Got a Thirsty Ride? 5 Handy Tips on Fuel Saving

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 in Care Tips, Eco Friendly Vehicles, green living, How To's, Safety Tips | 0 comments

Given the outrageous cost of fuel nowadays, everyone wants to save cash by improving the fuel consumption of their vehicles. But where to start? Here’s five ways you can save on fuel.

Using the correct gear

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Driving in the wrong gear wastes fuel so use the right gear for the right conditions. Don’t force your vehicle to struggle in top gear when you’re driving up a hill, and don’t stay in the lower gears when your car would obviously work more efficiently in a higher one. By maintaining a constant speed, vehicles save energy (and fuel); by avoiding regular deceleration, which also requires reacceleration, less fuel is required. Don’t rev the guts out of your car. It’s not cool and it’s a massive wastes of fuel too. If you own a high performance vehicle, it might be worth looking into some extra parts from companies like Pure Performance Motorsport , to assist with decreasing the mileage.

Travel light

Your car might be spacious, but do you really need that sporting bag, cooler box, or sandbag cramming up your boot space? Your vehicle is not an additional storage, and additional weight equals additional fuel consumption, so it’s in your best interests to remove any unnecessary items. If it’s big and heavy, and you don’t need it on your trip, then leave it at home.

Keep the Proper Maintenance

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Don’t wait until your get your six monthly letter of service from your local car repair man; simple maintenance is something you can do yourself in as little as five minutes. It all starts with inflating your tires and keeping your air filter clean. Under-inflated tyres not only increase the risk of handling, braking, and tread issues, they significantly increase your fuel mileage, with your car having to work harder to get them rolling. Keeping them inflated could improve your fuel life by as much as three percent. Furthermore, a clean air filter will improve your mileage by up to seven percent, and save you the $50 for new ones at your next car service.

Don’t be a drag

Spoilers may look cool, however they create additional drag and ruin your cars’ natural aerodynamics – particularly on higher speeds, as do roof racks – even more so when they’re poorly loaded. Driving along feeling the wind in your hair, with windows and sun-roof opened to the max, may make you feel good, but the impact on your fuel consumption is huge. Where possible – particularly when driving at higher speeds – keep the sun-roof closed and the windows up.

Reduce your air-con usage

This one’s hard to avoid in summer, especially if you live in one of the hotter states – but it’s estimated that fuel consumption rises by around 10 per cent when the air-con is cranked. If your car is like a furnace when you first get in, simply drive with the windows down for a few minutes before switching to the air-con. Don’t forget to wind the windows up when you switch the air-con on.

Did you find these tips helpful? Do you have any fuel saving ideas? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Green Living with Hybrid Cars

Posted by on Aug 22, 2013 in Eco Friendly Vehicles, Green Goods | 0 comments

Looking for an economical and green family car is not as easy as it seems. One has to consider fuel efficiency that would save the family some fuel expenses and environmental friendliness that would leave as little carbon footprint as possible. Moreover, one also has to consider the car’s style. A family car must be something that a dad, a mom, and even teens in the family can drive without being embarrassed of how it looks. Then there’s also the factor of affordability where we have to consider a tight budget with all the household expenses and mortgage payments already eating up a chunk of the household income. Toyota understands the plight of the average family and designed the perfect family car – the Toyota hybrid Prius.

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The hybrid Prius family has been a longstanding high point for Toyota. It has led the industry in terms of environmentally conscious travel, pricing and practicality. Since the addition of the Prius v compact MPV/station wagon, Toyota has gone even further with practicality. The utility of a reliable station wagon for the average family is impossible to overstate.

