Reduce Consumption And Pollution

Students Moving Home Drive For Innovation New Tires High-Performance Motor Oil Potholes Check Tires Used-Cars Check For Recalls New Fuel Protects Engines


Stop-start systems in vehicles substantially reduce fuel consumption and air pollution

(NAPSI)—Buying a car with fuel-saving features typically found only on gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles is becoming increasingly affordable. Currently, one of the most in-demand hybrid-like features that consumers seek is a stop-start system, which helps to reduce fuel consumption and improve fuel economy by turning the engine off when the vehicle is not in motion—such as at a stoplight or in traffic—and automatically restarting when the driver releases the brake pedal.

This technology is especially helpful for drivers who have long commutes and spend significant time idling in their vehicles. Stop-start systems also substantially reduce fuel consumption and air pollution, which is appealing to members of Generation Y (individuals between the ages of 19 and 31 years old), according to the global accounting firm Deloitte, which oversees an annual survey of Gen Y auto consumers. According to the survey, 59 percent of Gen Y respondents said they prefer an “electrified vehicle” over any other type of car. While hybrids, with their high price points, may be out of reach for Gen Y consumers, vehicles like the economically priced 2013 Kia Rio (five-door and sedan) and 2012 Kia Soul urban passenger vehicle (2.0 liter and 1.6 liter) are more within their price range.

With their own start-stop technology called Idle Stop and Go (ISG), Kia Motors presents a lineup of vehicles that eco-minded consumers may take a second look at. With the ISG technology and fuel economy of up to 40 miles per gallon (mpg), the all-new Rio five-door hatchback and its sedan sibling deliver eye-catching design and the latest technologies, including navigation, push-button start and Kia’s UVO voice-activated infotainment system. The Rio also has a 1.6-liter GDI four-cylinder with the option of either a six-speed manual transmission (LX only) or efficient six-speed automatic.

As one of only two vehicles in the subcompact segment to offer a Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine, Rio provides an inviting combination of power and fuel efficiency. Also new for Rio for 2012 and emphasizing the Earth-friendly theme, 85 percent of the Rio’s materials are recyclable at the end of its life span. Additionally, the refreshed 2012 Soul offers more power and improved fuel economy, with up to 35 miles per gallon on the highway.

With these fuel-saving features, car buyers are expected not to idle or stop before going to check them out. For more information, visit


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When Your College Student Moves Home

(NAPSI)—College students don’t just acquire knowledge at school- they also collect a lot of stuff. Fortunately, getting it all home at the end of the semester doesn’t have to be difficult if you follow a few tips from the pros that know at Penske Truck Rental:

• Start by picking the proper-size truck for your stuff. Most college students choose a 12- or 16-foot truck for moving out of a college residence or off-campus apartment.

• Reserve early. Reserve the truck and any moving accessories at least two weeks in advance.

• Safety first. Take some extra time to get to know your rental truck, especially for long moves. Trucks are taller, wider and heavier than standard consumer vehicles. Drive more slowly and take extra precautions. Park in well-lit areas and padlock the rear door. Penske offers 24/7 emergency roadside assistance and optional protection plans.

• It’s wise to accessorize. Accessories, such as boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, moving blankets and hand trucks, are essential moving tools and can make the process a lot easier.

• Don’t pack everything on the truck. Keep important paperwork, credit cards, identification, change of clothes, drinks and snacks close at hand in a travel bag.

• Survival tips. When you get home and the truck is unpacked, college counselors advise students and their parents do four things:

1. Set realistic expectations about house rules and responsibilities.

2. Make mutually agreed-upon adjustments. Curfew may no longer be appropriate, but parents may expect to be notified of late nights out.

3. Keep your sense of humor; ordering a pizza at 2:00 a.m. is “normal” at college but might seem strange at home.

4. Remember, the situation is temporary.

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You can find more useful moving tips at

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Drive Across Country Showcases New Tech

(NAPSI)—A cross-country drive is shining a light on innovative people and products in the electronics industry.

The “Drive for Innovation” is a yearlong road trip made in a General Motors Chevrolet Volt. The electric vehicle was selected by the program sponsor, Avnet Express, as it exemplifies innovation.

Avnet Express, the e-commerce engine for Avnet Electronics Marketing, provides engineers with access to the world’s largest catalog of electronic component products. Many of the Volt’s components can be found in this catalog.

