Today’s media bug bear of choice seems to be the fuel consumption figures that car manufacturers provide. Many people claim that these figures are unachievable, as car manufacturers basically “cheat” to come up with them. The Guardian newspaper even posted an infographic here showing various ways this is done, from pumping up tyres, or using ones with specially low rolling resistance, to putting low friction oil in the engine.
A lot of these “cheats” aren’t terribly complicated though. So surely ordinary folk can save fuel by applying these methods to their own cars? Continue reading →
Earlier this week it turns out that Facebook, Twitter and Apple have all been hacked, with claims that customer data has been taken from them. While this may, or may not be true, if such large and tech savvy companies such as these can fall victim to hackers, then surely every business can, large or small.
In a recent survey, Continental tyres discovered that 70% of people were still unaware of the new EU tyre labelling legislation that come into effect on 1st November 2012.
So what exactly is it?
From November last year, all tyres for sale must now be labelled in a similar manner to the picture at the top of this post, showing how a tyre performs in three different categories. Continue reading →
At the start of last month new legislation was introduced to make squatting illegal. Those charged with this offence could potentially face a large fine of anything up to £5,000 or even be sent to prison for up to six months. All well and good so far, but there’s a bit of a loophole: the new legislation only applies to residential properties. Continue reading →
Recent figures from the DVLA have revealed motorists are hanging on to their cars for longer than they were twenty five years ago. The average age of a car on Britain’s roads today is seven and a half years, compared with six and a half in 1987.
It’s obvious why people are doing this, but is it a good thing? Are people just kidding themselves??
There was an interesting article published in a couple of newspapers recently concerning Aviva looking into black box technology to bring insurance premiums down.
On first glance, there’s nothing unusual about that, and it may appear that Aviva are coming late to the party, but the aspect that stands out, is that instead of having a black box installed, Continue reading →