Energy efficient driving- benefit your business by driving more efficiently

It is all well and good providing your employees with the most energy efficient company car that your business can afford, but if they do not know how to drive in a sensible manner then all of the cost savings that you hope to make will not be achievable. Today we will focus here brief information about energy efficient driving.

The marketplace has hundreds of suitable cars which promise excellent miles per gallon figures and low CO2 emissions. However, how should these vehicles be driven in order to get the most out of them?

As well as cutting the amount of fuel you use by changing your driving technique you will be able to reduce the wear and tear on your car – giving you more time on the road and less in the garage waiting for your motor to be fixed.

Energy efficient driving
Energy efficient driving

Gear shifting

Gear changing is one of the main areas where energy efficient driving can be achieved – shifting to a higher gear as soon as possible means that the engine will be operating at lower speeds and therefore consuming less fuel.
It is advised that gears should be changed up between 2,000 and 2,500rpm. Continue reading “Energy efficient driving- benefit your business by driving more efficiently”

Car Sales on the Move Again

The last few years have been difficult. The recession caught financial experts unawares so the ordinary man in the street had little chance. Many householders found themselves in trouble and had to cut back dramatically on spending plans. The recession receded in the UK before other parts of Europe and that has resulted in an increase in consumer confidence. In these circumstances many markets have begun to move again and that includes the motor sector where people have been able to look at changing their car sales once again.

Cash

There is still plenty of value available. Buyers who can go into a dealership without needing to dispose of their own vehicle are likely to be able to negotiate a good discount. If they either have cash or have already received preliminary approval for a personal loan they are in a strong position.

car sales
Car Sales

Private Sale

There is the question of selling an existing vehicle. If it can be done without involving the respective dealership there is a definite benefit. Some people may try to advertise locally to see if they can attract buyers. If this is your present situation you need to ask yourself the question ‘how can I sell my car?’ If you live in a city then the readership of the local paper may encourage you to place an advertisement. Cities like Newcastle have both a morning and evening newspaper under the same ownership so it may be worth trying an advertisement as a means of selling your car.

There are however other ways to proceed. There are companies that are looking for second hand cars for their own business. If you see anyone saying ‘Sell me your motor’ in the form of a written advertisement or Internet website then you should surely investigate further? Continue reading “Car Sales on the Move Again”

Petrol cars or Diesel cars: Which should you go for?

If you’re in the market for a new motor then you’re probably asking yourself whether you want to go for a car that runs on petrol or diesel. With lots of motorists eager to cut their fuel bills, diesel cars have recently been in high demand as they are perceived as being a more cost-effective kind of vehicle. However the reality is rather more complicated that.

What To Consider

The first thing you’re likely to be thinking about when you go to choose a new car is the initial outlay as well as the running costs both now and in the future.

Diesel vehicles do tend to be a little more expensive when you are purchasing them and also hold their value well and typically have a longer, higher-mileage life, so used diesel cars are also usually more expensive than their petrol equivalent.

diesel cars

This is well worth considering fully, as depreciation is a large cost to think about when buying a new car. Then when you have bought your car and you’re running it on a daily basis, you need to remember that diesel fuel is a few pence more expensive than petrol in the UK (but it’s the other way round in most other European countries). However a diesel engine tends to be more frugal with fuel consumption, which means the higher the mileage, the lower the cost per mile.

Experts suggest that a used diesel car driver will have to clock up 10,000 miles to recoup the cost, and a new diesel driver some 6,000. So it could take some time to make buying a diesel car an economical option. Continue reading “Petrol cars or Diesel cars: Which should you go for?”

Learning to Drive: Insurance Cover to Keep You Practising

Learning to drive is an experience that everyone remembers. It is a challenging time, but there is no feeling in the world quite like when you pass your test. You feel an immense sense of independence as well as personal satisfaction, but before this can happen you will need regular practice.

