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How a New Driver Can Save Money

As the last drop of Martinelli�۪s cider is siphoned from the bottle in celebration of your teen passing his or her driving test, you realize you have a precarious financial situation on your hands. It�۪s likely they�۪ll want to get on the road as soon as dawn breaks and you haven�۪t added them to your car insurance plan, bought them a vehicle, or even considered all the additional expenses.

As the last drop of Martinelli�۪s cider is siphoned from the bottle in celebration of your teen passing his or her driving test, you realize you have a precarious financial situation on your hands. It�۪s likely they�۪ll want to get on the road as soon as dawn breaks and you haven�۪t added them to your car insurance plan, bought them a vehicle, or even considered all the additional expenses.

A new driver adds a laundry list of new expenditures your wallet isn�۪t ready for. Vehicle repairs, car registrations, and increased insurance costs are only the tip of the roadway iceberg.

You are up a creek without a steering wheel.

Help is here.

The tips below will not ease the anxiety of rising fuel costs, the stress of finding the right car, or the gut-wrenching nervousness endured while awaiting the safe return of your teen each time they leave the house on wheels, but they will prevent your bank account balance from heading south.

Here are some great ways to save in other financial areas, so you can afford to have a new driver in your family:

1.Reduce phone costs

Cell phone bills can be outrageously steep, but two cups and a string, messenger pigeons, smoke signals, or a traveling horse courier can be much cheaper options.

2.Create a bartering system at your local market

Before money, clans and tribes got what they wanted by trading. Animal furs, moccasins, and pelts make great bartering tools so stock up on whatever beaver, possum, and cheetah fur you can get your hands on. You should have no problem acquiring the household basics with the right trading loot. I know what you�۪re thinking; where am I supposed to get my hands on some cheetah fur living in Nebraska? Don�۪t fret. Those old slippers currently taking residence in the back of your closet, now home to several species of household insects can be passed off as moccasins. They should net you at least an egg or two.

3.Hire Jillian Michaels from Biggest Loser

Food is an essential piece of our survival but today most Americans overeat. You can cut costs by having Jillian hang out in your kitchen and yell obesity slurs at your family any time they go to take a bite of anything. Rumor has it she just loves yelling, so she�۪ll work for free.

4.Change Golf Saturday to Bird Watching Wednesday

A round of golf with your closest pals can be a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon, but it�۪s costing you a fortune. Trade in those clubs for a pair of quality binoculars you�۪ll be watching birds instead of trying to putt for them in no time. Your wallet will thank you.

5.Get a new roommate named Rumpelstiltskin

Adding another person into the family fray could add additional risks, but one who can turn the loose straw in your yard into gold, could really prove his worth.

6.Stop shopping, and begin Hunting/Gathering

For years civilizations survived on hunting and gathering techniques. These long lost methods can still work today, unless you are gathering in your neighbor�۪s garden. In that case, you probably don�۪t want to be the only inmate in jail for stealing a zucchini. Gather wisely. This will cut down on food costs, but not necessarily decrease the chances of getting poison oak, so be safe out there.

7.Put a Lemon shark in your pool after Shark Week on Discovery Channel airs ;

Pools provide an excellent form of fun for the entire neighborhood, but are expensive to maintain. On a hot day a dip in the pool can cool the skin, invigorate the senses, and trigger our innate, primal feelings - unless there is also a flesh eating fish in the pool. One look at the ferocious creature and the kids will go running, and your maintenance costs will plummet. ;;

8.Exchange your pet for a stuffed version of the animal

Pets are great, but food and care for them can be expensive. Find a good home for your current feline or mutt, and then find a similar looking stuffed version. Periodically move the creature around the house so it appears to be moving around. Perhaps start with a couple of hours by the food dish, another few at the edge of the bed, then a couple out in the yard, so your family gets used to its routine. Although there haven�۪t been any confirmed trials to support, it�۪s safe to say that a stuffed animal will eat far less than a real animal. You should be able to start saving on pet food costs immediately, and you�۪ll then be able to afford the month�۪s car payment for your teen.

9.Entertainment costs

Movies are fun to watch, but they can be pricey. At $12-15 a pop, taking a family to the theater can cause you to wake up the following day with a financial hangover. Instead, take your family to a local park, preferably one with large trees and plenty of foliage. When they least expect it, sneak away and slip into a Bigfoot costume. Then, start foraging around in nearby until you hear a scream. If you can�۪t afford a costume, just make sure to find a shaggy brown dog in your neighborhood and shave him when your neighbors aren�۪t looking. This is a much cheaper form of entertainment than four tickets to Madagascar 3.

10.Find another source of electricity

With the world of competitive biking become more popular every day, there is a lot of energy going to waste. Have an aspiring biker come over with a stationary bike and hook it up to run your household devices. Assuming you find an athlete with quads of steel, you should have enough electricity output to cancel your electric bill. If you can�۪t find any bikers locally, find a squirrel with an insatiable appetite for running on a wheel.

If you adopt some of these techniques you�۪ll find yourself saving money in no time, and haves happy teen on your hands.

Have You Considered Nitrogen for Your Tires?

Putting nitrogen in your tires is a new practice that�۪s emerging in repair shops and auto dealerships all around the country. It�۪s exactly as the name says: putting nitrogen in your tires instead of regular air. It�۪s actually much better for your tires in the long run. Nitrogen tire inflation is a green technology that not only will improve fuel efficiency, but will keep tires at proper tire pressure for a longer period of time.

