Driving a Ford Escape Hybrid

Driving a Ford Escape Hybrid

Driving a Ford Escape Hybrid

The Ford Escape Hybrid was the first battery assisted SUV in the market when it launched in 2004. It is the gasoline-electric powered version of the Ford Escape SUV developed by Ford Motor Company.

The Escape hybrid cars can be identified by the “Hybrid” badges on the doors of the car and near the right tail-gate. Additionally, the driver’s side window is smaller in size so as to accommodate the ventilation slot for the high voltage battery.


No Compromise Hybrid:

Escape Hybrid was the former car to unite SUV capability with outstanding fuel economy and low environmental impact of a full hybrid. This Hybrid car uses no fuel when you are stopped in traffic or in 44mph in full electric mode. It includes comfortable seating for five, a versatile cargo and numerous standard amenities. It also includes an intelligent 4WD system that provides enhanced traction whether the road is covered with gravel or ice or soaked by rain.

34 MPG City:

Running in electric mode, Escape Hybrid uses no fuel when car is stopped in traffic or driven at lower speeds upto 44mph. When 2.5L I-4 engine kicks in, it delivers an out-standing fuel economy of 34mpg in stop-and-go driving situations.

Regenerative Breaking:

When brakes are applied, energy produced in braking process is lost as heat. In Escape Hybrid, electric motor captures energy and sends it back to the battery to store it for later use.

Nickel Metal Hydride Battery (NiMH):

The battery in Escape Hybrid is completely sealed and carefully encased and stored under the flat rear cargo area floor. The regenerative braking charges the battery every time you apply brakes.

Eco-Friendly Seats:

The seat fabric in Escape Hybrid is made of post industrial material polyester fiber. The cushions use bio-based polyurethane foam derived from the oils of various plant seeds.

Drink Driving Facts And Penalties

Drink Driving Facts And Penalties

Drink Driving Facts And Penalties

After you pass your DSA practical test, you get a license to drive on the road. Even if you have passed your test, you should always be careful, alert driver on the road. This is for your own safety as well as for other road users safety.

You should always follow road rules and regulations.

Drink driving is one of the serious driving offence. If you drink and drive, not only are you jeopardising yourself, you are putting other road users at risk.

There are 250 people died due to drink driving and 14% of road accidents were caused by drink driving in 2010. By drinking and driving on the road, you risk your life and those of your passengers and others life. Alcohol can affect your ability to drive, weight, age and body metabolism and increase your stress levels. If you are driving after drinking, the alertness and carefulness will be less and you have trouble to judge your speed and be slower to react to hazards.

If you are planning to drive then alcohol must be avoided. This can help to reduce the no. of persons who killed or injured every year in road accidents due to drink driving. So drive safely and safe your and others life.

The drink driving law is complicated and given the severity of any potential punishment, expert assistance from a qualified solicitor should always be obtained. Many road users are confused by drink drive limits and alcohol levels.

The drink drive limit:

35 microgram’s of alcohol per 100 milliliters of breath 107 microgram’s of alcohol per 100 milliliters of urine what 80 milligram’s of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood

If you fail a roadside breath test, the police believe that you aren’t fit to drive because of drinking and you’ll be arrested and taken to a police station.

You may be offered a place on rehabilitation courses. The course teaches you more about the effects of alcohol on driving. The period for which you’re banned from driving will be reduced by up to a quarter, if you have successfully completed the course.

Here is what you can expect when caught for drinking and driving

So drink and drive, is really not worth the risk. Always follow the road rules and regulations. Never drive under the influence of alcohol.

All important aspects of driving like drink driving, speed limits etc are covered in official driving Theory test questions and DSA hazard perception. Most learner drivers prepare the questions just for passing the test and tend to forget once they pass their test. But remember the knowledge gained while preparing for theory test should be applied while using the road every time.

If you are a learner driver and want to pass driving test then prepare with latest driving theory test questions, Driving test cd, Driving test Dvd, hazard perception clips and practical driving test books.