This is the most important element of learning to drive, as you need to spend time behind the wheel practising everything that you learn in your lessons. You do not get the opportunity to do this much during the lessons. That is because they are expensive and you need to spend the time learning the manoeuvres and how to be a safe and competent driver. In order for you to be able to get the practice that you need to master different manoeuvres you will need learner driver insurance. This will enable you to spend more time behind the wheel and for less money.

learning to drive

Generally you will find that there are two different options when it comes to learner driver insurance; annual learner driver insurance and temporary learner driver insurance. Any owner of their own diesel vehicle that is registered in their own name should take out annual learner driver insurance. In many cases you will even be able to begin earning your no claims bonus whilst learning.

Alternatively, you can opt for temporary learner driver insurance which will see you obtain cover for a certain period of time. This will depend on the insurance company, but generally it will be anywhere between 1 week and 140 days. Continue reading “Learning to Drive: Insurance Cover to Keep You Practising”

Technology Inside a Car – Too Many Distractions or Not a Factor?

Technology can be a great thing, but it can also be debilitating to the nation’s drivers. There are arguments that the ever present technology in people’s cars these days are far too distracting for the driver. Others argue that technology in one’s car does not need to detract from the main reason they are in a car which is to get from point A to point B.

Though the car industry is not quite there yet, industry experts predict that five years from now people will be able to purchase cars that will drive themselves; freeing the driver up to entertain themselves and/or any of their passengers while on the road. While many people feel that this will lead to safer roads across the country, there is still a lot of debate surrounding whether or not all the technological features of today’s new cars should be there or not. Many attorneys speak of car accident rates increasing due to distracted driving caused by cell phones and other gadgets.

technology inside a car

It isn’t just the stereotypical irresponsible driver/busy soccer mom who uses technology in their car; it is presumably high end businessmen and women as well. In an article published in June of 2013 a venture capitalist confessed to manually selecting articles on his mobile phone for a robotic voice to read aloud to him. This begs the question of whether or not a person’s level of intelligence dictates whether or not they can handle the distractions technology presents while driving.

One way in which technology can benefit drivers is a new Android application that senses when one is in their car and sets their phone to automatically answer emails and text messages with a preselected message that states they are currently driving. Few could argue the benefit of using this particular app while behind the wheel. Continue reading “Technology Inside a Car – Too Many Distractions or Not a Factor?”

The Advantages of a Mobile Windshield Repair Service

Cars play a very important role in our day to day lives and our schedules get really inconvenienced if our cars are not operational. But with mobile windshield repair service, your car will be repaired at anytime, anywhere ensuring that your activities will not be disrupted. There are several mobile windshield repair service providers who will get to you wherever you are.

Here are a few of the advantages of using a mobile windshield repair service.

Convenience

Time is a very important resource and any service that will prevent us from disrupting our daily schedules and save us time will be greatly appreciated. Mobile windshield repair service providers will come to your home, place of work or on the road where you want your windshield repaired. You will not need to book a service appointment at their garage but all you have to do is to call them and they will be at your service. Repairing a windshield crack requires only a few tools and this also enhances the mobility of the windshield repair service providers.

Mobile Windshield Repair Service

Safety

If a windshield crack is not repaired as soon as possible, it can quickly spread and worsen requiring a complete replacement of your car’s windshield. A mobile windshield repair service can come to you and repair cracks, chips and scratches the moment they are spotted thus preventing any possibility of spreading. This is a safer alternative rather than driving a car to a garage with a windshield crack that’s in the driver’s direct line of vision. Continue reading “The Advantages of a Mobile Windshield Repair Service”

Shopping For A Better Car

Anyone who is in search of a better car must search a local Toyota dealer for the proper vehicle. There are many vehicles available to drivers, but drivers must make sure they are choosing the car that suits their lifestyle. Covering all of the categories below is the only true way for a driver to get the car that makes the most sense for them.

