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The Driverless Cars of the Future

Self-driving cars used to be the things of sci-fi movies but with the recent announcement that Google have started to build the driverless car it seems that the future is not too far away.

The driverless car

The pint-sized two seater car, which looks a bit like a Smart car, will have a stop-go button but no steering wheel, pedals or controls. To ensure passenger safety it will have a maximum speed of 25mph. But how will these relatively slow moving cars fit in with Australia’s current roads?

What impact will this have on our roads?

It is not yet clear exactly how Australia’s roads and driving laws will be changed to deal with these autonomous vehicles and there still some grey areas. For example, what happens if the self-driving car breaks the law? Is it the driver who is at fault or the manufacturer? Also will you need a driving licence to push the start/stop button in the driverless car and how will this change the driving test?

Cars currently on the roads already have features related to this driverless car as vehicular controls become more and more automated. Drivers already reap the benefits of these features, such as self-parking, and it will be no different with the self-driving car.

Technology has transformed life in every facet of existence from sophisticated home appliances to the internet.  Self driving cars are probably not just around the corner but will be inevitable and society will adapt to take advantage of the benefits they will provide for safe mobility.

Businesses such as Excel Drive will also have to evolve and when the time comes, we will do so. But for now, the best way to get safe driving skills for our traditional vehicles is to have driving lessons with a professional instructor backed by a professional organisation like Excel Drive.

The self-driving car will change the Australia’s roads but while a car that drives itself is very exciting, there are still lots of questions that need to be answered before Australia’s roads are ready for this futuristic arrival.

Tips on pumping petrol

With petrol expected to reach $2.00 per litre by the end of 2014, here are some tricks to get more of your money’s worth for every litre.

  1. Buy petrol in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold.  Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground.  The colder the ground, the more dense the petrol.  When it gets warmer petrol expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening…you’re not getting exactly a litre.
  2. When you’re filling up don’t squeeze the trigger of the nozzle at a fast rate.   You should be pumping on a low rate, thereby minimizing the vapours that are created while you are pumping.   If you are pumping on the fast rate some of the liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapour.  These vapours are being sucked up into your tank so again you’re getting less value for your money.
  3. One of the most important tips is to fill up when your petrol tank is HALF FULL.  The more petrol you have in your tank the less air occupying its empty space.  At the same time you won’t be using the petrol from the bottom of your tank where sediment settles therefore keeping your motor running cleaner and smoother.
  4. Avoid buying petrol if there is a petrol tanker pumping petrol into the storage tanks when you pull up.  Most likely the petrol is being stirred up as the petrol is being delivered and you might pick up some of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom of the storage tank (see 3 above).

These tips will help drive your petrol dollar further and keep your car running smoother – good tips to remember when you’re filling up.