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Category Archives: Automotive

Tyres Can Save Fuel

Tyres are engineered to give the driver a smoother ride. Every day they design a tyre with a tread or material that can be used to make your drive less bumpy and rough.

The main factors that cause a high usage of fuel are the heavier cars. Not only does the shaft have to give a great force to pull the car along but it also has to be able to grip onto the surface.

When it comes to the faster, higher performing cars the tyres need to have more contact with the floor and a narrower tread. Although these cars already use quite an amount of fuel, the tyres will help the car from consuming too much.

The less you have to rev your car the less fuel will be used in the process of driving. An example of over-revving would be accelerating the car over 3000 RPM when it’s not necessary. Some cars won’t need to use all this power because their cars grip to the floor and tar very well.

When it rains you will notice that your car will slip and slide especially if you don’t have the correct tyres for that kind of weather. If there is no way for the water to escape through the tyre it will cause the car to slide. You will automatically put foot down on the brakes to avoid slipping. This is another reason how fuel can be wasted. The correct tyres will allow the car to travel normally in wet conditions with minimal skidding.

The amount of fuel used is also up to you and how responsible you are when you drive. For example, if you are driving at a normal speed you can just let the car cruise on low acceleration. When you need to slow down for a traffic light, you can release the acceleration slowly and start applying the brakes to save fuel.

Car Leasing

Affordability

The option to lease often removes the concern of taking out a loan or depleting the personal savings. Before signing a contract with a dealer, it is possible to see a full breakdown of future payments including the deposit and monthly fee.

Mechanical issues

With the option to drive a brand new car off the dealership forecourt there is a lower risk of mechanical breakdown. A used car with plenty of miles and years on the clock is a significantly greater risk for mechanical issues. Also, the leasing option is certain to be packaged with a vehicle warranty to give the desired protection in the event of unexpected faults. A warranty is a great way to avoid having to spend extra money on repairs or a regular service.

Flexible contracts

Most contracts give a certain degree of flexibility to make it easy to tailor the terms to match the specific needs. For instance, it may be possible to set the preferred time-frame of the contract or the annual mileage. Other options include the ability to include vehicle servicing or maintenance.

Great choice of vehicle

When buying outright the choice of vehicle is a lot more limited because it needs to be within your affordable price range. But, with car leasing you aren’t buying outright, so the ability to find a perfect make or model is that much more feasible. If you have been after a particular car for a while, but it has been out of your price range, the option to lease the vehicle may be a great option.

Car on the Road Long

1. Change your filter regularly

Checking fluid levels regularly and changing the fluids and filters periodically can minimize the risks of breakdowns and prolong the life of the engine, transmission, cooling system and brakes.

You need to change air filters, fuel filters and oil filters on a regular basis to keep your engine performing well. In countries with high sulfur fuel, you need to change your fuel and oil filter in half the recommended time. Air filter needs to be changed every two months in rural areas and deserts, and windy and dusty countries. Most folks change their oil filter when they are draining and replacing their engine oil and fuel filter every six months.

2. Check and replace Fluids

A car is a machine and like any machine it needs oil replaced on a regular basis. Engine oil needs to be changed every 5000 miles, engine coolant flushed and replace every six months and transmission fluid every two years or every 30,000 miles whichever comes first. Flush and replace your brake fluid and power steering every two years.

Engine oil is the one that needs to be looked at regularly. A few years ago you were asked to check the oil level every time you went to the petrol pump but now it is fine if you check the engine oil level every month and fill it if it is below the safe level.

3. Drive safely

Nothing reduces a car’s value and longevity than an accident so safe driving habits are essential. Follow all traffic rules and avoid speeding. Don’t drive drunk and avoid texting and talking on mobile phone while driving. Avoid driving when you are tired and drowsy.

4. Don’t drive as much and avoid short trips

The more you drive your car, the more wear and tear it gets. If you walk as much as possible to nearby destinations, you not only improve your health, you also increase your car’s life.

A large numbers of short trips of 10 minutes and less cause a lot of wear and tear as cars don’t have the time to reach optimum operating temperature. Walk if possible or combine a number of errands for a longer trip.

5. Get annual checkup done

Find a good honest mechanic and get a thorough maintenance done at least once a year. The mechanic will check your battery, check and change your fluids and filters, check air-conditioner refrigerant, get your tires rotated and balanced and your alignment checked, change your spark plugs and replace your wipers if necessary, He will thoroughly clean up your vehicle innards and ferret out any possible problem with the car and recondition it as new.

