Sunday, December 29, 2013

Best & Worst New Car Values

Which new cars offer the best deals in the long run? Consumer Reports looks at ownership costs, including gas mileage, maintenance, repairs, and depreciation, as well as reliability and performance to come up with the best and worst value cars.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Safe Driving Tip #2: Slow Down!

A professional driver gives some important tips on times when you should slow down, as part of Ford Motor Company's Driving Skills for Life. The program is designed to help young drivers improve their skills in four key areas that are critical factors in more than 60% of teen vehicle crashes, hazard recognition, vehicle handling, space management and speed management.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Friday, December 20, 2013

IIHS Releases List of 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK Award Winners - IIHS News

Thirty-nine vehicles meet tougher criteria to earn 2014 safety awards from IIHS

Twenty-two vehicles earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's highest safety award for 2014, TOP SAFETY PICK+, thanks to a high level of protection in crashes and the availability of front crash prevention technology to avoid many collisions in the first place. An additional 17 earn TOP SAFETY PICK by meeting the crashworthiness criteria alone.

IIHS is using new criteria for the awards this year. TOP SAFETY PICK requires good performance in the Institute's moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests and, for the first time, good or acceptable performance in the small overlap front test introduced in 2012. The same level of performance in those tests, along with at least a basic rating for front crash prevention, is required for the higher accolade, TOP SAFETY PICK+.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Safe Driving Tip #1: Look Ahead!

A professional driver gives an important tip from Ford Motor Company's Driving Skills for Life. It is designed to help young drivers improve their skills in four key areas that are critical factors in more than 60% of teen vehicle crashes, hazard recognition, vehicle handling, space management and speed management.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Mobil 1 & eHow: Winter Driving

Mobil 1 and eHow team up with Automotive Improvement Expert Chris Duke to share with you our winter driving tips and tricks.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Top 5 Midsize SUV Comparison | AutoMotoTV

AutoMotoTV is presenting Top 5 midsize SUV on the USA market, generally priced below $40,000. Look at the overview of the 2013 Ford Edge, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Toyota Highlander, Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave

Sunday, December 8, 2013

How To Maintain Car Engines For Fuel Efficiency

Fuel efficiency of car engines is considered as an imperative and essential factor when buying a new car, all thanks to the high fuel prices. Most car makers have taken action to provide more fuel efficient cars that return more than 80mpg of economy however, there are millions of old cars that people use for their daily commute, by following the simple guidelines below, they can also achieve maximum fuel efficiency and the lowest carbon emissions from their car engines.

1. Keep the Engine Appropriately Tuned

It is very important to follow the maintenance schedule of the engine, for instance, replacement of air filter, spark plug and oxygen sensors, also keep an eye on any on-board diagnostics malfunctions in the Engine Control Module. The most important is to change the engine oil as instructed in your car's manual.

2. Fuel Evaporation

Fuel evaporation is another parameter that needs to be attended by tightly closing the fuel tank lids and by parking in shades, believe it or not, can improve your mileage by as much as 10 percent.

3. Use the Recommended Grade Engine Oil

The most important factor to keep your car engine at fuel efficient state is proper engine oil with low-kinematic thickness that is also referred to as low "weight" engine oil. You can get better mileage by 1-2 percent by using the recommended grade of vehicle engine oil. For instance, using 10W-30 motor oil in an engine intended to use 5W-30 can worsen your fuel efficiency by 1-2 percent. Contemporary engines have such accurate tolerance that very trivial oil is often required, thicker oil, such as 10W30 or 10W40, may not lubricate as well, because it won't pour as swiftly into key oil ways and fractures. You must check the owner's manual for suggested viscosity and ask for it exclusively when oil is changed.

4. Minimise the Idling

Your engine wastes fuel when car is in idle state, simply because you are burning fuel while going nowhere. If you are waiting for someone and you know that it will take more than 30 seconds, switch your engine off because you are just burning money.

5. Keep Tyres Appropriately Inflated

You can get up to 3.3 percent better mileage by keeping your car tyres inflated to the suitable pressure, this reduces the resistance so less power is required to move the car. Under-inflated tyres can lower your engine efficiency through more fuel consumption. The correct tyre pressure for your vehicle is generally found on a sticky label in the driver's side door jamb and/or in your owner's manual. Do not use the utmost pressure printed on the tyre's sidewall.

6. Smooth Driving

The way you drive your car also plays a huge role in fuel consumption, by driving fast, you might save 5-10 minutes, however by smoothing down you can improve the fuel consumption of your car's engine, if you normally drive on a motorway at 70mph, try changing it to 60mph can increase the fuel economy by up to 4 miles per gallon. Avoid as much as you can from putting your foot down on the throttle and from stomping on the brake paddle, this will not only save you on fuel costs but also money on wear and tear of brakes.

Callum Wright is an auto engine expert working for Replacement Engines UK, go to Car Engines For Sale to buy or get any advice, call on 0044 (0) 20 8596 9961.
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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Best-Loved Cars | Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports identifies best-loved cars by asking 350,000 car owners: "Would you get your car again considering everything—price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc." The survey covered more than 285 models from 2011-2014.

Monday, December 2, 2013

How to Stay Safe Driving in the Rain

Stay safe in a downpour with these tips to handle slippery, wet pavement and reduced visibility.