Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Debunked: Check Out These Surprising Myths About Gas Mileage

One of the most talked-about topics in the car world is gas mileage. Car makers around the world are often coming up with ways to introduce fuel-efficient vehicles to the market. Many of the world’s governments are also putting pressure on those car makers to do so.

Scores of nations around the world are keen to lower car tailpipe emissions. And one of the ways that can make this happen is to use less gas.

Some folks don’t have the money to buy new cars, and so they have to keep driving their gas guzzlers. They will have got told some gas mileage facts by various people at some point. But did you know that some of those “facts” are nothing more than a fallacy?

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Today I will share with you some surprising myths about gas mileage. Check them out below:

Myth: only small cars offer good gas mileage

Anyone that has listened to their physics teacher at high school will know about drag. Heavier cars place more load on engines, and so those engines will use more gas.

Small cars have always been lighter than bigger ones. But these days, car makers are using lightweight materials such as aluminum and carbon fiber in larger cars. In fact, many of the top-ten fuel-efficient cars of 2014 are medium-size to large cars!

Myth: you need to drive a stick shift for better gas mileage

That statement was true around twenty years ago. But today’s automatic transmissions are just as efficient as manual ones.

There are several variations of automatic transmissions in use today. For example, dual-clutch transmissions offer smoother shifts and better-calculated shifting decisions. The days of the old and inefficient slushbox are over!

Myth: starting a car uses more gas than idling it

One of the more ridiculous statements that some people take as fact is that idling a car uses less gas than starting it!

A lot of today’s cars have start-stop technology. It helps to combat wasted gas from cars that idle more than five seconds when stationary. Idling a car’s engine can use up to half a gallon of gas an hour. Turning your ignition on doesn’t.

Myth: you need to “warm up” your car to get good gas mileage

I don’t even know who started this myth, but it must have been someone in the 1950s! Most of today’s modern cars can get driven as soon as the engine starts running.

Arnold from Inchcape Porsche says that all modern cars have electronic fuel injection. The ECU or electronic “brains” of the car runs the car at high revs when it’s cold. It then drops them down once normal operating temperature gets reached.

It’s also worth point out that the quickest way to warm a car’s engine up is to drive the car, rather than leaving it idling!

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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Starting A Small Business? Make Sure You Get The Right Car

It’s easier than ever to start up a business in today’s economy. Maybe that’s why more and more people are doing it. Running your own business is a fun and challenging way to make money. It’s also a way to give yourself freedom from office 9-5 shifts and horrible bosses. You can run a business from your desk with your laptop. If you wanted, you could even run a business from your bed with your iPad!

That sort of life isn’t always possible, of course. It is easy for even the most technophobic individual to run a business today with modern software. That doesn’t mean that you can do everything from home. Modern startups tend to revolve around homemade goods and the personal touch. That’s what sets them apart from big businesses. You can’t always run an operation like that just from your home. You’ll have to get out there in the real world. That means getting the right car for your business.

A business car isn’t the same as a car for personal use. You’ll need it for different things, and you’ll demand a different kind of service from it. First of all, you shouldn’t just assume that you’ll need to buy a company car outright. Often, you can get a better deal by leasing. Sites like www.listers.co.uk could offer savings compared to the cost of a new car. You should consider leasing if you’re not going to be an everyday motorist. There are significant savings in this market for small business owners.

Next, you’ll have to consider what you will use your company car to do. There are many different small business ideas out there in a variety of different sectors. What they often have in common is the need to transport large quantities of small products. We’re thinking here of custom-made jewellers, florists and things like that. You won’t need a huge vehicle, but you’ll want something that has a decent amount of space. A family hatchback is a good idea for those who want to move a few goods about.

You’ll also want your car to be reliable and comfortable. A Volkswagen is a good bet in that regard. You should make sure that your car won’t breakdown in the middle of a delivery. You won’t want your car to give you backache on a long journey. These factors are crucial for the frequent traveller. Our final consideration may seem superficial, but it’s key for your company’s branding. Try to find a car with a large bonnet, large doors, and a big, flat rear. They’re all perfect for stickers and signage that advertises your business. Use your car to make people aware of your firm.

A company car is still needed by many people, even in today’s world of E-commerce and technological wonders. Don’t rush into choosing a car. Consider the options with care and identify what you need from a car. That way, you’ll make the right choice for yourself and your company.