How Safe Is My Car?


Among all nations worldwide, India leads in the road accident-related deaths and fatalities. In fact according to a statistic, in the year 2014 alone, there were more than 141000 fatalities. Lack of independent crash testing norms in the country does not help because car buyers cannot know the crash worthiness of the car. What does not help the matter further is that the safety equipment is still being offered as an option and not as standard in many entry-level cars.

Crash tests that provide a really clear picture about car’s safety would not be made mandatory in India until October 2017, and till then one of the important questions that one asks oneself before buying a car, “Is my car safe?” would remain unanswered. However, we will answer a few of those questions by letting you know the factors that contribute to the overall safety of the car.

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Factor of Safety Car

Active Safety Features – How do they make my car safe?

Unlike the passive safety features that help the passengers in an event of a crash, the active safety features prevent the crash by helping the driver maintain proper control at all times. Features like ABS, EBD and ESC ensure that the car is in control of the driver under hard braking, cornering or any other situation that may become difficult for the driver to handle himself. ABS ensures that you are able to steer the car even while braking hard, while EBD ensures that optimum brake force is sent to all wheels depending on the dynamic loading conditions. The video present below explains how does ABS and ESP work and make the car safe.

Large glass area and rear-view mirrors ensure that you get great all around visibility and clear view of the road and vehicles around you while driving. Grip from tyres, precise handling and decent chassis balance are foremost contributors to the safety and ensure that you never lose the control of your car. Features like automatic braking / brake assist further contribute in making the car safe and actively contribute in that sense.

Passive Safety Features – How do they contribute to safety?

What goes without saying is that each safety feature that the car comes with is of some significance, and more the number of safety features that the car comes with, the better. Seat belt being one of the most basic passive safety features is offered with even entry level cars as standard and is the primary restraint system. Another important passive safety feature that every car comes equipped with is the collapsible steering column. Together, these two, make a world of difference in a head on collision that creates great amount of forces in which the passengers would sustain heavy injuries in their absence.

A basic yet very important feature of a car is headrest. It prevents a whiplash injury in case of rear collision. Adjustable or not, headrest should be of the sort that extend beyond the neck region and right upto head. The airbags extend the safety net even further but they work efficiently when the passengers are wearing seat belts, they extend the safety provided by the seat belts and do not negate their use. A well built car that accommodates deformation in the crumple zones and resists deformation forces in the passenger compartment is considered safe. Side impact beams, curtain and side airbags provide the passengers survival space in an event of T-bone collision.

Weight / Size – How does it affect safety?

A lighter car is generally more fuel efficient but if it is safer too? A crumple zone of the car is designed so that it gets destructed during a collision and absorbs the energy in the process, thereby protecting the occupants from the shock. However if the crumple zone is too weak, and the cage (inside which the passengers sit) is not strongly built, the passengers may not be safer.

In case of crash tests, the worthiness of a structure is generally tested by colliding it with a stationary object. In real, a car may undergo collision with a bigger and even heavier car, in such a case, chances are that a car with more weight may prove to be safer than a car with lighter construction. So, in general, a recently launched car, that has more weight would be comparatively safer than a car that’s comparatively light.

Sedan / Hatchback / SUV – Does it matter?

Hatchbacks and SUV do not have a three box design like the sedans. Hence, in a rear end collision, the passengers in the last row of seats are at a greater risk in a hatch and an SUV, than in a well-built sedan. Not all SUVs have a third row of seats, but the ones that have are relatively less safe than the second row of seats. While there aren’t any comparative tests to show this, but it is evident from the test of sedans and small hatches, that use crumple zones of different sizes to protect the occupants in a front end collision. A rear end that’s capable of deforming and absorbing energy offers more protection to the rear seat passengers in a sedan than what they would get in a hatch or an SUV that that has three row of seats.



