Petrol Vs Diesel Engines – Which Is Better and Why? Part I

downloadAfter covering an article on the volatility of petrol and how fuelling at different times of the day might cause you to receive less value for your money, I would like to clarify that the same does not happen to diesel because it is heavier and less volatile. Also, while petrol burns easily and thus produces more power and faster propulsion, diesel burns slower – actually it does not even burn at all. Not that petrol burns either: it is the vapour that burns, but when it comes to diesel it will not vaporize easily and even when it does the vapour still will not catch fire. Combustion occurs in a diesel engine only when the diesel is injected into hot compressed air, and the energy output in this case is more of toque rather than power. Yes – torque is the ‘might’ to move a mass of load while power, better off described as horsepower, is the force that moves a car from one point to another, fast.

Since diesel is heavier, more cumbersome to deal with and involves lots of pressure and tension,

Driverless Cars: The Life Saving Question

download (18)There’s no doubt about it, driverless cars are shaking things up throughout the automotive industry. One of the main focuses for critics and consumers is whether driverless cars are actually safe. The World Health Organization estimates that there are 1.2 million traffic fatalities worldwide each year; however, since the advancement of collision avoidance technology there has been a significant reduction of fatalities.

Safety Technology in Driverless Cars

Intelligent safety technologies such as braking assist, blind spot monitoring, and lane departure warning systems are widely available in today’s new vehicles. The various safety technologies combine various sensors and monitors using LIDAR, radar, GPS, camera, and other mediums. These mediums transmit a signal to the vehicle to warn the driver if intervention is needed or may begin to implement a function autonomously, such as braking.

Today features such as vehicle-to-everything technology (V2X), which combines vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) technology, are utilized in many safety and convenience features. In fact the U.S. Department of Transportation has estimated that V2X technology could prevent 80% of accidents.

Although these systems are not completely autonomous, the technology itself works as a catalyst

Subaru WRX LED Rear Fog Light

download (17)If you had to choose one of the most versatile cars on the road, which one would it be? Many car enthusiasts are inclined to choose the Subaru Impreza due to its flexibility, reliability, and high performance. The Impreza model was first released in 1992 in Japan and has since expanded to North America where it absolutely exploded in popularity. There are three notable trims that are associated with this particular model: the Impreza, WRX, and STi. These names encompass the same car, but denote different performance trims.

The Impreza is commonly seen as the base version, while the WRX and STi are more performance enhanced trims, respectively. This vehicle is commonly seen on the road and even on the racetrack, which shows its versatility and high performance. Since its inception this model has been widely renowned all over the world, but there are a few slight notable difference between models found in Asia, Europe, and America. One key difference between America and the rest of the world is the lack of a rear fog light. The rear fog light is a small beacon

4 Effective Tips to Protect the Exteriors of a Car

download (16)For most car owners, what gives maximum stress, is keeping the condition and look of the vehicle anew. More than the interiors, it is the exteriors of the car that are a major concern for them. For all those who wish to enjoy envy from friends and neighbors, it is recommended that, they personally take care of their prized asset. Given below are a few useful tips for keeping the vehicle in a good condition.

1. Aim for a Spotless Exterior

First and foremost, one must wash away the external debris using water and hose. The biggest enemy to the exteriors of a car is bird droppings, which being acidic in nature, may ruin the car paint. In order to remove boulders & squirrel remains, one must pre-soak the vehicle using a mild liquid soap, spray, and a car wash sponge. Thereafter, each section must be taken and rinsed off thoroughly for about eight to ten minutes. This will help in keeping the color of the car intact.

2. Prevent the Vehicle Against Sun Damage

The sun rays may cause oxidation and premature fading of the paint

Petrol Vs Diesel Engines – Which Is Better and Why? Part II

download (19)It is a known fact that diesel’s best selling point is its efficiency. And while petrol hybrid cars are very efficient, they still can’t match the fuel economy of diesel hybrids. The scepticism that however still remains attached to diesel-powered cars is that they are slow, but with the introduction of the turbocharger, engineers are proud to say that that is no longer a problem.

