Tips On Saving Fuel When Driving

Driving a car can be expensive, especially when the fuel costs are high! If you want to stop wasting money on driving a car that is inefficient and/or you want to learn how to drive a car more efficiently, this list of tips will hopefully help you out….and save you some money.

Fuel Pump

Try to drive smoothly

‘Steady as she goes’ is the old saying. By accelerating and braking in a more refined manner, it’s possible to save quite substantial amounts of fuel.
Putting your foot to the pedal aggressively and accelerating fast really does require much more from the engine. Needless to say, this requires more petrol (gas) or diesel to get where you’re going compared to taking it easy. The same goes for braking.

Stick to the speed limits

Cars hit their optimal ‘miles for the gallon’ ratio at a certain level (depending on the car). It’s not always the case, but quite often this speed is around 50mph, which is coincidentally the speed a lot of cars get the most for their miles. Once you go faster than 55-60mph, the MPG (Miles Per Gallon) amount tends to really start fading off. Yes, you are travelling a whole lot faster, but that engine is working its butt off!

Drive with as little weight as possible

If you have a lot of junk in your car that you never use, get rid of it! There’s no point carrying a whole lot of stuff in your boot if you never actually use it. Of course, if it is geared towards safety (water, hazard signs, car jack, spare tyre – in case of breakdown) then you should definitely always drive around with that.
It’s amazing what sort of crap people carry in their cars all the time. Maybe something you picked up from a friend or something you were supposed to dispose of 6 months ago, but either forgot about it or just haven’t bothered dumping yet.

Got Cruise Control? Use it!

There’s no better way of keeping at the same speed than using Cruise Control. If your car has it, you should be using as much as possible. Of course, as we said before, there is an optimal speed. If it’s safe to do so, travel at this optimal speed as much as possible. Refer to your car’s manual or manufacturer to get more details on what that optimal speed is.

Get regular servicing (oil changes etc)

Get your car serviced as and when the manufacturer recommends. Make sure you change the oil in accordance with the maker’s guidelines as well. And use the correct oil. Putting in cheap oil may seem like a good idea for your pocket, and it might be temporarily, but in the long run, you will most likely end up spending more in other areas.
A tuned, efficient engine will not only last longer, but can only help with economy.

Keep tyres at the optimal pressure

This is another ‘biggie’. Inflate the tyres according to the car’s recommended PSI. Always replace tyres with what is recommended by the car maker and then inflate accordingly. Don’t assume you should inflate the tyres to whatever level is embedded into the tyre wall.

Drive an economical car!

A bit of a simple one this, but have you ever considered driving a car that has a good MPG ratio? Over time this will pay dividends big time. In fact, you can save thousands by using this strategy!

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New Cars 2015

There’s some exciting new cars coming out this year.

We take a look at the best picks. Some will be way out of most people’s price range, but hey, who cares? They are cars – and nothing else matters!

Audi S3 Sedan
Audi release a sedan body style – aimed specifically at the US market. The basic version is a 1.8L, with a more powerful 2.0L version. The A3 Quattro version is a 4 wheel drive, with 200bhp.
There is only a 6 speed automatic version with dual-clutch. No manual transmission available as yet

Hyundai Genesis Sedan
Coming in both a V6 (311bhp) & V8 (420bhp) variety, Hyundai give us the Genesis. It comes in both rear wheel and 4 wheel drive too.
It comes with a Lotus tuned suspension and plenty of features to make you feel safer.

Jaguar XS Sedan
Everyone loves Jaguar. This year they bring out the XS Sedan. Coming in a V6 and a super-charged V8 version, this car is reported to have great handling and a smooth ride.
It also has an awesome 12-speaker Meridian audio system.

Lexus RC Coupe
At last, a coupe! And yes, it does look rather gorgeous…
It’s a V6 306bhp monster with an 8 speed automatic transmission on the rear wheel drive version. And a 6 speed auto transmission for the 4-wheel drive version.
As with any Lexus, the ride is comfortable, even when you put the foot down.

Tesla Model X
And here we have the car for the environmentally friendly among you. With this SUV, there is no greener way to get 7 passengers from A to B.
A 259bhp front electric engine is for the front and a 503bhp rear motor makes for a powerful all wheel drive experience.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that because it’s green it doesn’t pack a punch… Tesla claims this car will do 0-60 in under 5 seconds. We shall see.

2015 Ford F-150
America’s best-selling truck. The F-150 has had a little facelift and some newly added features to make sure it stays there. Ford have made sure not to change anything too drastically. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?
With its aluminum body, it is relatively light and with its 325bhp and twin turbo chargers (this is the version up from the 283-hp base version).

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History of Quattro

Where Was It Produced?

The Audi Quattro was mass produced between the years 1980 through 1991. They were manufactured in Ingolstadt, which is a city that sits on the banks of the River Danube in the Bavaria region of Southern Germany.

Quattro in Italian means ‘four’, hence the 4-wheel drive system that the Audi Quattro is so famous for.

The suspension systems, front and rear, are completely independent from each other.

The production model was released within Europe towards the end of 1980. Right through until 1991, the Quattro design was barely changed.

However there were some minor changes made. On the exterior styling, the 1983 model replaced the 4 headlamp lenses with just 1 lens, and twin reflectors. In the years after, the grille changed from flat to sloped.

On the inside, the steering wheel changed, more leather was introduced (mainly to the door, glove compartments and the dashboard). There was also leather added to the centre-console from the front to the rear seats.


The engine on the original Quattro was a 2.1 litre 10valve beast, producing 197bhp. This power, combined with the 4-wheel drive, produced a 0-62mph time of 7.1 seconds.
Over time, Audi introduced an upgrade – to a 2.2L, and then again in 1989 increased to 20v…which raised the top speed from 137mph to 143mph.

Audi Quattro’s were 2-door coupe’s and referred to many as a German classic. They still look good today, although they are a lot harder to come by these days.

WRC Rally Championship

They won many rally competitions in the early 80’s. This was partly due to the fact the rally rules were changed to allow 4-wheel drive cars into the championships.

The Quattro proudly achieved WRC champion status in 1982, winning stages in Sweden, Portugal, Greece, Brazil, Finland, Italy and the UK.

Audi also won the 1984 season convincingly as well, winning almost every stage of the championship!

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