Saturday, September 29, 2012

Benefits of Owning a Gas Sipper

Fuel efficient vehicles are called gas sippers. A gas sipper uses gas in the most economical manner without any waste. Price of fuel has risen to such heights that every one is looking for vehicles that would curb gas usage. And thus there has been an ever increasing demand for better fuel economy. Apart from rise in oil prices, another reason that is responsible for the introduction of green vehicles, is the growing concern to protect the environment.
Nowadays, we are surrounded by things that are "eco-friendly", starting from daily use items to machines, electronic goods and so on. Gas sippers are eco friendly vehicles that waste least amount of energy and cause minimum pollution. Presently, majority of cars on the road are fuel efficient. Manufacturers are constantly competing with each other, using advanced technologies, in order to capture the fuel efficient vehicle market. Scooters, mopeds and motorcycles are by nature gas sippers due to their small size and less consumption of power.
Car companies are making small cars apart from their regular full size cars as they fulfil two purposes. One, they occupy less space and thus are easy to handle. And secondly they reduce the consumption of fuel. Hence, car owners or drivers have developed a preference for small cars that have pulled down their fuel expenditure to a large extent. Further, drivers have realised that driving a gas sipper gives a comfortable, relaxing and less aggressive experience. Its power delivery is extremely smooth as a result of which driving is least tiring. Some of the more efficient vehicles in the market are as follows:
2012 Ford Mustang- a non hybrid gas sipper. A 305-hp pony car with 19 mpg in the city it is one of the coolest and irresistible cars by Ford.
2012 Smart Fortwo- a two seater small car with 30 mpg in the city and 40 on the highway best for city or suburb dwellers.
2012 Volkswagen Golf TDI Two-Door- better than the Smart with 140 horsepower and a six speed manual transmission.
2012 Mini Cooper- the most suitable car for those who love to just drive and don't require cargo space inside.
2012 Honda Fit- with 117 hp-cylinder VTEC engine, it has an impressive fuel efficiency that is good for the pocket. It has automatic transmission and even paddle shifters on the steering wheel.
2012 Mazda 2- an extremely good looking car with dynamic exterior design and excellent fuel economy.
2012 Chevrolet Cruze Eco- has turbocarged 1.4 litre engine with lots of space inside. Proud to have the best highway mpg rating. It is provided with OnStar, Bluetooth facilities and USB port.
2012 Hyundai Elantra- the most practical and livable car that costs much less than its competitors giving it an added advantage.
2012 Chevrolet Equinox- A good combination of efficiency, cargo space and comfort. 2012 Ford Fiesta- another reliable and smart gas sipper that uses fuel economically.
2012 Nissan Juke S- the fuel sipper with all wheel drive option. Has ample space inside with 27/32 mpg.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Steps For Safe Lane Changing

Lane changing is considered as one of the most risky road maneuvers to a driver. Overlooking the existing traffic rules and laws when shifting lanes can put the driver's life in jeopardy and potentially result in a horrible road accident. Whether you want to evade a barrier or another car, do an impending turn or outdo a slow-moving car, there will always be situations that will require you to shift lanes. Thus, it is indispensable that you learn the appropriate actions to do when performing lane changes.
Observe Your Location
Look at the road marking before shifting lanes. You should be aware that crossing solid lines is prohibited. Whether the solid line separating the lanes is single or double, changing lanes is still against the traffic laws. Drivers should put off lane changing when approaching intersections and you must understand that shifting lanes while crossing an intersection is unlawful. Changing lanes is only permitted and not dangerous if the line in-between the lanes are dashed.
Watch Out For Other Vehicles
Make certain that there are no other drivers getting in your way in the lane where you chose to transfer. In addition, pay attention to the pedestrians on the road. In case a car ahead of you is also attempting to shift lanes, wait for them to finish altering lanes first before you change your track.
Look At Forthcoming Vehicles
Look at your rearview and side mirrors to perceive any impending vehicles in your path and the lane where you plan to transfer. If the driver at your back sends you a signal for lane change, wait until it has altered lane successfully. Make certain that there are no other cars trying to pass multiple lanes before you move to another track.
Carry Out the Lane Change
First, you need to turn on your signal to notify other drivers of your intention to transfer lanes. Keep your signal light on the whole time you are doing a lane change. Then, check the rearview mirror and side mirror to spot other cars in the road that might get in your way. Next, skim through your shoulder in the course you are going to change lanes to ensure that there are no vehicles or hindrances in your way. Also, make sure that there is a sufficient space for you to move into without disturbing the stream of traffic. And once you see that there is an adequate space for you to enter a new path, you can now change lanes effortlessly, without speeding up your pace or making any dangerous maneuvers.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Tips to Buy a Car With No Credit or Bad Credit

Hopefully, the above title of this article will not make you "shake-in-your-shoes" nor toss your hands in the air shouting: "now what do I do about transportation?" By the time you have finished reading this informative article, you may be looking to put us on your future Christmas gift list! But first, regardless of the scuttlebutt you've heard around the office water cooler, buying a car with bad credit or no credit history is a simple and easy process if you know all the tricks. We're talking about affordable used cars here, folks. Good and reasonable transportation that, in most cases, can be cars priced very cheaply. So for now, forget the wishing and hoping about the smooth looking, "pickup" red convertible with the white sidewalls.
What you may not know is that buying a cheap used car will give you a "leg up" over other car buyers who opt for the expensive vehicles, because affordable used cars can have a huge effect on the price of insurance you have to pay to drive it. More on that in a moment, but right now you need to stop getting all exercised over the fact about your Uncle Fred telling you that if your credit sucks, you can't buy a car - new or used. That is total nonsense. Once you visit a clean used car lot in your town with the ability to put up a small down payment, that dealer will be all over you like moss on a Mississippi tree stump, with paperwork in hand, ready to cut a deal. And they probably won't run a credit check either. Once you prove that you have had a job for the past 12 months, pay your bills on time, and have a bank account, you'll be in like Flynn.
All that sounds like good news and it is. But since you are a marginal credit borrower you're not going to get the best terms on whatever the dealer has to carry back, or sell to a finance company. However, the terms will most likely be a moderately high interest rate and terms of 48-60 months. But at least it's transportation, and now you can forgo that monthly bus pass you've been using.
Instead of taking a high interest loan, the best option though is to scale down on the car that you buy so that you can fully pay for it with the money that you would use as down payment. It will not be the late-model, low mileage, V8 powered model that you dreamed about but at least you will not be trapped in a deal where you owe more than the value of the car for several years.
Since all states require vehicle insurance, another nice savings beckons in your favor. Oh, sure, you could muster up enough to pay cash for the car, and eschew car insurance, but then you'll be looking in your rearview mirror most of the time, and that's not a good thing. So here is the plan. Shop around to several insurance carriers online, and look for a company who insures 10 year old or older cars. Tell the agent all you want is a high liability coverage policy (more than the state requires) and eschew collision and comprehensive coverage, as well as medical, if you already have coverage, plus towing, for sure. All this added on stuff on a 10+ year old car is a waste of money. Remember, sometimes you're the cake - sometimes you're the frosting. You want to be the cake.