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General Car Buying Tips


Is the car you’re looking to buy suitable for your needs? It may sound like a simple question – but it is so easy to be distracted by impractical cars when you’re looking for a new car. Prioritise your needs. Is it space or speed? Looks or practicality? There’s no point buying a sports coupe if you want to transport a family of four. Likewise, why buy a big clumsy off-roader if you’re a city dweller? Why consider mileage as top priority if you travel less than 10km a day? Petrol or diesel? To answer these questions, and make your buying and selling experience as easy as possible – read on – we’ve compiled the guide that should provide the answers to all your questions.

Car Buying Tips

New or Used

Nothing beats the smell of a new car, the thrill of driving away in a car that is yours, one that’s never been owned by anyone else, but it comes at a price, namely, depreciation. You can virtually write off 20 per cent of the purchase price the moment you drive away from the dealer because it is then a used car. Cars depreciate faster in the first two or three years of their life and the new car buyer has to bear that for the pleasure of being the first owner. By buying used it is possible to avoid the heaviest depreciation. Cars will still depreciate in the years that follow, but at a slower rate. New car buyers can choose the engine, transmission, the colour of the paint and the interior trim, and accessories, but used car buyers have to take what’s available.

New car buyers have the reassuring backup of a new car warranty so they know that if anything goes wrong they won’t have to suffer the consequences of a big repair bill. Anyone buying from a used car dealer will also have a warranty, but it won’t be for the same duration as a new car warranty. Private buyers don’t have a warranty at all.

By buying used it is possible to get behind the wheel of a better car than you might when buying new. For the cost of a new Zen or Indica it is possible to purchase a used City or Scorpio.

There is always the risk of buying a ‘lemon’ when buying used because there is no way of knowing how previous owners have treated a car.


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Petrol or Diesel

Both petrol and diesel engines have their advantages and disadvantages. The gap is narrowing day by day so you can choose either on the basis of your needs.

Diesel engines used to be slow and noisy, but the latest diesel engines are as refined as petrol ones. Now diesel engines are fitted in a number of high-performance models also. Diesel engines emit less carbon dioxide, so they are better in terms of pollution. However, diesel engines tend to pump out more particulates, which are associated with smog formation, respiratory and cardio-vascular illness. Increasingly, diesel engines are being fitted with particulate filters, but this is by no means widespread at the moment.

Petrol engines are getting cleaner and more economical, too. Direct-injection technology now features in a number of models. Performance-minded drivers still tend to opt for petrol cars, though many diesels can accelerate faster than petrol equivalents at speeds from 50-80kph – a more useful advantage in everyday driving.than a quick 0-60 standing-start time. The prices of new diesel cars are usually slightly higher than for similarly-specified petrol models, but they have better resale value.

Diesel is only three quarters the price of petrol and is therefore easy on the pocket. Diesels also travel further on a litre of fuel compared to their petrol counterparts. However, bear in mind that a diesel car makes financial sense only if your annual mileage is more than 13,000-15,000km. If your annual mileage will be less than that, opt blindly for a petrol. If your usage is less than 12,000km annually never think diesel.




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How to Effectively Test Drive a New Car


Tips For The Test Drive

Short listing Cars for a Test Drive

Before you decide on taking a test drive, based on your budget, finalise the specifications and features you absolutely must have on the car. The feature could be as basic as a power steering to something as non-essential as a Bluetooth sound system. Logon to and research the car models and variants that fit these aspects. If you are still confused about which car to buy and will only decide post a test drive then shortlist a maximum of 3 cars as more the number of car you shortlist, the more confused you will be while making the final decision.

Test Drive the Version You Are Considering for Purchase

Yes, it is critical to inform the dealership that you would like to test drive a particular version and not a generic model. When the dealership executive calls you to confirm the test drive, you must insist on knowing the version they are sending. If you are not sure, confirm the following:

Engine: Does the test drive car have the engine shortlisted by you e.g. Petrol or Diesel, 2.4L or 3L?

Gearbox: Does it have the kind of gearbox you are looking for e.g. manual or automatic?

Features: Does it have the features that are going to help you decide e.g. heightadjustable driver seat, lumbar support, power steering etc?

Upholstery: If the car is offered in more than one upholstery options, ask for the car with the upholstery you are interested in e.g. black or beige.
Having the exact engine and gearbox is critical. If the dealership doesn’t have the version you wish to test drive, you might want to consider another dealership.

