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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...

How to Manage a Large Fleet of Cars

As a business, you may have a large number of cars and other vehicles to manage. This can be a difficult and time-consuming job that not everybody will be able to do. If you want your fleet to run well and be safe for its drivers, though, you really need to be taking care of the vehicles. Hire a fleet management company or employ someone as your own personal fleet manager. They can carry out other duties as well, depending on how large the fleet is. This person will be responsible for keeping track of all the vehicles that are owned by the company. Make sure all maintenance is carried out on time. Cars, vans, motorbikes and other vehicles will need to pass their MOT test and should also be...

What to do if you Need a New Cambelt

If you need a new cambelt for your vehicle, it can take a lot of work and be a major expense. The cambelt is an integral part of the vehicle’s engine and will synchronise the rotation of the camshaft and crankshaft. So what should you do if it breaks? You will need to get the cambelt changed if you do plan on keeping the car. You won’t be able to drive the vehicle without it and if it breaks whilst you are driving, you will most definitely know that something is seriously wrong. The car will lose power after you hear a loud noise. You should take your car to a garage but make sure you get it towed. Do not attempt to restart the engine, especially if you suspect...

Choosing to Purchase a Car on PCP Finance

PCP finance is a good option if you have little or no deposit and no vehicle to part exchange. You will be given lower monthly payments in order to rent your vehicle for a set period of time. If, after this time, you decide that you want to purchase your vehicle, there will be a number of steps you will have to follow. Here is a general guide: Find your minimum guaranteed value. This is the amount the car will still be worth at the end of your contract. Find out how much you would still have to pay off. Talk to your car finance company to get this amount. Decide how you are going to purchase the vehicle. The best thing to do is purchase it outright. Many people...