Car Color Can Reveal Your Personality

car color equals personality typeWhile young drivers often inherit the older family car and have less influence on the style, color or model of the car they drive, the same cannot be said of the original buyer.  According to a study by the former DuPont Company, now Axalta, the color preference of a car can tell a lot about the buyer.  Axalta Coating Systems is a global car coating business located in car manufacturing city Detroit so they know a lot about color preferences for cars of all types.

The Axalta Automotive Color Popularity Report for 2013 suggested that the type of car chosen by a driver such as a sporty car or a luxury sedan would likely be colored differently.  Sporty cars are more often colorful and meant to stand out such as bright yellow or red while expensive sedans are usually looking to be less flashy and more conservative in popular white or black tones.

White cars are often popular choices for people where the weather is hot.  So color could also divulge where the driver lives as much as their personality type.  White is also seen as a youthful and contemporary color that is seen as a fresh brand color.  Black is seen as a luxury color that evokes a flare of sophistication.  It is a classic color that is considered a popular color by conservative drivers.

Silver is another popular car color and is considered a neutral and modern color that is often chosen by ambitious personalities.  Red is a popular color and with men is seen as powerful while women view the color as fun.  It is definitely a color that is calling for the attention from others.  Blue comes in a wide variety of tones and depending on the particular blue chosen can indicate security and serenity or a bold confidence.

Brown and tans are popular with those that are reserved while yellow is a popular choice for outgoing young drivers.  Green comes in darker hues to light and can indicate conservative choices or a tendency toward environmentalism.

Of course most often there is more to the choice of the car than just the color but there is some truth to choice of color being indicative as to the driver’s current mood, confidence, place of residence and age.  The same can be said of fashion choices, color choice of smartphone and backpacks.  It is likely more important in this day and age whether the car gets good fuel mileage and has a reputation for safety and longevity on the road than whether it comes in bright red or subdued gray.

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Drivers May Face Smoking Ban if Children are Passengers

ban on smoking with child in carDrivers may soon be forbidden to smoke in their personal cars as David Cameron is said to be considering the restriction.  The ban would be specific to those cars with children as passengers.  Possible fines would range in the area of £60 for a driver or adult in a car that smoked with children present.

Should the vote for the new restriction fail to pass then it is expected it would be included in the manifesto of the Labour party for their next election.

Smoking in workplaces and public areas has been restricted in England since 2007.  The savings in health care dollars is suspected to be in the millions of pounds as people have been able to avoid breathing in second-hand smoke from those that choose to smoke despite health warnings.

The ban against smoking in a car when children are passengers would not be trend setting as a new consideration to further cut back those exposed to second hand smoke.  Such a ban is already in place in many areas of America, Australia, and several European countries.

Andy Burnham, Shadow Health Secretary, made a comment to Sky News in an interview saying, “When it comes to improving the health of children, we are duty bound to consider any measure that might make a difference.

“Adults are free to make their own choices but that often does not apply to children and that’s why society has an obligation to protect them from preventable harm.”

Experts have revealed that smoking in a car is much more harmful to a child than smoking in the home due to the close quarters.  The toxic concentrations of the smoking are hard to avoid within a car and children do not usually have the means to escape the toxic air and choose to avoid it by opening a window or exiting the car.

Pro-smoking advocates feel that the ban is unnecessary.  They are also afraid of how far the ban on smoking could reach and perhaps someday be targeted to restrict smokers from inhaling their cigarettes, cigars and pipes within their own homes.

In a poll conducted by YouGov in 2011 it was found that 78% of adults in Great Britain felt smoking in a car with young children should be banned, while 44% felt the ban should be extended to all cars whether children are present as passengers or not.

Young Drivers Expected Safety Paper Delayed for Further Review

young driversYoung drivers and soon to be young drivers are awaiting the expected publishing of the Government’s Green Paper on young driver safety.  There are considerations to be suggested to be used in changing the licencing process or laws impacting young drivers for the purpose of keeping them safer on UK roads.  The Green Paper was due initially at the end of 2013 but it was delayed for further investigation as to how to best deduce the right decisions toward keeping young drivers safe while behind the wheel.

A specific consideration to be reviewed is that of whether or not to introduce a curfew for young drivers.  By keeping them off the road late at night when most accidents occur, it is expected many lives could be saved.  However, the restriction could be detrimental to those young drivers that work late hours and those businesses that are reliant on young workers to take on work hours that are not particularly popular or convenient for other aged workers.

The delay in the Green Paper has been criticized and the Association of British Insurers (ABI) in an interview stated that the publication is not likely to be available until after the next election since many of the suggestions may not be popular with voters.

Huw Evans, deputy director general of the ABI, stated in an interview with a news agency, “The prospects seem to be diminishing because a degree of political courage is needed, as there is with anything that explores change and reform.  We are getting increasingly frustrated and impatient at the lack of a green paper.  We don’t need a definite statement of government policy, just something to stimulate debate and discussion,”

Suggestions for the Green Paper are expected to include a graduated licencing process for new drivers, a possible curfew and more hours of driving experience required including night driving.

Drivers on UK Roads Encountering Expensive Potholes

potholes as a nuisanceDrivers on UK roads are subject to preventive driving efforts that involve avoiding almost unavoidable potholes.  Sometimes they can be avoided and sometimes not.  If not, then the driver is likely to find they have damage that will be costly.  Others, less skilled at safely avoiding the potholes when possible, could be causing accidents that are even more costly.  In the end, potholes left unrepaired are a nuisance, dangerous and costly to all.