Driver Brian Fuller, editorial director, EE Life, UBM Electronics, is making periodic stops throughout the country to interview engineers, entrepreneurs, innovators, students and teachers.

For updates on the trip, contests and a chance to win an electric car, visit the website at

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New Tires Gain Traction With Farmers And Drivers

(NAPSI)—New kinds of tires are putting farmers and drivers on the road to increased safety, better performance and opportunities for bigger markets as well.

The tires, which are made using some surprising ingredients such as sunflower oil and sugar, can also mean good news for the environment.

For example, Michelin North America now uses sunflower oil produced by American farmers to help make one of its luxury tires stop faster in wet weather and deliver safer handling and great ride quality in all weather.

Tires and the Environment

“One of Michelin’s core values is respect for the environment,” said Michael Vandel, marketing segment manager. He believes that the environment is everything to farmers and to their equipment supplier and that the choice of a tire can make a difference to the environment as well as their bottom line.

Environmental considerations are particularly important in agriculture. Tire companies invest heavily in research to improve fuel economy and traction and reduce soil compaction, which combine to reduce soil erosion and runoff into waterways.

Ag tires, for instance, are designed to run at lower air pressures so they spread out to create a wider footprint. This spreads the weight of the tractor or combine, improving traction and reducing compaction.

While the tires may look flat when properly inflated, this can actually help seeds take root. It can also help to prevent erosion and runoff, while letting the tractor grip the ground, traveling more efficiently and getting better fuel economy, thereby cutting carbon emissions.

Said Vandel, “Little engineering details can make a big difference in tire performance and in field and environmental health.”

Sunflower Oil and Sugar

The performance advantages the sunflower oil delivers to the tire aside, it also provides North American sunflower farmers an additional market for their product, closing a circle of life that benefits both the environment and the farmers’ bottom lines by incorporating what they grow into what they use to harvest the crop.

And this is just the first of many technical advances the research-driven company is making. It is now including sugar in compounds for tires that could be on the road in three to five years, according to Chemical & Engineering News.

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Four Easy Ways Drivers Can Save Hundreds In Vehicle Ownership Cost

(NAPSI)—Caring for your car can put you on the road to savings. In fact, a savvy consumer can save hundreds of dollars a year on automotive expenses without buying a new car or changing his or her lifestyle. All it takes is a little time and research, and the good sense to choose better-performing products.

Here are some easy ways to save money and have your current car last longer:

Spend More to Save More

Upgrading to one of today’s modern high-performance motor oils can make a meaningful improvement to your car’s fuel economy and engine life. For instance, independent studies have documented that Royal Purple motor oil improves fuel economy by as much as 5 percent and can significantly reduce engine wear.

Using high-performance synthetic motor oil, as opposed to conventional oils, also allows for more miles between oil changes, reducing maintenance costs and the amount of time spent out of service. You’ll pay a little more for premium motor oil, but the savings in fuel and reduced maintenance costs more than make up for the higher price. Find out more at

Shop for the Best Rate

One of the easiest ways to reduce the costs associated with your car is to shop around for insurance. Prices vary from company to company, so it pays to do your homework. Get at least three price quotes. You can call companies directly or access information on the Internet. Your state’s insurance regulator may also provide price comparisons.

Other ways to reduce insurance costs can be found by visiting the Insurance Information Institute’s website at

Properly Inflate

The U.S. Department of Energy reports that underinflated tires can increase fuel consumption by up to 3 percent. One study estimates that 50−80 percent of the tires traveling on U.S. roads are underinflated. Surprisingly, car owners could save up to 2 billion gallons of gas each year by properly inflating their tires.

Keep it Clean

A clogged air filter can increase fuel consumption by as much as 10 percent. Air filters keep impurities from damaging the interior of the engine, so replacing dirty filters will save gas and protect your engine. More tips to save money on fuel are available at

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Potholes Pose Plenty Of Problems

(NAPSI)—They lurk on rural highways and city streets, ready to cost you time, trouble and money. They’re potholes, and they occur when water permeates the pavement—usually through a crack from wear and tear of traffic—and softens the soil beneath it, creating a depression in the surface of the street.

