How to save on your already existing car
Now, after dishing out a modest amount of cash on your current vehicle, you do not want to spend more on it than necessary. There are many ways where you can make your car demand much less money from you in the long run, let’s see where you can get started. Now we’ve all heard this one, stop idling. Idling is just about as useless as a banana peeler. It is objectively more convenient, but using it barely changes anything. When waiting for someone, or just sitting in the car park or whatever other scenario requires you to not move your car for more than 30 seconds, just turn off your engine. It is borderline easier to keep it idling just so you don't have to fire it back up when you want to move again, but it is also easier to just not pay for the fuel you just used to idle. When cruising, cruise at 50 mph. Oak Ridge National Laboratory has this to say on the matter; “You can think of it like this: Every 5 mph you drive above 50 mph is like paying an additional 20 cents per gallon of gas,”. Now this might not seem like much at first, but when you realise that saving you are just saving 20 cents every minute or so for not really doing much, it starts sounding like a pretty great deal. Now this one ties in with the previous point quite a bit, driving sensibly is a great way of on saving gas. Rapid acceleration, hard braking and speeding are the fastest ways of wasting gas. Driving in this kind of fashion has a possibility of lowering your gas mileage by even 33% at highway type speeds and 5% around the city. While on topic of the city, go for a quick top up of the ol’ fuel tank, but before you go for the routine fill-up, try and investigate if you are eligible for a credit card that offers cashback on purchasing gas. It’s literally just saving you money.
In order to prevent unfortunate situations in the middle of the night, stuck on the road with a flat tire and a lack of spares, try to always carry a spare.This saves you possible towing bills and god knows what else they will demand from you. If you are dead set on not having one with you at all times then you should at least keep an eye on your tires at all times. Do not go above the recommended max level printed on your tires, the correct tire pressure can improve gas mileage by 3.3%. If you are having trouble with sticking to this, consider investing in a tire gauge, then carrying out regular monthly checks on your tires. Even if you have a tire pressure monitoring system, don't always trust it, get a third party’s opinion on their state. In this case the third party being your pressure gauge. Electronic systems tend to be much more fragile than the trusty mechanical ways of checking things, making them a good way to double check various things. If you are hoping on saving money on car insurance, then don't let your teenage son or daughter drive it just yet. According to a report from insuranceQuotes.com, if the car insurance company has to consider in a teenage driver, you can expect to pay 80% more on average.
A “new” car
Maybe 2 wheels are enough after all?
Cars are great but we did just touch upon a few of their common issues. They are nowhere near perfect and with the current technology, it might just be hard to think of anything that could be used to resolve some of them. If you have grown tired of the constant car issues, why not bother yourself with constant motorbike issues instead? Motorbikes come with their own set of pros and cons which are as enticing as they might be scary. Motorbikes tend to stand out of the crowd a bit more just due to the fact that they are nowhere near as popular as cars are across the globe. With a car, it really is hard to stand out from the crowd without spending six digits on its appearance alone. Motorbikes, on the other hand, stand out due to existing. Sure there are some much more expensive and much flashier ones out there but most bikes will catch the eyes of curious passersby as long as your bike does not look like a generic moped.
Despite all this, bikes have a much easier ,and cheaper, time finding parking spaces than cars. Due to their more compact and sleek shape, bikes take up much less space than cars. Not only does this give you an upper hand in parking, but also in traffic. Bikes also tend to have much better gas mileage than cars saving you a pretty penny in the long run. As a result of being smaller, they are also considerably easier to clean, saving you those drives to the carwash which are easily replaced with a few quick wipes of your trusty steed. You can also say goodbye to washing those pesky carpets that get plagued with just about every single type of dirt you can imagine in record times.
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