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Alternative Ways Of Dealing With The Fuel Crisis

Jun 14, 2008
Car drivers have been suffering of late due to the ludicrous prices of fuel and people's lack of keenness to be driving anywhere. Information has been issued on the way to drive as economically as possible, (which if you ask me involves a push bike) but still drivers are under the impression that if they drive faster they will get to their destination before their fuel runs out. This is idiot thinking as a car takes more fuel to drive at speeds (whereas a pushbike uses the same amount of energy whatever speed you wish to ride it at). So, what are the alternatives?

You could sell your car and buy a motorbike. These are more economical on fuel and quite speedy but Saturday afternoon shopping with your granny is going to be a hair-raising experience for both of you. You could get a moped which, while cheaper still on fuel and insurance, is still going to struggle taking granny shopping or the kids to school.

A pushbike is always going to be the cheapest option as once the initial outlay is over with, there is virtually no more maintenance. You can get up to quite a tidy speed on one of these, they require no fuel, no insurance, no road tax, they incorporate no speeding fines and no MOT's.

If this doesn't suit you and you still want the comfort of a car like we are all so used to, you can still make the options cheaper for yourself. Start by selling your own car (don't panic, I'm not done yet). This immediately deprives the government of the revenue from your car tax, the garages with windows large enough to see you coming of the maintenance and MOT stings and the greedy oil giants of the fuel prices that beggar belief. Feeling better already?

Now you have a little cash in your pocket, call in the professionals. Use car hire, chauffeur driven. The one off payment means that you can budget your money without the worry that prices are going to increase in the blink of an eye as with petrol. It means you can get as drunk as you like whenever you go out as long as you are using car hire that is chauffeur driven without the fear of losing your licence.

On top of that, car hire that is chauffeur driven will impress your friends no end, especially if you use something like a hummer or a limousine. It does rather defeat the object somewhat but what the hell - if you don't spend your hard earned then the government will just find another way of taking it off you, so go for it. Your granny will be pleased when it comes to the shopping trips, the kids will be the envy of all their friends on the school run and if you're single, the girls will be falling over themselves.

If you have been lucky enough to invest in limousine car hire that is chauffeur driven and you cannot afford your mortgage, like so many hundreds of thousands of people in the UK every year, you could always camp out in the back of your car. After all, these vehicles are the size of the modern houses that are currently being constructed.
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Transport expert Catherine Harvey looks at the way to use car hire that is chauffeur driven to get over the cost of running your own car.
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