Many GPS devices display your current speed, based on a simple calculation of how much distance you are covering in a given time period. However, drivers are often confused with these readings since it generally varies significantly from the vehicle’s speedometer.
So which speedometer is more accurate? Which one should be used to determine if you are driving within the posted speed limits? How does it relate to using speeding alerts in your telematics program?
If you’re a rental car company there’s a certain amount of risk you incur when you rent out a vehicle. You trust that the majority of customers will treat your vehicles with respect and a reasonable duty of care. But there are always a certain percentage who feel renting a car gives them license to treat it like it was their brother’s go-kart.
The growing number of ‘rental car abuse’ videos on YouTube continues to highlight the potential loss faced by car rental firms, with much of the damage hidden from inspection on the vehicle’s return.
If you are a safe driver and still find yourself paying exorbitant insurance rates, you should know that there are ways to lower your rate, even if you own a sports or some other ‘difficult-to-insure’ vehicle. All it takes is a bit of research, planning, and patience on your part, and you can soon find yourself dealing with a much lower than average insurance payment each time your bill comes due.
One of the simplest and most straightforward ways to get a discounted insurance rate is to take your time and shop around. Do not just go with the first reasonable policy that you find. Instead, you should check out any and all insurance companies and policies that apply to you.
No one likes to get caught in a traffic jam, inching along the freeway, bumper to bumper, cursing the heat, the wasted time and fuel as well as the appointment you’re now going to be late for. And there’s not a thing you can do about it. Fortunately not many of us take it to the extreme Michael Douglas did in the movie Falling Down, which saw him abandoning his stranded vehicle and going on a murderous rampage through LA, but we might feel his frustration. If it makes you feel any better we’ve rounded up five of the worst traffic jam locations, and, more importantly, what you can do to minimize their impact on your commute.
There are degrees of traffic jams and some are just worse than others – much worse. In fact, some time ago Forbes reported on the DOT (Department of Transportation) rounding up the worst offenders and taking measures to alleviate what it describes as ‘alarming trends of congestion’, with the emphasis on implementing short-term solutions.
But it’s not just the U.S. that suffers from traffic chaos. Here is a roundup of pictures from the five worst cities for traffic jams (Sao Paulo is officially the worst with a queue that was 166 miles long, recorded in 2008).
#1 Sao Paulo, Brazil
#2 Jakarta, Indonesia
#3 Los Angeles, U.S.
Although new hybrid cars and bio-fuels seem like great alternatives for reducing your fuel consumption, most people either can’t afford to upgrade or simply don’t have access to these new alternatives.
AA Insurance, New Zealand recently held a rally which aimed to show motorists how they can slash their fuel bills by choosing a fuel-efficient car and driving it in a fuel efficient manner. Read more »