all the European countries are included in this – only the countries of the European Economic Area plus Switzerland. That means that all of the 27 EU countries are included, as well as Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway.

  1. Who Can Get This Card?

This card is something that’s available to the most of the UK citizens, except the citizens of the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.

If you are over the age of 16, you can apply for the card yourself, while if you’re under that age, your guardians will have to do that for you. It is important to note that every single travel party member must have their own EHIC!

2. How To Get It and What’s the Cost?

The application for the card goes through the NHS website or a third party EHIC service (myEHIC), and it is important to note that the card is completely free! It takes about a week for the application to get processed, and after that, you’ll receive your card by mail. Keep in mind that the card is only valid for 5 years, and before that time’s up, you’ll have to apply for a renewal.

3. Can This Card be an Alternative to Travel Insurance?

No, this card is not equal to travel insurance, and many people don’t seem to understand that. The very fact that you have an EHIC does not entitle you to free care, it just entitles you to the same state medical care that is being provided to any citizen of the country you are in, and this is different from one country to another. Also, this card does not entitle you to be treated in any of the private hospitals, only the state-run ones.

Is also important to note that the EHIC won’t get you a free ride home by an air ambulance following an accident; that is something you’ll have to pay out of your own pocket.

This why people should complement their travel insurance with this card, and not replace it with it. EHIC should be considered a part of the travel preparations, and seeing how it’s free, everyone should get it. It will help you while you’re abroad, and although it might not always give you a completely free medical care, it is going to get you a discount. However, the downside to it is the fact that some countries expect their patients to pay for their medical services, which is then later repatriated to them. You can’t expect that money to be repatriated to you back in the UK.

It is always better to have some kind of an insurance that covers repatriation as well as medical treatment. But, for the smaller injuries, you can just visit a state hospital with an EHIC in your hand, and you ought to be fine.