Global warming, rising sea levels, erratic rainfall patterns and increased pollution are some of the factors that have led to a shift by car manufacturers to produce smaller engines with automatic transmission that are tuned for efficiency rather than performance. I mean back in the 70’s, when Chevrolet used to make 7.0L engines called ‘turbo fire’ on manual rear-wheel coupes, who would have imagined that a time would come when a car would come fitted with a CVT on a 900cc engine and this was considered normal? They say that the beautiful ones are yet to be born, but in the motoring world the beautiful (and great) ones were long born. By saying this I wish I had time

4 Smart Driving Tips for Extreme Weather Conditions

download (15)Extreme weather condition is like a bear attack. One can get trapped in adverse weather at any moment and is sure to get confused between what to do & what not to do. It is said that the best way to avoid any disaster is by not driving in such weather conditions. However, life often throws emergency situations, when one is compelled to take the plunge, and drive in acute conditions. In such situations, the most effective defense driving technique is to slow down the speed of the car. Given below are a few of the other driving tips for handling such crisis situations:

Beware of Fog

Fog is considered as the most dangerous of all weather conditions. To get a proper view of the road, wipers and defroster are a must. It is advisable to turn on low beam headlights and cut down the speed, thereby increasing the following distance. Rearview mirrors must be checked frequently for keeping an eye on the approaching vehicles from behind.

Keep a Check on Traction

Wet road surfaces may often lead tires to hydroplane, as a result of which, one

Utilizing Cheap Parking Services In Huge Cities

download (14)One may have to visit big cities for several reasons. Whatever the reason, these busy cities have a lot of things to give its visitors as well as its own people. People with different tastes are seen to crowd these cities because they have something to offer everybody. The same boon may be considered a bane because though it is very easy and the most comfortable option to be hiring a vehicle to move about, when it comes to parking one would suffer hugely. Finding parking space is very difficult in such metropolitan cities.

Most fast paced cities face a herculean problem with parking. You would be at a huge advantage if you know places that you can use to park your car and also the rates they charge for the facility. This knowledge will prevent you from parking the vehicle at an illegal spot thereby saving you from unnecessary legal action.

The safest bet would be to do your research before you set out on your journey. This way you can peacefully enjoy your day without having to worry about your vehicle being towed.

Introduction of 2016 Mazda BT-50 Is Definitely Good News

download (13)For those customers looking for light commercial vehicles, The 2016 Mazda BT-50 could be your answer. The introduction of the pickup truck follows a makeover after customers complained that the previous make was soft and did not look like it would rise to the expectations of a reliable vehicle for an active lifestyle. There are some changes that the new make has that have many customers who have busy lifestyles find very appealing.

Highly functional Interior and Exterior

The exteriors and interiors of the 2016 Mazda BT-50 are excellent for a 4×4 vehicle. The finishing of the seats is great.

The Interior has standard air-conditioning, auxiliary 12-volt power outlets, center console with dual compartments. It has cruise control; the floor covering is vinyl.

Interior illumination is top notch. It has instrument light dimmer, a dome lamp, map reading spot lights and a power window switch. It has a trip computer and other additional features like tilting adjustable steering wheel.

The seats are comfortable and can withstand any vibrations.

The body is 5.12-5.37m (L); 1.85m (W); 1.70-1.82m (H). The weight is 1622-2118kg; which is ideal for a 4×4 vehicle.

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The 4 Benefits of Owning Box Trailers for Transportation

download (12)Box trailers are something that you would often notice while you are out on the streets on highways. They have enclosed units behind a truck or a utility vehicle that is designed to carry a lot of goods from one place to the other. Often manufacturers of goods supply their products to the wholesalers and dealers with the help of such vehicles. It is a standard vehicle for all those who deal with similar businesses and are frequently in need of them.

They come in various sizes and depending on the need; you can make a purchase. Several manufacturers customize these attachments according to the needs of the customer and accordingly allowing you to have attachments such as ventilators, doors, etc. These come along with trailer brakes that enable it to be stable when being hauled behind another vehicle. Movements while on the road can be dangerous for other vehicles on the road and thus it is necessary for it to be steady while carry goods in them.

Box trailers have several benefits to its name. Owning one can be beneficial to the business in

The 4 Merits of Receiving Professional Training in Driving

download (10)Driving is an art in itself where one needs to learn the skills of managing an automobile on the road while keeping in mind the traffic and other elements that come by. You would agree with the fact that if you have someone in your family who is excellent in driving, he/she is the first person you approach when you intend to learn the skills of driving. They would no doubt teach you all that you should know before and while driving but wouldn’t teach you the intricacies and the precise rules of the road that a professional would impart to you.

Several organisations are providing professional driving lessons to people where they are officially authorised to do so. Enrolling in one of these organisations can not only help you to have polished driving skills but also know about the rules and regulations of the road. These rules, when followed on the road, can help you save yourself from accidents, traffic violation, cancelled licenses, etc. There are several benefits that you can reap when you enrol yourself in a professional driving school.

