Showing posts with label Travel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Travel. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

6 Simple Tips for Becoming a More Economical Driver

With the price of petrol continuing to rise faster than inflation rates and the world's economy still teetering on the brink of financial ruin, many people are prioritizing food and shelter over filling their car up with gas. However, following a simple set of rules can help make your car more efficient and ultimately, save you money. This article looks at six simple tips that you can follow for becoming a more economical driver.
1. Don't Feel the Need to Speed 
It may sound obvious to some, but it takes more energy to start and get a car up and running, than it does to keep it cruising at a constant speed. Your car will therefore always be at its most economical when you're not slamming on the brakes or putting your foot down on the accelerator pedal.
Driving faster uses more petrol. Speeding the car up requires more juice for the engine, which means more is burnt up. Keeping your car at a constant 30 miles per hour on city roads and at 70 on motorways and highways will result in a better fuel consumption. This can easily be achieved by leaving your car in the highest gear and cruising, rather than constantly changing up and down gears.
Another way to save fuel, is when driving up to traffic lights on red, slow down and cruise towards them in the hope that they'll turn green by the time you get there. This will negate the need to stop and start your car up again, enabling you to save energy and petrol.

2. Lighten the Load 
A heavier car will consume more fuel, as the engine requires more power and energy to get up to speed. Therefore, remove unwanted baggage and cargo from your boot and passenger seats and drive with as little on board as possible. The lighter the load, the more economical the drive.

3. Improve your Aerodynamics 

There are a number of small tips and tricks you can follow in order to make your ride more efficient, saving you those all important liters of petrol.
One of the easiest is to make your car more aerodynamic. This can be achieved by losing the roof rack or your bicycle rack from the car and keeping your windows closed while you drive. An open window makes your car less aerodynamic and increases its drag. As you drive, air gets pushed in through the open windows and pushes against the car, causing resistance drag. Therefore your engine has to work harder to increase the car's speed.
Unfortunately, if it's a hot summer's day, switching on your car's air conditioning (AC) system won't improve your fuel efficiency either. This is because a car's AC is powered by its engine, which will subsequently need to work a little harder to keep it going at the same speed.

4. Be Kind to your Engine 

Your car's engine needs looking after just like your teeth or your family pet, so taking it in for regular servicing will improve its efficiency. Having the oil changed as well as getting new filters will improve the engine's performance, thus making each liter of petrol work that little bit more efficiently.

5. Keep your tires inflated 

Making sure your tires are pumped to their regulation pressure is a simple and cost-effective way to save fuel. A fully inflated tire will reduce its contact area on the road and therefore decrease friction.
6. Carpool! 

It's perhaps the most obvious tip here, but sharing a ride to work or to the shops is the best way of cutting your fuel budget. A number of carpooling websites have opened to make the process of sharing lifts and the cost of motoring that little bit easier.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Save Fuel & Money: 7 Tips That Can Help Change Your Driving Habits & Save

With fuel prices increasing dramatically it is not surprising people start to wonder how to save. The truth is that we all need fuel, and that the price of fuel is the price of fuel. One of my current jobs is as a duty driver for a company and I try to drive safely and economically. What people don't want to hear, is that the way you drive, dramatically effects your fuel usage. Changing your driving style can save you fuel, and money.

Good driving is a habit, and like all habits it requires practice to establish. These tips will help you to build a good driving habit.

Tip 1:

Aggressive driving and excessive speed is a fuel waster. Avoid rapid acceleration and hard braking. Driving fast between traffic lights means you burn fuel to create energy to accelerate, and then wear your brakes to lose that energy as friction to stop. You lose both ways, fuel consumption and brake wear. Keep to the speed limit or the traffic flow speed and look ahead to see what the lights are doing. Adjust your driving accordingly.

Tip 2:

Bring the engine to normal operating temp as soon as possible by driving with a light foot on the accelerator for the first few minutes. A cold engine uses more fuel and wears more. Try to avoid driving short distances that do not allow engine to reach optimum temperature.

Tip 3:

Keep to speed limits, not only to avoid the cost of fines, but a car traveling 120km/h uses 20% less fuel than at 140km/h. While on the topic of speed, posted signs are not only the law, they are practical. A civil engineer lays down a road surface with a certain speed range in mind. The kind of gravel used in the surface, the way the layers are compacted and the drainage, (among other things) all relate to the planned speed range of that road.. Keeping to the speed limit for a given road surface makes for a safer ride and a saving in fuel consumption.

