10 Ways To Make Car Fuel Last Longer

Fuel prices are steep and always rising. Car owners need to find ways to make their car fuel last longer. If you can squeeze a few more miles out of every gallon imagine the savings you can make on fuel costs. The world is constantly finding out ways to use transportation that is affordable and eco-friendly. There are solar battery powered cars as well as hybrid cars in use. However the majorities are still using petrol or diesel powered vehicles.

Whether you drive a two seat car, economy car or a sedan or a sports model that runs on gas you need to master ways in which you can make fuel last long. Here are a few tips given by automobile experts that will give an increase in miles per gallon (MPG):

1. Read driving tips give by the AAA. Drive at optimal fuel efficacy speeds and use the right gears at the right time.

2. Keep the car serviced and in top mechanical condition. Learn how to listen to the car and diagnose any knocks or strange sounds.

3. Ensure that the car air filter is clean. Fuel economy is greatly enhanced with a clean air filter. When an air filter gets clogged it blocks air flow and reduces engine efficacy. So remove the filter and hold it up to check if you can see light through it. Use a filter that can be cleaned and is better for the environment.

4. Always ensure that tires are in good condition and that they are properly inflated. Use the parameters recommended by the car manufacturer and make it a point to check tire pressure whenever you fuel the car.

5. Watch the speed fuel economy decreases with increased speeds. So drive within the speed limits and watch the difference in fuel consumption.

6. Try not to speed and brake constantly. Driving at a steady pace keeps shifting to a minimum and aids fuel economy. Ever watch how trucks drive at a constant pace? They don?t brake and speed like cars do and yet arrive at a destination in the same time frame. When you brake to a stop and restart the car much more fuel is used.

7. Learn all about acceleration and revs. Stopping and starting hurts the car and fuel use. If your car is an automatic accelerate moderately and allow the transmission to shift gear smoothly. Otherwise shift gear early so that the engine does not go wroom. Slowdown if you see a stop light changing well in advance so that you don?t have to brake suddenly.

8. Use the air conditioning sparingly. At lower speeds the AC will gobble fuel. So get used to air from the outside. Enjoy the breeze and roll down the windows.

9. For long road trips used recommended stock wheels. They offer greater fuel efficiency than wider cooler looking tires.

10. When you buy a car don?t go for looks look at aspects of fuel efficiency and mechanics.

Log on to the internet and keep abreast with reviews and tips given by automobile gurus on saving fuel and increasing the efficiency of the car. Websites like that of the AAA and road safety police also have great recommendations for motorists.

Drive happily and save fuel.

What’s Best For Your Auto Transport – A Broker Or A Carrier?

Plainly put, car shipping is a big deal. Placing your valuable vehicle in the hands of perfect strangers can be a bit nerve racking by itself. Most often, however, there is also some other event taking place when an auto transport company is hired. When you’re focused on relocating due to a new job, buying that new car, retiring to the city of your dreams or finally buying that classic car you’ve drooled over since high school, you want to know for sure your car will be moved with the highest level of care and at the best price. That’s where choosing between a broker and a carrier can be extremely important.

Core Differences in Auto Transport Companies

The basics are the same regardless of which type of auto transport company you choose. Your car will get shipped from point A to point B. But that’s generally where the similarities end. From there you find a list of pros and cons that can help you make a decision on whether to use a broker or carrier.

Let’s define those terms to start with. In the car shipping industry, a broker is a company that resells your job. For instance, when you call a broker, they will charge you a fee for shipping your car. However, they will not actually perform the shipping themselves. They will call several carriers and sell your car shipping job to them. After the job is passed on to the carrier, the broker steps out of the picture.

A carrier, on the other hand, actually takes your car from destination A to destination B. Think of it as going straight to a wholesaler when you’re buying furniture or jewelry. Rather than going to a retail store when you buy these items, you cut out the middleman and buy them for a better price direct from the wholesaler. In the same way, rather than using a broker, you have the option of contacting carriers directly.

