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Design a sound for your car

Usually we notice the sound our car makes only when it’s the wrong kind. But car sounds are becoming more important for electric vehicles because we simply don’t hear them. This means manufacturers are spending millions to create just the right sound to fit their brand. Read More

Who can resist that buzz on your wrist?

Everyone knows the dangers of using a mobile phone while driving. The law is also very clear about penalties for reading, watching and texting on phones. But the road rules don’t mention smartwatches at all. Does that mean you can happily use a smartwatch instead? Greenslips.com.au investigates. Read More

Usage-based insurance improves your driving

IHS Automotive predicts 142 million people worldwide will have usage-based insurance (UBI) by 2023, compared to 12 million today. In Australia, it is still early days for UBI or pay-as-you-go car insurance. But vehicle owners who use telematics will have more control over their premiums by showing insurers how, where and how often they drive. Read More

The changing role of car dealerships

Buying a new car is a very different process from what it used to be. Online shopping sites have not only put retailers out of business, but created new expectations about how we buy cars. In Australia, there are 3,500 dealerships, some owned by families and some by larger businesses. Is there still a role for the dealership? Read More

Are self-driving cars all hype?

There is a lot of hype about self-driving cars. Yet it may be unrealistic to expect a car to be able to drive itself without any human intervention in any conditions. At the same time, humans are incredibly good drivers. They quickly develop the skills they need and can adapt to all terrains and weather conditions. So will cars really be able to drive themselves one day? Read More

How a big night turns into a big crash

Everyone has wondered whether they are over the limit to drive after a big night. But not everyone asks that question the next morning. Unfortunately, while a quarter of drinkers believe they are still over the limit, a quarter of them still choose to drive. It seems more people are drink driving. Read More

How green are EVs really?

We remember when governments claimed diesel engines were “green” because they used less fuel and emitted less CO2. How times have changed. Now electric vehicles are “green” and diesels have fallen from grace. Even so, buyers may not be convinced that EVs are quite as green as they first appear. Read More

Highway robbery – Sydney drivers and tolls

Regular users of Sydney’s motorways know toll fees go up every quarter. Few businesses can legally put up prices four times a year for exactly the same product. Now traffic growth is slowing down on many toll roads, especially Lane Cove Tunnel, the Eastern Distributor and M2 Pennant Hills Road. Strangely, nobody seems quite sure why. Read More

Why there should be no price difference

Thousands of people use the greenslips.com.au calculator every day of the week. It is a fast, anonymous way to compare prices from all five NSW green slip insurers. Occasionally, the price quoted by the insurer is different to the one in the calculator. This should not happen and we will explain why. Read More

Should we be warned about speed cameras?

The NSW Auditor General recently recommended Transport for NSW remove speed camera warning signs. In Victoria, where there are no warning signs, a lot more motorists are fined for speeding. The AG report says NSW speed cameras catch only 1 in a thousand motorists and it’s time to step up the speed camera program. Read More