Autonomous vehicles are about as polarizing a subject as you could possibly bring up around a group of car enthusiasts. Plenty of gearheads get hot under the collar at the mere concept of a self-driving car. Meanwhile, automotive tech fetishists cannot wait to plant their — I’m assuming — khaki Chinos into the seat of an autonomous vehicle and enjoy a coffee without the hindrance of having to actually drive the thing to their destination. I’ve previously discussed how autonomous cabs will become unparalleled filth-boxes, destined for salacious behavior. Because without driver oversight, why not sneeze into your hand and wipe it on the seat back? Now, surveys are beginning to indicate privately owned computer-controlled cars will be subject to similar activities — with some drivers suggesting they’ll have no qualms about having sex, drinking booze, or binge eating behind the wheel. That’s the future we’re … [Read more...] about Autonomous Features Are Making Bad Drivers out of Everyone
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The modern-day automobile consists of numerous moving parts that work in sync to make the vehicle move. However, the life of the components depends totally on the way one handles the car. There are many bad habits that drivers develop over the years and it can shorten the life of the vehicle by a big margin. What are these bad habits can how can you avoid it? Let’s find out. No engine braking on downhill Many people switch off the engine or put their vehicle in neutral while going downhill. Putting the transmission in the neutral while coasting downhill takes away the engine braking and the driver relies completely on the brakes to keep the speed in check. Over the time, the brakes heat up and become ineffective. Modern features of car rely on electric motors and turning off the engine translates into cutting down the power that keeps such motors running. Crucial parts like power steering, brakes, airbags, ABS, stability control and so on need power and switching off the engine … [Read more...] about 10 bad habits that can DRASTICALLY reduce your car’s life
Newly qualified drivers are picking up bad habits faster than every, according to new research, despite the driving test having been made tougher recently. More than a third of drivers (34 per cent) who have passed under the new test admit to letting bad habits creep in within three weeks of gaining their licence, compared to a fifth (21 per cent) of those who passed the old test. Almost half of those questioned said that they drove with just one hand on the wheel (47 per cent) while more than one in five (22 per cent) admitted to breaking the speed limit. Read more: Everything you need to know about the new driving test The study by comparethemarket.com also found that, despite changes to make the test more like everyday driving, many new motorists aren’t confident in their abilities. Among the changes introduced last December was a requirement for most candidates to follow guidance from a sat nav system. Yet, 21 per cent of new drivers don’t feel confident using a … [Read more...] about New drivers picking up bad habits faster than ever
Cars have come a long way when it comes to aspects of long-term reliability and longevity. An average modern car can serve you for many years and lakhs of kilometres. That said, bad driving habits along with irregular and improper maintenance can be disastrous for your car’s engine. These bad habits cause excessive wear and tear, thereby reducing the engine life drastically. While changing suspension and most other components of a car is fairly easy, changing an engine is quite a task. Hence, you should make sure you don’t have any of the following 5 BAD habits. Frequent Redlining Most cars these days come with a tachometer. Tachometers generally have a red line above higher numbers. The red line is an indication of the very high engine speeds. Any internal combustion engine cannot be revved very hard constantly and hence, the redline helps you by letting you know of the excessive engine speeds. Due to excessively high revving, your engine and turbocharger (in case you have … [Read more...] about 5 BAD habits that will destroy your car’s engine
DODGY driving is causing cars to be written off - and these bad habits are to blame. Brits have had their say on the antics that are most likely to end in a motor being sent to the scrapheap. A poll of more than 5,000 drivers who've had to scrap their vehicle found it was tailgating that caused most incidents. A total of 32 per cent scrapped were thanks to cars being driven too close to the car in front. That was followed by motorists failing to indicate - accounting for 24 per cent of write-offs. Stopping at a non-busy roundabout (17 per cent) also caused shunts. The top 5 bad driving habits which lead to cars being written-off Tailgating: 32% Failing to indicate: 24% Stopping at a non-busy roundabout: 17% Being slow away from traffic lights: 12% Hesitant braking: 9% And other hesitant driving habits made the list, too. Being slow away from traffic lights (12 per cent) and unsure breaking (nine per cent) were ranked fourth and fifth. The dangers of tailgating prompted laws to change … [Read more...] about The top five bad driving habits most likely to get your car written off revealed – are YOU at risk?