Pros and Cons

The biggest benefit of using a broker for car shipping is selection. A broker may either have a pre-approved list of carriers or may post the vehicle online for any carrier to select. When using a carrier, you would be responsible or contacting each one individually which might take a bit of time. However, there are other factors at play when shipping a car.

Fees and Cancellations

Brokers attempt to source carriers at rates below what they have quoted in order to make a profit. That’s how they stay in business. You will be expected to pay a deposit, which is generally nonrefundable. The carrier will collect the balance of the transportation costs when the vehicle is delivered through cash or certified funds only. Many will also allow you to cancel your order at anytime prior to pick-up with a 100% refund. To be sure, always ask first!

Guaranteed Pick-Up

Because brokers don’t have full control over every carrier they use, they can’t guarantee when your car will be picked up.
When comparing transit time you need to be careful to make an apples-to-apples comparison. A brokered move may have a shorter transit time from pick up to delivery but it may take more days to get the vehicle picked up. Make sure that you include all of the days in any comparison.

Door-to-Door Service

Depending on the carrier, the size of their truck, or the entry into your neighborhood, you might be asked to meet the driver at a nearby shopping center or other landmark for delivery. This is due to their inability to take big equipment into an area that is difficult to maneuver. Unfortunately, brokers cannot always assess the carrier’s ability to take your vehicle directly to your door. Again, never assume. Ask the broker or auto transport carrier what their policies are to be sure.

Before you sign any contracts or releases, make sure you are dealing with the type of company you prefer. There are big differences between brokers and carriers that go beyond price. To ensure the safety of your car and a flawless transaction, check out each company thoroughly before making your decision.

Air Filter Benefits Vehicle Occupants From Airborne Particulates

Studies have been conducted on how hazardous airborne particulates can actually be to vehicle occupants. The result shows that women, especially post-menopausal women, are at a higher risk of suffering ill effects from these minute particles in the air we breathe. And since Americans spend more and more time in and about their cars, it is imperative to keep the air inside the vehicle clean so as not to endanger the health of its occupants.

Since the air inside a car contains up to six times the concentration of airborne particulates compared to the air outside it, a cabin air filter is very important. In connection with the needs for such devices, the Filtration Division of Freudenberg Nonwovens has developed the micronAir cabin air filter.

The micronAir filter is an aftermarket product just like a Hyundai cold air intake component. It protects the occupants of a vehicle from airborne particulate which was revealed to be one of the causes of heart and lung disease. The product removes particles in the air that enters a car?s cabin and the list of these particulate foreign matter include pollens, spores, exhaust fumes, bacteria, road dust, soot, industrial dust, and smog. All of these are harmful to a person?s health especially when inhaled in large quantities. The use of this device protects those with asthma or any other respiratory problems from getting ill than they already are.

Barry F. Kellar, the Vice-President and General Manager of Freudenberg Nonwovens Filtration Division, issued this statement: ?By preventing contaminants from entering a vehicle?s cabin, a micronAir cabin air filter helps to maintain the health of passengers, especially women and people with allergies, asthma, and other upper-respiratory ailments. With people spending an increasing amount of time in their vehicles, the presence of a functional cabin air filter becomes even more important.?

Awareness among American motorists though is limited. According to Kellar, many motorists are not aware that cabin air filters are integrated onto their cars. Those who know that their car is equipped with cabin air filter sometimes do not know that these components should be replaced every year or after 10,000 miles, whichever comes first. The replacement of these cabin air filters is needed to ensure that the filter can efficiently keep the entrance of airborne particles inside the car in check.

The micronAir cabin air filter is designed to trap dust, pollens, bacteria, and soot particles with its particle filters. Those particles are as small as .5 microns. They may be that small but they surely do pack quite a huge amount of power that could make us all ill. The micronAir also has combi-filters with a layer of activated carbon that traps in these particles. This carbon layer in turn captures smog, exhaust gases, and fumes. These particles are much smaller in size; only .01 microns or about 1/500th the width of a human hair.

