Bikes Vs. Cars – Which One’s For You?

Bike Vs Car

Ready to get your own wheels, but caught between picking a bike and indulging in a scooter? That’s a fully valid dilemma – well, what if you want to impress the ladies and wind up picking up a sputtering old contraption from a scientist’s outhouse? Or what if your wife wanted something durable that would help sustain the family’s transport needs, but you suddenly thought you had an inner need-for-speed-biker man that you had to channel? Before you make a decision without all that you should know, hang on: we have something for you to keep in mind!

  • Think about the weight of the vehicle. If you want something light, invest in a scooter rather than a motorcycle. Motorcycles are more suited to those with the appropriate physique to handle its demands. You don’t want to look like a snail, now, do you? Scooters are totally for you if you’re not up to doing weight training while getting from end to end.
  • And now, think about the weight of the load on your pocket. Do you have a good budget to blow money on? If that’s the case, indulge in a motorcycle. A scooter is the middle class family’s dream – and you’ll do best to go for it if you’re on a tight budget.
  • If you’re looking for an easy drive, buy a scooter rather than a motorcycle – a scooter doesn’t have a gear and clutch system, which makes the process of driving it quite simple – almost as easy as riding a cycle! You won’t need to focus on the gear position and all those extra things that will take attention of the road.
  • If you want to get around from point to point with a lot to carry, a scooter is a better option. But if you’re a light traveller and don’t exactly transport all your family wealth day in and day out, fly around in a motorcycle already!
  • If fuel efficiency is your core concern, then ditch the scooter. The motorcycle is far more fuel efficient in comparison with the scooter. A very good Motorcycle can give you 70 Km/litre in terms of mileage, but a scooter – even a very good model, can give you a maximum of 55-60 Km/litre – which still makes it a fraction in comparison.
  • If you’re looking for a good amount of speed to be maintained since you’re travelling fairly long distances, buy a motorcycle than a scooter. With a scooter, there are slight chances of having to leave yesterday to reach tomorrow.
  • What kind of terrain are you looking to loop around? If you have rough and tough terrains that need to be charted out with a fairly rugged vehicle, a motorcycle makes more sense, especially for badly conditioned roads and hilly terrains. But a scooter may not do so well in such a setting – and works better for smoother and easier terrains.

Source:

http://www.hellogiri.com/scooter-scooty-vs-bike-motorcycle/

http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2014-12-24/scooters-vs-motorcycles-whats-better-for-commuting.html

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Woman behind the Wheel

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Driving alone as a woman comes with its own set of challenges. Of course, driving is liberating, and is fully capable of helping you channel your independence, it is also true that the roads out there are not exactly safe, and that women are vulnerable to impediments to their safety. Everything from car crashes to car-jacking, from impersonation and rough drivers on the road, there are plenty of things one should be safe about. Here are a few things women drivers should keep track of.

  • Park appropriately: Whether you are at a public place or a private neighbourhood, always park your vehicle in a place where there is sufficient lighting, and where you cannot be ambushed by anyone simply because the space is opportune. Lock your car and remember exactly where you parked, and make sure that when you come back to the place, no matter the time of day, you do have enough lighting to take the vehicle out without any difficulty.
  • Always keep your keys accessible in your purse, so that you don’t stand outside your car door and fumble for them. The more you fumble for the keys, the more it tends to appear like you are vulnerable and susceptible. It is a perfect opportunity for a criminal to pull off a mugging or a carjacking, or even to grab your purse and run.
  • Make note of the vehicles parked around and near your own. It is a useful way to remember your own vehicle’s spot, while also getting a good idea of what your vehicle was surrounded by.
  • Don’t jump at every opportunity to help – especially if you are being stopped or waved at by a lone man in a remote location. Always be sure to keep your phone handy, so that in any unwieldy situation, you have access to help at the earliest. The same goes for suspicious police officers, or police officers who don’t appear to be founded in their claims of stopping your car.
  • Always keep a map handy, so that you have a full idea as to where you are going, and what your route will comprise. Indulge in a GPS device in the car, rather than to use a map if you are driving by yourself.
  • Make sure that your vehicle is in good condition – having been serviced at the right time, especially if you know that you are making a longer trip. This will help you avoid the eventuality of your vehicle breaking down midway, and avoid having to approach strangers to help fix it if you can’t do it yourself.
  • Keep someone fully aware of your whereabouts, so that the moment you are lost, or you find yourself deviating from the path, or even find yourself in trouble of any kind, help is at hand.

Sources:

http://www.edmunds.com/car-safety/women-driving-alone-how-to-protect-yourself.html

http://www.gonomad.com/47-womens/5739-road

http://www.timeslive.co.za/lifestyle/motoring/2011/04/14/12-vital-saftey-tips-for-women-driving-alone

Car Buying Tips

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Whether it’s your first car or your tenth, you can never benefit enough from advice to help make your purchase decisions. For the simple common man, buying a car is a rational choice to get from one place to the next, and to fit the family within safely and comfortably, and in many instances, at a low cost. Investing in a car is not a linear decision – it involves a fairly considerable thinking process that centres around the core goal of fulfilling the basic needs and expectations from owning a car. Here are a couple of things you should keep in mind when you’re buying a car.

Understand the kinds of cars there are
Cars come in different kinds, sizes and models to suit your utility needs. To start with, get your basics right. A convertible is good on the aesthetics, but not so much on the functionality, unless you have small children whose safety is better guaranteed with two doors rather than four. A sedan is a good idea if you have a small family with young children, so your kids can climb into the vehicle with ease. Hatchbacks come with a comfortable space in the seating space of the car, with the comfort of a wagon like structure at the back – which works great if you’re a larger family and like to go on long trips with your luggage in tow. Station wagons and mini vans work if you’re plying a large family around, or a large amount of cargo – it isn’t exactly the kind of vehicle a family usually goes in for.

Safety is as safety does
The right car size really depends on your own needs. While there is a common belief that larger vehicles are safer than smaller ones, it is really a misconception to say that. The key point here is to ensure that safety is a valuable factor in your purchase decision. You need to understand the engineering of the vehicle, its ability to respond to crashes and accidents, and the sturdiness of the body to help choose a durable car for your every need.

Size wise
If you are a small family, and would like to keep your savings in order at first, a small car is not a bad idea at all. Go in for a big car when you know that your needs and affordability have risen in a suitable proportion. You also need to consider parking-related concerns wherever your vehicle goes: at home, at work, outside school and wherever it is that you will be running errands to. If your vehicle is likely to find a smaller parking spot, you’d be wiser indulging in a smaller vehicle. One point to remember is that a car maybe small in structure, but on the inside, it needn’t be. You have plenty of cars in the market that come with spacious interiors packed within a light and small frame of a vehicle.

Take your surroundings into consideration
There are a lot of factors around where you live that can account for the kind of vehicle you should invest in. In a place that is hilly, or has rugged terrain, you’ll be doing a wise thing in investing in a heavier vehicle that has the capacity to handle rugged terrain. For a more urban lifestyle, a lighter vehicle works well. If you are in a place that is seasonal, invest in a car that will help you adapt to each season – such as through winter tires for snowy and wet terrain, skid free tyres for rainy terrain and the like.

Budgetary considerations
Owning and maintaining a car is not child’s play, and can be demanding in terms of the amount of money one is expected to plough into the car on a near-daily basis. To this end, low maintenance and diesel cars work like a charm if you know that you’re on a shoestring budget or thereabouts. But if you can afford to set aside a decent amount of money each month for your transportation needs, indulging in a middle-to-high maintenance car is a viable option.