While most drivers know immediately when they hit a pothole, what they often don’t know is if their vehicle has been damaged in the process. To help determine if hitting a pothole has hurt your vehicle, watch for the following warning signs:

• Loss of control, swaying when making routine turns, bottoming out on city streets or bouncing excessively on rough roads. These are indicators that the steering and suspension may have been damaged. The steering and suspension are key safety-related systems. Together, they largely determine your car’s ride and handling. Key components are shocks and struts, the steering knuckle, ball joints, the steering rack and box, bearings, seals and hub units, and tie rod ends.

• Pulling in one direction, instead of maintaining a straight path, and uneven tire wear. These symptoms mean there’s an alignment problem. Proper wheel alignment is important for the life span of tires and helps ensure safe handling.

• Low tire pressure, bulges or blisters on the sidewalls or dents in the rim. These problems will be visible and should be checked out as soon as possible as tires are the critical connection between your car and the road in all sorts of driving conditions.

“Hitting a pothole can cause plenty of problems—damaging tires, wheels, steering and suspension, wheel alignment and more. If you’ve hit a pothole,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council, “it’s worth having a professional technician check out the car and make the necessary repairs to ensure safety and reliability.”

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers.

Learn More

For a free copy of the council’s Car Care Guide or for more information, visit or call (240) 333-1088.

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Used-Car Buyers Need To Check For Recalls

(NAPSI)—Every year, vehicle manufacturers issue millions of recalls to help maintain safety and value. But did you know that one in three recalled cars never get fixed?

For various reasons, many car owners fail to act on recall notices-even though manufacturers will fix these vehicles at no cost. While some recalls are issued to correct minor flaws in original equipment, you don’t want to buy a vehicle that has costly hidden problems, either.

If you’re shopping used cars, there’s an easy way to help improve your chances of buying one without open recalls. Go to to check vehicles for open recalls at no cost. Then, you can feel more confident about the used car you’re buying. You can also get more information about a specific recall at

Knowing about an open recall could help you avoid buying a used car with problems. Plus, fixing recalls helps maintain vehicle value and safety. To learn more, visit

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New Fuel Treatment Protects Engines From Damaging Effects Of Ethanol Fuel Blends

(NAPSI)—The next time you start up your lawn mower, string trimmer or other equipment powered by a gas engine, think about adding a fuel preservative to protect your investment from the harmful effects of ethanol fuel blends.

According to engine experts, ethanol fuels begin to deteriorate almost the moment they are pumped, and can break down in the fuel tank causing rust, corrosion, buildup and even significant engine damage. This is particularly an issue in engines only used occasionally—like those on lawn mowers, generators and snow throwers, as well as engines powering sporting equipment such as boats, snowmobiles and ATVs.

A potent new fuel preservative developed by Briggs & Stratton, the largest maker of gas engines for outdoor power equipment, provides an easy and inexpensive way to prevent damage caused by ethanol-blended gas while also keeping the fuel fresh for up to three years.

The Advanced Formula Fuel Treatment & Stabilizer protects any gas engine, including 2-cycle engines like those on trimmers, which use a blend of oil and gasoline. This protection may be more important than ever−ethanol-blended fuels now account for nearly 90 percent of all fuel sold in the U.S., according to the Renewable Fuels Association. The longer these blends sit in the fuel tank, the more damage they can do, resulting in starting issues, rough running and even severe engine damage.

“Ethanol-based fuels attract moisture, which eventually separates from the fuel, forming a layer of ethanol-enriched water at the bottom of the tank where it does its damage,” explains Eric Risse, fuel systems engineer at Briggs & Stratton.

A Solution

Briggs & Stratton’s Advanced Formula Fuel Treatment & Stabilizer combines a proprietary “triple antioxidant” formula with other ingredients to fight water separation and protect the entire fuel system. Corrosion inhibitors form a protective barrier on metal parts while detergent ingredients help prevent gum and varnish buildup.

A metal deactivator works to stop the aggressive chemical reactions caused by dissolved metal ions in the fuel. The net result: extreme protection against fuel-related problems.

The company cautions consumers to avoid certain fuels altogether in small gas engines because of their damaging effects. These include fuels containing more than 10 percent ethanol (such as E15 or E85 gasoline) and gasoline containing other alcohol blends.

Learn More

For more information on products for outdoor power equipment, visit or call (800) 444-7774.




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