The advancement in this field will be very much welcomed by the public. In a recent study that was conducted by Dohring Co., they found out that about 95 percent of their respondents are concerned about the quality of air entering their vehicles cabin. Of the total number of respondents, 91 percent said that they would want cabin air filters to be standard equipment on vehicles being mass produced by different car manufacturers. 83 percent of the respondents stated that they would want their next vehicle to come with a cabin air filter. Among the respondents of the study, 85 percent said that they are concerned about the ill effects of exhaust gases and vapors while almost half of the total number of respondents said that they are concerned about pollens, allergens, germs, dust particles, odors, and smog. The importance of cabin air filters on vehicles is the fact that 67 percent of the respondents in the study said that they are suffering from allergies and/or respiratory problems or living with someone who does.

Lti Calls Over A Diamond Anniversary

May 29, 2008 underscored the 60th anniversary of London taxi for its successful taxi manufacturing for six decades now. The celebration began yesterday at the Private Hire and Taxi exhibition, held at The Ricoh Arena, Coventry.

According to reports, the well-experienced company has obtained an enormous deal since 1948, since the time when the very-first London taxi has gone to the Coventry plant. Other LTI highlights during that time include the creation of the Frisbee and the launching of the World Health Organisation by the United Nations. After that period, the automotive firm has distinguished over 100,000 taxis roll off the production line which includes the FX, Fairway and TX series. The group had a good time in front of presentation guests alongside the media with the traditional cutting of a personally baked cake to commemorate the remarkable occasion.

These vehicles can be spotted operating on the streets of London at present, in several towns and cities in Britain, and some can be seen around the world. Today?s talk of the town model from LTI is the TX4 taxi which is the most recent version of the legendary vehicle. The TX4 along with its great auto parts, has received vast positive response from its rising customer list.

LTI Vehicles is generally acknowledged for developing one of the world?s most legendary vehicles. The company is dedicated to constantly develop on their taxis to provide drivers and passengers a taxi service with stunning car parts that is highly desirable for others.

?As we celebrate this important milestone we are able to celebrate the past and look forward to the future. From the launch of the FX3 back in 1948 to the present day, LTI Vehicles has seen many changes in the development of its purpose-built taxis to meet the needs of the professional taxi driver,? says John Russell, CEO, Manganese Bronze Holdings PLC, LTI Vehicles? parent company.

?This is an important year in the history of LTI Vehicles. The agreement with Chinese auto manufacturer Geely is progressing nicely with the finishing touches being applied to the facility near Shanghai. The development of electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles also shows our commitment to improve our environmental credentials and gain a competitive advantage in an expanding global marketplace. All this makes for an exciting future both at home and abroad.?

?We look forward to continuing this success to ensure that the next 60 years are as successful as the company?s first,? he added.

Electric Kit Cars ? Build Your Own!

Every day I read about how electric kit cars are coming–and soon! The New York Times says “a national electric car charging infrastructure” is in the works. “This consists of electricity charging spots with plug-in outlets all over the country.”

And Forbes magazine just had an article that said, “A future where drivers tell utility companies when and where to charge their electric vehicles and with what source of energy–wind, sun or coal, for instance–could be as close as two years away.”

But you don’t have to wait. You can actually start converting your gas-powered car into an electric-powered car today! This means your car will no longer use gas. You’ll install special batteries into your car and those alone will provide the power. It used to be very expensive to do such a conversion, but new electric car technology has made it easy and affordable for everyone.

How do you go about doing this? First you have to purchase an electric car conversion kit, or instruction manual. These are available on the internet for immediate download. They usually cost $35 – $50. Next you’ll need tools and parts. These manuals show you how to find free batteries and other parts. The total cost of the whole conversion could cost as little as $300 (not including the manual).

Then you follow the step-by-step directions. Your car should be able to go about 50 mph and travel 100 miles or so on a single charge. You “refuel” your new electric car by simply plugging it into an electric socket. Then you’re good to go for another 100 miles. You don’t ever have to pay for gas again! Plus, your car doesn’t emit any pollutant by-products, or create obnoxious noise.

The best part is, the state and federal government will actually pay you to drive an electric car. There are huge rebates available for electric kit cars. When you add everything together–the money saved on gas, the rebates–you really aren’t spending a dime for the conversion. In fact, you’re making money!

