Good Passenger/Bad Passenger – which are you?
Posted on 17th June 2020
Some people are hard work as a car passenger. Yep, you know who we’re talking about and they literally ‘drive you to distraction’. Who’s knows, you might even be one yourself! Bad passengers can make drivers stressed and distracted, and if they’re distracted then it’s dangerous for everyone. Remember these tips next time you are the passenger.
Getting Smart about Smart Cars
Posted on July 16, 2019
Smart cars offer a multitude of features which were once considered ‘a bit fancy but not necessary’. But consumer demand has pressured car manufacturers into installing additional features such as lane departure warning and emergency braking - or risk being left off the consumer’s car-buying list.
Technology that helps a driver’s attention is also big news. Is this a result of overly busy lifestyles and trying to cram every minute of our day with tasks? We think so. As drivers, we’re all guilty of changing the song, turning on the heater, checking our reflection in the rear-view mirror, all while we should be doing just one thing. Driving safely.
Most award-winning vehicles can spot driver fatigue or reckless driving by erratic steering and sudden braking and accelerating. Hyundai’s Kona measures how long you have been driving and alerts when a break from driving is necessary. Another high-tech example is Subaru’s Forrester ‘wandering gaze’ feature that uses facial recognition to establish how long your eyes have been closed!
Just like phones, new features are found in the high dollar vehicles but will become more mainstream as time goes on. Basically, if you are looking for the very latest in something you will never find it. Technology is simply moving too fast.
Think back to when reverse cameras and the vehicle back-up alarm (y’know, the beeping sound) were few and far between. These days it’s a surprise to see a car without it. We can only imagine how much insurance claims have fallen with the help of these two features alone!
When most of us first heard about electric vehicles an immediate concern that popped into our minds was ‘how far can we go?’ There were visions of being stranded in the middle of nowhere, last at night, using a lot of bad language.
Fast forward a couple of years and this concern has been dashed with the rise and rise of electric cars. So much success in fact that electric trucks are soon to be working on New Zealand shores.
Though the initial outlay for an electric car is more expensive than a traditional petrol car, electric vehicles have fewer moving parts meaning a lot less could go wrong. And of course, without the need for petrol, the long-term benefits are both environmentally and financially sound.
Manufacturers offer approximately 10 years for the battery life, but this might be a conservative estimate. If a current battery went as far as 15 years a new battery can be purchased. However, after 15 years you’ll probably see a change in lifestyle and be in the market for a replacement vehicle anyway.
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Good Passenger/Bad Passenger – which are you?
Cool Campsites in the UK
Posted on 22nd May 2020
If you reside in the UK and looking forward to a summer holiday (especially after a very out-of-the-ordinary year so far), we’ve got a great range of campsites to park up the campervan and become one with nature. As expected, international travel is minimal (if at all) around the world, so local tourism businesses will happily welcome your holiday spending.
Changes to Motorhome Depreciation Rate
Posted on 17th March 2020
There has been a big change to the depreciation rate on motor vehicles and motorhomes. New Zealand Customs recently announced there is a change in the depreciation rates applied to motor vehicles and motorhomes from 1st of March 2020.
How the Corona Virus affects the New Zealand Shipping Industry
Posted on 24th February 2020
As the Corona Virus gains momentum, businesses all around the world are falling on hard times. The New Zealand shipping industry has not gone without its worries and below are the main points to come from the latest meeting held by CBAFF (Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Federation of New Zealand Inc).
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