Tip 4:

Check tire pressure frequently, at least once a week. Do this when the tires are cold. Besides the danger of the tire bursting, under-inflation leads to increased wear and drag from incorrect tire pressures increases fuel consumption. Make sure that you inflate the tires to the pressure specified by the manufacturer, for the speed and the load you are driving with. See your vehicle manual. This is especially pertinent if you usually drive short distances and are now undertaking a long journey.

Tip 5:

Avoid using the air-conditioner when not required. The aircon compressor places an additional load on the engine. At high speeds, it is better to have the aircon on, than to have it off and windows open. According to research, the drag of open windows uses more fuel than the air-conditioner.

Tip 6:

The best driving habit of all, is to think ahead, to have a plan and to adjust your driving style to the prevailing road conditions as you travel.

Tip 7:

A well maintained vehicle will save you fuel. Service your car as recommended by the manufacturer. Fuel wasters related to the condition of the vehicle are;

    Worn or dirty plugs
    Incorrect spark plug gap (on older vehicles)
    Dirty air filter
    Dirty oil or clogged oil filter
    Dragging brakes
    Wheel alignment that is out

Happy driving everyone!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

5 Mega Tips Toward Better Sleep by Corey Woods

Getting a good night's sleep is one of the most basic of human needs, yet so many of us struggle to get the rest we need. There are various reasons for this struggle with sleep. Many people have trouble sleeping for medical reasons, others are too busy to allow adequate time for sleep, leading to sleep deprivation. Still others are living a lifestyle not conducive to proper and productive sleep. And finally, there are those whose jobs deny them a regular sleep schedule.  Whatever the case may be, it is possible to alter some key habits and behaviors in order to enjoy the level of sleep you deserve. The following five tips can ease your sleep needs in an achievable goal.

#1 - Take a technology break before bed.

Limit your exposure to a computer screen or television before bedtime. The body produces sleep by altering its hormonal balance, which allows you to fall asleep more easily. Focusing on a computer screen or television tricks your body into thinking it's still daytime. Your body would then fail to create the proper hormones to help you fall asleep faster. It really is a good idea to turn off the computer a television at least thirty minutes before you go to bed and participate is some effortless activity during this time, like some light reading or writing in a journal. 

#2 - Make a note of your ideas and thoughts.

Many people have their best ideas and thoughts right before bed. Leave a notebook beside your bed and make a note of your ideas and thoughts. Jotting down your ideas and thoughts saves you from having to process them during the night, giving you less worries. Fewer worries means better sleep-time and you may have additional ideas in the morning after a good night's slumber on how to implement some of your ideas and thoughts.

#3 - Lower the temperature in your shower or bath.

This tip is simple. Lower the temperature for your last minute in the shower. The water temperature doesn't need to be freezing cold, just cool enough to allow you to step out feeling refreshed rather than fatigued. The idea sounds absurd, but when we feel tired after showering or bathing, we still have trouble falling asleep. The fact is that the high water temperature tricks our bodies into wanting sleep, and when we remove ourselves from the heat, we gradually gain awareness until we are more awake than prior to taking a shower. 

#4 - Power nap during the early afternoon.

Taking a quick 20-30 minute nap in the afternoon gives you two benefits: an increase in your work productivity and a deeper, more sound sleep at night. By napping in the early afternoon, you can increase your awareness throughout the day and give your body the optimal benefit for sleeping a full eight hours during the night. As a truck driver, I utilize some of my dock time for taking a nap, it gives me the energy I need for the drive after I leave the dock.

#5 - Limit caffeine and carbohydrate intake before bedtime.

Caffeine intake is obvious, but the adverse effects that carbohydrates make on sound, productive sleep eludes many sleep preparation strategies. With the intake of large amounts of simple sugars before bed, the body has two choices: The first is to burn the sugar for excess energy; thus, not allowing you to sleep well, and the second is to store the simple sugars as fat, causing you to gain weight. Keep your sleep-time for sleep, and your weight down, by avoiding, or at least limiting your carbohydrate intake before bed.

By incorporating these five tips into your lifestyle, you can help your body get the sleep it so desperately requires. Sleep is not a choice, we all need to sleep—God has wired the need for sleep into each of us. While the need for sleep is not fully understood, the effects of sleep deprivation are clear: diminished energy, alertness, awareness and work productivity. Make an effort to alter some key habits and behaviors in order ton obtain a full night's sleep, and your body will reward you with a distinguishable increase in your energy, awareness, alertness and productivity.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

5 Tips to Save Money on Gas and Improve Gas Mileage on Any Car

With the cost of gas going up, a lot of drivers are beginning to feel like their gas pedal is connected directly to their wallets. Many auto owners see cutting down on driving as the only way they can save. But look around at the total cost of driving a car vehicle and you'll see there are actually several areas where you can save on expenses. The following 5 tips will cut the cost of owning and operating a car.

