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A recent report has shown that younger drivers are more likely to fall asleep behind the wheel, as one in seven drivers between the ages of 16 and 24 have fallen asleep at least once while driving during the past year.
Don’t you just hate when you open your car door during a scorcher and a blast of hot air smacks you upside your head? Then, you have to endure sticky car seats and a toasty steering wheel until the air conditioner finally starts to cool things down.
If this doesn’t sound all that appealing to you, you’ll be happy to know there are few things you can do to keep your car cool this summer.
- Park in the shade. These spots are at a premium during the summer and a bird may mistake your car for a bathroom, but it’s worth it – your car will be a lot cooler. If there’s no shade to be found, park with the sun beating down into the rear window rather than the front (this keeps the front seats and steering wheel from getting hot).
- Get a sunshade. They aren’t the most attractive car accessories, but suck it up and get yourself one. Sunshades keep harmful rays out of your vehicle and keep the temperature down inside the car. Another perk they offer is the cool your car faster so you don’t have to keep the air conditioner cranked high for as long.
- Use window shades. They are not just to keep the sun out of your child’s eyes. Pick them up at a baby stores. They can be put up or down or taken off and they help to keep the sun’s rays from beating down and heating up your car.
- Avoid hot leather. You may like the way leather looks in your car, but once the sun starts heating it up, things sure can get sticky. Use a towel or a cloth seat cover for the summer months.
- Hot buckles. We’ve all experienced the surprise of a hot buckle on our skin. They sure heat up fast! Be extra careful when handling them and try not to loosen car seat straps in the summer heat.
- Stay hydrated. You never know if you’re going to get stuck somewhere, so keep extra water bottles and ice on hand to keep you hydrated.
- Bring extra items inside. Things like toys, CD and gadgets are all affected by the heat, so keep them in the trunk or bring them inside with you once you park the car.
[Source: Consumer Reports]
If you think gas prices are bad over here; spare a thought for our British cousins across the pond. Currently, fuel at the pumps is approaching almost $10 per imperial gallon (approximately 1.2009 US gals) in England.
As a result motorists in the UK are looking every which way they can to save fuel. The Institute for Advanced Motorists (IAM) has come up with some tips that could save drivers up to 10 percent in fuel each month. Simon Green, the IAM’s Chief Executive, said recently in the organization’s newsletter, that if the “monthly price of filling up is typically £70 ($112) each, an experienced or advanced driver can save up to £14 per month or £168 a year,” simply by changing their driving habits.
Tips offered by the institute include anticipating the flow of traffic around you, reducing the need for hard acceleration or braking; using cruise control where possible to regulate speed; switching off the engine at railroad crossings and long traffic lights; removing excess baggage from the trunk or roof rack; checking your tire pressures regularly (at least once a month) and obeying the posted speed limit signs.
Although some European countries are taking more drastic measures to save fuel consumption, notably Spain, which reduced it’s national speed limit recently; the IAM maintains the best option is to be light with your right foot.
Besides the tips mentioned above the institute is also offering an Eco-Driving designed to help maximize fuel efficiency while driving in a safe and responsible manner.
[Source: Institute for Advanced Motorists]
We’ve all heard how important it is to keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water. But how about using a glass of water to cut fuel reduction? Toyota claims that a single glass of water could help you reduce your fuel consumption costs by 10 percent.
No, you don’t have to drive around with a glass of water on the dashboard. The idea that Toyota is putting our there is that you should drive as though there’s a theoretical glass of water sitting on the dash, which would reduce fuel consumption significantly. To get the message out there, the automaker has launched a website called “A Glass of Water.”
The imaginary glass of water doesn’t exist in your head – you can find it in your iPhone. There’s an app you can download here. Here’s how it works: the iPhone hardware measures external forces and simulates the effect these have on a glass of water. While driving, it measures your speed, distance traveled and of course water spilled. The results are automatically uploaded to this website where you can analyze your results in more detail.
It you want to make sure you don’t drop a single virtual drop, there are things you can do to ensure you’re always topped off. Drivers can accelerate gracefully, leave plenty of distance between you and the vehicle ahead, and brake gently.
Learn all about the “A Glass of Water” challenge here to find out how you could save 10 percent on your fuel consumptions costs.
Here is a “driving guide” for drivers in Pakistan’s Northwest Province of Khyber Pakhtunkwa, who clearly have a “confidence” problem. The solution is the most unintentionally funny safety PSA possibly in the history of all motoring. Anyone who’s seen videos of Pakistani traffic jams will understand why this PSA is designed to keep the flow of traffic moving, but gems like this really make us wonder if this isn’t some government intern’s idea of a joke:
Please try driving AT LEAST the speed limit. We have places to be; people to see.
Full Pakistani PSA after the jump.