Monthly Archives: February 2015

Helpful Advice for City Driving

For many, driving in the city can be quite a daunting experience. This is understandable though when you consider the amount of traffic you often need to contend with. As well as the actual traffic, there are typically more pedestrians around you, and if you’re new to the area, you’ll be unfamiliar with roadways and designated routes. Take London for instance, this busy city is a prime example of an intimidating drive, with statistics suggesting that over a billion commuter journeys are made every day.

A simple solution to this would be to avoid driving altogether, but this really isn’t a practical option. What you’ll be pleased to know is that there are steps and approaches you can take to make city driving a less stressful time. Here are a few examples:

Careful Pre-planning

Before you set off on your journey, there are some pre-planning checks you can carry out to help make your trip more straightforward.

-          Research your intended route online, so you know which way to go.

-          Check the traffic reports for any road closures, this way you know where to avoid.

-          If possible, choose a time to travel that avoids rush hour.

Getting Protection

Along with the above, it’s also worth having some breakdown cover in place. If your car does stop working in the middle of busy traffic, the last thing you want is to be stranded there with no support. Other drivers won’t take kindly to this either, so give yourself added peace of mind by having this protection arranged before you set off on a journey.

Take Your Time and Be Patient

With your pre-planning and cover sorted, next comes the actual driving. One of the best courses of action is to always pay full attention to what you’re doing and take your time. Unfortunately, there will be individuals who will drive aggressively and become impatient; do your best to ignore them and focus on your own driving.

It’s almost worth treating it like your driving test, so always check your mirrors properly and drive in accordance with the speed limits and conditions. Should you accidently find yourself in the wrong lane, try to keep calm. Then, if it’s safe to do so, signal and manoeuvre into the correct one in a careful and steady manner.

So, be sure to take on board some of this advice and soon your city driving worries can be a thing of the past.

Are Solar Cars The Future for the World’s Roads?

According to research from the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the pollutants which come from vehicle exhausts and power plants across the globe are having a damaging effect on the environment and the health of the general public.

For many of us such information is nothing new, but this doesn’t escape the fact that these harmful global pollution levels are a real issue. On top of this, cars and other vehicles are something countries around the world rely on and simply cannot do without. This does seem like a vicious circle, but steps have been taken to help in the fight against pollution. There have been breakthroughs in more fuel-efficient engines and hybrid technology, but we’ve yet to see a completely clean source of transport in the mainstream markets.

This could be about to change however, with a recent announcement from Hanergy Holding Group Ltd. This Chinese firm is already an established powerhouse in the clean energy sector, specialising in creating and manufacturing sustainable energy. According to a recent report by China Daily, it has been revealed that in October this year (2015), they will present ‘three to five different cars’ powered purely by solar energy.

Developing Eco-Technology

Using a special ‘thin-film solar battery, measuring 6 square meters’ on the cars, it has been reported their cars can be powered for ’80 to 100 kilometres’ after a charging period of only four hours. Forbes.com also revealed how the firm is about to partner with the American firm Tesla Motors; Tesla being another specialist firm in the development of electric cars. This partnership is being seen as a possible indication of Hanergy’s desire to provide their eco-friendly solar cars for the US markets.

Other Existing Projects

Such vehicles are not completely unheard of. Previous endeavours into this technology include a 3-D printed solar car from a group of students at a University in Singapore and a Nigerian student who turned an old VW Beetle into a solar-powered off-road vehicle. Although, it must be said, these examples are very much in the prototype stages.

The hope is to have these solar vehicles widely available within the next few years. Naturally, as with many new technologies, there are bound to be teething problems and drivers will want to consider cover for potential breakdowns as well as regular safety checks.