With the cost of gas going up, a lot of drivers are beginning to feel like their gas pedal is connected directly to their wallets. Many auto owners see cutting down on driving as the only way they can save. But look around at the total cost of driving a car vehicle and you'll see there are actually several areas where you can save on expenses. The following 5 tips won't help you find cheaper gas, but they will cut the cost of owning and operating a car. Using any or all of them will go a long way toward keeping your wallet from running on empty.

1. Reduce Fuel Consumption.....

Begin by making sure your car is well tuned, the air filter is clean and your tires are inflated according to their manufacturer's recommendations. Such simply measures have been shown to reduce fuel consumption by a whopping 20%! When you're on the road, avoid quick starts and stops and drive slower. Your car burns less fuel at slow speed. Lastly, consolidate trips whenever possible. Plan shopping and errands to make the most of trip out of your driveway.

2. Shop Around For Auto Insurance....

The Internet is making it easier than ever to find the best price for auto insurance. If you've haven't shopped around for insurance in a while, now is the time to get on the web and start making comparisons. Many sites will show you charts of what they would charge you right along side estimates from their competitors. If you've been with the same agency for a long time, be sure to let your agent know you're price shopping and are open to discounts or other suggestions for ways to lower your auto insurance expenses.

3. Reconsider How You Finance Your Vehicle...

Once upon a time, the only way to drive a car was to own it. Today, leasing is a popular option. But whether you lease or own, you're likely tied into monthly payments. Take a good look at what you're paying and how, and consider ways to save, either by refinancing your car loan or restructuring your lease agreement. When you refinance, your old loan is paid off in full and replaced with a new loan. Since your new load will be for a lesser amount and -hopefully-a lower interest rate, you can wind up saving a considerable amount of money on interest.

4. Consider An Extended Warranty.....

Maintaining your vehicle is one of the biggest expenses of driving, and a well-maintained vehicle is actually cheaper to drive. Having an extended warranty is one way to make sure your vehicle is always in top condition. Consider that one major repair can easily cost more than a year of extended warranty and you begin to see the potential savings. You'll get the best price on an extended warranty if you purchase it before the original manufacturer's warranty expires. The typical manufacturer's warrant last for 3 years or 36,000 miles, so be sure to take action before you approach those limits.

5. Form A Carpool With Friends And Neighbors...

it's likely you have family, friends and neighbors who visit many of the same shops you do every week. If two or three of you visit the same pharmacy every week Articles, why not pair up and share the driving chores and expenses? You'll get to spend some extra time with people you like and you'll all save money.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Traveling With Style Doesn't Have to Break the Bank - 5 Tips On Discount Travel

If you are among the people who are really passionate about traveling, have you been really thinking about enjoying it cost-effectively? Or you just prepare the money to get all the luxurious pleasure no matter how much it will be?

Well, you probably do have a lot of money, but it's not really a bad thing if you could save more yet still have the enjoyment you've been dreaming of. It is true. You have the same excitement yet with spending less money that you've calculated before. How do you do it?

Here are 5 top tips you should take into account

1. Find out alternate routes to your destination.

Sometimes, a combination of two flights is cheaper than one flight. Or, you can also say that the direct route is not always the cheapest. For example, if you're planning to go overseas, it will be much cheaper if you're willing to make a domestic flight first prior to switching to an international one.

2. Reduce the food costs during your trip by shopping in local supermarkets rather than dining out.

You can buy some healthy snacks and fresh food from a market to eat during your outings. It is a far better idea instead of stopping for lunch at a touristy restaurant. However, if you still want to dine out, it's best to do it on truly local cuisine. Besides you'll save a lot of money, you'll experience a more interesting cultural atmosphere and get much cheaper local food.

3. Look into renting an apartment.

That's what you should do if you're planning to stay long in the place you go to. Why? Because it is usually much cheaper than even the cheapest of hotels. Another advantage is that you will be able to cook in the apartment.

4. Make your trip much more affordable by being flexible.

This is probably the most important concept overall in terms of discount travel. If you can be flexible and open to new things in regards to your destinations, you have the opportunity of taking whichever is cheap. Thus, you will often save lots of money.

Here is one example: You're going to South America, where rum will be incredibly cheap and other types of alcohol will be fairly pricey. You don't really like rum, but in this situation, you do when you're in the country.

5. Consider the value of staying put for a while.

Traveling doesn't always mean the flight to your destination. You will not only have huge savings on transportation and accommodation, but also take pleasure in far more exciting and valuable occasions and experiences.