Car Size

Everyone must get a car that is going to match the size of their family or peer group. Someone with a large family must purchase a car that leaves room for everyone in the family. Accordingly, many families gets cars big enough to host each child and a friend. Someone who has a large group of friends may purchase the car that will hold all their friends, and the person who camps with their best friend may need a car that hold all their camping gear.

better car

Car Speed

Some people purchase cars because of the performance they offer. When a car is built for speed, it must be built to drive properly on winding roads. The person who is interested in performance will never drive in a straight line down the highway. The speed must be matched with handling that makes the car fun to maneuver. Continue reading “Shopping For A Better Car”

Mistakes Best to Avoid When Buying a Used Car

Often we are likely to be more careful when buying a new car than when buying a used car/vehicle. This is probably because the money we need to spend when buying a brand new vehicle is usually much higher can the amount we need spend when purchasing a used second hand car.

However, in reality is that one should be equally careful when purchasing any car or vehicle. Often there are certain mistakes that should be avoided when buying a used car, here we look at some of the most common pitfalls and suggest some useful ideas and information if you are planning to purchase used a vehicle.

buying a used car

Don’t forget to check the vehicle history report:

If you visit the likes of one of the local Ford dealerships or buy a second hand vehicle privately, then obtaining a vehicle history report (or a vehicle HPI check) is a must. As this is the only way to know whether the car you are planning to buy / take home has encountered a serious accident or has an outstanding higher purchase credit on the car. Continue reading “Mistakes Best to Avoid When Buying a Used Car”

How to get your car through an MOT

Booking your vehicle in for an MOT can be a daunting experience as the trepidation that comes with it is almost palatable. If a car fails the test it can become extremely expensive, as repairs will need to be carried out, and it can be a significant inconvenience as you may be without your vehicle for a number of days while work is carried out.

However, this does not need to be the case as there are a host of small maintenance tasks that you can carry out yourself, to make sure your vehicle is going into the test with the best possible chance of passing with flying colours and costing you the bare minimum.

booking your vehicle

So, where should you start?

Tyres

Tyres are a crucial element of any vehicle and are the only contact with the ground, which makes them integral to the performance of a car and the distance it takes for the vehicle to stop.

With this in mind, mechanics carrying out MOTs pay particular attention to these, so any damaged tyres or those with tread below legal limits will result in a fail.

You can improve your chances of your car through an MOT by regularly checking your tyres. Look for bulges, blisters and other damage, as well as making sure tyre pressures are those recommended by the manufacturer. Continue reading “How to get your car through an MOT”

History of the MOT test

Figures released last month by the department for Transport reinforce a very impressive trend. While road traffic has steadily increased over the last fifty years, road deaths have plummeted. According to these figures, in the mid-60s, there were around twelve million cars on British roads. Of these twelve million, around 300,000 a year were involved in accidents, which resulted, per year, in around 8,000 deaths. By comparison, in 2013 there were thirty-five million cars on the road – a more than threefold increase. However, of this number, only 139,000 were involved in fatal accidents; and from these resulted a mere 1,713 deaths. Today we cover here brief information about History of the MOT test.

What helped bring this change about? Undoubtedly, a myriad of factors are at play. It is easy to forget that it was once legal to drive around without a seat belt, or, worse, while drunk. Not only was it legal, it was socially acceptable! Attitudes toward road safety have undoubtedly changed. Manufacturers, too, must take a share of the credit for the declining death toll – their ingenuity brought about a raft of safety features which no government department mandated: crumple zones, airbags and ABS, to name a few.

history of the MOT test
MOT test

But the change is most obviously attributable to a change in car safety standards. In the 1960s, something changed which would revolutionise British transport: the first standardised safety tests for cars were introduced. These tests were those which we know now as the MOT test.

The Introduction of the Test

Following the Second World War, it became clear that many of the cars on British roads were unsafe. Drivers would frequently lose control of their aging vehicles, whose tyres were, by modern standards, scarily thin and utterly bald. It was clear that a change had to be made, but it was not until 1960 that this change came about. Continue reading “History of the MOT test”