We all know that fuel prices are on a constant increase. You see that needle slipping closer and closer to the red line with each turn of your wheels knowing full well that there’s another extortionate outlay on the way, but quite simply, we all need to put fuel in our cars, motorbikes and lorries in order to get about. Without it, we wouldn’t be able to go, well, anywhere, so we have to pay it.
It’s all very easy to say to people with gas-guzzling motors “trade it in for something more economical”, but cars and motorbikes are some people’s pride and joy, spending as much time as possible just driving around in the car of their dreams or riding around on a bike on a sunny Sunday afternoon for the sheer enjoyment of it. It’s true, you can still get perfectly adequate smaller cars and even the bigger, more luxurious models are trying to be more economical, but in a lot of cases it’s how you drive that affects your fuel consumption and therefore how often you need to fill up.
Heavy-footed drivers and those thinking that the roads are race tracks use up much more fuel than others, and far quicker too. Leaving the car in low gears while accelerating might make you sound like you’re driving a Formula One car, but it drinks the petrol, so if you’re trying to keep one eye on the pennies it’s probably best leaving the racing driving to the professionals.
GPS tracking devices have proved to be highly beneficial in professional driving industries, such as haulage firms and couriers. The devices work in a similar manner to satellite navigation, using satellite signals to pinpoint the location of the driver. Then, back at the depot, the fleet manager is able to track where the vehicle is, has been, and is going, working out how long it’s taken and how far the route is. They do this to establish if there might be a shorter, quicker or more economical route out there for the next time they make the trip, saving both money and fuel.
For instance, if a journey is 200 miles long and takes four hours, the manager can work out average speeds and cost per mile. Then, thanks to the tracking devices laying out the route they took, they can see if there is an alternative route that the driver could take next time they make the journey that could only take three and a half hours, or is more fuel efficient – meaning there might be less gear changes or it’s a flatter route with less fuel-sapping hills to climb.
It’s been proven in all walks of life that gadgets and the developments of technology as a whole, have proven to be beneficial. Whether it’s on the road, in the office, or even out shopping, there are gadgets available to help us save money, make purchases, even to set your favourite tv show to record while you’re at work, and things are only likely to get better. Motoring gadgets are becoming incredibly beneficial, especially those based around satellites. We can now pinpoint our locations and arrive at new destinations freely and easily. What’s next is anyone’s guess!
This article was written by UK-based writer Matt Rawlings. Matt is a technology expert, having written about numerous forms of technology from smartphones and GPS tracking devices to 3D televisions and tablet computers.
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