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5 Electric Car Facts You Need to Know About Before Purchasing

5 Electric Car Facts You Need to Know About Before Purchasing

Electric cars are growing in popularity across the country. When looking to buy one, you need to ensure you know all the facts about buying them, so that you can make an informed purchase.

Here are some tips on electric cars you should know about before going out and possibly purchasing one.

The Biggest Effect on Range is You

It is widely known that electric cars have limited range and how you drive can push it down even further.  Higher rates of speed will drain the battery faster, as well as many of the hallmarks of aggressive driving.

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In some cases, Mother Nature is partially responsible, as hilly terrain is also more of a strain on the battery than flat ground.  However, how you navigate that terrain also has an impact.  Making an effort to avoid unnecessary hills, as well as adjusting your speed gradually when faced with obstacles, will help extend the life of your battery and ensure you are getting the most range possible.

They Require Less Maintenance, but Are Not Maintenance Free

Certain maintenance activities are required regardless of the type of vehicle involved.  Under-inflated tires will have the same negative effects on cars with gasoline or alternative engines.  Additionally, coolant plays a critical role in electric vehicles as well as combustion engines, making it necessary to monitor current levels on a regular basis.

While certain parts have to be replaced regularly on all vehicles, like the tires, windshield, wiper blades, other maintenance requirements are much lower.

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They Are Great for the Average Commute

Most electric cars have a range of over 70 miles and the average commute in the United States is less than 30 miles round trip.  That can make an electric car an excellent option for many commuters who have a home charging station available, additionally, it is much more energy efficient than combustion engines.

Making regular use of a commuter car is more environmentally friendly than traditional car, while it’s also fairly inexpensive to run.

There Aren’t Always Enough Plugs

One of the biggest obstacles facing electric car owners today is the simple lack of public charging stations.  As of late 2015, it was estimated there was approximately one public charger per every 10 electric vehicles on the road.  This can create a lot of frustration for drivers since most electric cars have a fairly limited range.

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Before you bring your electric car out for a longer drive, make sure you have identified multiple possible charging locations along your route.  That way, should one not be available, you know where to go if you end up in a critical state of need.

Sitting with a Full Battery is Not Ideal

Surprisingly, leaving your electric car sitting fully charged is not ideal.  In fact, it can have a negative effect on the life of your battery.  This is because the battery cell balancing, or the natural process that occurs chemically within the battery as it slowly discharges, can have lower the life of your battery.

When possible, it is recommended to schedule the end of your charging cycle to complete as close to the moment when you intend to hit the road again as possible.

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These are just a few tips you need to know before you take your electric car on the road.  Luckily, there are a lot of Driving Geeks out there that can help you make the most of your car and can help with any questions you have.

As time passes, advances in battery technology will likely make some of these concerns less noticeable.  But, until then, you can drive your electric car knowing you are treating is in the best possible way.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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