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Being able to charge an electric vehicle at home is a big incentive when it comes to buying a new electric vehicle, but it is extremely rare to find electric car chargers installed at rental properties as tenants cannot have them installed without the property owner’s permission and most owners would not pay to have them installed at their property for someone else’s use.

It is good news then that there are now grants being made available to tenants and property owners alike to enable electric vehicle chargers to be fitted to properties so that tenants who own electric vehicles will be able to use them and it will future-proof the property should any other tenants want this facility. It will also benefit the property owner as it will make the property more attractive to potential tenants and add value to the property if it is sold in the future.

The new grant is being seen as a positive step forward by electric vehicle manufacturers and environmentalists who recognise that anything that makes owning an EV easier and cheaper is bound to increase sales and with special electricity rates for electric car chargers being offered by energy companies it is good news all round.

How to cut the cost of your fuel bill for your car

It seems that everything is going up and up in price at the moment, car fuel being one of the biggest. The prices at the pump on average have increased by around 50 pence per litre which can equate to around £28 extra to fill up your tank. This can have a huge impact, especially on those that are having to use their car a lot to get to and from work but are not given any allowance. The fuel prices have increased for a number of reason and it is unlikely that they will come down any time soon. There is fear that the situation could even get a lot worse over the coming months with the conflict that is happening between Russia and Ukraine.

It is important to try and drive as economically as you possibly can to ensure that you keep your fuel bills down. If your car ha a trip computer, try and notice what miles per gallon you are getting. You can then try to implement some of these driving style changes and see if it makes a difference.

Always drive in the highest gear suitable for the speed you are traveling at. Keeping the engine revs low consumes less fuel. Having to keep slowing down and then accelerating, again uses up more fuel so instead slow down a little and see if you can drive at a more constant speed.  

Do not ignore that sound coming from your car

If you drive your car quite often you will probably notice fairly quickly if it starts to sound different. It may be that the sound of the engine is louder or that when you change gear you notice a crunching sound. It may not be coming from the engine; it could instead be an issue with the suspension which may result in a knocking noise. It may be tempting to ignore this and wait until it gets worse but that is very risky, and you may end up having to pay a lot more to repair the issue later on down the line than if you had had it fixed when you first noticed it.

You will usually need to take it in to a garage to get a mechanic to have a look at it unless you are able to get a mobile mechanic out to you. Depending on what the noise is, they may ask you to leave the vehicle with them for a bit until they have had a chance to test drive it and investigate further.

If you want to be able to get quotes from other garages, be sure to make it clear that you do not want them to carry out any work until you have agreed for them to proceed.

Winter safety when driving

That time of year is upon us when the nights and mornings are dark and frosty and it is not unusual to get ice and even snow. This can make for horrible driving conditions and although you may not want to, there may be times when you have to. Although you can never completely avoid the risk of an accident, there are things you can do to try and ensure that you and your vehicle is as safe as can be.

Two of the main safety features of a car is the brakes and the tyres. Both of these should be checked regularly by inspecting them but with your brakes you should also test them when driving at slower speeds. Your tyres need to have a minimum of 1.6mm of tread left on them for them to be legal but most garages say that anything less than 3mm starts to affect your braking distance. During the winter months especially, it is even more important to check that not only is there plenty of tread left on your tyres but that they also are inflated to the correct pressure and free from any damage. This could be a puncture, bulging or cuts / cracks.

Dash cams are a must for all drivers

When dash cams first hit the market, they were quite expensive and it was mostly business people such as rep who do a lot of driving that had them. Over the last decade they have come down massively in price and you can now pick one up from less than £30!

Unfortunately, many of us have encountered people on the road who seem to be oblivious to how their driving affects others. Overtaking on bends, tailgating, driving too fast or even driving too slow can all play major roles in why people have accidents. Over the past few years that has been a massive increase in the number of people doing “crash for cash” scams where they slam their brakes on causing you to go into the back of them then claim off your insurance company for personal injury plus the damage to the vehicle. The blame is automatically put on to you if you run in to the back of someone so you need to have a way to prove your innocence and sometimes a dash cam is the only way to do this. A dash cam might be the best purchase you make when it comes to accessories in your car.

You will often find taper roller bearings used in the wheels of cars and other vehicles, and they can cope with horizontal and vertical forces at the same time. They might also be found in gearboxes and engine motors, as well as being used in other industries.

Taper roller bearings will consist of inner and outer rings, with tapered rollers to allow the surface of the raceways, and the roller axles, to meet on the axis. The cones’ motion is coaxial and there is no sliding motion to worry about. Always use the right taper roller bearings for your application, and achieve perfect operation.