Are Fuel Prices On Their Way Down?

These days, fuel costs make up a large part of car ownership and fuel economy is something everyone is looking out for when they are buying a new car or choosing new car tyres. So the latest price drops in the supermarket petrol station forecourts will be much appreciated by drivers all across the country, but will it last? Or will the inexorable rise of fuel prices begin again soon?

The supermarket petrol stations seem to be involved in a price war of late, with one particular supermarket cutting the cost of their fuel by 14 pence since the end of April. That is quite a significant drop and reduces the cost of filling the average family car by around £10. Their prices are currently 127.7 pence a litre for petrol and 132.7 pence per litre for diesel. The other supermarkets are following suit by dropping their prices by 2 pence to remain competitive. The main reason for these price drops is that the wholesale fuel price has also been dropping. In fact, across the United Kingdom, the average cost of fuel is down 10.5 pence per litre since the high was recorded in mid-April.

The situation looks fairly promising, but it is important to remember that there is a rise in fuel duty that is due to hit the pumps from August. The rise of 3.02 pence per litre may not seem like much, but it will mean that for each litre of fuel 60.97 pence will be fuel duty. When you include the VAT, it means that more than half of the price you pay at the pump is going to the government. There are discussions currently ongoing as to whether this rise in fuel duty should be reduced, postponed or even scrapped. Unfortunately scrapping it would leave the government needing to find another £1.5 billion to make up for the loss.

However, the price of oil is falling globally, and the Transport Secretary hopes that the petrol retailers will continue to pass on these savings to the consumers. The last thing anyone wants is to see a repeat of the fuel protests back in September 2000 with rolling blockades on the motorways which caused petrol pumps to run dry, as well as a lot of disruption on the roads.

As mentioned earlier, there are things that motorists can do to reduce their fuel economy, starting with choosing the right car and choosing fuel efficient car tyres, then adjusting the way they drive to reduce fuel consumption. Smooth driving, without sudden changes in speed, uses less fuel as does dropping your speed slightly.

Don’t Buy a Car, Lease a Car Instead

When it comes to choosing a new car you may not know just which car it is that you want to purchase, or you may have decided that you no longer want to purchase a car and that you would much rather lease one. When you choose to lease a car you can easily update it when you have decided that you want a newer model without the hassle of having to sell you car, you can simply take it back to the dealer and tell them that you are looking to upgrade, whether that’s after 6 months or 6 years.

There are many different cars for you to choose from in the Mercedes range and you will find that you can choose the car that you want without having to worry about the expense of purchasing outright.

A saloon car is perfect for business offering all the style and class that you could require, the C63 AMG Saloon comes with complete drive control, premium interior styling including leather seats. There is also the option to have the multimedia system COMAND (Cockpit Multimedia and Navigation Display). The C63 AMG Saloon is a very sporty car making it an excellent choice in car for business and pleasure.

If you want to find a car which is great for business and pleasure then make sure you take a look at the wide range of Mercedes Saloon cars available.

If you are looking for a family car then you may wish to choose an estate car which will be perfect for those family holidays when you feel as though you may as well have just taken the house with you. There are choices of both the C Class Estate and the E Class Estate.

The C Class Estate will easily carry four adults so if you’re taking the family on holiday there’s no reason for the kids to not have their own little space without touching each other, it also has automatic adaptive suspension so even when it is loaded up for your summer holiday it won’t have any effect on how the car drives.

The E Class Estate also provides enough space for four adults to travel comfortably which makes it a great family car especially if you have teenage children as they will soon need the space. The boot features an electronically operated luggage cover and tail gate, the E Class Estate features a large boot space and with the rear seats folded down it gives you a large boot space capacity. This car also comes with Mercedes ‘Pre-Safe’ which ensures driver and passenger are in the safest position before a potential accident, the ‘Pre-Safe’ system senses the sudden breaking or sharp steering actions and the automatically adjusts the seating positions, windows and seatbelt tensions to ensure that you are in the safest position if an impact was to occur.

There are many different Mercedes cars which work very well as a family car, it is important that you choose a family car which will adapt as your family car, this is why estate cars are so popular.

By choosing to lease a car you can choose when you want a new car and it is a much easier process to update your car, leasing is ideal when you have a growing family because you can change your car as your children get older ensuring that they have plenty of space in the back by choosing an Estate car, however once your children are old enough to drive or have left home you can then choose a car for yourself which is more for the enjoyment of driving rather than the practicality of being ‘taxi’.

How to Save Money on Gas When Driving

The fuel usage in automobiles is the relationship that exists between the distance that the car will travel and the amount of fuel it will consume. Different automobile models have different levels of fuel efficiency. An economic car is one that consumes less fuel over a long distance covered. The fuel prices fluctuate and you can never be sure when they will rise or fall, therefore it’s good to cut on the levels of fuel consumption.
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What You Need To Be A Lorry Driver

A lorry driver accomplishes a variety of tasks that mostly involve transporting and delivering products and goods. To mention a few, lorry drivers tasks may include delivering building materials, drive box containers, transport livestock, deliver temperature controlled goods, or drive tankers that contain fuel, milk, cement, or flour.

Since working as a lorry driver can be tough, listed below are the things that you need in order to become fit for the job.

1. License to drive – The first and foremost thing that you need is a correct license to drive. The license for becoming a lorry driver may vary depending on the state you are living in, total weight of your vehicle, and the maximum load that it carries. For instance, if your vehicle has a maximum authorized mass of 3.5 tons, you may need to have a C1 license. However, if MAM exceeds 7.5 tons, then you need the C license.

2. Complete training/exams – It is best that you complete an excellent training through the Large Goods Vehicles (LGV) training organizations and pass the Driver CPC module test. After passing the exam and to maintain exceptional driving skills, you may need to do a 35-hour periodic training every five years. Some other tests that you need to pass after the training include theory and hazard perception test and the practical driving test.

3. Excellent driving conduct – As a lorry driver, you need to drive the vehicle with maximum safety, courtesy, and consideration for other vehicles that are using the roads. You need to be a good example for other lorry drivers’ to follow by being responsible and reliable. When applying for the job, you may need to prove a good driving conduct by showing your driver’s record and other pertinent papers that can prove the roadworthiness of your vehicle.

4. Good health condition – You need to pass a medical examination and submit a medical certificate to the company ensuring that you are fit to drive or pass the medical standards required for safe driving. The medical standard for driving a lorry is higher because of its size, weight, and the length of time that drivers may spend at the wheel. Anyone who is suffering from a medical condition, such as neurological disorders, cardiovascular disorder, diabetes mellitus, or drug and alcohol dependence may or may not be given the chance to drive or granted license to drive a lorry depending on the severity of the case and some mitigating factors. At some point, companies would require satisfactory medical reports from the doctor, an independent medical examination and, blood test arranged by the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).