6 Ways to save money on car expenses

There are varieties of strategies to help you save thousands of naira over your car.

Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, shares 6 of these strategies to help you.

1. DRIVE PRUDENTLY

Aggressive driving like speeding, rapid acceleration and hard braking is one of the quickest ways to waste fuel. To cut fuel costs, you should try to drive more prudently so your vehicle will not have to use up so much fuel trying to adjust to the way it is being handled by you.

Also, refraining from hard braking will prevent your brakes from wearing out quickly and extend the life of your brakes. This will therefore help you save money on changing brake pads.

2. REGULATE YOUR AIR CONDITIONING

Running the air conditioning can reduce a vehicle’s fuel economy by more than 25%, says Oak Ridge National Laboratory. To regulate your air conditioning, drive with your windows open for a short time before using the A/C to let the hot air out first. On days that are not so hot or on windy days, go without air conditioning and put your windows down. Alternatively, on these days you can use air conditioning, but set it at a slightly higher temperature so it does less work.

3. ROTATE YOUR TIRES

The front tires wear out faster than the rear tires, switching these tires helps both sets wear evenly so you wouldn’t have to replace them prematurely. Read your owner’s manual or confirm from a trusted mechanic to know the best time to make the switch. Once you know this, rotating the tires is something that you can easily do on your own.

4. AVOID ‘OVER OILING’ YOUR CAR

Some mechanics will tell you to change the oil of your car after every 3000 miles, but some of the newer car models can actually go up to 10,000 miles before needing an oil change. You should ensure you read your car’s owner’s manual to know the timetable for oil change that is specified for your car. Alternatively, if you don’t have access to the manual, you can use Google Search to get the information or ask a trusted mechanic

5. TRY HANDLING EASY REPAIRS YOURSELF

A mechanic doesn’t have to handle every repair and maintenance that concerns your car. Repairs like replacing wiper blades, changing car tires, replacing your lights etc. are easy enough to do on your own. You can even go a step further and watch how-to-videos to help your better learn how to do these things.

6. KNOW YOUR CAR

You should have a basic understanding of what your car needs and when it needs what it needs. This way you can avoid being up-charged when you take it for maintenance. Often mechanics or re-wirers give a list of things they recommend for repairs when you take your car to them. Your car many not actually need some of the things they listed at that time, but to make additional profit they will include it. This is a well-known fact for most car users but they still fall into this trap because they don’t have basic understanding of their car and its needs.

4 Unconventional marketing tips to try

We all know that sometimes to succeed you sometimes have to try new things that might not exactly follow the norm.

Jumia Travel shares 4 unconventional tips to employ in your marketing efforts.

1. DON’T KEEP UP WITH YOUR COMPETITION

You should create your own playing field, rather than playing on the one set for you by your competitors. While you should keep an eye on the competition, you shouldn’t get caught up in it. Rather than worrying so much about your competitors marketing tactics and solely trying to compete with theirs, understand and focus also on what works for your customers and your brand; and tailor your marketing tactics to the individuality of your firm. Your marketing tactics should be strong enough to compete with your competitors, but that shouldn’t be the only focus. Remember, your audience should lead what you are doing, not your competitors.

2. PLANT A PURPLE SEED

Don’t engage in marketing practices for traditional or sentimental purposes. You should constantly review your tactics to determine the ones that actually work. Focus on the practices that work and let go of the ones that are not so effective, even if they have become a sort of tradition for you. Think strategically and think digitally, don’t just do what comes easily. Learn to plant purple seeds, because it is these seeds that will drive people to action.

Purple seeds once planted in the minds of your prospects make them think 3 things: Your product/service is word-class and will do what you say it will; your product/service is different from any other they have tried; and your product is ‘a prize to be won’ because not everyone can have it. Get your prospects to think any of these three thoughts and you are sure to drive them to action. Get them to think all three and well… you know the rest.

3. MAKE YOUR BUSINESS CARD UNIQUE

It is known that in marketing, asking your customers to help with referrals is a smart decision. However, it does not always work. When asking your customers for referrals, it helps to give them your card. But when you give them your card, the content of your card should not only include the conventional details, if you want it to be effective. Aside your name, a brief description of your services and your phone number, your card should additionally include a short note positioning your product/service as a ‘prize to be won’. This note should be strong enough to give you a competitive advantage and stand you out as different.

Read below the excerpt of a short note written on the business card of a marketing executive:

“You won’t find me on the internet…on social media…or anywhere else. And that’s on purpose. I don’t work with anybody new unless a client I respect vouches for them. You have now earned my complete trust and that’s why I’m giving you full access to this card. If you need any marketing services – call my personal number any time (24/7) and I’ll make you a priority and instantly take out any ‘marketing fires’ you may have. Thank you.”

4. TRY TO CONTROL THE ENTIRE PROCESS

It is important to try to remain in control of the entire process without at any point killing your leverage; especially for those in client services, where the client usually has all the power during the sales process. Try flipping the script and avoid losing your leverage at every point.

Try to control as much of the process as you can, and in the process take calculated risks to remain in control.

In the end, let the pitch feel more like a negotiation leading to something like a partnership. Let it feel different and leave an impression on your client(s). Avoid looking like just another person selling another service.

6 Alarming Signs You Are Definitely Not Fit

Your body is the place you live in. You have to take good care of it by being fit and keeping it in shape. However, quite a large chunk of people are not bothered about whether they are fit or not as far as they wake up in the morning and go wherever they want.

Jumia Travel 6 shares signs that you are definitely not fit. It may be time to exercise.

1. It takes forever for your heart rate to slow

Your age determines how quick your heart rate will slow. For a young man, it shouldn’t take several minutes for his heart beat to relax. However, because you are out of shape, your heart’s still pounding for another five minutes. You are not fit.

2. Caffeine is the only thing that keeps you awake

You have so many things on your plate but you find it difficult to keep awake. Often times, it is the coffee that prevents you from sleeping so that you can perform. When you exercise more, you don’t need to take caffeine anymore to keep awake.

3. You cannot do pushups

This is perhaps one of the most obvious signs. It is a very reliable way to determine if you are fit or not. Unfortunately, many people fail this test. Some are even lucky if they go beyond 5 pushups. If this is the case, it may be time to hit the gym in any of your favourite hotels in Abuja.

4. You struggle to catch your breath

For example, when you climb the stairs or workout in the morning, and within few minutes you are panting and out of breath, it is a warning sign. You really need to start exercising to regain your fitness.

5. You are longing for sugar

Most times if you are fit, you would have little or no desire to take sugar because the exercise you engage in gives you natural energy. So, if you are always craving sugar, you should exercise more often.

6. You are always tired

Tiredness is relative. It doesn’t necessarily mean that whenever you are tired or fatigued, you are not fit. But if you are always or you complain of tiredness daily, there is every possibility that your fitness level is not up to scratch.



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