This is not only a fun project, but you’ll also learn all about renewable energy. Big batteries that can store electricity for transportation and wind and solar generation are the next big industry. These batteries are the key to clean-technology.

As the song goes, “the times they are-a-changing.” They sure are. As Detroit goes down the tubes, the writing on the wall is clear: the future is electric kit cars. It’s an awesome vision, and you can become part of it today!

Evo Handling Vs Engine Power Of Subaru

When it comes to the rally world, Subaru and Mitsubishi are two names that won’t let themselves get ignored. And they weren’t not ignored, what they did is they grabbed the attention of many car enthusiasts. Their respective designs is not the one that dazzles them, it is the speed. STI by Subaru and EVO by Mitsubishi are the cars that named the tight competition between the two. With everything that is applied on this two, one would find it hard to determine which one is better. It will be very hard, even for experts, to know which one has the edge and which one will be left behind if ever they will meet on the road.

As many reviews said, you can’t declare STI as the winner if you haven’t drive the EVO and vice versa. The only thing that will distinguish one from the other is when one is drove by a professional and the other one is drove by a baby.

Some say that Mitsubishi’s EVO is the greatest. EVO has a steering ratio of 13.0:1 while the Subaru only has 15.2:1. As the numbers show, the previous one appears to be quicker. But the battle does not end there, there are more features that differentiate the two. If chassis is EVO’s best attribute, STI takes the credit when it comes to the drivetrain. The cars has more power and torque on tap and more aggressive gearbox. It is hard to find a drivetrain whose priority is to go quickly than any other road car, but STI has it. The car offers a power delivery with rally car handling. When you grind the pedal to the corner exits, the STI turns into a Subaru-powered Camaro. The transitions from understeer to oversteer rapidly with the active center diff doing much of the work in deciding where the power goes. But still, STI is less adjustable than the Mitsubishi’s EVO.

When it comes to driving, the responses in EVO is more natural, easier to control and more rewarding. On the other hand, STI is less receptive to mid-corner adjustments from the brakes or the throttle. Braking is awarded to EVO. Since STI is producing an inconsistent pedal feel, it is disheartening to step on it. EVO’s braking system provides a relentless stopping power, slowing it time and time again to match the cornering speed.

On the engine, it looks like STI has it. With a 295bhp 2.5 litre turbocharged flat four cylinder engine, it will surely left behind EVO’s 2.0 litre turbo with a power of 276bhp. Subaru appears to be the stronger performer because of its more low-down punch and a wave of power all the way up to 8,000rpm red line.

Even though their advantages were mentioned, it is still not clear which one is superior. Power, precision, sharpness and acceleration makes the judgment seismic. We can choose the STI for now, but it can be the EVO in few weeks or months, and the cycle will go on. Because until now, both manufacturers keep on developing their own cars to get the supremacy in rally cars. And this benefits us largely. Their competition is our gain.

Hybrid Cars And The Environment

It’s always been a concern that the average gasoline-powered vehicle is a serious detriment to the environment. The big cars make a lot of noise on the roads, and fuel emissions are supposedly horrible for our ozone layer. What can a person to do to make the environment better for all of us? He or she may want to purchase a hybrid car. The hybrid car, the next wave of the future, is known for its more positive impact on the environment. The impact of hybrid cars on the environment is explained below.

Worried about all noise on the roads? The conventional automotive cars generally are responsible for a lot of noise emissions because of the sounds of their motors. However, because a hybrid car uses an electrical motor, its noise emissions are greatly reduced when compared to fuel-powered cars. At low speeds, the noise emissions of hybrid cars are optimal for the public.

However, if the public has a disability, there may be a problem.

Low noise emissions can be a problem because the blind or visually impaired depend on the loud noises vehicles make while running or idle. Without that noise, the visually impaired find it very difficult to cross the street safely. Therefore, this group of people is negatively impacted by the reduced noise emissions of the hybrid car. However, noise emissions are not the only change hybrid cars bring to the environment.