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Convenient Time and Place

Test drives normally take about an hour from start to finish, including test driving the car and discussions with dealer executive post test-drive. We strongly recommend that you schedule the test drive at a convenient time and place so that you don’t have to hurry up. The test drive should typically be scheduled on a day you are relatively free and are at leisure.

Things to Take Along

Family / friends – Have family members or friends join you for a test drive. They can give feedback on how the ride feels in the back seat and will give you a proper understanding of how many people you can actually seat comfortably. They will also help in observing things that you might miss out on.

Your favourite music – Take along a CD/ USB drive with your music on it to test the music system of the car.

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How to Protect Your Car’s Interior


Try to add up the hours you spend in your car. It’s a lot, isn’t it? Commutes, errand runs and road trips can have you sitting in those bucket seats for hours on end, and during that time, you and your passengers are actually living in the interior. That means smudges on the windows, scratches on the dash and food in the seat crevices accumulate and leave you wondering what happened to the spotless interior you swear it had when you first bought the car.

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A Quick Clean

Luckily, it’s not that difficult to keep a car’s cabin from looking a little too, well, lived in. First things first, get something to stuff your trash into. Just use a plastic bag or a container you don’t use around the house and throw it in the backseat. You can even affix a temporary hook to the door or seat to keep things even neater. Every once and awhile, take it out and relish in the fact that you haven’t spent an hour cleaning up. Keeping trash off the floor also preserves your carpets, which can get stained from any number of items.

The idea of taking a rag to your dash and leather seats is made easier if you have them on-hand. The key here is to just use a little bit of soapy water to wipe the surfaces of your car – some cleaning products contain alcohols that prematurely dry and age the materials by reducing the flexibility in the vinyl. Store a small spray bottle of your homemade cleaning fluid and a rag under your seat or in a storage bin for access when you’re waiting for your kids to get out of school or sitting in that crazy-long drive-through line. This will also come in handy when an emergency spill happens. Lastly, keep your car smelling like roses (or at least a laundromat) by adding dryer sheets under the seats.

Weather Resistant

You can’t discount the impact weather has on your vehicle either. In summer, sandy feet can quickly make a mess of an interior, and dare we mention the destruction caused by mud and snow? If you spend a lot of time ducking in and out of the elements, you might want to grab some all-weather floor mats. They’re easy to clean and do a great job of keeping the muck in one place.

The sun’s rays can also wreak havoc on your car’s surfaces, causing vinyl to crack over time and materials to fade. A simple solution is to regularly put a sunshade on the windshield. They’re inexpensive and help to keep your interior looking new. Saving money on repair work and cleaning comes more easily when you take the time to make preventative care a priority. Not only will these tricks make your car a nicer place to be, keeping grime out of your ride will cut down on large maintenance costs in the future and will help to retain its value over time.

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How to Book a New Car


Congratulations! You have finalized your new car. It’s not been as easy as one would expect, and only you know the sweat and toil you’ve put into researching and test driving all those cars to finally zero-in on this one. But now comes the most critical part of the buying process – actually booking your car. We’ve outlined a few important points for you to keep in mind while booking your car. We suggest that you print out this document and keep it handy throughout the booking process.

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Before You Book – Things You Should Know

Finalizing the Variant and Colour

This might sound like it’s a simple matter of the features you desire and your colour preference, but in actual fact it’s a lot more complicated than that. Some colours and variants (or specific combinations of both) could fetch you higher discounts and also impact the waiting period. As a thumb rule, more popular colours and variants fetch lower discounts and command longer wait periods. So unless you’re really sold on the ‘Bossa Nova White’, switching to the ‘Minimal Grey’ might help you save both money and some time.


The final on-road price of your car can be much lesser depending on the discounts you are able to negotiate with the dealership. Ask for manufacturer’s promotions, dealer offers and free accessories. You could also be eligible for a corporate discount depending on where you work. Most manufacturers offer a loyalty discount if you’re exchanging one of their older cars for a newer one. Even if it is not their own brand, you could qualify for an exchange bonus if you’re exchanging your old car.

