Sharing Experience Auto Gas Pains

For many years I was fortunate enough to drive more upscale type cars. However, my situation changed with needing to drive a three-hour daily round trip for work. Our gas pricing in my thinking have increased to off the charts, especially when we live in countries that has their own oil. American gas has gone up to, but not like Canadian fuel costs. Canadians also pay at the pumps an additional 37% in governmental taxes and fees. I don’t believe O.P.E.C was a great deal for North American consumers. Many oil rich middle eastern countries are not charging their citizens world prices, or major taxation on fuel. Since we all experience these situations one way or anther, here are my tips to reduce your automobile gas pains…

I now only purchase used gas efficient mechanically checked cars for safety. I have another article on this site called, how you can save money buying used cars, but my focus mainly in this article is fuel economy. Traveling back and forth to work takes me 3 hours daily doing like 3000 miles or 5000 Kilometers a month. That could cost in an upscale vehicle $800 to $1200/monthly, but I’m paying $425.00. Besides my vehicles purchased being fuel-efficient there are a few other things I do:

• I Keep a half tank, buy gas for the day, and never fill the tank until an amazing pricing deal comes along.
• My tire’s air pressure is checked weekly, makes a difference in fuel economy as well.
• Twice a year the vehicle is tuned up, spark plugs, air filters make a whole difference spending less at the pumps.
• I am working on staying at 60 miles/hour or 100 Kilometres. They say it the most efficient highway speed for reducing fuel costs.

I realize most people aren’t doing the 30,000 miles or 50,000 kilometres per year drive. Even though I know my tips for more gas efficiency will help everyone.

As a sidebar… There are very few people I speak with about gas prices who are happy, but they keep suffering in silence. Perhaps its time for us to be heard by the government? Maybe using the very same platforms that social issues works-on would be effective here. Imagine people demonstrating peacefully all over the country at the same time, social media sites going viral on gas prices, and the news covering the events around the world. I believe only then would change to gas prices take effect. The government might realize if change isn’t made they might not be re-elected. Just anther thought in helping us resolve the automobile gas pains we suffer daily!

Everlasting Car You Still Remember

Lately I’ve found myself reminiscing about the cars I’ve owned throughout my life, the feelings I had behind the wheel of each and which one I miss the most. Whilst I have a lot of fond memories created around all the cars I’ve owned, the one I absolutely regret selling and still wish I had to this day is my old BMW E39 540i M sport.

Man, what a whole lot of car for the money! I loved it, everything from the subtle but amazing style of the exterior, with the M sport body kit giving away that there was slightly more going on with this car than met the eye, to the way it felt to drive, to the sound of the 4.4L V8 engine, and the smoothness of the power delivery.

And it was no slouch in the power department either, given it was meant to be a luxury sedan for executives to drive around in, it certainly went.

Whilst it did have it’s fair share of problems, coming from the trade meant that these were relatively inexpensive problems to deal with, and this car was the sole reason I no longer fear European cars or working on them. My 540i was relatively easy to work on. Not only this, but I loved the car so much that working on it was more a labour of love than a hassle.

When I bought my E39, I paid about 20% of what it cost brand new from the factory when it was built in 2001.

Depreciation is a killer on these cars when buying new, but a godsend for buyers looking to get into one second hand, as you really do get so much car for what you pay, and when you compare my old 540i to its’ Australian competitors (The AU Falcon XR8 and the Holden VX SS Commodore), it’s chalk and cheese when it comes to what you get for your money.

Full leather interior, Sat Nav, and TV built in to the screen in the dash were just some of the options my car was equipped with. So not only would the car guide you where you needed to go, your passengers could watch their favourite shows on the way! So cool!

My e39 540i survived a house fire, was the vehicle I brought my first rescue dog home in, and was my first taste of what a truly timeless and great car is. I really wish I still had it!

I wonder which car you’ve owned, that you’re thinking about right now, that you regret getting rid of, and gives you the same feelings as my old 540i does for me?

I’m off to look through for sale ads and see if there’s any nice e39s for sale!