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Lexus GS F Fog Lights

download (9)When the Lexus GS was introduced in 1991, it created a legend and rich story that car enthusiasts still marvel at in the present day. However, the first Lexus GS wasn’t the GS that we know today. There were significant changes that occurred over the years that have evolved the Lexus GS into the worldwide phenomenon.

The Lexus GS was initially launched as the Toyota Aristo in 1991, with Aristo meaning “the best” in Greek. That is actually quite an accurate statement, as the quality, luxury, and reliability have never wavered since its inception. Eventually, the Aristo name evolved to the Lexus GS, which stands for Grand Sport. The Lexus GS has received such positive feedback that it actually helped turn the Lexus brand into a household name and span several model generation years.

The present day features the 4th generation GS available in base or F-sport trim. The base model features a classic straight grille, while the F-Sport trim has a very aggressive spindle grille and performance enhancements. Even though the F-sport is more expensive, people still opt for the F-sport because of

What To Expect From A Clean Vehicle

download (8)The most important thing to remember about thoroughly cleaning any possession is that professionals dig deep to get out all of the grit, grime and debris that accumulates over time and use. As a general rule, most people lack the time to dedicate to such intense scrutiny of every crook and cranny. When left hidden, these compounds quickly eat away at the finish and hasten the demise of an otherwise perfectly good vehicle. Here is a brief of what to expect from a vehicle you did not have to clean.

For practical reasons, it is best to start with the interior so as not to track in debris left from cleaning the exterior. A high-powered vacuum cleaner removes dust, dirt, gravel, food scraps and other trash from the seating area and also from the boot. Each of the door jambs gets particular attention to removing that crusty looking dust that accumulates over time.

Maintaining clean windows means safer driving conditions. Application of special cleaning agents that remove all types of contaminants, including the haze of tobacco smoke on the inside and road grime from the

Reasons To Enjoy A Clean Ride

download (7)During fair weather months, people look forward to cleaning up their homes, yards, and automobiles, but when the seasons change to colder temperatures it is a different situation. Cars still get dirty from road grime and slush, but there is no reason to dread removing the evidence. Here are some reasons to enjoy a clean and shiny vehicle to ease your conscience.

Mobile operations arrive at the location of the vehicle in question. They bring all the water they need and a full line of cleaning compounds to address any dirt or stain. High powered vacuum cleaners make debris vanish from floors, mats and upholstery, and even includes the roof and boot. Professional detailers find areas that even your critical eye overlooked.

The full-service package makes windows shine both inside and out while dashboards and consoles receive the individual attention that rejuvenates their finish. The team vacuums and shampoos the seats, carpets and mats, and finish up with stain-resistant products to prolong the life of the interior. Door rubbers and jambs sparkle like new, and they deodorise the interior, including a clean ashtray, so it

How to Use Push-Button Start

download (6)A keyless entry system is basically an electronic key for a vehicle, but without using a traditional key. Do you know the best part about having a Push button start system? You don’t have to rummage around in your bag or pockets for the key to unlock the vehicle, you just get near your vehicle and it unlocks automatically. Another huge plus point is that there is usually no way to lock your keys inside the vehicle, the system detects that the key is inside and the doors won’t lock. If you have never used this kind of system before, this article will tell you how to use the push button start system. Believe me, it is not difficult.

Here’s how to use the push-button start:

Starting the Engine with Push Button Start

Step 1: If your vehicle has an automatic transmission, in order to start the engine, shift your vehicle into the Park or Neutral position. In case of a manual transmission, shift the vehicle into neutral.

Step 2: Press down on the brake pedal.

Step 3: Press the push button start until a green indicator

Get The Right Insurance Cover For Your Fleet

download (5)Transport is crucial for many businesses and they rely on lorries, vans, cars and even heavy goods vehicles to manage their operations. But even though a fleet of vehicles can be very functional for a business, it can be demanding in terms of managing it. Besides thinking about how you will effectively manage your fleet, you should consider the cost of insuring it. There are so many different plans when it comes to fleet insurance that you can choose, but it helps to start with the basics so that you get the most suitable for your business.

What it is

Fleet insurance is bulk insurance you get from one supplier for your fleet usually at discounted rates. It covers both large and small commercial vehicle fleets with some policies covering as small as three vehicles. When you choose fleet insurance, you stand to enjoy reduced premiums and even administration making the process more manageable for you. They are increasingly becoming flexible so you can easily compare and choose one you feel works for your fleet.