Car Power Inverters

Single

The most cost-effective option is the single outlet inverter. They are built with a single 3-pronged outlet to accept one electronic item. The current capacity can vary between 150 watts and 200 watts. A useful benefit of this unit is its compact size, which makes it really easy to use and store. Also, the ability to power only one device at a time means there is a low risk of overloading the system. But, the single use option means the all-round use is limited and not a practical choice when multiple devices are in need of charging. If it is necessary to charge several devices, the inverter will be in use for a long time, which can put a strain on the vehicle battery.

Multiple

The Multiple outlet inverters are a lot more expensive and larger than the single outlet units. Most are built to power two devices, although there are some that have up to three and include a higher wattage capacity. This type of inverter is great on a campsite when it is necessary to power a DVD player and television at the same time. When using the multiple outlet inverters it is essential to make sure the electronic items do not exceed the accepted capacity limit of the inverter. If it does go above the maximum limit the devices may not perform correctly or simply not work at all.

USB

There are certain inverters that include one or more USB ports. This is often in conjunction with the 3-pronged outlets. Easy access to USB power is practical to charge a wide range of devices like tablet PCs, smart phones, or other gadgets powered via a USB cable. Similar to the multiple outlet inverters it is important to avoid charging devices that will exceed the maximum current rating.

Snow Tires

Deeper Tread Means More Grip

Snow tires are more effective then standard tires and even all-season tires because they have deeper tread with specifically designed patterns that allows more traction in, slush and ice. They also are made with a specific rubber compound that stays softer and more flexible in the cold weather that provides more contact to the surface and thus more control.

Essential for Winter Driver Safety

Winter tires are absolutely essential for winter driving safety. They not only help you get going in the often difficult driving conditions but equally as important, they allow you to stop. It you are going to the local mountains to ski, up to Whistler or into the Interior, snow tires are often mandatory to pass for obvious safety conditions. Please do not think that your superior driving skills matter when you are sliding on ice or stock in a few inches of snow because they won’t.

Renting Vehicles with Weather Appropriate Tires

Snow tires can be expensive running upwards of $250 per tire plus installation cost. It can be costly for the wallet and time especially considering the annual rush at tire shops when the white stuff starts to fall. Often the best solution for the snow tire issue in a climate like Vancouver where snow is not a constant on the ground in the city but does come at different times throughout the winter… is to rent a car, van or SUV already equipped of the snow tires. Vancouver is known to get dumps for one or two days here and there so its tough to justify buying snow tires but yet essential if you want to drive on those days. Not only will you be driving safely in a properly equipped car for the conditions but you can save your own vehicle from the dirt and damage caused by the constant salting trucks that service the road.

Car Towing

Tips for the towing driver

If you are the one towing the car you should be cautious that you don’t cause damage to the cars. When starting off, you should start off gently and ensure that you don’t yank the rope which would cause it to break. When changing direction, do it gently and always warn the other driver about it. It’s common for the tow rope to break. If it breaks or you see any other problem, you should stop immediately.

Tips if you are the one getting towed

Getting towed doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have control of your car. Before the towing begins you should turn on the ignition so that you release the steering lock. This is to make it easy for you to steer the car. While on the road, pay close attention to the driver towing you. You should steer and brake your car in synchronization with the driver towing you.

You should maintain tension in the towing rope by applying light brakes. This is to minimize jolting. If the steering or brakes aren’t working you should avoid getting towed as you can’t control the car. In such a scenario you should call a professional towing company that will tow the vehicle even in your absence. The companies use specialized vehicles that are able to move the car without requiring a second driver.

Preparing To Receive Imported Car

Double-check all the requirements you need to claim your imported car. Make sure you have all the required paperwork for customs. These documents usually include the original bill of lading, bill of sale, and proper foreign registration. Don’t forget to check the custom’s website every now and then to see if there are any new forms that you may have to complete and submit or other requirements.

Prepare for all the expenses. Although you may already have paid a lot during the initial shopping and importing process, you will still have to pay some fees when your car arrives. Make sure you have the budget for this and some additional money to cover any unexpected additional charges. The last thing you want is to suddenly scrimmage for some money or even have a hard time coming up with the amount you need when claiming your car.

