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Transportation in Baden-Württemberg – the good, the bad and the ugly.

The cosmopolitan city of Stuttgart can be crossed by many different means of transport. Without doubt, the most efficient would be by plane, but then you would miss the amazing architecture. This could be a great option if you actually want to travel to one of the other locations in Germany. Driveline's Stuttgart Chauffeur Service – This is the best option by far if you have a good budget and you care more about being able to see the location with total comfort and you would like to be looked after from start to finish. Bus? Come on, who actually like using the ‘peasant wagon’.. great if you are pensioner and have free transport but for anybody else including students, it is not the preferred method of transport. Bike? – one of the healthier ways to get around the place. It will allow you to improve you overall level of fitness as well as reduce your carbon footprint. Walking – simply not an issue in a city as large as Stuttgart. Unless you have a lot of time on your hands, it just isn’t so practical. Roller skates - come on, this is not a practical way to get around.
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Emergency Car Repairs Can Be Avoided With Proper Attention And Care

The car repairs I refer to here are those so-called 'emergency' breakdowns that happen. Very few of those should actually happen. Most items that can break and stop you in your tracks can be detected before they break. Suspension items, like shocks and springs, can be regularly checked for leaks, wear or cracks. Steering items like tie-rods, linkage arms and steering boxes will give wear signals to an alert driver. Tire wear will also indicate a problem though that takes time to show up. As I've said elsewhere, report any unusual shakes, noises or changes in handling qualities to your mechanic as soon as they occur. Always ask for an inspection when your car goes for regular maintenance, though the best garages will do this for you. Don't be shy about making the noise you hear to your mechanic. Also let him know when it occurs (i.e. during braking, on right turns only, etc) Being aware of how your car functions and not ignoring something because 'it's just the car getting old' will let you avoid most of those 'emergency repairs' and keep you off the tow truck. A word about warning lights…for most issues it's not a warning so much as a 'Too Late!' Save Save Save

Better Gas Mileage Not How Fast You Go But How You Go Fast

Many tips for better gas mileage offer improvements measurable more by theory than actual numbers. Real world driving is not done in a scientifically controlled environment. It is a given that one needs to start with a vehicle that is properly tuned and running well. The next step to better fuel economy is maintaining a steady speed over a distance. Driving according to weather and traffic conditions is the basic rule of safe driving. That also gives one the correct context for looking for safe ways to maintain a steady speed over the greatest distance. With safety and better mileage as your top priorities, your driving will evolve to support those goals. As you focus on the context of driving for savings you will find areas other than fuel savings that are affected by your new driving style. For instance, I chuckled when my mechanic said that the average life of a set of brakes was around 45,000 kilometres (28,000 miles). I got 46,000 km on my first set of brakes on my used Lincoln, which had over 50% wear left on the brakes on purchase. On my next two sets I got around 70,000 kms (45,000 miles). I'm aiming to bump that to 100,000 kms (60,000 miles). Now that's a game worth playing. Remember to subscribe to the RSS feed (orange button on left) to be kept up to date on additions to this site. The Proven Driving Tips Proving Ground e-zine is published monthly and that is where I share what I am testing before it makes it into this site. Subscription is free and includes a free 'thank you' gift. As always: drive safe, drive smart and... Enjoy Save Save
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YOUR Driving Tips for a Safe, Stress-free Ride

These driving tips will help improve driving, avoid accidents and reduce driving costs. I even learned that becoming a safe driver can actually be fun and very satisfying. I also get a lot of compliments. These driving tips were tested and adopted over 30 years as a full-time Professional Driver in my home town of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Browse through the links below. Then use my virtual driver, James, to take you to 'home'. You'll find him at the bottom of all the pages except this one. Following are some of the topics I will be covering and more will be added as the site grows. Enjoy your visit.

Do you know how to avoid accidents? All accidents?

Driving is like a 'dance'. Learn to use your mirrors and your peripheral vision to see the 'dance' around you. Then any motion across or against the flow gets your attention even before you identify it. This gives you the time to respond without disturbing the flow around you. And you get to stay in 'the dance'.

Do you know how to communicate with other drivers on the road?

You are on the road with other people, not just a bunch of cars. Communicate with a turn signal, a wave, a nod or a flash of lights. This makes for a safer ride because you are letting others know you noticed them. Practice these and you can drop the infamous, rude salutes.

Do you know how to find a mechanic you can trust?

Auto repairs can be costly. This is especially true when you delay a repair because you don't feel you have anyone you can trust. By putting off repairs, though, you risk higher cost, other wear and tear or even safety on the road for yourself and others. I will share what has worked for me in finding trustworthy mechanics.

Do you want to know one of the best fuel saving tips?

It's a game! You play it while driving. Focus on a few numbers and find yourself driving differently. You will lower your fuel consumption. You will also lower your repair costs and extend the life of your car. More about this in the 'Fuel Saving Tips' section.

These driving tips will put you in charge behind the wheel.

Benefit from my 30 years of full-time driving experience. Boost your confidence. Be ready for anything on the road. Explore this site. Study these driving tips. Then come back again as I add stuff regularly. As always drive safe, drive smart and... Save Save Save