Daimler, Chrysler Break Up Opposed

Daimler, Chrysler Break Up Opposed

Daimler, Chrysler Break Up Opposed

The Chrysler Group’s series of hardships is becoming a burden for its German parent DaimlerChrysler AG. But a member of the DCX’s governing supervisory board said last Friday that he would oppose a deal leading to the breakup of the Auburn Hills automaker.

“We wouldn’t support a solution such as a private equity firm that would cut out choice bits,” said Helmut Lense, one of the ten employee representatives on DaimlerChrysler’s 20-member supervisory board, which is likened to a U.S. board of directors. Lense said that he would prefer to see a manufacturing company, such as another automaker, take control of Chrysler in the event of a sale.

It was earlier reported that DaimlerChrysler is already in talks with potential buyers that include General Motors Corp. and private equity firms Blackstone Group and Cerberus Capital Management LP. These powerful firms, joined by other private entities, aim to acquire the company at some future time.

In February, as DCX reported a $1.5 billion loss for Chrysler, DaimlerChrysler CEO Dieter Zetsche said that the company was considering all options for Chrysler – including a sale that would put an end to the nine-year merger of Daimler-Benz AG and the former Chrysler Corp. It was also in February when the company stressed that all options remain on the table.

Among the possible options, DCX may retain a minority stake of 20 to 30 percent in Chrysler and this is according to people familiar with the sale talks. They said top managers are intent on working out a smooth and rapid deal to minimize management defections and disruption at Chrysler and its dealerships. “We want the best solution for the Chrysler Group, and for DaimlerChrysler,” said one company official who asked not to be named.

A company can only function well if all of its divisions are healthy, Lense said. “You can’t have one part where you’re constantly expecting losses,” he also emphasized. “That is a burden on the whole company.” Lense, the chief employee representative of the huge Untert’rkheim plant in Stuttgart, said that the structural problem which cannot be resolved only by cutting production capacity. He added that Chrysler needs to balance out its model range, and offer more small cars with fuel-efficient engines.

Lense added that Chrysler may need partners to share development costs, although he, like the other employee representatives on the DaimlerChrysler board, opposed a recent deal to have China’s Chery Automobile produce subcompacts for Chrysler. “Chrysler won’t improve its image by selling what are effectively Chinese cars,” he said.

DCX officials declined to comment on potential bidders and their selection criteria. However, an inside source said that DCX had set conditions in recent deals with private equity firms. These conditions include sales of MTU Aero Engines and the company’s off-highway engines unit, which included part of Detroit Diesel.

Willi Diez, the head of the Auto Industry Institute near Stuttgart, said that Chrysler’s problems stand out now because the rest of the company is running smoothly. “The problems at Mercedes are being solved. Mercedes is profitable. The problem of Smart has been solved. Trucks are profitable. Everything runs well at the core business except Chrysler,” Diez said. “The shareholders want to earn money. They have no patience. The lesson for German manufacturing is that they should focus on their own business,” he further mentioned, pointing to the success of BMW AG after the Bavarian carmaker sold Rover Cars in 2000.

Despite the controversy about the potential sale, DCX aims to set forth more powerful lineup. Studies and advancements are inspired by Ford engines, Volvo fuel filter

Driving Theory Test Tips Driving Your Car

Driving Theory Test Tips Driving Your Car

Consider driving less:

In the UK, more carbon dioxide (CO2) comes from people’s car travel than from any other kind of UK transport. Reducing your car travel is a key step to reducing climate change effects and local air pollution.

Nearly a quarter of all car trips are under two miles, a distance you can cycle in less than 15 minutes. Cycling and walking distances under two miles could help you get fitter and save you money in fuel. You could also consider:

* planning ahead so you can combine car trips * car sharing * using public transport

Practical driving test tips for car drivers:

Before driving off: Making life easier for your engine can mean you use less fuel and produce fewer emissions.

Pump up your tyres: Under-inflated tyres create more resistance, making your engine work harder. This can increase your fuel consumption by up to 3 per cent.