Of course it is very tempting to try and see as much as possible in a foreign country by constantly moving. But, it's dubious that you will also get a good sense of what the country is like. If you're willing to stay for a while, for instance by renting an apartment for a few weeks in a particular city, you can experience the culture a bit more, meet and indulge with some locals, dine in local restaurants, and of course, save more money.

So, have you decided where you want to go now? Have you checked out the flights and the prices? Hope you enjoy your traveling!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

6 Advantages of Flying the Corey Woods Way: Privately

 When we choose commercial flights, the only thing that we consider is if we are going to fly in the business class, first class or economy. Seldom do we consider that we subject ourselves to airline policies and regulations that can be strenuous or affect our privacy. Very few people really consider flying through a private air charter. So, what exactly happens when you charter a private plane? Here are the things that will make you better understand flying through private air charters. Flying using a private air charter has a number of advantages.  I prefer a private jet over a commercial flight for these reasons:

1. Travel According To Your Schedule
Have you experienced trying to call airline after airline just to inquire if they will be able to book you for a flight so you can attend a business meeting in New York? Airlines offer you a scheduled flight that may not fit your schedule considering the other meetings that you have to attend before flying to New York. Finally, you no longer need to keep up with the schedule to keep up with the schedules that airlines give you. You can fly at whatever time you choose. This way, you wouldn't have to cancel important meetings or family activities at home just so you wouldn't be late for your next out-of-state business meeting.

2. Choose The Airport
Unlike major airlines that only fly to busy airports, flying using a chartered plane allows you to choose which airports can you land. Therefore, you don't have to spend so much time traveling by car from the airport to your destination, if there is a nearby airport. Also, you can prefer to avoid landing in the congested airports to save your traveling time. There's no need for connecting flights or to change planes. With a chartered aircraft, you have the convenience of traveling continuously from your location to your destination. Unlike with commercial flights where you have to change planes to get to the connecting flight, you can sit comfortably even from long country to country flights.

3. Be On Time Delayed flights can really be annoying, especially if you only have a few minutes before you next business engagement. A few minutes of delay can cost you much money. And what could be worse that missing your flight? Nothing to worry anymore. Chartered flights help you keep up with all the things on you schedule because you can say when you would like to fly.

4. No Lost Luggage
Losing your luggage is a nuisance. What if you only have a few minutes to freshen up and change your clothes before your next schedule? You can't spend so much time looking for your luggage which could be mistakenly taken by another flight passenger. And doesn't help that the airport will just send the luggage to your place when they find it. Since you are flying on your own or with your associates in an air charter, the risk of having your luggage mistakenly taken by another person is very meager. What's even better is that you know who you're flying with.

5. Get More Privacy
Flying through a regular commercial flight doesn't permit you to discuss transactions with your colleagues. What if you just thought of a better way to make your presentation? You restrain yourself from taking about confidential details of your transaction, as you might be heard by the people sitting in front or behind you. Or what if you're just so tired and wanted to get some sleep but other people just keep on taking? Chartered airplanes give you the privacy to discuss business transactions with your colleagues. Or if you just choose to sleep and relax, you have enough room to rest and nobody will bother you.

6. Business Class Convenience
If you think flying through a chartered flight denies you of the personalized service offered by airlines, think again. You can also have catered foods and the amenities given to business flight passengers. So, if you want to have the convenience of flying when you want, wherever you want, the confidence that your luggage will not be lost and enough privacy to do what you want during your own time, flying using an air charter is the best option for you.

Friday, December 31, 2010

Yachterrific Tips: Packing

Here are 6 of my Yacheterrific tips:

1. Don't overpack! Everyone admits they pack too much - you will need far less on charter than you think, particularly in a warm climate.
2. Pack in duffle-type bags, which can be easily stored onboard when not in use. Some duffles have rollers if weight is an issue.
3. Take a carry-on with essentials such as personal care items, any medications and a change of clothes (including undergarments), just in case you make it to the island before your luggage does. (I always take a Louis Vuitton carryall 55 and 60)
4. Bring zip-lock bags in a variety of sizes. These come in handy for packing sunscreen and other items that can open and make a mess in your luggage.
5. Don't forget your proof of citizenship (passport for most destinations).

6. You may want to bring your own mask & snorkel, particularly if you have corrective lenses (which make all the differences for those who need glasses) or if you have a mask you know really fits your face. Most bareboat companies do however provide a good variety of snorkel gear (including fins in all sizes) for you to chose from when you arrive. Rented equipment is also available. Fully crewed yachts will have snorkel gear onboard for all guests. They will ask for your shoe size to make sure they have suitable fins available.