Choose your Finance Wisely

If you’re in the market for a car loan, ask the dealers to help you get quotations from several banks. Most dealers have tie-ups with more than one financial partner and they would be happy to oblige. You can also approach other banks yourself and arrange your own loan. You should choose your loan after considering all the factors – down payment, processing fees, monthly payments, rate of interest, tenure, foreclosure charges, etc. The one with the lowest EMI is not always the cheapest loan available.

Understand the Insurance Cover

Insurance is often treated as a necessary evil by car owners, but it is critical to know the cover that you are buying. Read the policy wordings, especially the exclusions, terms and conditions and the locations where cashless facilities are offered. Several policies cover glass, plastic parts and paint jobs only partially (or not at all!) and this could set you back several thousand rupees in the event of a simple bumper repair job. If you are not convinced with the policy that the dealer is offering you, you can approach other insurers and buy your own car insurance policy.

Clarify Everything

It’s always better to clarify everything in writing with the dealership before you sign on the dotted line. This could go a long way in avoiding miscommunication and giving you a sense of comfort through the entire process. Some of the important points to clarify are:

  • What happens if the price of the car changes between booking and delivery?
  • Note the committed delivery date on paper. If you wish to take delivery on a special day, such as your birthday, or a festive occasion, please inform the dealership at the time of booking itself.
  • What are the charges levied if you wish to cancel your booking?
  • What terms apply if the waiting period stretches longer than committed?
  • Please note all the promised accessories and discounts and the final on-road price that you would be liable to pay.

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How to perform a quick car safety check


How many people put fuel in their car and only ever put water in the windscreen washer bottle when they go to use it and nothing but air comes out… And hardly anybody checks their car tyres and yet they’re vital in keeping you from ending up in the bushes. So, here’s how to perform a quick car safety check.

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Here are safety checks you can perform.

1. The first thing to do is a visual inspection of your car’s tyres. Get down close the wheels and tyres and look at the tread condition, and while you’re here check the tyre pressure using the tyre pressure gauge that you should absolutely have in your car; you can buy them for less than $10 so there’s no excuse. Check your spare tyre less regularly but you want to make sure it’s properly inflated for when you need it – make sure the wheel changing kit is present and in good order. Take the opportunity to check the boot latch works properly.

2.While you’re kneeling by the wheels, have a quick look under the car for any oil or coolant leaks.

3. Jump up and walk around to the back windscreen and make sure it’s clean, then cast an eye over the side windows and wing mirrors. From there go to the front windscreen and check that it’s clean and that there are no cracks. Check that all the windows can be lowered and raised again.

4. After the windscreen, raise the windscreen wipers and run your fingers along them; you want to make sure they feel supple because one they feel hard to the touch they’re useless and need to be replaced or else you risk scratching your windscreen. It’s worth checking the windscreen washer works too.

5. Raise the bonnet and take a quick look at the fluids, these should be in opaque bottles with bright coloured lids and you should be able to see the fluid levels. The one you’ll most likely need to top up regularly is the windscreen washer fluid. If you’re not confident under the bonnet then leave things like oil changes to your mechanic.

6. The lights. Check your headlights, low and high beam are working as well as fog lights. Flick the indicators and run around the car quickly. Checking the brake lights will be trickier unless you’re parked with the rear of your car facing a wall where you’ll be able to see the reflection. That said, depending on the age of your car it’ll probably advise you if a bulb has blown with some car’s able to tell you exactly which light is not working.

7. Finally, have a quick look at the seatbelts in the car, give them a quick tug to make sure they lock. Check the air-conditioning system works as it should and then the horn works too.


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Protect Your Vehicle During Monsoon


Add-on covers for monsoon

Shekhar’s 3-year-old car was in pretty much impeccable condition thanks to his constant care. However, after a few trips on flooded roads during the course of a heavy downpour, his vehicle started giving trouble. Upon inspection, it was found that water had entered the car’s engine and completely damaged it. When he decided to claim expenses for engine repair, he was informed that damage to the engine on account of water ingress (when the ignition key of a waterlogged vehicle is turned on) is considered to be a consequential loss and is not covered under a regular comprehensive motor policy. With a heavy heart, Shekhar had to foot a bill of nearly Rs 60,000 from his own pocket.