Adjusting your tyres regularly, especially before long journeys, can help your car use less fuel and could increase the life of the tyres. Cars with heavier loads may need different air pressure and over-inflating tyres can be unsafe, so check your car manual for the correct pressure.

Tyres that lessen resistance: Some tyres are designed to reduce resistance between the tyre and the road surface (known as ‘rolling resistance’). Low rolling resistance tyres help to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. From November 2012, tyre dealers will give information on tyres’ rolling resistance, wet grip performance and noise. Rolling resistance will be rated from A (best) to G (worst). Information may be provided for many tyres before November 2012 – ask your tyre dealer when you’re next buying tyres.

Clear out any extra weight: Remove unnecessary clutter and roof racks. This will reduce your car’s weight and air resistance.

Have your vehicle serviced regularly: Well-maintained cars in good condition tend to run more efficiently. Check how often your car should be serviced by looking in the owner’s manual or contacting the vehicle manufacturer.

If you carry out any work yourself, remember that waste from car maintenance (like old engine oil) is often hazardous. Dispose of it safely using council waste facilities.

Plan your route : Planning your route in advance, and using a map or satnav (satellite navigation system), can help you take the shortest route and avoid getting lost (For car and motorbike theory test).

While driving your car: Travelling at a constant 37 mph in fifth gear uses 25 per cent less fuel than in third gear. Following the smarter driving tips below could cut your CO2 emissions by around 8 per cent. This could add up to an annual fuel saving of up to one month per year.

Drive at an appropriate speed:

Driving at 50 miles per hour (mph) instead of 70 mph can improve fuel economy by 25 per cent. Driving at slower speeds also gives you time to anticipate traffic ahead, helping you drive more smoothly.

Speed up and slow down smoothly: Every time you stop and start, your engine uses more fuel and produces more emissions. Check the road ahead and slow down early, giving the traffic time to start moving again before you reach it. You can then speed up again without needing to stop.

Change gears at the right time: Changing up gears a little earlier can reduce revs per minute (rpm) and reduce your fuel usage. If you drive a diesel car, try shifting up when the rev counter reaches 2,000 rpm. For a petrol car, change up at 2,500 rpm. Remember to change down a gear at the right time too – if your car is struggling, it will also use more fuel.

Avoid leaving your engine running: If you’re likely to be at a standstill for more than three minutes, switch off the engine. When the engine is idling, you’re wasting fuel.

Source: DSA

Honda’s Frustrations At Bahrain Grand Prix

Honda’s Frustrations At Bahrain Grand Prix

The 15th of April is the day that the 2007 Bahrain Grand Prix was held at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain. The race is the third round of the 2007 Formula One season and it is also where team Honda suffered a frustrating race with only one driver making it to the checkered flag.

This year’s Bahrain Grand Prix was won by the Brazilian Felipe Massa who was driving for the Scuderia Ferrari. Podium finishers include the rookie Lewis Hamilton driving for McLaren Mercedes at second, and Finn Kimi Raikkonen driving for Ferrari in third place. After the race in Bahrain, Hamilton set a record by becoming the first Formula One driver to ever have achieved podium finishes on his first three races as a Formula One driver.

While Ferrari and McLaren Mercedes are enjoying success at the 2007 Formula One season, team Honda is currently suffering a frustrating start to the 2007 season.

During the 2007 Bahrain Grand Prix, a four-vehicle accident eliminated Honda’s Jenson Button from the contention. After the said accident which involved David Coulthard, Adrian Sutil, Scott Speed and Button, Honda faced the fact that they have only a car remaining in the race. At the opening lap of the race, Jenson Button accidentally hit the back of David Coulthard’s car. After that, his car’s anti-stall mechanism failed stopping the engine which forces Button to retire during the early stage of the race. Honda’s other driver is former Ferrari driver Rubens Barrichello.

