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White House teams up with NASCAR to promote fuel efficient tyres

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You wouldn’t instantly put Nascar and fuel efficiency together but in this bizarre partnership, the White House and America’s favorite motorsport have teamed up to promote fuel efficient tyres.

According to figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,  its claimed that if only ten percent of Americans fitted low-rolling-resistance tires to their cars, it would net a $200 million reduction in fuel consumption and a drop in pollution by some 690,000 tons each year.

This rather impressive claim is why the US Government is raising public awareness of efficient tyres and the benefits they provide.

It’s all well and good parking a nascar in front of one of the most secure and recognizable buildings on the planet but what exactly are low rolling resistance tyres? In a nutshell, low rolling resistance (or eco) tires minimize wasted energy as a tire rolls, thereby decreasing required rolling effort. It’s estimated that an LRR tyre can increase efficiency up to 15% in some applications. This efficiency increase also reduces vehicle emissions relative to these gains in miles per gallon.

While its accepted that LRR tyres can play their role in reducing emissions and saving fuel, theres still the matter of correct tyre pressures that can play just as much as important factor in your fuel efficiency and safety whilst not costing you a penny to rectify (foot pump at the ready!)

Under inflated tyre pressures can reduce your car’s MPG by up to 10%

According to our own very popular and critically acclaimed Hypermiling Techniques page, ensuring correct tyre pressure is vital to maximizing your miles per gallon. In fact, an under inflated tyre can reduce your car’s MPG by up to 10% in some cases. Under inflated tyres also increase tyre wear and affect handling.

So before you reach for the debit card and equip yourself with a nice set of LRR Eco Tyres, check your tyre pressures first. You’ll save money at the pumps, require tyres less often and ensure your car handles as it should.

 

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Relief for UK motorists as fuel hits four year low

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Government figures have shown that the average price fuel has dropped to its lowest level since December 2010.

This rare occurrence has seen the average price a litre of unleaded drop below £1.20 with diesel fuel also falling from 136.22p to 124.79p.

The fall has been caused by plummeting crude oil prices which have plunged 40% since June. This fall has been attributed a trend of falling global  demand and increased crude output by the US.

Some have also also predicted that the price of crude will fall even further, indicating that forecourt prices could drop to nearly £1p a litre if the trend continues.

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Which cars have the most DPF problems?

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For about a year Hypermiler.co.uk has seen as much traffic looking for advice on DPF filters as we have for fuel saving tips. These troublesome filters have seen many loyal diesel owners switching to petrol powered cars after some shockingly hefty bills.

The most common question we seem to be asked is which modern diesel cars are most susceptible to DPF blockages and failures.

Unfortunately for us, there’s no clear cut answer but see below a list of cars have most commonly popped up in both comments on our website and via our twitter account.

  • Nissan Qashqai and X-Trail
  • Audi A3, A4 & A6
  • VW Golf
  • BMW 3 & 5 Series

With DPF filters not covered by warranty and with no way of instantly telling a car DPF history it seems that its very much buyer beware.

The biggest piece of advice we can give is that you need to choose carefully when choosing a new car. The headline MPG figures and cheap tax can make a very convincing argument in their own right. Do your homework and make sure a diesel car is the right for you.

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Scotland slashes drink drive limits

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The Scottish Parliament has unanimously approved slashing the drink drive limit, reducing the alcohol limit to just 50ml per 100ml of blood.

The move which sees Scotland move in line with several European countries could see you facing drink drive charges after consuming less than a pint of beer.

The new ruling mean that motorists crossing the border could be legal in England and arrested in Scotland.

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“Winter is coming” so save money and check out our Winter fuel saving tips!

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Temperatures in the UK have been below zero for the past few mornings for many in the UK. This not only brings the chaos and misery associated with the slippery roads and tough weather conditions but will also see many spending much more on fuel than they have in the summer months.

To help relieve the strain on both car and wallet see below for our newly updated Winter Fuel saving tips.

Maintenance, Maintenance Maintenance

If you’ve been neglecting your car for the past year then now is the time to get it back into shape. Maintaining your car is the key to keeping you mobile, especially when poor road and weather conditions enter the equation.

Even just small things like checking tyre pressures, screen wash and and water levels could be the difference between a break down and long wait for the recovery truck. Remember, when topping up your fluids make sure you are using the appropriate ratio of anti-freeze to water.

These factors effect your efficiency much more when the temperatures drop, so make your you check your car over on a weekly basis.

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London’s proposed ultra-low emissions zone puts the brakes on Nissan London Taxi project

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London continues to be at the forefront of vehicle emission restricts, causing headaches for the likes of Nissan who may have to shelve their London black cab project.

The proposed Ultra Low Emission Zone will put in place strict restrictions and hefty penalties to vehicles that do not meet the regulations.  If proposals get the go ahead the cab in it’s present form would not be able to meet the strict emissions restrictions put in place.

The London mayor, Boris Johnson, has made no attempt to hide is desire to make every London taxi emissions-free by 2018 in order to help curb the poor air quality plaguing city dwellers. Boris has also set his sights on diesel cars within the capital with his proposal to charge owners of older diesel cars up to £20 every time they drive into the city.

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

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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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