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Boost Your Car Mileage with These 5 Unbelievably Easy Tricks

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Remember that time when you’re learning how to drive and you make a promise to drive with efficient mileage rate? Somewhere along the road, all the hassle caused by traffic make you forget that promise.

Today is as good as any other day to fulfill that promise. Better mileage rate means better car lifespan, better fuel spending, and better for the environment. Sounds all good, right? And it’s actually not hard to get a better mileage rate.

Here are five unbelievably simple ways you can get a better mileage rate:

Optimal tyre means optimum mileage rate

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Make sure that you inflate your tyre to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure. Low tyre pressure means more contact surface between the tyre and the road. Except when you’re driving in the middle of a desert, you don’t need larger traction to your tyre. High friction between the tyre and the road means higher fuel consumption.

On the other hand, over-inflating your tyre means greater fuel efficiency. But there will be less traction, and it’s easier to lose control of your vehicle. So always keep your tyre on recommended pressure.

Last thing, always check your tyre pressure regularly because they always lose pressure slowly.

Drive smoothly

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In May 2013, one participant in Dubai’s Mileage Rally managed to get 42.1 kmpl (kilometers per liter) in the petrol category. His secret? Just following the proper driving technique.

When you accelerate suddenly or hit the brakes harshly, you unnecessarily punish your car’s engine. It might be fun for a while, but you’re annoying the passenger and paying more fuel for that.

Aerodynamics is not only for aeroplanes and spaceships

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If you want a better car mileage rate, a simple thing such as air could be your enemy. Yes, when you’re driving, your car constantly receive an opposing force from the wind drag. It sounds like a complicated science, but you don’t have to worry about all the complex calculation.

Your car is designed with aerodynamics in mind. The only thing you have to do is to close all the windows when driving in high speed and avoid carrying item on the car roof. Contrary to popular belief, closing the windows and letting the AC run is much more efficient in terms of mileage rate.

Weight, it matters

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An overburdened car would also need more fuel to move. In a heavy load scenario, the engine simply has to work harder than usual. That’s why you should travel only with the essential load. Ditch that old child safety seat and all the random stuff your friends left in your car.

But keep the spare tyre, jumper cable, and other handy emergency tools. A better car mileage rate is important, but so are safety measures.

Turn off everything at the end of the road

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When you reach your destination, make sure you turn off every gadget before turning off the car. The AC, the light, the radio, cigarette lighter, TV consoles, and everything else, turn it all off.

It may seem like minor things to look out for, but if you keep all your gadgets on when you turn the car off, it will burn more fuel when you start the car back up. Ideally, the car only needs to power up the engine when it’s starting, but if all your gadgets are still on, the car will need more fuel to power it all in one go.

There are other simple thing that you can do to increase your mileage rate such as making sure your car is always in the best possible shape, doing regular maintenance, and keeping it clean.


Keeping track of all the little things for your car could be an inconvenience, and there are times when you could forget that. That’s why there’s Carmen. Carmen is a dongle that read’s your car data real-time and alerts you to any potential problems before it happens. No need to ponder about when you should go to the mechanics for your maintenance or when you should replace the battery, Carmen has all that covered.

How to Prolong Car Battery Life

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Imagine hurriedly running to your car because you’re late for work. Sadly, your vehicle won’t start and you unluckily find out that your car’s battery died on you. Not exactly a great way to start your day, isn’t it? Or you’re a far drive away from home and this had to happen.

The average lifespan of a car’s battery is about 3 to 5 years. Do you find yourself changing it every 1 to 2 years? Not only is it a hassle, it’s also a waste of time and money to do so more often than usual.

However, did you know that there are simple ways to help boost your car’s battery calendar life? You may have taken a few details for granted, but understanding the little things can help you prolong its usage. Read up on these tips to prevent any unwanted situations from occurring.

1. Do a monthly inspection.

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It’s very important that the battery terminals are kept clean and checked monthly to prevent corrosion. The buildup of corrosion around the terminals is a common problem that people experience, and if it goes unnoticed, an excessive buildup can destroy the connection between the battery and your car, thus the need for a replacement.

To avoid this, you can choose and purchase from a wide variety of battery corrosion cleaners. You can also create a DIY cleaning solution to save on money such as filling a plastic cup with 8 ounces of water and mixing in one to two tablespoons of baking soda. Or you can use cola since the acid in it will eat away the corrosion.