Most vehicle owners, even the ones who care and maintain their vehicles meticulously often focus on the purchase of the vehicle alone and spend little or no time to review the kind of insurance their vehicle needs. The monsoon season is one such time where the right insurance goes a long way in providing financial assistance for timely vehicle repair. There are in fact specific add-ons, which are must-haves, especially during monsoon.

Mr. Sanjay Kumar, Head of Motor Underwriting, Bharti AXA General Insurance talks about some of the add-on covers and precautions, which will keep you worry free during the monsoons.

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Add on covers which can come handy during monsoon

Roadside Assistance:

This cover provides ‘Assistance’ to the customers at the time of vehicle breakdown by towing the vehicle to the nearest garage for repairs, fixing the flat tyre, arranging alternative transport facility to safety in the event of major breakdown of the vehicle, assistance in the case of lockout/lost keys, arrangement of emergency fuel in case the vehicle runs out of fuel, etc.,

Hydrostatic Lock Cover:

This pays for losses arising out of repairs or replacement of engine parts due to hydrostatic lock and ingression of water in the engine. This is a must have to avoid situations like that of Shekhar’s.

No Claim Bonus (NCB) Protector:

This cover protects your No Claim Bonus percentage for up to 2 claims made during the policy period.

Consummables Cover:

This offer cover expenses incurred towards “those items or substances of specific use which at the time of loss are either totally consumed or rendered unfit for further consumption” arising out of damage to the vehicle insured and/or to its accessories caused by any peril as covered under the Policy.

Prepare for the rains

Precautions to protect your car during monsoon

    • Avoid driving your car during heavy rains or through flooded water unless your journey is absolutely necessary. If you have to drive through flood water, you may drive on the highest section of the road if it is safe to do so.
    • Avoid driving through water if you are not sure of the depth. Severe engine damage may occur if water gets sucked up into the engine air intake system.
    • Avoid driving through the flood water if a vehicle is traveling in opposite direction.
    • Drive the vehicle at a cautious speed that is just enough to avoid engine stalling and select as low a gear as possible while maintaining constant acceleration.
    • Check the brakes for thorough functionality as it can be affected if the flood water enters the brake lines, pads or discs. Please ensure it is functioning satisfactorily before moving the car further.
    • Check the radiator fan motor for thorough functionality as there is a possibility of its damage due to flood water. Please ensure it is functioning satisfactorily before moving the car further.
    • Should the vehicle stop, avoid cranking the vehicle as it may damage the engine. Push the vehicle to the side and call your mechanic, let the motor mechanic examine it.
    • Do not keep the AC on while driving through stagnant water as it may increase the splash of water
    • Keep the window glasses slightly lowered.
    • Avoid closing the doors with central locking as there is the possibility of it not opening in an event of any electrical short circuit. Keep a heavy object like a hammer or stone handy as it will be useful in breaking of the glass if the door locks are stuck due to short circuit. Breaking window glasses are easy in comparison to the front windscreen which is laminated.
    • If the level of water has entered the passenger compartment, do not turn the ignition “ON” as there is possibility of short-circuit in the electrical system the moment ignition is turned “ON” even without cranking of the engine. This may cause further damage to the vehicle.
    • If the vehicle has been stranded in the flooded area for a prolonged period, record the highest level of water exposure on the flooded vehicle as this will aid the garage technicians in evaluating the extent of damage and help in taking necessary steps to correct the damage.
    • Contact your garage and let the professionals examine it.

A judicious mix of add-on covers along with some precautions like the ones mentioned above can ensure your safety and that of your vehicle. Be safe on those slippery roads!