After the Honda bumper or the nose of the Barrichello’s F1 car crossed the finish line, the team only managed to grab a 13th place finish at the race. The savvy veteran used a two-stop strategy during the race which saw him battling it out in the tracks with Ralf Schumacher. His subsequent finish allowed Honda technicians to gather date concerning his and Button’s cars. The data gathered will be used by the team’s engineers to improve their performance on the next race of the season.

After the race, Rubens Barrichello has this to say about his performance and what he thinks the future holds for the team: ?Well I finished the race at least but that s very little consolation. The track conditions were so blustery and the car driveability was terrible, so it was a really tough race, especially knowing that we couldn’t be competitive. Now we have to put a disappointing few races behind us and look to what we can do to improve the car. There is a great deal of hard work ahead of us but we will get there, I m sure.?

As far as his performance and early exit, Jenson Button has this to say: ?Got a good start and made up at least three places then at turn 2 Taku (Sato) ran wide, tried to squeeze me and I had nowhere to go so I had to go on the dirt on the inside. Then in turn 3 I had Coulthard and someone else fighting around me. DC went wide then cut back sharp and again I had nowhere to go. We touched and that spun me round then the anti-stall didn’t cut in, I stalled and that was the end of my race after just three corners.?

‘the track conditions out there were very slippery and windy so it will have been a tough race for everyone,? Button says of the track. ‘sadly, I wasn’t part of it,? lamented Button.

After the 2007 Bahrain Grand Prix, the teams will have a four-week break before the next race, the 2007 Spanish Grand Prix. Honda will be using that time improves their car’s performance which they hope will earn them a podium finish at the next race.

On the 13th of May, the team’s engineer’s efforts to improve Button’s and Barrichello’s cars will be put to the ultimate test as they battle with Spanish Fernando Alonso of McLaren and the rest of the Formula One roster.

Tips Of Finding Old Jeeps For Sale

Tips Of Finding Old Jeeps For Sale

Tips Of Finding Old Jeeps For Sale

If you are looking for old jeeps for sale, you could stand to benefit from a few searching tips. Not all old jeeps for sale are alike and it will be necessary for you to be careful about where you shop and the jeep you select.

Firstly, you have a number of jeep finding resources available to search for old jeeps for sale. All you have to do is avail yourself of such resources.

So where is the best place to find old jeeps for sale? Thanks to the Internet, it is super easy to find a variety of old jeeps for sale online. There are some tricks to the act of buying an old jeep from online sellers that you need to note. First, be sure to read the description of the vehicle thoroughly so you can have a good idea of what the seller is offering. Do not forget to examine the fine print.

You may ask is it safe to buy old jeeps online? The answer is yes if it’s a trusted website such as Ebay. There are many ways buyers are protected online, but the best way to determine if seller is reputable is to look at their feedback score and you can also view the comments from previous buyers left for that seller.

Ideally you would want to do business with a seller with a feedback score of 100%. But you have to take everything into consideration. If a seller has a feedback score of less than 100% he still may be a reputable seller. You need to review all of the information supplied so that you can get an idea of what the seller is like and if he or she is reputable enough for you to make a purchase from him. In addition, do not be afraid to question the seller of an old jeep about the vehicle, its conditions, and what the vehicle may or may not need. Good sellers are always happy to address your questions and/or concerns pertaining to old jeeps for sale.

You have other resources available to you too when looking for old jeeps for sale, such as local classified ads which are also sometimes published online. Again, it is always recommended that you carefully select a seller to work with.

Get Prepared to Be Nice to Your Car

Get Prepared to Be Nice to Your Car

Get Prepared to Be Nice to Your Car

Imagine yourself driving alone in the evening in a deserted road when suddenly, the car stopped. You didn’t see it coming and there was a sudden panic attack that you couldn’t even think what to do first. Should you go out and check the engine? What about the tires? And if you go out and check the engine and the tires, do you even know what to do? Are you familiar with the belts, the compressors and the oil? What about the tires? Do you know anything about tire pressure and when it is necessary to change them?