2. Make sure your battery is tightly fastened.

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See to it that the battery is secure and does not vibrate especially when you frequently drive on bumpy roads. A battery that’s loosely fastened will vibrate, which potentially results in a short circuit and internal damage. It can even cause damage to your car. You also have to check your battery cables and make sure that they are securely connected

3. Protect the battery from extreme temperature changes.

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To help maximise the lifespan of your car’s battery, you need to protect it from drastic changes in temperature, and to do so, you will need a car battery insulation kit. The latest car models usually have this installed; however, if your car doesn’t have it, you can always easily install one yourself.

You just need to check if it fits the battery compartment of your car. There are several replacements available specifically made to fit your car’s battery compartment. The companies that sell these kits usually have a form on their site where you can indicate your car model and year then the results will tell you if your battery fits their kit or not.

4. Lessen quick rides.

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If you’re one who often loves driving your car for a short ride, don’t be surprised if this contributes to shortening the calendar life of your battery. A quick car ride prevents your car from fully charging. You need to drive it frequently and for longer periods if you wish to maintain your car’s battery power, but if you rarely use your car then it’s best to consider buying a portable car battery charger. Portable chargers jump-start your battery without another vehicle in case of an emergency situation like being stranded on the road.

It’s also important to fully charge your car battery at least once a week, but you should also be cautious not to overcharge it. A lead-acid battery releases oxygen and hydrogen gases once overcharged, thus potentially making it explosive as well as breaking down the composition of water in the battery that could shorten its life.

5. Check the water level on a regular basis.

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Most car batteries will indicate the need for water. Once water is needed, you must refill it with distilled water only.

6. Take care of your car as a whole.

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Although the battery is a crucial component of your car, it doesn’t mean that you should disregard the other parts. By properly maintaining your car, you are helping in extending its life as well as the battery’s. With technology being extremely advanced these days, experts have created a tool that lets you monitor your vehicle’s health and maintenance. And the best part is, you can access it on your phone.

Carmen, with its predictive technology, knows your car’s data in real time and alerts you of potential problems before it happens. Data is collected during your drive and transmitted to your phone via bluetooth. After data has been uploaded to the cloud and analyzed, once problems are found, both you and your workshop are immediately notified. This tool helps you save all that money spent from going to the shop to have your car fixed and keeps you safe, thus giving you a peace of mind while driving.

This Is What Your Car Temperature Trying To Tell You

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All this time, you may have been driving your car without any urges to check on the temperature gauge in your dashboard. But as it turns out, checking it regularly will save your engine and your pocket.

Just like people, your car’s temperature also says a lot about its condition and how the entire body is actually doing. Whether the gauge needle points to “hot” or “cold,” it all means that there’s something going on with the engine.

To save your vehicle and your pocket from further damage, it’s time for you to understand what problems your car temperature is telling you.

Too cold? Don’t sweat.

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Even though the rainy season feels cold enough to make you think that your engine is freezing, cars nowadays have been smartly built. They are able to adjust their temperatures and keep itself warm when you turn on the engine by compensating with just the right amount of fuel and air.

All you need to do is wait for a few minutes. If the temperature gauge still hasn’t gone up despite the engine having been warmed up, don’t sweat, it’s simply broken. But you should be aware that this condition can also be caused by the stuck-open thermostat.

The thermostat that is stuck open will make a coolant constantly flow into the engine and prevent it from reaching an optimum level of heat. Because if this happens, it will cause problems for the engine to warm up. To fix this, you need to replace the thermostat quickly before another problem arises.

Too hot? Let it sit for awhile.

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If you see steam rising from under your hood and the temperature gauge reading high into the red sign when you’re driving, this means that your vehicle is overheating right now.

It’s important not to panic. Turn off the air conditioner and open the windows immediately. Try to pull off the road as fast as possible, then turn off the engine.

Don’t ever try to open the hood immediately unless you want to get burned by steam or the superheated engine coolant. Just let it sit for awhile. You can keep the accessory power on to monitor the gauge and see whether the temperature has dropped into the safety zone.

After some time, you can open the hood and check the water level. If the water level is low, try to add water or some coolant to cool down the engine.

Why your car temperature will go high.

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Aside from overheating, there are other few possible reasons that can cause the temperature gauge to suddenly spike high. First, the engine may have lost too much coolant because of a leak or with gradual evaporation that makes the engine lack enough water to cool down.