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Monsoon Car Care Tips


It is that time of the year again when it just wouldn’t stop pouring outside and keeping yourself dry is a hassle. However, in pursuit of keeping ourselves dry, we often forget our inanimate friends on four wheels who are out there putting up with the moisture and humidity without complaining. Just as they ensure we get back home safe and sound, it is our responsibility too to maintain them at their best. Here below are a few monsoon car maintenance tips that will ensure that you have a trouble-free monsoon ahead–


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Follow These Useful Monsoon Car Care Tips


A good set of tyres is the most important factor that should not be ignored, afterall they are the only point of contact between the car and the road. A new tyre begins life with approximately 8mm of thread depth and an easier way to check it is to use a one rupee or a five rupee coin. Place the coin in between threads to see if the numerical on the coin is covered till the tip with the thread. Although most motoring organisations recommend changing your tyres at 2mm under normal weather conditions, it is advisable to drive with atleast 5-6mm of tyre thread depth. Also, check for uneven bulges or wear and tear on your vehicle, which might also hint at a wheel alignment issue which needs attention.


Having good brakes is clearly important in every weather condition. However, to get your car ready for the monsoon, the brake liners will need adequate lubrication to handle that excess contact with water and prevent it from snapping due to friction. The drums or the disc brakes will need examination and cleaning at regular intervals. Rusting on the disc plates and faster wear and tear of drums are normal during the monsoon and with additional precaution these issues can be easily avoided.

Windscreen Wiper

This is one of the most ignored component in a car and it is not until the onset of monsoon that we generally realise its importance. While most parts of India witness a hot climate for most part of the year, it is not unusual for wipers to wear out before time. With limited visibility during the monsoon, it is advisable to replace the worn out ones with a fresh set. Adding windscreen cleaning solution with regular water is a good idea as it helps clean the oil and muck from the vehicle which tends to hamper visibility to a great extent. There are also several aftermarket windscreen solutions which roll off water from the windscreen instantly.


It is advisable to check battery and replace them if necessary. Investing in a good battery will ensure that your car starts quickly in start and go traffic. Check for leakage or false earthing using an amp metre, especially in cars which have aftermarket installations. Rectifying issues before hand will prevent issues like short circuit or malfunction due to contact with water. Rodents can also be troublesome during this season and it is indeed a good idea to run a visual check every morning before you head out to work.

Driving Tips

Avoid driving on flooded stretches and in unavoidable situations drive slowly and rev the engine constantly to prevent water from entering the tail-pipe. In case the parked vehicle is already submerged partially at the door level, do not start the vehicle and wait for the water to recede and get a technician to inspect the vehicle before starting it. It is a good idea to keep a flashlight, a tool kit, a medical kit and rope handy during the monsoon as these might be needed during breakdown or an emergency situation. Do not turn on the hazard lamps, they are not there for monsoons and are supposed to be used only if the vehicle breaks down or the vehicle has been parked haphazardly which can obstruct other vehicle movement. Turn on the headlamps or one can also use the fog lamps in extreme conditions if required. Also, use a good lubricant for movable joints like the doors to prevent those annoying squeaky sounds every time you open or shut the car door.

Exercising a little care and precaution will go a long way and ensure the best performance from your vehicle. A well maintained vehicle will also be the reason behind your smile every time you come across stranded cars on your way, especially those who have skipped getting their cars ready for the monsoon.


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How to Save Fuel


Car Tips

Fuel prices these days are more unstable and even more precious than gold’s. However, despite the sky-rocketing prices your cars definitely need their share of the liquid gold. The best way to get the optimum efficiency from the car is to maintain it well, both cosmetically and mechanically. We, here at CarWale, would like to give you some tips to help you in the noble cause.

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1. Check the engine oil regularly and change the engine oil, transmission oil, power steering oil etc. Good quality oil running in your engine keeps it going smooth thus reducing friction and minimising efficiency losses.

2. Get your engine tuned at every service and get it retuned if you feel there is a drop in the efficiency. An out of tune engine can drink up about 50 per cent more fuel!

3. The spark plugs tell you how your engine has been running. If the plugs are clean, your engine is running optimum. If they are black, you need to adjust the plug gap as the fuel is not burning properly. If it is brown, it’s time to replace the plugs and check the engine tuning.