If you don’t know anything about these things, then it is understandable that you get panic attacks whenever you get stuck on the road with your car down.

Be in the Know

As a driver, you have to be one with your car. You have to be able to feel when your car is in good condition or when your car is having problems. You should be able to feel it with just how your car glides to the road as you drive, just as how your engines sound or how smooth your car turns to the left and right. You can sense it all. Now if you think there’s a problem, it’s you, the driver, who should be the first man to check out what’s happening, especially if you are far from repair shops and maintenance centres.

There are available readings or reference materials available in the Internet. However, these materials are limited. Those who have the price to pay can download different repair manuals which are available online. If you own a Mercedes Benz, there is an available Mercedes repair manual that you can read which will help you understand how your Mercedes Benz works and how to go about it in case the engine, the exterior and the interior get in trouble. There is also a Haynes manual onlinewhich is helpful to anybody who would like to master the about different car systems. Haynes manual online is one of the most downloaded manuals.

Do It Yourself Repair

Most of the usual problems drivers encounter in their daily driving are really not complicated. Usually, they are simple problems that arise due to the negligence of the drivers themselves just like forgetting to check the oil level of the car engine. The cause of sudden stopage due to drying up of oil may cause you inconvenience. When this happens, you just have to secure enough oil to for replacement

Another usual problem is flat tires. To prevent this from happening, you have to regularly check the pressure of the tires. It is also advised that you have a reserve tire on your car all the time. Having a Mercedes repair manual at hand all the time will give you background on changing tires. In this way, you armed with the knowledge of doing car repairs by more information please visit:-

Tonneau Covers For Pickups – Retractable Is A Top Choice

Tonneau Covers For Pickups – Retractable Is A Top Choice

Tonneau Covers For Pickups – Retractable Is A Top Choice

Tonneau covers for pickups protect cargo from theft and from weather too. But there’s more. A cover also makes your truck bed a cleaner shape which may improve fuel mileage. But different tonneau designs are better for different purposes and a cover is a lot more than just looks. Here are tips for choosing the best truck bed covers.

Tonneau covers for pickups are one of the most popular options. The look a pickup cover gives your truck is one reason for choosing a cover. But that’s not the only reason to get a cover. A cover keeps anything you haul out of the weather and out of sight.

Any tonneau cover will keep your cargo under cover, but some work better than others. Your budget is a factor when making a choice. If you really want the most security and a great look at the same time, a retractable cover may be your best choice. here’s why.

You want security. You get it with a retractable cover. That’s because the cover is metal. You see the retractable top is actually a sheet of aluminum or aluminum panels that roll forward into a cannister. Couple the metal sliding part with a metal frame and a locking tailgate and you’ve got security. Only the most determined intruder will bother your cargo.

Now you can get the cover in a motorized version that opens with a touch of a button. But that’s not really necessary. It’s just an option, since the top slides easily anyway. So what you have is a truck bed that’s a big metal box with a sliding top. You get a secure place for cargo plus a great finished look for your truck.

Now even the cheap tonneau cover has many benefits. A soft cover for just a small price will protect your cargo in many ways. But for a rugged cover that looks great and is easy to use, it’s hard to beat a retractable tonneau cover.

Pickup truck tonneau covers are a popular option for several reasons. If you’re looking for security for your cargo it’s hard to beat a retractable tonneau cover. But even a cheap soft cover has many advantages.

Kia Adds To Its Lineup The Cee?d Sporty Wagon

Kia Adds To Its Lineup The Cee?d Sporty Wagon

Kia Adds To Its Lineup The Cee?d Sporty Wagon

Last year, Kia has unveiled their cee’d hatchback at the Paris Motor Show. The sporty look of the hatchback has endeared it a large number of motorists. Not only is its exterior looks the good thing about this car, its interior is also of high aesthetic value with its three-spoke steering wheel and fashionable trim. With the success of the hatchback, Kia is counting on that momentum to transfer to their unveiling of the cee’d Sporty Wagon. The sport wagon version of the cee’d will make its debut at the upcoming 2007 Geneva Motor Show on March 6 this year.

