These Smart Driving Tips can help you Save up to 25 Percent of Your Fuel Bill


Passenger vehicles have progressed significantly in the last few years in terms of fuel-efficiency as a result of major advancement in technology. While new technologies such as hybrids and electric vehicles are the future, it’s a moral responsibility for all motorists to save fuel in interest of the environment and also in interest of their own pockets.

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India, specifically is a market that has always demanded high fuel-efficiency, irrespective of the vehicle segment or price. However, the fuel efficiency of a vehicle, apart from the claimed ARAI figures, depends on your driving habits. Recently, Ford Motor Company conducted a survey wherein they asked drivers about their driving habits as well as their knowledge about fuel efficiency and some of the findings are quite interesting.

According to the survey, the company asked over 9,500 drivers in 11 markets in Asia Pacific, of which 1,023 were Indian drivers. The reports stated that about 95 percent of the drivers know how to drive their car to get maximum fuel economy and around 96 percent people said that they make a concerted effort to drive efficiently every day.

The study further shows that by adopting an efficient driving style drivers can not only save on fuel bills, but also lower emissions by around 25 percent as compared to normal to average driving habit.

“People go to extraordinary lengths to save money but then they jump in their cars and waste fuel. Eco-driving not only saves you fuel and money, it also benefits the environment and can make our roads safer for everyone,” said Adam Smith, Vehicle Energy Management Engineering Manager and one of Ford?s top fuel efficiency experts in Asia Pacific.

Here’s an interesting infographic with multiple smart tips to save fuel and the environment at the same time.



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Top 10 Tips to Keep your Car Looking New


A car with well-maintained paintwork will always look younger than one with chips and scratches.

SOME PEOPLE are obsessive about looking after their cars, parking in spaces far from where they need to be, just so other inconsiderate owners don’t open their doors into yours, or carefully removing every little mark as soon as it appears.

But even these people often make the most basic mistakes when it comes to keeping their cars looking like new.

So, here’s what NOT to do to your own car.

As much as you may jump at the chance to dream about what you need in an auto, it’s best to think more about what you require — not a few seconds ago, but rather later on, as well. Usefulness should trump streak. Here are some handy contemplations to remember:

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1. Use an automated car wash with swirling brushes. Notice that those brushes are called “swirling” brushes and that’s exactly what they’ll do to your paint.

Even if you don’t notice it, you’ve probably added a whole swag of new swirl marks to your paintwork.

Those brushes in car washes are seldom cleaned so the accumulated sand, grit and other debris is being swirled across your paintwork every time the brush passes over.

Some car washes use synthetic brushes that are better at shedding dirt and debris, but it’ still not failsafe.

2. Go to a car wash where attendants dry your car. If there are people hand drying your car after it’s passed through the car wash, it can be almost as bad as using a brushing car wash because chances are the towels they are using haven’t been washed.

Drying your car with a dirty towel simply swirls the grit from other cars around your paintwork. Nasty

3. Use a high pressure “touchless” car wash. So you think taking your car to a self-serve or touchless high pressure wash will protect your paintwork? Wrong again.

If your car is exceptionally dirty, hitting it with high pressure water can push debris across your paintwork and still cause those awful swirl marks.

Even if the car is relatively clean, you aren’t safe. Many car washes use recycled water and no matter how hard they try, or what they tell you, it isn’t possible to remove all the contaminants, so every squirt of high pressure water is effectively sand-blasting your paintwork.

Another problem with these car washes is they may use a higher concentration of detergent which will quickly strip off the wax you so carefully applied (you do apply wax, don’t you?)

And as if that isn’t bad enough, touchless car washes don’t even remove all the dirt from your car. Look closely and you’ll see a hazy film of grime remains on the surface after the wash.

If you still decide to use a touchless self-serve car wash, always start the wash on high-pressure rinse and before you point it at your car, run it for at least 20 seconds against the wall to clear out any harsh chemicals left in the lines.

4. Leave bird droppings on the car until the next wash. Birds must have an evil sense of humour, because no matter how far away from a tree you park, one of the little buggers will let fly and leave a deposit on your paintwork.

The likelihood of this happening is in direct proportion to how recently you washed the car. Bird droppings contain acid that can cause damage to the paint surface.

It is even worse under direct sunlight. The best advice is to wash bird droppings off your car as soon as possible – the longer it sits there, the more damage it can do.

5. Don’t wash your car, because “it’s only going to get dirty again”. There’s a sense of inevitability, especially during winter, that as soon as you wash your car it will rain and undo all your good work.

However, the longer all that muck and dirt sits on your paintwork, the more damage it can do, so cleaning it off, even if the car is likely to get dirty again, is good pre-emptive practice.

6. Sit nice and close behind that vehicle in front. Some people seem to delight in sitting as close to the vehicle ahead as they possibly can.

Not only is this a stupid and dangerous practice, it also peppers your car with debris. For every clink you hear hitting the bonnet or windscreen, there are probably three more taking aim at your bodywork, grille, headlights, bumpers and other vulnerable parts.

And as for sitting close behind large trucks, be warned: the larger the tyres, the bigger the projectiles.

7. Find yourself a great parking spot near a freeway or in an industrial area. We all know how hard it can be to find a convenient parking space, but don’t be tempted to park anywhere near a busy freeway, railway line or in a heavy industrial area.

