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Motorists are Needlessly Wasting Fuel Through Ignorance

Whilst the usual focus of TorqueCars is on car tuning, they spend a lot of time educating drivers, making the roads a safer place and keeping the flow of traffic going.

The forums are full of tips and pointers from seasoned car tuners and enthusiasts from around the world making it a great destination for people looking for sound advice.

TorqueCars note that there are a few common mistakes drivers make that are costing them hundreds each year.

Poor maintenance of the car wastes money. Oil changes are vital and reduce wear and tear on the engine. Good quality oils can also save fuel by effectively reducing the friction in the engine. Low oil levels and using the wrong oil really accelerates engine wear and worn engines are less efficient and will use more fuel.

Additionally when filters get clogged up, air fuel and oil they add restrictions into the engine decreasing efficiency.

Tyre pressures make a big difference to your fuel consumption. Under inflated tyres can adversely affect your handling, in addition to wasting fuel. TorqueCars owner Waynne Smith says, “In the real world simple things like checking tyre pressures, adjusting your driving style and correctly servicing your car can make a massive difference to your motoring expenses and costs.”

Driving style and habits are certainly one of the biggest wastes of resources. Most inexperienced drivers are guilty of at least some of the following fuel wasting habits.

Driving too fast – this can waste around 15% of your fuel or more! Going at 50mph is a lot more fuel efficient than driving at 70mph. Every 5 mph over 70 uses exponentially more fuel.

Braking hard also wastes a lot of momentum. Just easing off the throttle earlier as you approach a stop or junction will also avoid wasting fuel.

There is also another top tip from TorqueCars. Choose the right gear! Contrary to popular belief being in too high OR too low a gear will waste fuel. Your aim should be to keep the car in it’s power band where it is most efficient. Going outside of this will not only waste fuel but will increase the wear and tear on your engine resulting in costly repairs.

In addition to these fuel saving tips there are some tuning modifications you can apply to your car to maximise your fuel. TorqueCars website goes into these in some detail and they range from remaps, internal engine work and modification to the wheels and tyres.

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SEAT Young Driver course has positive effect on accident rates

The pioneering SEAT Young Driver programme is proving to have a positive effect on accident rates among its participants. This is according to research into the subject by Young Driver Training Ltd, the company behind SEAT Young Driver.

A survey among teenagers that have taken the ground-breaking young driver course has revealed that their accident rate is markedly reduced when compared to the overall rate of newly qualified drivers in the UK.

Statistics from the Department for Transport show that two out of ten newly qualified drivers will crash within six months of passing the test*, and drivers aged 17-24 are involved in one in four incidents of serious injury or death on the road, despite accounting for one in eight full UK driving licences.**

By comparison, of those that responded to a Young Driver Survey and had held a full licence for six months or more, fewer than one in ten had been involved in an accident behind the wheel: 9%, which is less than half the national rate.***

Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) chief examiner, Peter Rodger said: “It’s good to see early indications that pre-driver courses are producing safer drivers. The IAM has always felt that training drivers over a longer period of time and catching them when their attitudes towards driving are still developing is key to producing a safer driver.

“Facilitating more time to develop skills of observation and anticipation, and to build a broad experience of different traffic conditions, will ultimately save lives.”

Kim Stanton, Marketing Director for Young Driver, added: “Our research, along with data from the Swedish Government, shows that training young people to drive at an early age when they’re much more receptive to road safety messages really could save hundreds of lives per year.”

SEAT Young Driver is the only driver training course of its type in the UK, offering anyone aged between 11- and 17 years old the chance to get behind the wheel with a qualified ADI instructor and learn how to drive.

Research undertaken for the Swedish Government found that establishing a minimum number of hours of pre-test driving experience slashed accidents among young drivers by 40%****. SEAT Young Driver was set up in 2009 based on this research, and remains the only course of its type in the UK.

By the end of 2012 over 60,000 young people will have taken the SEAT Young Driver course, each of them equipped to go into their driving lessons at 17 having learned the fundamentals of driving.

Lessons take place throughout the UK, from Southampton to Glasgow, at venues with facilities for driver training away from the public highway; locations have included The NEC in Birmingham, Brent Cross in London and Metro Centre, Gateshead.

The course includes the very basics of manoeuvring a car, to more complex, real-world skills like overtaking, using a roundabout and reverse parking.

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Ticket Relief Is Now Social!

Ticket Reliefannounced today the launch of its official social media platform, including the company’s presence on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Ticket Relief’s first-ever Facebook page (http://www.Facebook.com/TicketRelief) will focus on developing direct connections to the mainstream audience, making this the ideal destination online for those who utilize the services of the preferred choice for satisfying traffic school on the Internet.

Following Ticket Relief on Twitter (http://www.Twitter.com/TicketRelief) will give the opportunity for people to instantly connect to breaking news on Ticket Relief services, promotions, forthcoming contests, prize giveaways, and also chat (via the #TicketRelief hashtag) about what they enjoy about the Ticket Relief experience.

