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”

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.

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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”

Learning to Ride – How to Get Started

James Dean, Steve McQueen, Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda…Batman! – the motorbike has played a great supporting role in some of the most iconic films ever made, films that have no doubt inspired many of today’s riders to get in the saddle. But in the UK the number of people taking their motorbike riding test is unfortunately in decline, thanks, in part, to the introduction of the two-part test, which has made it more expensive and a lack of instructors and examiners. Some dealerships are thriving despite this, click here for one London example, but others are really struggling to cope with a lack of demand, which is a real shame as these obstacles are not difficult to overcome. Today we cover here details information about “Learning to Ride – How to Get Started“.

Motorbikes have got a bit of a reputation for danger, that’s undeniable. It’s also quite likely the reason many people are so attracted to them! But that reputation is unfounded. The vast majority of motorcyclists ride safely, and most machines on the road are in good working order. Testing for motorcyclists is rigorous and comprehensive – it is designed to wean out those who really shouldn’t be on a bike. Here’s how to get started.

learning to ride
learning to ride

Provisional License and CBT

As with cars, you need a provisional license first before you can ride on the road, and in most cases you must also get a Compulsory Basic Training certificate, which gives a solid introduction to the practical skills needed. The provisional motorbike license must be applied for from the DVLA. That’s the first of several abbreviations that will now follow in quick succession! Your CBT certificate is issued by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) – you need to book a course at the nearest Approved Training Body (ATB) near you. The course usually lasts one full day, and on completion, if you already hold a full UK driving license and are aged 17 or over, you will then be entitled to ride a motorbike up to 125cc. Instructor: Pupil ratios are normally no more than 1:4.

So you’ve got your provisional license, and passed your CBT. Maybe you can drive, so you’re already on a bike, but want to move on to a larger machine. What next? Continue reading “Learning to Ride – How to Get Started”

Car Maintenance: Keep a Firm Grip

When you are driving the only contact you have with the ground is the tread on your four tyres. It makes those tyres very important for your safety and the safety of others on the road or pavement. It does not mean that the tyres necessarily have to be expensive; quality is the priority.

Everyone is conscious of cost but sometimes it is false economy to take a risk on something that is sub standard. Tyres must last and be regularly checked to ensure there is plenty of tread left. A good company that you use for your car maintenance is likely to be able to advise you on the quality to buy. It will also tell you the likely mileage that you can safely do before the tread reaches a level where you need to replace them. It is better to go by mileage rather than time because you may not have an average mileage per week.

Legal

Your car will fail its MOT if the tyres are worn beyond the legal minimum. If you are using a good garage it is likely to tell you before it takes the car to the testing centre if there appears to be a problem. There are several international tyre brands. If you follow F1 Motor Racing you are likely to know the brands have regularly been vying for the tyre contracts. A good supplier is likely to stock and fit all of those famous names. Continue reading “Car Maintenance: Keep a Firm Grip”

Long car journey checklist- Are you safe on the road this Christmas?

As many of us are taking long car journeys this year in order to visit close family and friends it is important that we make a long car journey checklist to guarantee our safety. By ensuring we have a checklist we can be sure we will be as safe as possible on the roads this year.

Your checklist:

  • To begin with it is important to ensure that you give your car a winter service before you get on the icy roads. A car service will check that your vehicle is in tip top condition before setting off on your long car journey
  • You should check both tyre tread and pressure – the tread depth should be 3mm. This will ensure you have the best grip on the road which is beneficial during icy conditions
  • Clean your lights and ensure that they are working properly – this is really important due to the long nights and the risk of fog
  • Check the level of your oil and top this up if necessary. Do the same with your screen wash and antifreeze
  • You should always check the condition of your battery before going on any long journeys – the last thing you need is for that to give up on you so ensure it is fully charged and ready to go
  • Also check your car insurance – make sure it is up to date and that you are aware of exactly what it covers you for

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Driving in winter conditions can be hazardous

However, it is not just your vehicle you should be checking. In order to have a successful journey, you should plan well ahead. If you have a planned route then it is still worth having a plan B. Some roads throughout the UK could be closed due to poor weather conditions and accidents or there could be a huge amount of traffic. Continue reading “Long car journey checklist- Are you safe on the road this Christmas?”