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How to pass your Driving Test

When you see someone driving on the road give them the respect they deserve because you do not know what they had to go through in order to be allowed on the road. Driving tests are the worst nightmare a potential driver will always have. Many have tried and failed due to various reasons.

Observation at junctions

Looking hurriedly left and right won’t win you any prizes from the examiner. You must be seen to scrutinise the road, not only for other cars but cyclists and motorcyclists, too, and of course any pedestrians hurrying to cross. Accurate observation will give you the confidence to pull out that the examiner is looking for.

Reverse parking

Hitting the kerb or another car, failing to check your mirrors and getting in a tizzy as you struggle to sort left from right: these are the things the examiner will be looking for. Instead, calmly check all around for hazards (in particular small children low down behind the rear of the car) and obstructions. Then, using your mirrors, as well as turning your head to check blind spots, perform the manoeuvre, making smooth steering corrections as you go.

Sourced from: http://www.driving.co.uk/news/top-10-reasons-we-fail-the-driving-test/

Just as everyone studies in preparation for a class test so should you study for your driving test. Study all the instructions and then practice prior to the test. You can do this with the help of a learner’s permit.

Practice for Passing

As with any task, the more you do it, the more comfortable you can get and the better you will be with the task. So, make sure you are practicing your driving and even taking practice tests. There are different options for doing this. One option is to use that learner’s permit.

While driving around with whoever is your driving partner to help you during your learning phase, have them grade you. Let them know this is a good time to be brutally honest. You can even have them set up an obstacle course in an empty lot or pre-approved area. Then, take the feedback and constructive criticism as helpful not insulting.

You can also employ driving training and practice test companies to help you. While it may cost you a little bit of money, it can be worth the training, knowledge and actual road experience you gain, not to mention that these are often taught by those who are aware of what the actual driving test will be like. This prepares you better, plus gives you a feel for what to expect the day of the road test. Consider this expense an investment into your driving success.

Sourced from: http://driving-tests.org/beginner-drivers/practice-makes-perfect-how-to-pass-your-driving-test-the-first-time/

Passing a driving test or getting instructions can be hard especially if your instructor is not qualified. This means that no matter the effort you put in you will end up failing. You cannot be called a qualified driver if the one who trained you is not qualified. There are some things you will have to check out for so as to ensure that you are in the right hands.

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Get driving lessons

You are spending money on driving lessons, so it’s important to take your time over choosing a qualified driving instructor or driving school, and one that you feel at ease with.

In the UK, the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) approves driving instructors. Only DSA Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) or DSA licensed instructors under training can charge you for driving instruction.

How can I tell if a driving instructor is DSA approved?

It is important to check the badge in the driving instructor’s windscreen. A green octagonal badge shows the instructor is fully qualified and an ADI.

A pink triangular badge shows the instructor is not yet fully qualified, but undertaking practical training. But they are allowed to charge you for driving instruction.

The DSA is working on improving the standard of driving instructors and have introduced grades for ADIs. Grade 4 is competent, and Grade 6 indicates a very high standard.

ADIs and DSA licensed driving instructors under training are also now checked to see if they have a criminal record with the CRB.

Sourced from: http://firsttimedriver.info/find-driving-instructor/how-to-choose-a-driving-instructor/

Signs that your car needs help

For your car to give you good service then it needs to be well maintained. One of the ways of ensuring this happens is by changing your oil. This brings out the need to know some of the signs that signal that you need to change your oil.

The Oil Looks Black and Gritty

This is one you have to train your eye to see. The original color of oil is more of a honey brown, and that’ll quickly darken after a few weeks of use. Once you start to see particles mixed in with that black oil, it’s time to change it out. You don’t want to overload the filter to the point that it’s missing contaminants that’ll gunk up in the engine.

Your Engine Running Louder Than Usual

Oil lubricates your engine. Without lubrication, the guts will start to rub, grind probably describes it better, against each other, creating more unpleasant noises than you’re used to from under the hood. Get some new oil in there stat.

Sourced from: http://www.complex.com/sports/NaN/Invalid%20date/5-signs-you-need-to-change-your-oil/your-engine-running-louder-than-usual

Prevention has always been better than cure. There is nothing as bad as your car battery bringing issues when you are on your way to an important meeting. You should know the tell signs so that you can deal with the issue before it happens.

Sign 01

Slow engine crank:

When you attempt to start the vehicle, the cranking of the engine is sluggish and takes longer than normal to start.

Sign 02

Check engine light:

The check engine light sometimes appears when your battery power is weak.

Sign 03

Low battery fluid level:

Car batteries typically have a part of the casing that’s translucent so you can always keep an eye on your battery’s fluid level. If the fluid level is below the lead plates: (energy conductor 🙂 inside, it’s time to have the battery and charging system tested.

Sourced from: http://www.firestonecompleteautocare.com/cf/batteries/car-battery-problems-when-is-it-time-for-a-new-battery/

Wheel alignment is done to enable your car tires perform well on the road. It is also done to ensure the tires last longer and also improve on how you handle your car so that it does not vibrate or pull in a single direction.

WHAT IS TIRE ALIGNMENT?

Alignment refers to an adjustment of a vehicle’s suspension – the system that connects a vehicle to its wheels. It is not an adjustment of the tires or wheels themselves. The key to proper alignment is adjusting the angles of the tires which affects how they make contact with the road.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED A TIRE ALIGNMENT?

There are a couple ways to tell if your car needs a tire alignment. If you’ve noticed one or more of these indicators, you should have your alignment checked by a licensed service technician immediately.