Putting nitrogen in your tires is a new practice that�۪s emerging in repair shops and auto dealerships all around the country. It�۪s exactly as the name says: putting nitrogen in your tires instead of regular air. It�۪s actually much better for your tires in the long run. Nitrogen tire inflation is a green technology that not only will improve fuel efficiency, but will keep tires at proper tire pressure for a longer period of time.

This is a great maintenance choice for younger or less experienced drivers, who may not be as adept to handling routine maintenance or an emergency situation. Since putting nitrogen in your tires keeps them at the right pressure for a longer period of time, the risk for a tire blowout decreases. It also decreases the risk of having a flat tire, and having to call for help or pulling over to put on the spare (if you have one). Flat tires generate more than 3 million AAA calls each year.

When young drivers are first learning to drive and to acquire their license, there�۪s so much to learn prior to the test. This includes the rules of the road, operating the vehicle, and paying attention to pedestrians and other drivers. Learning to drive should also include car maintenance, although it�۪s tough to expect a teenager to remember to change the oil and to check the tire pressure. This is why nitrogen tire inflation is an excellent choice. It�۪s one less thing to worry about as an inexperienced driver learns how to be on the road first.

Putting nitrogen in your tires may have an initial cost, depending on where you go to get the service. Some sell brand new tires already filled with nitrogen, while some charge a few dollars per tire to purge the air and refill with nitrogen. Some will even fill your tires with nitrogen for free. Overall, nitrogen tire inflation is a practice that�۪s great for accommodating new drivers, while improving fuel efficiency and tire life as well.

10 Tips to Pass Your DMV Written Test

Pass your DMV Test with out fear.
According to a study done by an insurance company in 2010, it was estimated that 1 in 5 drivers currently on the road could not pass a written driving test. With numbers like this for drivers who have already passed their written tests, yet aren't competent enough to pass it again, passing for the first time may feel a bit ominous. It should. 70 percent of first-time test takers go home with a failing grade.

According to a study done by an insurance company in 2010, it was estimated that 1 in 5 drivers currently on the road could not pass a written driving test. With numbers like this for drivers who have already passed their written tests, yet aren't competent enough to pass it again, passing for the first time may feel a bit ominous. It should. 70 percent of first-time test takers go home with a failing grade.

If this statistic alone makes you want to throw up your number 2 pencil and note cards in defeat, don't fret. Help is here.

If you don't pass the first time you can take it again, but my Mother always said when you do something, do it right the first time. Moms are always right, I think, and this time is no different. Plus, passing the first time will save you money, time, and the stress of having to study again. Here are some tips to pass the test the first time and show Mom that for once in your life you listened to her.

1. Pick up a handbook from your local DMV, or download online so you can familiarize yourself with your state's laws.

Simply picking it up and using as a coaster on your coffee table won't suffice. There are plenty of people who go to the gym, but that doesn't mean they have Pecs that woman drool over. It just means they spend most of their time wasting it. Open the booklet and browse through casually. It can be quite long, so don't stress yourself out to read it word for word. Reading without stress the first time will give you a foundation before you fine tune your studying later. Jot down some notes on note cards, make a study document on your computer, or highlight some points that catch your eye.

2. Go online and find yourself a practice test to gauge where you are at.

Make sure you choose the right state because each state's laws may vary. If you're not sure what state you are in, then perhaps this test may be the least of your worries.

3. Re-Read.

After you complete your practice test, go back to your handbook and read through like it is the last Harry Potter novel and you don't want to miss anything. Since you've taken the practice test, now you'll know a little bit more of what to look for and what to notate. Or, if you are like most of the population and prefer the cliff notes, then you can choose your own adventure and skip to tip four.

4. Find yourself a study guide.

Freedmvpracticetests.com offers a great DMV Cheat sheet that will not only save you hours of time, but includes sample questions, requirements for obtaining your license, and other helpful tips.

5. Study, Study, Study.

No athlete has ever been interviewed after a loss and said they didn't execute because they over prepared. Taking a test works the same way. The more you can retain the better. Focus on specific numbers such as maximum speed limits in different areas; residential, schools, etc.

6. Re-take the practice tests.

Your computer won't shut off after due to exhaustion after too many practice tests like us humans will. Take as many practice tests as you can. The more practice, the more perfect as they say. Get used to the wording the tests use so you aren't stumped during the test. When you're burnt out, take a break, then come back to it.

7. Get plenty of sleep the night before the test, and eat a hearty breakfast.

Here we go with preaching from Mom again. She's right. Again.

8. During the test, make sure you fully read each question thoroughly.

The last thing you'd want to do after all the time you've spent is to miss a question because you were too fast to answer or misread it. The test can be tricky and for that reason alone, you want to look out for all wording such as legal or illegal, right turn or left turn, crosswalk or sidewalk, etc. Don't assume you know the answer until you've read the entire question.

9. When you come to an question you don't know, relax and pick the best answer.

Isn't this obvious? No. Test nerves will make you question whether or not you are even wearing pants or not. Take a deep breath. This isn't a write-in ballot. If you've studied the cheat sheets, chances are you'll be able to narrow the answer to at least the best two. Pick the one that makes the most common sense.

10. Be positive.

You studiedYou finished your grapefruit parfait at breakfast. You should be good to go. Keep a positive outlook and you will receive a positive score.

 

What tips do you have for other drivers? Leave your best tips in the comments below.

 

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