It is estimated by Halfords Autocentres that annual repairs costing £1.2 billion are made for suspension, steering and wheel repairs resulting from encounters with potholes in the roads.  This is a 16% increase over the same resulting repairs made a year ago.  This shows that more potholes are showing up over the area.  It is estimated that 8.9 million cars have suffered problems from potholes that required repairs.  Individual repairs average to approximately £140.

In an estimate from Asphalt Industry Alliance there are as many as 2 million potholes in UK roads and the number of reported potholes to councils has increased over the last year by 18%.

Rory Carlin, Halfords Autocentres spokesperson, said, “The surface of our roads is deteriorating to the point where drivers are now likely to encounter a potentially damaging pothole during most journeys – with rain-filled holes being harder to see and avoid.

“In a new car a small pothole can damage wheels, tyres and shock absorbers but with large numbers of drivers keeping their cars for longer and cutting back on routine maintenance older, less well maintained cars are even more vulnerable.”

The Government is spending approximately £1 billion per year on road maintenance.  It is estimated that there were repairs to 2.2 million potholes last year but there are so many to be done that it could take 10 years to repair the backlog of reported potholes.

Driving Electric Car in One Day Journey from London to Edinburgh

electric carDriving an electric car for a long distance can be a lengthy process due to the need to recharge the car versus the fast trip ability found in a quick fill of petrol with a fuel powered car.  Today actor Robert Llewellyn is out to prove that a trip of 400 miles in an electric car can be done in a day’s journey thanks to more public charge points with some of them being rapid charges.  Llewellyn and co-driver David Peilow will drive from London to Edinburgh and are expected to arrive around 1930 GMT today having departed this morning at 0630 GMT.

Just a few years ago the task would have taken several days.  The public rapid chargers that will be used can top up an electric car battery to 80% of its battery capacity in a matter of only 30 minutes.  These types of public rapid electric chargers are few and far between.  Currently there are only 150 throughout the country but the fact that the infrastructure being built for electric car use is getting better is hopeful for those pushing increased electric car use.

Electric car use is getting better with the advances in navigation systems in the cars which monitor energy use and can lead a driver to electric charging points.  Pricing for electric cars has become more affordable and tax benefits and subsidies for purchase of an electric car are helping to make their ownership more attractive to UK drivers.

Car Insurance Providers Competing for Drivers Produces Great Rates

save car insuranceCar insurance providers have been involved in a price war in an effort to pull drivers toward their products.  According to AA, the average cost of a year’s comprehensive coverage is £533 which is a reduction of 14.1% from last year’s £621.  The last three months have resulted in a decline of 4.6% in the cost of coverage.  Declines in car insurance premiums are the result of efforts to decrease false claims of which many are bogus whiplash claims.

The AA Insurance Premium Index published annually revealed that London drivers pay the most in car insurance while Scotland drivers are offered the cheapest car insurance rates.

Young drivers have also benefitted from the declines in car insurance with those aged 17-22 years old experiencing an average decline of 5.4% in the last three months as comprehensive coverage for a year fell to an average of £1,187.  Senior drivers averaged a decline of 4.1% in their car insurance quotes.  AA averages are found by averaging the lowest five quotes found on the market.

While currently better rates are to be found in comparison to a year ago, the competition will likely soon level out.

Simon Douglas, director of AA Insurance remarked, “It’s as if premiums are on a helter-skelter slide. I fear that the downward spiral will end with a bump.  And while I expect the falls to continue at a slower rate over the first quarter of this year, I think they will then level off.  But my biggest fear is that if the falls are too great, premiums will bounce sharply up again later in the year.  That would not be good for the reputation of the industry.”

Experts have long encouraged drivers to shop around when renewal time occurs.  This would especially be true for those that bought their current policy in the last few years for they are paying rates that were quoted during peak pricing periods.  Telematics car insurance is a good place to start for those looking for quality coverage at a more affordable rate, including young drivers that will find the product especially beneficial.

Renewal Time is Saving Time with Telematics Car Insurance

car insuranceThe changing calendar each year brings new opportunities.  For many drivers it also brings renewal time for their insurance policy.  Drivers are burdened with many expenses each day and car cover is just the beginning.  Maintenance costs as well as the cost of petrol put in the tank each day both add expenses which make it difficult for some to keep their car on the road.  Car cover is required of all drivers and insurance cost must be affordable in order for drivers to weather the storm on the family budget.

Renewal time could mean saving pounds time for many drivers.  A new car insurance product known as telematics pay as you drive car insurance is making it possible for drivers to potentially save money quite simply.  Drivers are saving pounds by driving their car with safety in mind and it is changing the car insurance industry.

Telematics car insurance is becoming popular and an excellent reason for drivers to keep their eyes open when it comes to renewal time of their existing car cover.  Telematics car insurance is a new insurance product which is making drivers form new opinions about what cover is capable of.

Never before has a car insurance product made saving pounds possible.  Telematics car insurance comes with a built-in scheme to help drivers save money by rewarding those who handle their cars with safety.

Slowing down, braking with room in front of the car to spare and cornering with caution are things which could easily lead to drivers being rewarded with discounts applied to future costs.  Drivers must be aware of renewal time and take advantage of it.  It is a perfect time to check out an insurance product like telematics car insurance.