After a little time behind the wheel, it’s easy to see why the “v” stands for “versatility.” The car’s design is exceptionally aerodynamic, with a number of ideas implemented to improve air flow while also being roomier than other cars in its class. As expected in a hybrid, the fuel economy is excellent, averaging 42 miles per gallon between city and highway driving. Just like other Prius models, the car rides smoothly and outperforms other hybrids in ease of passing and climbing hills.’s Prius v deals make it the perfect time to make the leap to a hybrid for families looking to go green without overspending. Offers include excellent APR rates, maintenance and roadside assistance and even lease bonus cash. With its strong fuel economy, low emissions and strong safety ratings, the Prius v makes an excellent buy for a family car or even a teenager’s first vehicle.

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Trim Down on Car Repairs for Better Home Maintenance

Posted by on Aug 21, 2013 in Care Tips, Eco Friendly Vehicles, green living | 0 comments

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A Pennsylvania Home

Humid summers and cold winters characterize climate conditions in Pennsylvania. Add to this frequent rainfall in lowland areas and thunderstorms and winds during summertime. Homes in Pennsylvania definitely get battered by weather elements all year round. This means that homeowners must always keep a budget for home maintenance and repairs. A good way to ensure that there is always enough fund for home improvement is to cut down on other costs. Taking good care of the family car is one way of cutting down on unnecessary expenses.

Toyota owners know how expensive it is to buy and maintain a car. Therefore, it is important that you do so correctly to ensure that you aren’t spending time and money on repairs that could be avoided through proper maintenance. At least once a year, you should have your car inspected as well as have your oil changed. If you drive more than 7,500 miles a year, you should have your oil changed every 7,500 miles.

Taking your car to a Pennsylvania Toyota care facility is the best decision you can make when deciding where to take your car for service. Trained service staff with an intimate knowledge of the Toyota brand will carefully examine and service your car. If repairs need to be made, only Toyota quality parts will be used. This ensures that your vehicle will continue to run smoothly for years to come.

When it comes to keeping your car in good running order, you need to find a mechanic that you can trust. That is why you need to take it to a certified service station where you will work with the finest professionals in the industry. You can rest assured that you will never be overcharged or have any unnecessary work done on your car or truck. The amount you save by having your car in good running condition can be put to better use maintaining your Pennsylvania home.

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Choosing a Green Ride

Posted by on Jul 15, 2013 in Eco Friendly Vehicles, green living | 0 comments

Driving is not merely a convenience. It is also a responsibility. A car owner’s responsibility starts from choosing the right ride. There are a lot of things to consider in the process of picking out a car whether from online car catalogs or from the car dealership showroom. It’s not just the color and style that is important. What’s under the hood and how the car performs on the road are more important factors to consider. With all the details to take into consideration, the decision on which car to buy can be tedious. It’s a good thing that there are websites that offer side by side car comparison features. Using a comparison tool makes the entire process less tedious.

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A lot of car manufacturers already have their own product lines consisting of green cars. This basically means that the cars in the line-up are fuel efficient. They need less fuel to run and release less toxic fumes into the atmosphere. There are car brands that are recognized for green cars. But, green technology has grown to be pervasive and the different green cars in the market are now comparable with one another. It is wise for any car buyer to see how these cars stack up against each other through online car comparison tools.

Cost is another consideration when choosing the perfect green car. Since a green car runs more efficiently, it also means that you are likely to enjoy savings on fuel costs and maintenance costs. Car comparison tools will be able to help see how much it costs to own specific car models and brands over a period of time. This way, you can have a better perspective of what the future financial impact of your car choice is. Buying a car with a lower MSRP will not necessarily be all that wise for you. You might just be setting yourself up for a string of higher recurring costs in terms of fuel, insurance, and repair costs. The right green ride for you is one that will be cost efficient, is environment friendly, and matches your driving and riding preferences.

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5 of the Most Eco-Friendly Cars Ever Built

Posted by on Jun 22, 2013 in Eco Friendly Vehicles, Green Goods | 0 comments

How green can a vehicle be? These five vehicles show just how far modern technology can take us toward building more efficient vehicles.