This problem could also be caused by a broken thermostat, which prevents the valve from opening (stuck-close). As opposed to the stuck-open valve, the stuck-close thermostat holds back the coolant from pouring into the engine. Without the coolant circulating throughout the radiator, the engine soon gets extremely hot.

Another possible reason that could cause the sudden rise in temperature is that the water pump is unable to do its job because the gasket or other parts are broken. When the key of the cooling system fails to run, the temperature gauge will surely show sudden high spikes.

Your vehicle’s temperature is one of the crucial things that make your car function properly. If you don’t start paying more attention to it, you will surely regret it when the engine gets badly damaged by excessive heat.


It’s true that monitoring your car’s temperature gauge could be an inconvenience when you should just be focusing on driving and looking at the road. This is where Carmen gets in the picture.

Carmen is a dongle that reads your car data real-time and alerts you on any potential problems before it happens. No need to ponder about when you should go to the mechanics for your maintenance or when you should replace the thermostat, Carmen has all that covered.

Here Are 5 Tips To Help You Know When To Change Your Car Tires

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One of the most essential parts of a car are the tires. Without tires, your car can’t move. Since car tires are the only parts that touch the ground, they determine how well you travel on the road. Sure, you may be a skilled driver, but you cannot see every small rock, road bump, or even the cracks that might make your car lose its balance. Which is why you need to know when to change your car tires. Here are 5 basic tips:

1. First things first: when?

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We recommend you to check your car tires regularly, at least once every 2 to 4 weeks. The older your tires are, the more often you should check on them. Also, as a rule of thumb, you should replace tires that are more than 5 years old. They should only be used in emergency situations. Never risk driving by using tires that are more than a decade old. If you often drive in high speed, then you should change them earlier.

2. Check the tread: how much have you used?

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One of the best indicators that your car tires need changing is the condition of the tread. The tread helps your car tires grip the road and stay on track. If your treads become too shallow, it means the contract patches are too old and unable to grip the road when it’s wet.

To help you look out for any signs of a too shallow tread, you can pay attention to a couple of things. First, you can take a look at the little bumps on each tread known as the tread wear indicator. If the contract patches are on the same level, then you should change your tires.

Another rule of thumb is the 1.5 mm-depth-rule: if your contract patches are only 1.5 mm deep, you should replace your tire. The best way is to change your tires before they even reach those levels.

3. Next: check the pressure!

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Sometimes unobservable to the naked eye, tire pressure cannot simply be felt by pushing the surface sometimes. To do this properly, be sure to check the recommended pounds per square inch (PSI) of the tire.

You will need to insert a pressure gauge to measure the current pressure. If it is above the recommended pressure, lose some air. If otherwise, you will need to pump more air until it reaches the recommended level. It is important not to do this based on a ‘feeling.’

4. Checking for (potential) damages

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Another thing you can look out for to know when you should change your car tires are the damages. For example, are there little rocks or twigs stuck between the tires? Remove them immediately before they cause a serious problem. Is there a leakage, hole, puncture, or an uneven wearing pattern? It is crucial to never drive in these conditions.

5. What about the spares?

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Although it never touches the road, the spares can be worn out too. You can apply the same rules above to the spare tires just to be sure. If you feel like you need to change your car tires, see to it that both sides are changed so they can wear out evenly. At times, changing your front and back tires also help even out the weariness.


These 5 basic tips ought to help you determine when you should change your car tires. If you are still unsure, you can always consult an expert on the matter. Or, you can use some help from Carmen. Carmen gathers your car’s data in real-time to help you understand and make predictive measures to prevent future problems.

By analyzing your data, Carmen can help you gain insights and identify issues that need fixing, from fuel efficiency, car battery life, and even your tires. Ready to drive better with Carmen?

Understanding Your Car’s OBD and How It Works

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Every car owner knows how frustrating it is when their ride breaks down, especially in the middle of the road. It is even more frustrating when they don’t know the cause behind it.

Fortunately, an automated computer was developed to help tackle this problem. This computer, also known as the On-Board Diagnostic (OBD), monitors your car’s speed, engine, emissions and mileage. It also delivers a whole host of other useful data. Let’s take a deeper look into a car’s OBD and how it benefits you as the car owner.

How does an OBD function?

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Every car that was released after 1996 in the United States must have an OBD installed. For those who are not familiar with what exactly the OBD is, you can see it in the car’s dashboard just behind the steering wheel. So, how does it work?