How To Choose Driving Instructor

Choosing the right driving instructor is a crucial step for both parents and learners. A qualified driver is able to teach the focused lessons to make sure the young driver is in a much better position to follow the best driving habits. On average, a young driver will need about 20 hours of private practice and a further 40 hours of professional instruction. Even though it can be tempting to choose a driving instructor based on the cost per lesson, there are several other things that need to be considered to become a confident driver.

Let’s take a look at a few of the most important things to consider:

Use a fully qualified driver

The most productive lessons will come from using a fully qualified instructor. You should ask a potential instructor whether they are a trainee or fully qualified. They should display an appropriate badge in the car window to display their qualification. A fully qualified instructor will have a green badge, while the trainee will have a pink one. Also, the instructors are graded. The best instructors have a grade of A or B, which can be checked by seeing their certificate. Additionally, it is worth asking about the pass rate of the potential instructor to get a further indication of their ability to teach the learner driver.

Get personal referrals

The most effective way to find a reputable instructor is to get a personal referral from a friend, family member or colleague who has recently passed their test. Any instructor that is able to explain things clearly, turn up on time and put the driver at ease will be easy to recommend.

Are the prices competitive?

The costs quoted by the different driving schools are certain to range in price, so it is worth shopping around. It isn’t likely to benefit to simply go with the instructor that quotes the cheapest price per lesson, especially if you end up needing to book more lessons. While the price is a key factor, it is just as important to consider the qualifications. Also, it may benefit to use the independent instructor because they will not need to up their rates to cover the franchise fees for their brand name. The length of a lesson can range from 45 to 60 minutes, so it is worth checking before booking a lesson. Additionally, it isn’t worth making a block booking until two or three lessons have been completed with a particular instructor to make sure they are the right fit for your personality.

All About Self Driving Cars You Should Know

The auto industry is evolving and quickly changing. The ride share industry is booming and has people rethinking owning a car in general, electric vehicles are on the rise, offering a cleaner and more environmentally friendly option.

But the big change is the possibility of a driverless future, where our cars will drive and be able to “see” themselves, while we can relax, watch a movie, work or sleep during roads trips.

There is a lot of uncertainty about a driverless future. Not so much how they will perform in winter conditions or against cyber attacks to their system software anymore, but uncertainty on how much they will change our lives. The current models getting physical road miles tested out on public roads have gotten better at driving in bad weather and once they get more popular, driverless vehicles will get better software protection. Here are three uncertainties on how self-driving cars might change our lives.

1. More Or Less Cars On The Roads? – When automobiles first came about, it was clear how popular they were going to be. When highways and other routes were added to our states, people believed that this would get rid of traffic and congestion by opening up the roads more. They actually found the opposite, more room opened the door for cars and freedom and people took advantage of that. When driverless vehicles become available, we will have many options to choose from and many self-driving cars will be on the road. People will be able to get a ride anywhere so easily, we might end up seeing a similar thing happening. Even though we will have less accidents, we might have more people on the roads.

2. Stores Might Come To Us – Imagine finding your favorite coffee shop on a street corner every morning in a driverless food truck? Or Wal-Mart and Pizza Hut having groceries and food for sale right outside your home? It is very possible that a driverless future won’t just affect how we get around but companies and stores might take advantage of this and learn to sell their products on wheels and even by coming right to our doorstep. This will make buying everyday products easier and more affordable for everyone.

3. More Or Less Freedom? – Cars give people freedom. They allow you to take a trip anywhere you want and when you want. You can literally drive anywhere as long as it is not through large bodies of water. And a driverless future will open the door for more people, allowing senior citizens and those living with a disability to get around and have that same freedom they might not have had before. But at the same time, many people worry that our trips will be monitored. So our driverless vehicles might show us Ads specifically geared toward our eating, shopping and other habits. While it will open the door for certain people to travel where ever they need to go, it may have others worried about being watched.

It is no secret that driverless vehicles will keep the roads safer. Companies have tested out their models and have gotten physical road miles tested and the results have been good, with any crashes that have happened usually due to the human in the other car.

A driverless future will change many aspects of our lives, some more likely than other. Our entertainment options will expand during our road trips, bikers and joggers will share more of the roads than before, jaywalking tickets and traffic violations could be a thing of the past, gas stations may disappear as these driverless models will all run on electric and the need for car insurance may completely disappear.

While these changes may not happen over night, all signs are beginning to point to a driverless future.