Cost Analysis of Petrol vs. Diesel Vehicles

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One important question in a car buyer’s mind is bound to be, “Do I get a petrol or a diesel vehicle?”. Many will wonder which will save them the most, long-term, but this answer also depends on the driver and how they plan to use the vehicle. When purchasing a vehicle, diesel vehicles are typically £1,000-£2,000 more than a petrol equivalent but this higher cost could be recouped for those that tend to drive longer distances. There is also fuel cost to consider, petrol is usually a little less than diesel, but diesel is more economical and uses less fuel per mile. For those that tend to do more short-distance or city driving, paying that extra bit of cash for a diesel probably will not be best for them long-term....

Limited Parking? Converting Your Front Garden to a Drive

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Do you struggle to find parking or need additional parking as a multi-vehicle family? If you happen to have a bit of a front garden, one way to increase your parking space is converting that area into a drive. Creating additional off-street parking can also add significant value to your home, especially for housing in expensive urban areas. The good news is that in many cases you do not need planning permission to create or replace a driveway. It comes down to area, material and ensuring you have Permitted Development Rights (PDR). If it is a porous material, such as gravel or permeable asphalt or block paving and you have PDR, you usually will not require planning permission. If it is more than five square metres of impermeable material, planning...

Pros and cons of personal breakdown cover

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If you have ever been in the position that your car has broken down and you don’t have personal breakdown cover then you may kick yourself for not having it. alternatively, you may have personal breakdown cover and not ever actually needed to use it. so, what are the pros and cons? Pros – It’s affordable – you can often add personal breakdown cover on your car insurance policy and its fairly cheap. Much cheaper than breaking down and having to acquire roadside assistance which can often be pricey. – Your policy covers other vehicles, not just yours. If you happen to breakdown in a family member or a friend’s vehicle you may be covered even if it’s not your vehicle. This only applies to personal breakdown cover, not vehicle...

Driving your car to save fuel

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With the cost of fuel rising again over the last 6 months or so, many of us are looking at how we can cut down on petrol or diesel costs by driving our car more economically. Most people are aware that you use less fuel when driving a car in a higher gear and using less revs. If you are constantly accelerating and then braking you are likely to use more fuel that if travelling at a constant speed. Leaving enough of a gap between you and the car in front will allow you to have to brake less if they happen to slow down a little bit. Cruise control can help cut down on fuel bills as it keeps the car at a constant speed. But if you are...

Being prepared for a breakdown

When it comes to driving, there is little that is more frustrating than breaking down at the side of the road, especially if it is a particularly busy road or a road in the middle of nowhere. So many accidents are caused when cars break down that it is essential you are prepared – the more prepared you are, the better. Now that almost every adult owns a mobile phone, SOS phones seem to be getting less and less common, and they are often several miles apart. Try to make sure you carry your mobile phone with you when driving, and have it charged enough to use in an emergency. It can also be valuable if you do not know your exact location as most allow an accurate location using...