5. Mitsubishi iMiev

eco-friendly cars, imievThe most efficient vehicle in the Australian market right now is the Mitsubishi iMiev. This tiny four seater uses just 135 Wh per 100 km while providing a range of 150 km.

The car exists mainly because of a failed business deal: Mitsubishi worked with Daimler Benz to concurrently develop the Colt with the Smart ForFour, but the connection between the companies was cut when Daimler sold Mitsubishi’s long time partner Chrysler. This left the company with a small citycar platform that was a perfect fit for an electric powertrain. (Image credit:

jaguar xk, eco-friendly car4. Jaguar XK, XF and XJ
They started over 10years ago with the development of the lightweight aluminium platform. Along with improved efficiency the CO2 emissions the XJ has achieved full environmental product certification which is based on the total life cycle emissions from its production, use of materials and its disposal. On top of that 85% of the materials and components in their latest vehicles are re-usable and, or recyclable. Viewing the Jaguar prices, you definitely get what you pay for.

eco-friendly car, very light car.983. Very Light Car No. 98

After SpaceShipOne won the original X-Prize, the foundation was bombarded with requests for a new prize for fuel efficiency. They decided on a $5 million U.S. award for a car that could get the equivalent of 100 miles per U.S. gallon, about 2.35 liters per 100 km, while retaining the same utility of a consumer vehicle. The competition was won by Edison2’s Very Light Car No. 98, a four seater that combines an aerodynamic pontoon fender design with a weight of only 360 kg, allowing it to get up to highway speeds using a 250cc single cylinder engine. That money has been used to fund further development: a production-ready prototype was completed earlier this year. (Image credit:

tesla model s, eco-friendly car2. Tesla Model S

It can go from 0 to 100 kph in 4.4 seconds and its extremely low center of gravity begetting superb handling; couple that with the largest infotainment system available on any vehicle, and the Model S seems like it’s worth every bit of its $77,000 price tag. However, unlike its luxury competitors, the Tesla is battery powered, proving that electric cars can be just as fun as their fuel-burning counterparts. Demand for the car has been so strong that Tesla is at their manufacturing capacity, pushing its Australian release back to early 2014. (Image credit:

volkswagen xl1, eo-friendly car1. Volkswagen XL1

VW has teased green enthusiasts with a series of ultra-efficient concepts over the last decade before finally putting the XL1 into production. Using just 900 mL of diesel every 100 kilometers, it’s by far the most efficient car ever built. However, that efficiency comes at a price: Its 0.19 Cd requires a narrow cabin with a passenger seat slightly behind the driver, and there’s almost no storage space. The ride is also terrible thanks to the short suspension required to keep a minimum of air from flowing under the vehicle. To top it off, the high tech construction results in a sale price of €100,000 (AU $140,000.) Still, VW should have no problem selling out the 250 unit production run with what is the Bugatti Veyron of green vehicles. (Image credit:

Author Bio: Jack has been a mechanic for 10 years and is a complete rev head. He has 5 cars to his name, and his past time hobbies include redoing old cars, travelling, going to car shows and writing blogs about cars.

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How to Have an Eco-Friendly Vehicle

Posted by on Nov 23, 2012 in Eco Friendly Vehicles | 0 comments

The “Go Green” movement has made such a huge impact regarding environmental awareness. The impact is not limited to huge companies like automotive industry but also on individuals who believe that they can do something to save the earth.

Being a vehicle owner, it does not matter whether you drive a car or ride one of those motorcycles wearing one of those Arai Motorcycle Helmets; you can still make your vehicle an eco-friendly one. To help the environment and make sure that your vehicle will last long, here are some tips that you may want to follow:
• Make sure that the engine is running at its peak; this will also help reduce your fuel consumption too.
• Your tires should be inflated at the right psi so that your engine will not exert much effort and you can conserve fuel as well.
• You must avoid too much speeding or abrupt speed acceleration.
• The lesser the weight being carried by a vehicle the better it is for the mileage, so remove any excess items inside or on your car.

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