If you talk to the general public on their opinions of diesel cars, many of them will tell you that they are economical on fuel and subsequently cheaper to keep on the road than their petrol equivalents. Road tax, or “vehicle excise duty” to give it its proper name, is generally cheaper for diesels due to the lower amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions that come from them.
These are some of the reasons why motorists opt for diesel cars, especially those that commute on long journeys on a regular basis. The haulage industry also uses diesel-powered HGVs (heavy goods vehicles), people in the agriculture industry use diesel tractors and heavy machinery, and the public transport infrastr Continue Reading Story >>>
Are you old enough to remember a kid’s cartoon show called The Jetsons? No? OK, then I’m pretty sure you will have seen the 2004 movie “I, Robot” starring Will Smith. In both of those examples, there are futuristic-looking cars flying (not driving!) around the place.
You might be forgiven for thinking that a lot of the styles, features or technologies seen in those cars are a far way off from what’s available in the cars of today and tomorrow, but you might be shocked to learn that futuristic motoring is actually available right now!
Here are some of tomorrow’s car technologies available today!
Most of us are used to driving around in cars with internal combustion e Continue Reading Story >>>
Can you imagine a world without coffee? I know, it’s too hard to imagine. But that’s where we could be heading as the world’s biggest coffee producer, Brazil, is enduring its worst drought in decades.
Usually at this time of year the fragile arabica coffee plants, found in the Brazilian mountains, mature with blossoming white plants and cherry-like pods containing coffee beans. But the drought has in fact destroyed crop yields causing coffee prices to soar higher than 50%, and that’s just so far.
The devastating drought has almost brought Brazil to a standstill, forcing more than 140 cities to ration water. Brazilian media reported that some unfortunate districts are getting water on Continue Reading Story >>>
In America, last year, pet owners spent over $61 billion on their pets; nearly double the amount that was spent around the world on cinema tickets. In the UK, pet owners spent over £15 billion on pampering their pets; more than what we spend on nights out on the town, collectively. These new figures show that we spend more money on making our pets happy, then we do on making ourselves happy. How and why?
The Real Cost of a Pet
According to research by pet insurance companies, it costs the average Brit £17,000 to look after a cat or dog in its lifetime, not including the initial cost of your new puppy or kitten. Numbers are put together using the average cost of pet food, cat litter or pup Continue Reading Story >>>
In order to keep motorists buying their vehicles, car manufacturers are often coming up with all sorts of weird and wonderful technology ideas which they believe will help us enhance our driving experience on Britain’s roads.
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For example, there are cars that feature adaptive lights when turn on when you go around a corner, as well as those which make use of regenerative braking technology which basically uses your car’s braking system to recharge the battery.
Some new cars even feature auto start-stop technology; this clever fuel efficiency technology turns your engine off when you are stationary for a minimum period of time and then automatically starts up again when y Continue Reading Story >>>