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Drivers urged to speed up to save on costly diesel particular filter DPF repairs

diesel particulate filter uk traffic london regeneration dpf Drivers urged to speed up to save on costly diesel particular filter DPF repairs

Drivers are being warned of the potential risk from diesel cars in the guise of the dreaded DPF – diesel particulate filter and repairs in excess of £1000.

Glasgow-based finance broker First Vehicle Leasing has issued some rather unconventional advice to help drivers escape costly repairs by telling them to “Speed Up!”.

Diesel cars owners with DPFs fitted run the risk of costly repairs due to the devices clogging up with soot and other diesel exhaust particulates. The stop start nature of many commuters means that the conditions required to “burn” off and regenerate the filters are not met, meaning a manual regeneration is required or even worse a complete replacement.

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UK Government U-Turn as Boris calls for diesel scrappage

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The environmental champion of London, Mr Boris Johnson has called for the introduction of a diesel car scrappage scheme in order to improve London air quality.

The move comes as councils across the country face hefty fines from the EU relating to missed pollution targets.

This recent announcement goes in line with other plans that could see diesel drivers in London facing an additional £10 fee for entering the congestion zone. Both policies are a big step towards the pricing out of many motorists in our capital, helping to reduce congestion and also harmful emissions just as nitrogen dioxide.

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Self-driving, fuel saving lorries could hit the streets by 2015

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Driverless lorries could hit the mean streets and motorways of the UK if testing is successful.

The lorries will travel in a tight convoy, connected by wifi and utilising an array of sensors and cameras to keep them (and other drivers) from harms way.

The convoy will be controlled by the lead vehicle with the others following closely behind. Fear not my fellow motorists, a trained driver at the wheel but not directly in control. This will allow all vehicles to remain under the control of a driver in the event of an emergency or systems failure.

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Skimping on breakdown cover might just cost you more than you think

broken down car break down cover policy Skimping on breakdown cover might just cost you more than you think

It’s a well known fact that the days of motoring on a shoe string are officially over. As our vehicles become more complex and dependent on an array of computers and sensors, repair bills and maintenance costs are rocketing through the panoramic roof. Combined with rising car insurance premiums and road duty, its putting car ownership out of reach to those with limited means.

 With these spiralling costs it’s easy to see why many motorists are skimping on break down cover in order to save cash but is it really worth the risk?

 You’d have to be pretty naive not to expect a hefty bill after breaking down on a motorway, prices of recovery could cost upwards of £250 and that not even taking into account the repair costs.

 Truth be told it’s the simpler things that are either going to leave you stranded or prevent you from driving at all.

 The very nice men at AA breakdown have compiled a list of the most common call outs they experience on a daily basis, many of which happen before you even turn the key.

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Automakers join forces to increase fuel efficency

aice japan fuel efficency engine Automakers join forces to increase fuel efficencyThe east’s finest car makers are joining forces to help develop engines and push the boundaries of fuel efficiency. The alliance includes Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Suzuki and Daihatsu and will see the formation of AICE or Research Association of Automotive Internal Combustion Engines.

The group will be investing 1 billion yen into the joint venture that could see FE (fuel efficiency) boosted by up to 50 percent. The Japanese government is backing to project and is reportedly funding over half the cash.

The collaboration mens that the group can pool resources, technology and knowledge while cutting costs compared to going it alone. They aim to be revealing the fruits of their labour around 2020.

The group will be focusing on studying exhaust gas treatment from diesel engines and improving engine thermal efficiency. It’s hoped that they these improvements will see both petrol and diesel engines become more efficient and also much kinder to the environment.

The appointed head of the JV told reporters, “With gas-electric hybrid cars and fuel-cell vehicles being introduced, the range of technologies that car makers must develop are expanding, even though the number of researchers are not.”

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Brake survey confirms speeding and tailgating rife on UK roads

tailgating speeding brake survey Brake survey confirms speeding and tailgating rife on UK roads

Another week and yet other shock survey confirming what the majority of UK motorists already know… people drive too fast and too close.

The survey by the road safety charity Brake revealed that from 1000 drivers surveyed, 57 percent admit to risky tailgating while a whopping 60 percent of drivers admit to breaking the speed limit on motorways and dual carriageways by at least 10MPH.

We all know that speed and distance are common factors in many accidents and fatalities on our roads. Like Brake, we urge all drivers to respect the speed limits and follow the two second rule, hypermiling or not.

Shockingly this is not just another insurance sponsored survey hitting the automotive press either. Brake is doing a sterling job promoting safe driving and lobbying the government to help make our roads safer. Brake have urged government to nationally promote the importance of the two-second rule and keeping within posted speed limits on motorways, as well as extending the roll out of average speed cameras across the UK motorway network.

Here’s what deputy chief executive, Julie Townsend of Brake, said: “Almost all drivers are concerned about the danger posed by other people tailgating on motorways, and yet a shockingly high proportion admit driving too close and speeding themselves. There are no two ways about it: ignore the two-second rule or the speed limit on motorways and you’re putting yourself and others at risk of a horrific crash. Traffic laws are not just for other people: all drivers can help make our motorways safer and prevent needless tragedies by committing to keep your distance and stay under speed limits, including temporary lower limits.”

Brake go further to point out that keeping to the speed limits is also a great way of conserving fuel, check out our Hypermiling tips page for this and more ways to make every drop go that little bit further.

We would also like to again point out that drafting and other Hypermiling techniques that suggest following a vehicle in front should always be conducted safely, in accordance with the law and at correct driving distances.  In adverse weather conditions the two second rule may not be a safe distance and you should adjust your spacing accordingly.

The above is just a small snippet of the results from the survey  – check out the report in full here.

We’d love to hear what you have to say so why not leave a comment below or join the discussion on our busy Hypermiling forum.

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Toyota develops new semiconductor capable of boosting hybrid efficiency by 10 percent

silicon carbide power control unit toyota hybrid Toyota develops new semiconductor capable of boosting hybrid efficiency by 10 percent

Toyota has announced that they have developed a new semiconductor which can boost fuel efficiency in hybrid vehicles by 10 percent.

These newly developed semiconductors are able to consume only a tenth of the energy of those currently in production, while allowing the power-control unit to be 80 percent smaller. The rather impressive efficiency improvements are a direct result of less energy being lost through heat.

The semiconductors are used to manage the flow of electricity through the power-control unit. This unit connects the battery to an electric or hybrid car’s motor and generator.

The new technology utilises silicon carbide in the production of the semiconductor wafers. With the the use of this material, Toyota engineers have found a way to reduce energy loss caused by the dissipated of heat.

Toyota plan to roll out the new technology to its fleet of Hybrid cars by 2020.

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