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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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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

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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-engineThe 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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