Driving a rental? Borrowing your mum's car? All that matters is that you need to refuel now? And life would be a hell a lot easier if you just knew which side of the car the fuel cap is on. But wait, you do know!
See that little arrow beside the fuel pump icon - yep that's an arrow indicating which side to put fuel on.
That's it, no frills. And if you didn't know about this then join the club!
We've all been here. Dummy or not, humans have generally always been a rather indecisive species don't you think? It gets worse when more options are presented, and the case holds at petrol stations. So much fuel at so many prices. With fuel prices plummeting as a result of the pandemic, indecisiveness congruently has skyrocketed. So what should you be putting in? The short answer - whatever your car recommends and in most cases its regular unleaded fuel.
But let's delve into it a bit further shall we. The main separations between each fuel has to do with its RON number. RON stands for random octane number and generally speaking, the higher the number, the less likely it is to prematurely combust and produce engine knock. Different cars have different engines, working at its optimum by varying levels. Which is why we have different types of fuel to cater to these engines. High performance engines tend to require fuel with higher RON. That said, some regular cars such as my sister's Golf recommends min. RON95 so you really have to check for yourself to be conclusive. This can be can be checked by looking for a recommendation at the fuel filler flap.
Now, note that this is only a recommendation. A car that's supposed to be running RON95 but filled with RON91 (or vice versa) isn't going to stop working all of a sudden. It's kinda like giving normal milk to a person that's slightly lactose intolerant. He's not going to die, but its better he gets lactose free milk right? The same goes for filling your car with a higher than recommended RON fuel. It doesn't need it and benefits little to none from it.
Tyres are the only thing keeping you in contact with the ground on a car. So please, please, treat them well with the respect they deserve.
Tyres are probably one of the most factors in determining the safety of a car. They are subject to really harsh environments, which makes them prone to wearing. We all know that at some point we'll have to change our tyres. But when is that exactly?
Well there's a few factors that will contribute and indicate when it's time for a change. Here's some:
Car care goes a long way to keeping your car in good shape. Maintaining your tyre pressures can be done by even the biggest car dummy. As time passes, your car's tyre pressure may go down and cause the tyre to be under-inflated. A few problems may arise. First, under-inflation leads to a larger (than needed) contact area between the road and tyre. This produces excess drag and thus, higher fuel consumption. Another problem which is more prominent on older cars is that you'll start to feel that the steering becomes more heavy; but this isn't a very noticeable trait. So yes, a regular check up on your tyres could save you a lot on money in the long run. How regular? Experts suggest at least one month. Putting too much air isn't good too! Over-inflation may cause the ride of your car to feel more 'crashy' and in the long run gives your tyres excessive wear and suspension problems. So fill them just right!
Now already know the why. Here comes the How?. First off you need to know how much pressure you should be putting in your tyres. Open your drivers door and look for a placard that's similar to the picture above. All the numbers and figures look daunting, I know because I have a sister to explain this to. kPa and psi are units of measurement, something that you'll have to keep in mind when you're at the pumping station. As you can see each row corresponds to your usual usage of the car. If you usually drive alone, best to choose the first row of pressures. Change the pressures when you bring your mates for the next road trip. Now you know how much to put, you're pretty much ready.
When you're at the pump, first choose the correct unit of measurement, then select the correct pressure. Once that's done, unscrew the cap and press the nozzle in. You'll start to feel air rushing into your tyres and you'll usually hear a beep from the machine to know when its done. And there you go! Three more wheels to go :)
It may be tedious for some, but its a cost-effective way of maintaining your car, and one thing that I think every driver should know how to do.
From time to time we get spyshots that give a glimpse or hint of what a next generation car may ought to look like. Then there are rarer instances like this. Well folks, here we have a the W223 Mercedes Benz S-Class fully undisguised, exterior and interior. Looking from the front we can see redesigned headlamps that are more in-line with Merc's more current models in the line up. We also see a larger (because of course it does) front grille that from the looks of it incorporates a larger shielding to accomodate what can only be an enhanced ADAS (Mercedes aims to have this car certified as Level 3 Autonomous Driving capable).
Moving towards the back, it can be seen that the next generation S-Class will adopt design cues similar that of from the current gen CLS. It's refreshing to see that Mercedes hasn't jumped on the 'light-bar' wagon like most German manufacturers (Porsche, Audi, BMW). What isn't refreshing is if/when we find out that those exhaust tips are fake.
The interior is where the business really happens. Apart from the steering wheel, the dashboard receives a complete redesign reminiscent of the Mercedes EQS Concept shown last year. There's no doubt that the word 'Tesla' was used during the design process of this interior. This generation sees most functions moved towards the display, including the car's HVAC system. And as being touch centric as it is, the S-Class now comes without a touchpad that usually resides at the centre console on other Merc models. Gone too is the volume rocker, now in place a capacitive volume switch that's arguably less intuitive. But I'll leave that for you to decide.
Yes, ahead of the that drivers instrument panel is a heads up display. And yes, it looks like the perfect place for a cat to sleep in. This massive HUD is needed however for Merc's plans to introduce proper augmented reality to display information overlaying the driver's line of sight.
The next generation S-Class' screen and touch centric design is going to pave a new way for other models to follow suit, just like how the current gen's dual screen layout was adopted by the rest of the lineup. Like it or not, this seems to be the path that future Mercedes' will take. We can't fully judge until reviewers get ahold of it, nor can we critique its design to the full extent until officially unveiled. That said, I think its criminal to have that much gloss in a car (we don't live in dustless, aseptic voids). Being the tech focused website this is, I am intrigued to see how well the centre screen stacks up to Tesla's and the like.
Edit: Images were retrieved from a post by @mercamg0 on Instagram. Though that post is now no longer available and deleted