4. Check the tyre pressure regularly. Under inflated tyres use up almost five per cent more fuel. Carry out thetyre rotation as per the manufacturer instructions, it will help you evenly distribute the rolling resistance.

5. Clean the car daily. It keeps the extra aerodynamic drag in check.

6. Do not accelerate your car before switching it off – you tend to do more harm than good in these modern engines.

7. Many may think it convenient but make it a habit not to rest your foot on the clutch pedal while driving. A slightly depressed clutch pedal wears out your clutch faster and also reduces its efficiency.

8. If you are at the signal or are going to be stopping for more than 30 seconds, make it a point to switch off the engine right away. It can help you save fuel up to 10 per cent in bumper to bumper traffic.

9. We understand it’s hot but as far as possible, do not use the air-conditioner at lower speeds. It uses much of the engine power and hence consumes a lot more fuel. At higher speeds, rolling up the windows also reduces the aero drag.

10. Tank up early in the morning. Due to lower temperatures, you can actually get more bang for your bucks.

11. Drive the car in an easy manner. Shift the gears when needed. Do not rev too much in a gear or drive at low speeds in a higher gear. For the enthusiasts, maintaining a range of 1,500rpm to 2,200rpm gives you the optimum overall economy without compromising much on your speed or the fun of the drive.

12. Like in life, plan ahead while driving as well. If you are approaching a speed breaker or a signal or a toll-booth, it is better to lift-off early and coast to the spot rather than going in till the end on power and then braking heavily. You should use brakes as less possible and also minimise the gear shifts by planning your overtaking maneouvers on the road. You should be able to glide your way through the drive than muscle it and your car will give the best economy figures it can.

13. At three figures on your speedometer, the aerodynamic drag is almost twice as much as at two figures and so your car will need to burn a lot more fuel for you even to maintain speed. Hence, keep the speedometer in check. Also, there are better chances of you surviving a crash at sub three figure speeds.

We are pretty sure that if you follow these little tips, in the long run, you might find your car performing way more than usual. Try it and let us know the difference.

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Also read: Defensive Driving Tips



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How Tyre Upsizing Affects Driving Dynamics


We all love those wide tyres with tiny sidewall mounted on a set of massive 20-inch wheels. But it is not as simple as it looks.


There are a few things to keep in mind if you are thinking of upgrading your car’s tyres.


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1. Contact patch

A wide tyre offers better grip and acceleration due to bigger contact patch. There are notable exceptions to the law though as automakers have begun working closely with tyre makers in this aspect. A wide tyre is also going to affect a car’s performance and fuel efficiency numbers.

While upgrading (if you really need to), it is advisable to jump up one size than what the car offers out of the factory. Going two or more levels higher will require you to get wider wheels, which are going to stick out of the wheel arches. A wider tyre is also going to hamper the movement of the front wheel when turning by scraping against the wheel well. So, if you have a 165/80 R14, you can safely upgrade to 175/80 R14 with minimal repercussions, if needed.

2. Profile

The profile or the sidewall is measured in percentage of the tyre’s contact patch. While selecting tyres, manufacturers pay a whole lot of attention to the comfort aspect and a tall sidewall offers better comfort than a short one. A low-profile tyre may improve the handling of the car, but the ride quality will be significantly compromised due to its stiff sidewalls. So, you can take it one notch down and still have respectable comfort.

3. Compound

The choice of compound plays a role in increasing or reducing rolling resistance. It is the ability of the wheel to roll freely. A soft compound tyre, which offers better grip and shorter braking distances, has increased rolling resistance than other tyre compounds. The increased grip will not only adversely affect the fuel efficiency but also sap some power from the car’s engine. Soft compound tyres also don’t last as many kilometres as a harder compound. You should choose wisely based on your car’s performance and your needs. You can go one or even two levels deeper into soft rubber for your car compared to what you got on your car from the factory without greatly compromising the performance and fuel efficiency.

Also read: A Few Tips For Proper Maintenance Of Tyres


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