Ticket Relief’s YouTube channel (http://www.YouTube.com/TicketReliefTV) will allow people to have the access to see up close and personal what Ticket Relief is all about and connect 24/7 with an expanded audience on one of the most exciting and popular online platforms. Ticket Relief’s first two YouTube videos are now available for download, with new ones coming later this fall.

Through this innovative approach in online expansion, Ticket Relief hopes to earn the attention and trust of its future customers, while satisfying the needs of its current clientele by putting their information needs at the center of its business model.

The right content through the interactive channels of Ticket Relief is the next step toward bringing tomorrow’s socially-led media world into today.

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No Nap Device, Inexpensive, Light Weight, Keeps You Awake While Driving, Help To Avoid Road Accidents

No Nap. If you are feeling drowsy but needed to keep yourself on the road and just want to make it to your destination as soon as possible without causing a major accident. No Nap is a small, easy to use, device that will keep you and others safe during a long, drowsy drive. All you need to do is turn the device on, adjust the wake up angle switch, and place it behind your ear. This gadget has been popular with truckers who spend long hours on the road and it could be useful for keeping many others safe on the highway as well.http://www.thenonap.com/

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Solutions Group Accelerates Awareness of Decelerator With Twitter, Facebook and Internet Search Optimization

Sean O’Neil, CEO of Solutions Group Inc. (PINKSHEETS: SOLU), revealed that the Company has increased public awareness of two of its foremost product lines, the automotive Decelerator to stop SUA, and the iDrive vehicle event onboard recorder, through creating their presence on Facebook and Twitter, while optimizing its search engine presence by engaging Best Online Results of Austin, Texas. The new programs already have resulted in enabling the public to view the Decelerator in action on Comcast in New England by simply entering 888 at their menu options.

Solutions Group Accelerates Awareness of Decelerator With Twitter, Facebook and Internet Search Optimization

Mr. O’Neil stated, “We have to expand our reach out to the public and we are working to do that through traditional marketing channels, but with such a widespread problem we have decided to accelerate the delivery of our message through many new online media marketing channels.”

Joshua Geary, Principal of Best Online Results, added, “Our main goal is to leverage the Internet, communicate through every available online voice and more effectively increase Solution’s reach and engage consumers concerned about sudden unattended acceleration. We are doing that through a comprehensive online strategic marketing approach including video, social media and online press marketing.”

Solutions Group Inc. and its iDrive and Decelerator products divisions can be found on Facebook as “SOLUTIONS GROUP,” “DECELERATOR” and “IDRIVE – vehicle monitoring system.” You are invited to follow Solutions Group Inc. and its products on Twitter under “SOLU805” (Solutions Group), “theDecelerator” and “idriveX1.”

For more information please visit our website at: http://www.SolutionsGroupCorp.com

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LV= Research Has Revealed One In Four Motorists Suffer A Break In To Their Vehicle Due To Valuables Being Left Unattended In Cars

LV=, the UK insurance provider, has found 80% of drivers have left valuables in their cars. This carelessness has lead to an increase in the number of cars being broken into, with one in four motorists saying that they’ve been a victim of a car break in.

According to a report from LV=, high value items such as mobile phones, clothes and even wallets are regularly left inside vehicles whilst parked on UK roads. The value of goods left by men is generally much higher than that of more safety conscious women. In fact, according to the research carried out amongst 2044 adults, the average value of goods left in cars by men is £380. Younger drivers are similarly lax about their belongings with drivers aged 34 or under admitting to leaving an average of £334 worth of goods in their vehicle. This compares to a national average of £283.

Cars are most at risk of being broken into whilst parked on residential streets, with 40% of all thefts now taking place whilst the car is parked directly outside the owners’ home with a further 18% of thefts taking place whilst the car is parked in other residential areas. Less than one in ten (9%) car break-ins take place in commercial car parks, despite the perceived higher risk.

Emma Holyer, spokesperson for LV= Car Insurance, said: “These figures show a casual attitude amongst motorists when it comes to leaving their belongings in their car. The fact is that most car break-ins are by opportunist thieves who would probably not bother to break into the car if it looked as though it didn’t contain anything to steal.”

The research from LV= found that the most frequently stolen items from unattended cars are detachable car stereos and radios, CDs, wallets and purses and satellite navigation systems.

“Some car insurance policies will cover contents so motorists should ensure they have this cover so that if the worst happens they are not out of pocket,” Ms. Holyer continued. “However, to avoid the hassle of having your car broken into, we’d advise people not to leave any visible valuables in their car in the first place, as this will massively reduce the likelihood of any break in.”

About LV=:
LV= is a trademark of Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society Limited (LVFS) and LV= is a trading style of the Liverpool Victoria group of companies.

LV= employs over 3,700 people, serves more than 2.5 million customers and members, and manages more than £7.7 billion on their behalf. LV= is the UK’s largest friendly society and a leading mutual financial services provider, aiming to help customers find freedom from financial worry by providing a wide range of reliable and good value financial products, including home insurancetravel insurance and pet and travel insurance direct to consumers.

