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Driving Down The Costs Of Being Behind The Wheel

Driving is a wonderful thing that opens up new possibilities in a whole host of life aspects, but it does come at a cost. Most drivers would agree that the expenses are the one major downside to owning a car, and those overheads aren’t limited to buying the vehicle after.   

The costs of daily journeys are enough to cause ongoing headaches, so finding ways to reduce the strain should be top of your agenda. Of course, buying a used car or getting the cheapest insurance quote will help. In truth, though, the operational running overheads should be your main concern. Here’s how you can make your money work harder.

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 Choose The Right Vehicle

Everyone has their dream vehicle. If money is a concern, however, it’s vital that you make a practical decision. Buying a cheaper model suited to your family or business needs is one thing. However, you also need to think about the engine size. These modest vehicles are still enjoyable to drive. However, the real smiles come from seeing your bank balance avoid a battering.

 Some people genuinely need a 4×4 or a larger vehicle for their activities. If you can survive comfortably with a lighter car that needs less horsepower, you should. If nothing else, it’s great for the environment too.

 Maintain Vehicle Health

A healthy car isn’t only a safer and more comfortable ride; it’s also a more cost-effective one. Therefore, it’s imperative that you act upon those seemingly minor issues immediately. When you do, you’ll find that performances improve. Better still, it can prevent those problems snowballing into something even worse, which will save you, even more, cash in the long run.

Even the simple jobs like topping up the fluids and tire air pressure will make a world of difference. Above all else, adopting those positive habits can encourage improvements elsewhere.

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 Improve Fuel Efficiency   

The general performance of the car is vital, but you must also pay special attention to the fuel. After all, this is your greatest and most common operational expense. Using the best injector cleaner products will ensure your gas works harder, meaning you’ll save money overall. Likewise, premium gas can be worth the extra money, particularly when your vehicle is a few years old.

Once again, your habits have a huge influence too. If your filling station is having new fuel pumped into its tanks, avoid using it for a few hours. Otherwise, you’ll end up with debris from the bottom of the tank being pumped into your car.

 Think About Your Trips  

Many factors influence the efficiency of your driving habits. Ultimately, though, using the car too much in an unsuitable fashion is the biggest mistake you could make. Firstly you want to avoid sitting in heavy traffic If changing the route or time of journey can aid you, it’s imperative that you take advantage.   

Rather than breaking your chores into several trips, try doing them all at once. This is because the engine will stay warm for greater efficiency. Finally, arranging carpools can work wonders too.

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Tips For Car Shopping

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Going car shopping, particularly for first time buyers, there is a list of things to consider. You want to get the best value for money, but without being a training mechanic, how do you know that that’s what you’re getting? Sure you can take it to a garage before buying, and if you’re buying from a site like ebay or gumtree, you probably should anyway. But it’s time-consuming and a complete waste if the car turns out to be a dud.

Price

You should be thinking about money in two ways – the first is whether you have enough of it. Cars aren’t cheap, and if your credit isn’t up to scratch, you might have to look into a bad credit car loan to make your purchase. The second thing is whether the price of the vehicle matches what you’re being sold. If it seems too good to be true, then it probably is. Research the make and model and see what the average price for that car is. If you’re being charged way over, then walk away and find a better deal elsewhere. If they are asking for much less, then there’s something wrong with the car.

Condition

Always check on the condition of the car, don’t just take it at face value. Bring along a mechanic to see the car, or take it to a garage to be looked at before you buy it. If it just looks like it’s got a dent or scrape here and there – don’t count that out as cosmetic. There could easily be underlying damage to the vehicle and might call for body work to be replaced rather than buffed out. The older the car, the more issues it could have, so balance the cost against the quality.

History

Only buy a car if you have its full service history. That way you know exactly what has been done to the car, what’s new and what is more likely to go sooner. You’ll also have the details from its last MOT, so you’ll be able to see what advisory fixes have yet to be done on the car. It’s nice to know whether the past owners were racing teenagers or a diddy old lady. You can tell the difference in how the car would have been treated through knowing a bit about the previous owners.

Reputation

When buying online, always look into the reputation of the seller. If its a garage or car dealership you should easily be able to find reviews on Google about their services. If you’re buying from a site like eBay or gumtree, like we mentioned before, you have to trust the reviews on that site. Usually, ecommerce shops like these are quick to dock points from bad sellers, but there are always first time sellers who don’t have any ratings yet, that you will have to decide to trust based on your communication with them.

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5 Mistakes To Avoid With Your Teen Driver

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No parent is one hundred percent happy when their child starts to learn to drive; In fact, most parents are absolutely terrified by the concept. Most parents choose to teach their children to drive themselves, so as to ensure that they’re being safe. However, this could be a mistake if you’re not doing it right. If you make mistakes while teaching your child to drive, it could result in them failing their test, losing their license, or even crashing. Here are some of the most common mistakes that you should avoid.

Failing To Plan Your Drives

Planning your drives properly ahead of time will reduce the chance of your child of panicking and stressing due to the last minute nature of your lessons. Your child also needs to have a certain number of hours practice before their test, so planning these lessons out will ensure that you get all of the hours completed that are needed. Choose specific skills for your to learn or situations to deal with each lesson, and mix up the routes you take, so that your child has a well-rounded knowledge.

Losing Your Nerve

You’d be surprised how useful positive reinforcement and genuine support can be for your child’s confidence while driving. For this reason, you should make a point of praising your child whenever they make a good manoeuver or sound judgement. As well as this, you should also avoid going mad at them and freaking out whenever they do something they shouldn’t. Of course, you should let them know of their mistake, and explain to them how they should have done it instead, but shouting that they’re going to get you killed isn’t going to do any good. In fact, you may as well find an auto accident attorney now if this is going to be your reaction to mistakes.

Being A Passenger

You have to remember that, even though you’re sat in the passenger seat, and your child is in the driving seat, you are not a passenger; You are a teacher and an instructor. You have to avoid just sitting back and enjoying the ride because this isn’t going to help your child pass their driving test. Instead, give feedback on their driving, both good and bad, and don’t let your mind wander to things other than your child’s driving.

Bringing Up Other Issues

While you’re out driving with your child, you need to make sure that you’re focused on driving itself, and not any outside issues. It might be tempting to take this time away from the rest of the family to discuss chores, school grades, behaviour, or any other family issues, but this is sure to distract your child from their driving, which can be incredibly dangerous. Instead, encourage them to stay focused and keep their eye on the road, and talk through anything else later.

It can be scary and difficult teaching your own child to drive, but if you avoid making these mistakes, you’ll find it to be a much easier task.