Hybrid cars help reduce the amount of smog that is in the air. Therefore, the general respiratory health of the public benefits from the use of hybrid cars.

So if you are looking for cleaner air, and more peace and quiet when you go outside, you may be hoping that people start purchasing hybrid cars. The only problem is that hybrid cars come at an expensive price. They cost much more than petroleum-fueled cars.

The cost of hybrid cars is higher because of extra batteries, extra electronics, and sometimes, other considerations related to design. However, there can be trade offs.

Some people think hybrid cars may be able to pay for themselves because of the savings in gas. However, that is very debatable. It depends on the number of miles traveled, the cost of fuel, and sometimes subsidies from the government.

In April of 2006, Consumer Magazine said in one of its articles that hybrid cars would not pay for themselves in 5 years. However, there was a mathematical error in that article. When the error was corrected, it was shown that the hybrid car could pay for itself in a little less than five years.

However, how much money a hybrid car will actually save a person is still a controversial issue. Some say, the savings are big. Some say they are small. In any case, the actual savings seem difficult to predict and affected by various factors.

In countries that are trying to lessen pollution and contamination, it may cost more to own any vehicle other than a hybrid car. Therefore, if you are living in another county with a pollution problem, a hybrid car may be the best choice for you.

Consider A Car Donation

If you are looking to purchase a new vehicle, you may be trying to figure out what to do with your current automobile. Many people trade in their old cars to reduce the price of a newer car. While this is a good strategy, another thing you can do is donate your car to a charity. Believe it or not, there are a number of advantages this has over trading in a car towards the purchase of a new vehicle. When you buy a new car from a dealer, you will find that most of them will try to talk you into trading in your old car. Once you do this, they will often turn around and sell your older car, especially if its in good condition.

However, this is not what usually happens. In most instances, the dealer will try to buy the car from you at a lower price than they expect to get when selling it at an auction. When you donate your car to a charity, not only will you be turning it in for a good cause, you may also get a deal which is better than what you would find from a dealership. Many people don’t realize that donating their car to a charity can allow them to get a tax deduction during tax season. Not only can you use it as a tax write off, you will often earn money that is significantly more than what you would get from most car dealers.

When most people hear about car donations, they are often discouraged because they feel that it will be a long process that will cost them a lot of money. Nothing can be further from the truth. In reality, donating your car to a charity can be just as quick as trading in your car through a dealer. Remember, the charity needs the car from you, and will make it convenient for you to turn it in to them. To donate your old car to a charity, the first thing you will need to do is contact charities in your area. They will be able to answer any questions you have about donating your car. Many of them will visit you at your home and pick up your car, saving you money on shipping.

Once you have donating the car to the charity, you will be mailed a receipt of the transaction. The receipt should tell you how much the car was sold for, and it may also tell you the price that you are given by the charity. Once tax season arrives, you will be able to get your reward for donating your car to the charity. By helping other people who may be less fortunate than you, you will feel good, and you will also be rewarding financially. Most people trade in their cars when they go out to purchase a new one. Only a small segment of the population uses car donation services. However, car donations services are a smart financial tool that can allow you to save a large amount of money on taxes over a long period of time.

The money that you save on taxes can be used for investments, vacations, or anything else you’re interested in. Before you trade in your existing car for a new one, be sure to look at the car donation services in your area.

Repossessed Car Auctions- Driving Into Best Decision

Buying vast assets such as house or vehicle is one of the very crucial financial decisions that need enough consideration. Such consideration must also be applied in buying repossessed cars. This does not signify that because you cannot afford to buy a brand new car, you would not take serious decision making in buying repossessed car at some car auctions. You need to think over that repossessed car markets have own twist and turn that prospective buyers must be watchful of.

First and foremost, you need to realize that the repossessed car markets evolved from various factors. One of those common factors is that the original owners are financially provided by banks so they can purchase cars and in the long process, these owners can no longer maintain their financial obligations at the banks such default on their required monthly installments according to what has been transpired in the agreement. This leaves no choice for the lending organization but to take back those bank-financed vehicles and place them on the repossessed car markets to raise the remaining balance of those cars. The responsible organizations make these impounded vehicles for sale through public bidding, in which the highest bidder will get the auctioned cars.