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Visionstat™ Portable, A New Transportable Wireless Camera System Which Provides A Safe And Convenient Solution For All Types Of Towing And Hitch Applications

Mobile Awareness, LLC, a provider of leading-edge transportation safety products, today announced VisionStat™ Portable, a new transportable wireless camera system. VisionStat™ Portable provides a safe and convenient solution for all types of towing applications, visual security, temporary use for backing and observation of valuable cargo.

The VisionStat™ Portable camera system is cost-effective, easily installed, and allows the driver to back-up and align a towing vehicle using the removable, handheld monitor with a 2.4” LCD screen. The Night Vision enabled camera has a magnetic base to allow for flexible mounting which can be adapted for visual security purposes. Both the handheld monitor and the camera can be charged using either the vehicle power adapter or the plug-in AC adapter (both included) and can be conveniently stored after use.

“Mobile Awareness recognizes that vehicle owners and businesses want flexible, effective and affordable camera systems that improve their vehicle safety environments,” says Brandon Stotsenburg, Director of Sales & Marketing at Mobile Awareness“Our VisionStat™ Portable color video system provides a transportable camera at a price which will allow RV and utility truck customers to safely back their vehicles, align them for hitching and monitor valuable cargo during transportation.”

Additional features include the ability to switch camera views, to reverse the image when aligning a hitch, as well as adjust contrast and brightness on the portable monitor. Wireless camera transmission capability is up to 300 feet with night vision range of approximately 15 feet.

Stotsenburg concludes, “VisionStat™ Portable has a one-year warranty and provides a truly affordable and flexible color camera system for our customers who need a temporary system, but still want many of the safety benefits that they have come to expect from Mobile Awareness.”

About Mobile Awareness
Cleveland, Ohio based Mobile Awareness, LLC™ designs and markets leading-edge, affordable transportation safety products. The company provides integrated accident prevention solutions for commercial transportation professionals with its VisionStat™ Wired & Wireless Vehicle Camera Systems, TireStat™ Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) and SenseStat™ Wired & Wireless Obstacle Detection Sensor Systems. For more information, please contact Mobile Awareness, Toll Free: 866-653-5036 or visitwww.MobileAwareness.com

Mobile Awareness…Reducing the Total Cost of Safety™

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Precautions motorists can take to see if they are “good to go” for the road this fall and winter season

Motorists don’t need an automotive member services club like AAA to tell them that when the long sunny days quickly give way to cold, rain and the occasional premature snowflakes, it’s a good sign to begin preparing their vehicle for the fall and winter months.

One precaution a motorist can take to see if they are “good to go” for the road is to take the following survey. If the answer is a definite “yes” to all of the eight questions, they are ready for the fall and winter seasons. If there’s a “no” response on any one, well, there may be some further maintenance required by the motorist.

1. Do you consider yourself a defensive driver and use common sense to adjust your driving habits during adverse weather conditions?

2. Do you maintain a full gas tank to lower condensation for increased fuel mileage?

3. Do you follow the rule of thumb of not to use overdrive in cold or freezing temperatures?

4. Do you know that four-wheel drive make give you better “get-up and go” but it won’t stop your vehicle any faster?

5. Did you know that if you add the weight of a spray-on bedliner to the rear of your truck it provides greater traction? The additional 50 pounds from an Ameraguard Sprayed On Bedliner will give a driver greater opportunity to deter rear wheel skids plus the skid-resistant coating will be handy in wet conditions when loading/unloading work or personal stuff.

6. Is your vehicle equipped with the necessary emergency supplies – like jumper cables, tow chain, shovel, and flashlights — if you and your passengers are stranded?

7. Does your vehicle have a breakdown kit? The basic items include food, water, first-aid kit, road flares, plus warm clothing and accessories as blankets, gloves, boots, and hats.

8. Is the heater and defroster working properly?

These are but a few of the Basic 101 Vehicle Maintenance Tips that any motorist can follow to ensure a smoother and safer ride this winter for family and friends. Other maintenance checkpoints include checking the fluids regularly; maintaining a strong battery; and that all the headlights are shining brightly.

For more information on how vehicles owners can better prepare their car or truck for the seasons’ change, when the weather turns bad and rust and corrosion begins to show signs of attacking the exposed metal like a truck bed, visit www.ameraguard.com or call toll-free 1-866-366-7035.

About Ameraguard Coatings USA

Ameraguard Coatings USA, a pioneer in the sprayed bedliner business, was incorporated in 1991. Over the years, we have grown into a family of dealers across North America, built upon a foundation of integrity, innovation, quality and a dedication to customer service.

Before most of our competitors entered the sprayed bedliner market, we were well on our way to becoming the most experienced and technically advanced company in the industry. We are a supplier of high quality materials, equipment and technical expertise.

Ameraguard puts our network of dealers first in the marketplace, with equipment and chemical technology, application techniques and innovative marketing strategies.

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