The cee’d is slated to be available on dealership by August of this year. Jean-Charles Lievens, Senior Vice-President of Kia Motors Europe has this to say about the Kia cee’d Sport Wagon: ‘the new Kia cee’d Sporty Wagon retains all the attributes of the cee’d hatchback and offers consumers extra practicality and versatility, with a unique extended tailgate design, while keeping stylish stand-alone good looks with a truly sporty feel. With ride, handling, and performance every bit as responsive as the hatchback, the Sporty Wagon will be available with a similar choice of engines and specifications. The Sporty Wagon is sure to delight existing Kia customers and to attract European customers who have not yet considered our brand.?

The Kia’s 4.5-meter long frame gives it the advantage of more luggage space compared to the hatchback. The passenger and cargo space of the cee’d Sporty Wagon is the best in its class. The wagon version is also equipped with technologically advanced features from entertainment to safety. Customers are also given a wide selection of trim packages. Kia has provided a lineup of 18 Sporty Wagons with a choice from three different equipment levels, five engines, manual or automatic transmission and a host of other optional features. This wide variety of choice makes it possible for consumers to buy a car that will suit them very well like how a Volvo strut mount fits perfectly into the steering suspension mix of a Volvo.

The luggage capacity of the cee’d Sporty Wagon is 534 liters which is almost 200 liters more than that of the hatchback version. The overall length of the Sporty Wagon is 235 millimeters longer than the hatchback. Most of that increase can be found behind the rear wheels. The Sporty Wagon is also 10 millimeters taller than the hatchback. This increase in dimension of the Sporty Wagon does little to affect its handling which is as responsive as that of the hatchback version. What Lievens is talking about when he said that the Sporty Wagon has a unique extended tailgate design is the reduced upswing and outswings of the tailgate. This is made possible by moving the tailgate’s hinges 225 millimeters forward, this design development allows users to stand closer to the car when opening or closing the tailgate.

The unveiling of the cee’d Sporty Wagon is the logical step of progression for the Asian car manufacturers following the release of the hatchback version of the cee’d. To complete the cee’d family; Kia is scheduled to introduce to the market a Sporty Hatch version in December of this year. The trio represents the first generation of Kia cars to be designed and manufactured in Europe. This is a huge step forward for the Asian car maker in making their presence known in the global market. Another thing that makes Kia cars more appealing to buyers is its warranty. The car manufacturer offers a seven-year/ 150,000 kilometers warranty for the cee’d family which is transferable to succeeding owners.

Factoring Services Can Help Save Any Transportation Company

Factoring Services Can Help Save Any Transportation Company

Factoring Services Can Help Save Any Transportation Company

Your trucking concern isn’t going to be able to get very far if you’re stuck trying to collect the money you’ve earned. You need it in order to cover your expenses and turn a profit, but it may be smarter to cut your losses than to risk going bankrupt while you’re fighting to get what you deserve. Any transportation factoring concern that you use is going to help you to get at least enough to take care of things like fleet maintenance and payroll, so even if you take a hit at least you’re going to be able to stay in business.

Of course, there are some transportation factoring firms out there where everyone has a personal connection to the trucking industry. When you deal with one of these companies, you’ll be able to keep enough of your profit margin intact that you can move on to the next job with stable footing. Even though you won’t be as well off as you should if your client had treated you right, you’ll still be able to be a successful business as you deal with other clients who treat you better than the one did. Cutting losses can make it possible for you to save your company and progress as you wanted it to.

No one ever wants to take a hit if they think they can get out of it, but sometimes it’s smarter to take the hit you see than to risk being crushed if the alternative doesn’t work out perfectly. Using factors to get most of what you’ve earned is always going to be a safer option than running the risk of never getting any of what you’ve earned and losing your company in the process. That makes it the better alternative of the two, so you should grab for it whenever you find that it’s a viable option.