Essentially, all new cars have sensors that measure the automobile’s oxygen, engine knock, manifold pressure, engine coolant temperature, mass air flow, and throttle position. These sensors deliver signals to the car’s Engine Control Unit (ECU).

This ECU then interprets all the information and generates code whenever a problem occurs. The ECU uses that code to send out signals to the engine lights you can see on your dash. The lights that show the car’s fuel level, temperature and other readings are part of the OBD.

How to know when your car faces a major or minor problem

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The signals sent from the ECU will alert the engine’s lights. As a result, if there is a minor problem, the OBD’s head unit will display a steady light. When this happens, you can still drive, even when the light stays on, and have a look at it when you arrive at your destination.

However, if the light blinks on and off, that is a sign that your car is facing a major and urgent problem. When the flashing light on the car’s OBD head unit stays on, you must fix the problem immediately and avoid driving as much as you can.

An additional diagnostics tool for your car

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 Most of the time, default OBD equipment on cars are not enough. Because of this, it is better to install an additional diagnostics tool for your car.s

Most add-on car diagnostics tools summarize a car’s fuel consumption and therefore help track the user’s gas costs. Additionally, these tools can sometimes even identify why a car broke down in the first place. They can save valuable time and energy that would otherwise be required to get your car checked out by a mechanic just to see where things went wrong.

Every car has a port under the steering wheel. This port is exclusively reserved for users who want to install an additional diagnostics tool. The next step is to input all your car’s info into the diagnostics tool application, let it scan all of the data, and port the information back to your smartphone for actionable insights.


Maintaining your car is not a fun thing to do, but with the help of new car diagnostics tools, you can maintain your automobile without too many headaches. In addition to maintaining your car, you can also plan and prevent future problems and breakdowns.

For those who are searching for the best and easiest car diagnostics tool on the market, you may want to try Carmen. The tool uses predictive technology to catch a vehicle’s issues before they happen.

How Efficient Car Fuel Consumption Help Save Your Wallet and Your Car

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While it’s common knowledge that taking care of your car can help with efficient fuel consumption, it also works the other way around: practicing efficient fuel consumption can definitely help you save your car and set aside some savings for the rainy days.

Here are some easy-to-follow steps on how to go economic on your gas to be able to free up your cash for other (equally important) things and definitely save your car from quickly deteriorating:

Combine errands to do with one trip

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A car that has been parked for a few hours will have a cold engine that will use up more fuel for the first few miles it goes. Did you know that you’d save a lot on your fuel consumption if you combine your errands to be carried out in a single trip? Although this is easier said than done, it helps to know this tip to ensure you don’t eat up most of your fuel with several short trips that you have to make every day.

Always travel light if you can

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Just as we wouldn’t want to be carrying around a heavy backpack full of unnecessary stuff, our car will surely be thankful if we unload those trolleys and golf clubs and luggage from last month’s travel from the trunk. And just as we would use up more energy lugging heavy things around, our cars will also need more fuel to move around more weight. So always take the time to clear the boot of your car every now and then as this has a large effect on your car’s fuel consumption.

Be kind to your accelerator

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Stay on a constant speed when driving, ideally around 50mph and preferably at your car’s highest gear, which could be the 5th or 6th. A patient driver will normally have minimal fuel expenses as opposed to the aggressive driver who beats more red lights than he should. The same thing holds true for those stepping on the accelerator for so long simply to avoid changing into a lower gear. Be kind to your accelerator, and it will definitely reflect the minimal fuel you’ve consumed so far with your car use.

Turn the air-conditioning off

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We understand how tempting it is to leave your car’s air-conditioning system on every time you’re in for a ride, regardless of the weather. Sure it makes your travel convenient, but it also uses quite a lot of fuel. Save up on your fuel consumption by turning your air-conditioning off especially when it’s not that hot and the weather makes for a good ride with your windows open.

Always check your tires before hitting the road

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Many car owners are guilty of not knowing that keeping their tires properly aligned, correctly inflated and with just the right pressure helps save fuel consumption as it minimizes the drag that the car’s engine has to overcome as it travels down the road. Make it a point to choose a tire set with low rolling resistance as it helps improve gas mileage by around 1 or 2 percent. Check your tire pressure at least once every two weeks just to ensure it keeps the right pressure every time you drive your vehicle around.



For that priceless peace of mind while driving your car, trust the state-of-the-art Carmen technology to give you real-time information about your vehicle’s status. It gauges and gives you critical alerts on potential problems so you can prevent them as early as possible.