  • Uneven tread wear
  • Vehicle pulling to the left or right
  • Your steering wheel is off center when driving straight
  • Steering wheel vibration

Sourced from: http://www.bridgestonetire.com/tread-and-trend/drivers-ed/tire-alignment

If your car is becoming sluggish, squeals or vibrates then it would be recommended that you take your car for a tune up. Getting a new car is expensive so the best alternative is to always pay attention to what your car is saying.

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1.Warning lights

Those little indicators on your dashboard that light up when starting the car and that sometimes stay illuminated are there for a reason – to indicate a problem or potential problem with a vehicle system or component. Pay attention to these indicator lights, and when they illuminate, get them diagnosed at your earliest opportunity. They could be indicating something as simple as a burned out taillight or more serious problem, such as a transmission failure. Diagnosing and fixing a minor problem can help you avoid a much bigger and costlier problem down the road.

2.Stalling

If your vehicle suddenly begins stalling at intersections, when you try to accelerate, or at other times, not only is this a warning sign of trouble lurking but it also can put you in a dangerous situation. Engines are designed to deliver reliable performance, particularly when you need it most, such as merging onto a highway. The cause could be fouled spark plugs or a clogged fuel filter, or something else entirely.

3.Hard starts

You’re allowed to be a little sluggish first thing in the morning. Your vehicle isn’t. If it won’t start when you need it to, if it takes several turns of the key before it does start, or if it starts but won’t stay running, you’ve got a problem. It could be a weak battery or a defective starter or a host of other problems.

Sourced from: https://www.driverside.com/auto-library/9_signs_your_vehicle_needs_a_tuneup-996

Vehicles that save on Fuel

Everybody is trying to save money and this means saving on car fuel too. Potential car owners need information that will help not only get the most affordable four wheeler in the market but also car that is not a fuel guzzler but is still a freak in the streets.

Price: $25,260

Mileage: 30 city, 42 highway and 34 combined mpg

As the only small diesel-powered station wagon on the market, the VW Jetta SportWagen has no peers. Its fun-to-drive dynamics, impressive fuel economy and voluminous 67 cubic feet of maximum cargo space collude to make one very unique vehicle.

A 140-horsepower, 2-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine generates the go. The same 2-liter engine powers this list’s Audi A3 and Golf TDI as well. A six-speed manual transmission hustles engine output to the front wheels. For an additional $1,100, a six-speed, driver-shiftable automatic tranny can be substituted for the manual and will scrub 1 mpg from the combined fuel number.

Price: $30,250

Mileage: 30 city, 42 highway and 34 combined mpg

Audi calls its front-wheel-drive 2011 A3 a Sportback. This is luxury-speak for hatchback, but it looks suspiciously like a wagon to us. In any event, what’s important is its utility and stingy fuel economy.

Under the A3’s hood is a 140-horsepower, 2-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder diesel engine. Although the pony count may not be impressive, it generates 236 foot-pounds of torque, which is what gets a vehicle moving from a standstill. Getting to 60 miles per hour from a stop takes 8.9 seconds by Audi’s stopwatch.

Standard is Audi’s S tronic six-speed, driver-shiftable, automatic transmission.

Sourced from: http://www.bankrate.com/finance/auto/5-diesel-cars-save-fuel-3.aspx

There is new technology that promises a lot for card drivers. The auto stop start that has shown great results in saving gas and currently installed in some vehicles.

Popular Mechanics, AAA, and others have busted this myth, pointing out that a vehicle gets negative miles per gallon while idle. The consensus advice now is that if you car is stopped for more than a minute, the smart move is to turn the engine off.

The arrival of auto stop-start, a technology most often seen in hybrids, does this work for you, and not only if you’re idle for minute or more. As the name suggests, the tech shuts off the vehicle’s engine automatically when the car comes to a stop—at a red light, say—and then starts it again in the jiffy when the driver takes a foot off the brake pedal.

The technology has slowly been spreading beyond hybrids to a few vehicles powered by traditional internal combustion engines, and new research from AAA indicates that this is a good thing. After testing several cars with the feature, researchers concluded that the tech is a no-brainer that saves drivers 5% to 7% on gas costs annually.

Sourced from: http://time.com/money/3034212/auto-stop-start-fuel-efficiency-save-gas/

It does not mean that you need to dump your old car and buy a new one. There is still hope for you and there are simple tips to implement to ensure that you save the money you use on fuel.

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Don’t drive in the rush hour

There are few worse places to spend your time than stuck in a traffic jam, but it’s also a very expensive way of travelling. Every time that you stop and start in traffic, your car needs first gear and a huge amount of fuel to get moving again. Second gear is not much better. The best solution is to not travel during the rush hour. You can also save some fuel by trying to understand what the traffic is doing in front of you, and travelling steadily at a slow speed, rather than accelerating and braking. If you have to travel in rush hour a lot, then you could consider buying a hybrid car, which uses much less fuel in town than a normal petrol or diesel.

Close the windows (and sunroof, if you’ve got one)

It’s not so much of a problem when you’re driving in town (see above), but when you’re out of town or on the motorway and moving more quickly, the shape of your car is very important. Car designers call it aerodynamics and make lots of effort to reduce the ‘drag’ and make the car as sleek as possible. Anything that makes wind noise as your car goes along is actually making your car more expensive to run. You can’t do much about the design of your car, but you can avoid making it worse by not leaving the windows and sunroof open. It’s better to use the air vents for most of the year, and the air-conditioning when it gets too hot.

Sourced from: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/cars/advice/10-fuel-saving-tips-every-driver-should-know/