Consider hiring a customs broker to handle the process for you. If you don’t have the time to do all the work that comes with preparing to receive your imported vehicle, you can always hire a customs broker to do this. Although you will have to pay extra for this service, you can avoid a lot of mistakes when you work with a customs broker. Providers of this service will check all the required documents you have to ensure there will be no delays at customs. They will also already know the fees that come with getting your car so you don’t have to do any additional research or guesswork.

Recycling Worn Out Parts of Vehicles

1. Oil Filters:

When an oil filter needs to be discarded, it cannot be just dumped into the garbage. The reason for this is that the oil filter contains oil which contains toxins. If released into the environment, it will contaminate the soil, waterways, underground reservoir and marine life.

The recycling of oil filters entails mechanical crushing of the filter to extract all the remaining oil. This leaves the metallic portion. The metal is sold as scrap and reused.

2. Car Batteries:

Many a time a car may have its various parts functioning perfectly but the battery may be malfunctioning. At such times it becomes necessary to dispose of the battery. Disposal of battery should be done with caution as a car battery contains acids and lead which are harmful to the environment.

An old car battery can be recycled to manufacture a new one. Therefore, many battery vendors offer to exchange old batteries for new ones. The best way to recycle a car battery is to exchange a worn out battery for a new one or a recycled one. Using a recycled battery is beneficial as it is much cheaper than a new battery.

3. Tires:

Once the tires of a car are worn out, they will need to be replaced. Disposal of car tires is a problem. This is because car tires are non- biodegradable and voluminous. Hence, they occupy the precious landfill.

Recycling a Car

• They are nearly half the price when compared to new parts.
• Manufacturers of car parts make these parts so that they are durable. This ensures that these parts last even after the car reaches its end-of-life.
• Used car parts have a good fit as they have been detached from original vehicles.
• Used car parts market caters to a wide range of cars.
• For cars whose models have been discontinued, the only option to look for spare parts is used car market.
• Vintage cars can find their spares in the used car market.

Besides these benefits, an auto-dismantler benefits the environment also. Imagine if cars were not dismantled and reduced in size, how much of waste we would generate? Cars also contain various hazardous and non-hazardous fluids which can impact the environment adversely.

Let us see what service an auto-dismantler provides to the environment:

1. Recycling of parts:

Various parts are removed from the car. Those that are intact are sold ‘as is’ in the market. Those that can be repaired are restored and sold. Others that cannot be reused as functional parts are used in other applications. This reduces wastage and saves landfill. It also conserves our natural resources by reducing the need to manufacture new parts.

2. Recycling fluids:

A car contains many fluids such as coolant, brake fluid, transmission fluid, etc. Some of these fluids are recycled and can be reused. While some other fluids can be converted into fuels, etc. and reused. This is beneficial to the environment because some of these fluids contain harmful chemicals. If they are released into the earth, they can be detrimental to the health of animals, aquatic creatures, and humans. Some fluids are inflammable and so cannot be released into the environment.

3. Recycling Steel:

Steel is required for a variety of applications. But its manufacture uses up valuable natural resources. Therefore, recycling steel reduces the need to manufacture fresh steel positively impacting the environment.

Defence Vehicle Manufacturer

Industry Experience – You need to check if they have been operating for a long time already or if they just starting. Of course, you must opt for veteran players as this guarantees honed technical skills and in-depth knowledge. Apart from industry experience, you can also opt for a manufacturer known for providing high quality products.

Flexibility – You need to check their in-house design capability as well as their modern production facilities. Determine if they are capable to accommodating customisations you have in mind. Ask also if they can integrate features that will make the vehicle more suitable for your needs.

Integrated Logistic Support – This will make sure that the military vehicle will continue to perform well throughout its functional lifespan.

In-depth Testing Program – When the vehicle has been tested thoroughly, you will get the assurance of quality features and functionalities and solid performance. You will personally witness when all the claims regarding such vehicles are true.

User Training and Maintenance Program – Be sure that the manufacture has a well-established training and maintenance program for the users. It is very crucial for vendors and manufacturers to have such in place as this guarantees proper working order always, most especially during missions. Basically, the manufacturers must cover training and education on how to properly operate the vehicles as well as on how to correctly maintain it to achieve the vehicle’s optimal performance.