To make your car purchase plan successful, you need to gather as much information as you can about any car auctions from all possible sources. Before expanding your car auction searches, you need to look for any local car auction within your area so to save time and efforts. Your local newspapers can be a good source of local car auction information as they are usually used in public bidding announcements. After collecting enough information about car auctions, the next step is to get in touch with the responsible authorities. It is advised to know if there are still cars available, particularly the one that you like most. When you confirm the car availability, you can now discuss with them any arrangements such as inspection and documents presentations.

The only thing you need to remember always is that repossessed car is not just a typical business where you can reconcile for anything. Since they are secondhand cars, you need to make the most of your time in finding the best one to avoid being remorseful at the end. You need to avoid making decision instantly and try not to agree with any blurred commitments to purchase. As said earlier, explore all the options in your hand before settling to buying repossessed cars.

Bmw 330i 2006 Car Review

I have to reveal up front that I own an older 3-series BMW, so I am quite aware of its abilities and drawbacks. And as many different types of cars that I drive, I am always happy to return to my baby. But when I got behind the wheel of the new 330i (Edmunds pricing at $39,184) I could tell that this machine was a sharp step up in performance within a quarter mile.

At my first ride in the driver?s seat, I couldn?t get over the ergonomics of the steering wheel. Every car has one, and I?ve handled a few unusual ones, but my grip has never felt more at home than with this 330i. (Unfortunately, it wasn?t a heated steering while like the 7-series, and it was quite cold outside.) Then BMW mates this steering wheel with very precise steering for a sedan-level car.

The German automobiles avoid the low-end torque that American makers? design, instead they offer a slower launch, but smoother, linear acceleration. And the silky 6-cylinder engine is particularly noticeable with a manual transmission in this car. BMW finally added a 6th gear for the stick shift, and I say it is overdue. My old one has 50,000 miles and the gearing still makes me look for 6th when I run up through the gears ? but sadly there are only 5 to be had. Since the 330i generates 255 horsepower, far more than I am used to for daily driving, I may have to upgrade my radar detector.

Yes, the car basics are spectacular ? engine, ride, steering (even the steering wheel), but the electronics controls are a comical disappointment. Anyone that has driven this car has a story about turning on the turn signals from one side to the other and back again, during a vain attempt to turn them off. I know people in the area gave me a wider berth, thinking I was a confused and lost driver. The turning signal lever doesn?t ?click? into place as the rest of the world has come to commonly expect turn signals to function. With the 330i, you tap the signal, such as for passing, and it automatically flashes three times and then turns off. But you can hold the lever a little longer, and you get your normal-action from the turn signal. But on a soft turn, where the signal doesn?t turn off, you have to flick it the other way to turn it off. But in the hurry of the moment, if it is more than a flick, then you just indicated from your signals that you are turning in the opposite direction. And this goes back & forth every once in a while until you get accustomed to it.

Other electronic oddities are the Navigation/Radio controls. There are many models of cars where you can intuitively muddle your way to what you want to get done. I couldn?t generate that kind of luck while I was driving. My passenger had to repeatedly go through the owners? manual that didn?t offer much guidance to get the map or radio station the way we wanted. And we didn?t even have the added i-drive option that so many customers complain about. I?m at a loss to explain the miss-timing of the automatic windshield wipers. I love that Jaguar has this feature down pat, but the 330i wipers were always going too fast or too slow; so kept having to manually adjust the automatic windshield wipers. An electronic improvement over the prior 3-series model is the traction control system. The old model would cut the power to the wheels in an obvious fashion, while this model is a seamless experience of artificially superior driving skill.

So while the driving experience is a quantum level improvement over the last generation change at BMW, their electronics package gives me some hesitation in buying one of these machines. In bumper to bumper traffic, the electronic gadgetry of the 330i becomes more annoying; and only on curvy roads without traffic or law enforcement can you experience the thrill of what this car can offer.