Category Archives: Turbos

September 21, 2015 RAC Reveals Driving Tips To Save Fuel

Drivers with car turbos who are looking to save money on their petrol will be glad RAC has released advice on how to drive their vehicles more efficiently.

Simon Williams, spokesman for RAC, said: “These tips can really make a difference and, applied with good technique, can help to make you a better and safer driver.”

One of their tips is to use the highest gear possible for the slowest speed. For instance, driving in fourth gear when at 30mph, instead of travelling in third gear. As soon as you go above 30mph, it is wise to move on to fifth gear.

It advised against using cruise control or travelling at a consistent speed as this does not achieve a high miles per gallon (mpg) figure. Drivers should avoid slowing down and accelerating again repeatedly as this uses more fuel.

Making the vehicle lighter is a good way to cut down on fuel consumption, either by taking items out of the boot or off the roof. RAC found an empty roof rack can impact fuel consumption by ten per cent.

To achieve fuel efficiency, it is wise to be efficient with your journeys, RAC suggested. Instead of making several short trips, it is better to combine your outings into one longer journey so the engine does not have to repeatedly warm itself up.

Other pieces of advice were to use a gentle right foot to avoid heavy acceleration, and be conservative with how much air conditioning you put on.

TV presenter Rebecca Jackson suggested listening to the engine so it does not rev excessively without “labouring too much either”.

These tips come despite a drop in fuel prices lately, with RAC’s Fuel Watch reporting that costs for petrol had declined by 3.96p a litre in August this year to 112.42p on average. This was sparked by new oil prices of $41.87 (£26.77) – the lowest level for 12 months.

July 13, 2015 Vauxhall Owners – Beware Of Cannibals!

If you’ve recently put a new turbo on your Vauxhall, you might want to take extra precautions when locking your vehicle away at night – according to new reports, thieves are coming along in the dead of night to strip Vauxhall cars for parts.

The problem seems particularly rife in Bedfordshire, the BBC reports, with local police saying that there have been over 500 offences involving the theft of components taken from Corsas and Astras since August 2013.

Scenes of crime officer Katy Stewart was quoted by the news source as saying that she sees around one of these crimes a day in the Luton and Dunstable are of Bedfordshire.

Chief Inspector Ian Middleton, leading the investigation, advised people that when purchasing non-verified motor components it could seem as though you’re getting a good deal but those you’re buying from will likely have no qualms about returning to re-steal the parts they sold on.

Making off with an entire car can be a daunting idea which is perhaps why thieves are now looking at taking single components of a vehicle rather than the whole motor. Car batteries, catalytic converters, GPS devices, stereos and entertainment systems, as well as wheels and tailgates are all attractive to potential car thieves so do all you can to protect your vehicle – especially if you own a Vauxhall.

Ensure you have all the latest safety features and security enhancements installed to help put thieves off and, where possible, park in a locked garage to prevent them from accessing your car at all.