Fleet insurance and vehicle usage

When talking about fleet insurance, then

How To Choose The Right Body Tray For Your Cab

download (4)Tray bodies are important for carrying items at the back of your cab. The market is awash with several makes and sizes of the trays for different types of vehicles. Here are few areas that you should look at when looking for the right tray for your car.

Type of the tray: You may go for a standard tray body for your cab. However, if you have some special items to carry, you may go for a custom tray body. On the other hand, you can install a tipper body or closed canopies to cover your items from outside weather.

Terrain: If your vehicle frequents the rough terrain, you require a tough tray that can handle regular rides on bumpy roads as well as misuse. You may also have some safety accessories such as welded mesh and mudguards inserted to lower the risk of damage to the vehicle.

The size of the carriage: Different cab models have different size and widths of the back carriage. It is important to have a tray that is fitting, and that latches well to the back of your vehicle. Fitting

Under The Hood of Your Car

download (3)Did you know that one horsepower actually equals 550 foot-pounds per second, which is the power needed to lift 550 pounds one foot off the ground in one second, or one pound 550 feet up in one second? Horsepower is the unit of measure for an engine’s power, and is a common car term that many people do not know the actual meaning of. Come to think of it, how many people really know how a car engine works?

Some of the Basics

Obviously, there are variations between car engines depending on the make, model, and year of the car, and just in case… “make” is who made the car (i.e. Honda, Chrysler, Chevrolet), “model” is the specific, well, model (i.e. Civic, Challenger, Camaro), and the “year” is literally the year it came off the assembly line.

Engines are most commonly described by the number of cylinders they have (usually 4, 6, or 8) and their shape. Both engine efficiency and space efficiency determine the shape of the engine (e.g. a V shape and 6 cylinders in a V6 engine) and consequently the placement of the

Why We Love These Latest Cars (And Why You Will, Too!)

download (2)Since I was a little girl I knew I had to be successful because I like nice things! Besides Barbie dolls and make-up, I found my passion in cars! There is something special about these toys that many people just don’t seem to grasp…

The designing and manufacturing of a car is a profound task! Every little detail has to be taken into consideration.

The process of designing a vehicle can take anywhere from 1 to 5 years, so the design team needs to be up to date with not only the latest trends in auto-mobile, but future trends too. They must take the client into consideration, and forecast what they can do now to develop the model in the next few years. Technology is moving at a rapid pace, and the auto-mobile industry is a competitive one. Manufactures need to be ahead of their game at all times!

Why I Love These Cars, And You Should Too!

Mercedes GLE (350d)

This beautiful beast of a car differentiates itself from the most well known Mercedes of its’ time, and categorizes itself into an SUV of its’ very own

The Various Ways Of Addressing Parking Problems

download (1)A parking situation is inevitable for every drive taken in a motorized vehicle. When you decide to travel and finally reach your destination you can be certain of the parking issues you will be facing. Parking can be public or private. Parking issues are particularly glaring in huge cities and big towns because of the supply demand ratio that may cause issues for the people who provide space, for the people driving or sometimes for both the parties.

Solutions for parking issues can be provided because it is not something that is completely impossible. Here are a few solutions that are worth considering.

Increase of supply

The thing that immediately pops up when you look for a solution to this problem is to increase the supply of parking. Any property manager or developer, governments and business should consider building more parking facilities. However, this has its cons too, because the more the availability of space the more vehicles and overcrowding.

Increase parking requirements

The demand can go down considerably when there is an increase in minimum requirements. Zoning for example is very common. This is easy to implement

Highway Work Zone Safety for Workers and Drivers

downloadReports from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) show that every year, approximately 100 workers are killed while an additional 20,000 workers are injured in highway construction accidents. Furthermore, studies show that 55% of these fatalities occur within the actual work zone. Those that face the greatest risk of being struck by vehicles are flaggers and workers on foot who are too often invisible to motorists. Workers who operate equipment are more likely to be injured from equipment collision or overturn. Workers on highway construction areas frequently operate in low light, poor weather and congested traffic conditions.

Here are 7 ways workers can protect themselves in a highway work zone:

1. Have a full understanding for the lanes in which walking is prohibited and where equipment is to enter/exit the working area.

2. If acting as the spotter, ensure you know where to stand and confirm the hand signals that need to be given to the drivers.

3. Familiarize yourself with the signals to be used between equipment operators and those workers on foot before beginning your work shift.

4. Wear reflective clothing such as arm