While dark coloured cars are susceptible to swirl marks, cars with lighter coloured paint are affected by dust and other fallout that rains from above.

What appears to be tiny flecks of rust in your paintwork is actually microscopic pieces of metal and other pollutants sent into the atmosphere from car and train brakes.

They sit there unnoticed until they bloom as tiny rust dots all over your paintwork.

Caught early, they can often be wiped off, but once they get established, you’ll need a clay bar or even an acid wash to get rid of them.

8. Brake hard and often. This is another stupid behaviour that increases the risk of somebody tail-ending you, but it also creates more brake dust residue to settle on your own car.

Not only will you find yourself replacing brake pads and rotors more often, you’ll be looking at getting your car detailed to preserve the finish.

9. Leave that ice and snow on the car – it’ll fall off eventually. Maybe not a problem that afflicts too many Australian drivers, but ice, frost and snow do occasionally cover the roof, windscreen, boot and bonnet.

While ice and snow on their own won’t scratch the paintwork as they slide over it, the dirt and debris underneath it will. Remove ice, snow or frost carefully, or wait for it to melt before moving off.

10. Don’t bother waxing your car twice a year. Wax is a protective coating for your paintwork and over time it breaks down. It should be applied each year before winter and again before summer.

Use a reputable brand, apply it in the shade and take your time.

See? Giving your car that unloved patina isn’t really so difficult. But keeping your precious paintwork looking like new is possible if you follow this relatively simple advice.

And apart from the satisfaction of owning and driving a smart car, you’ll benefit when it’s time to trade it in or sell it privately.



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Buying A Car in Eight Easy Steps


Buying a car can be a scary-exciting experience, so, take the sting out of it with our handy 8-step guide to buying a new car.

BUYING A NEW CAR is an exciting time, but there are traps and pitfalls for the unwary and ill-prepared. So, to help make it a little easier we’ve prepared an eight-step guide to making sure you don’t get caught out when buying a new car. And, if you think we’ve missed something out, let us know by leaving a comment at the end of this story and we’ll make sure we update the article.

1. Know your rights. Buying through a dealer offers you legally binding consumer protection, so know what you are and are not entitled to. While Australia is yet to introduce a lemon law, you are still covered by normal consumer laws that require a product is fit for the purpose. However, if you buy an unsuitable car, or later change your mind, you have little legal comeback and it can be an expensive mistake.

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2. Take a test drive. It’s amazing how many people are willing to buy a car without first test driving it. We’re all different, and no matter how many reviews you may have read (even on Practical Motoring!), or endorsements by owners, the only way to learn if a car is really right for you is to get behind the wheel and drive it. Don’t forget to get into the passenger seat and rear seat as well. Check out the boot space. Read the fuel consumption placard on the windscreen and ask yourself if you can live with the fuel costs (especially relevant with large SUVs).

3. Look into the service costs. More and more manufacturers are offering fixed price or capped price servicing. Understand the difference. Ask about the servicing costs over your likely ownership period, and make sure you understand what’s covered by the warranty and what isn’t and how long it is (three years/100,000km used to be the standard warranty but now many companies offer a much better warranty – Kia’s is still the standout at seven years and unlimited kilometres). Also, remember that non-dealer servicing can be considerably cheaper and won’t void your warranty, as long as the servicing is done according to the prescribed servicing schedule and uses genuine parts.

4. Stick to your budget. It’s very easy to get carried away when buying a new car, so set yourself a budget and stick to it. Remember that ticking options boxes can add a considerable sum to the purchase price. Don’t be swayed by the “it’ll only add a few dollars a month to the repayment” argument. Arrange your own finance, rather than settling for a finance deal offered by a dealer. Take into account all the costs of ownership, not just the purchase price (or monthly repayments). And don’t sign up for dealer packages such as paint protection, fabric protection, rust treatments or anything else they may try to load onto the deal – if you really must have any of these, it’s cheaper to buy it from an independent supplier once you take delivery.

5. Don’t believe the price on the windscreen. Sales staff often have room for haggling, so go ahead and haggle for the best deal you can broker. At certain times of the year, you even hold something of an upper hand, so try and time your purchase before the end of the month, or even better the end of the financial year. If you are buying late in the year or early in the New Year, remember that the build date of the car will have an effect on resale, so push for a better deal on previous-year-plated cars (or those about to become so). Ask about dealer delivery and other on-road costs; these can often be negotiated, and many cars companies offer a driveaway deal (but check that it really is a bargain, and not just a come-on). Before you sign the contract, read it. And don’t succumb to pressure to sign immediately – few deals are so hot they can’t wait a few days or a week or so. You may wish to consider a demonstrator model. Often these cars haven’t actually done test drive duty so you can pick one up with zero miles on the odometer, but check when the warranty period commenced, and ensure that the car meets your needs.

6. Shop around. If you are buying a popular brand, play one dealer off against another. And remember that the internet makes it possible for you to shop well beyond your immediate vicinity.

7. Your trade-in is part of the deal. Know the value of the vehicle you are trading in, but be realistic. If the dealer won’t offer you a fair price for your trade-in, consider selling it privately (private sale prices are usually somewhere between the trade-in valuation and the price a dealer will ask for the vehicle).

8. Arrange insurance before taking delivery. Imagine how shattered you would be if your new car was written off on your way home. It would be considerably worse if you had neglected to arrange insurance beforehand.



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