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5 things you should not do when driving an automatic car

When changing driving direction ensure that the car comes to a stop before changing gears

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There are some things that we find ourselves doing while driving which we think are beneficial in, for example, saving on fuel. However, the fact is that they can end up costing you a lot of money in repairs and replacing worn out parts. Check out the following pointers on the don’ts of driving an automatic car.

1. Engaging the neutral gear while going downhill

The reason why most people do this is to reduce on fuel consumption. However, the truth of the matter is that with modern transmission when coasting downhill with the vehicle in gear, the transmission cuts fuel to the engine. This means that you are only using the wheels to power the engine as the fuel injectors are automatically shut off.

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As such you do not need to put the car in neutral to save on fuel. The danger in putting the car on neutral is that you reduce the ability of controlling the vehicle, which can prove to be disastrous in case of am emergency due to the fact that you can only slow down the vehicle.

2. Putting the car in neutral while in traffic

This is a habit that a good number of drivers engage in, the thinking behind is that when the vehicle is in neutral gear it will consume less fuel. However, for automatic cars putting the car on neutral saves little or no fuel at all hence it is very unnecessary. If you really want to save fuel while stuck in traffic, just pull the hand brake and switch off the engine. This is the sure most way of saving on fuel while stuck in traffic.

3. When changing driving direction ensure that the car comes to a stop before changing gears

It could be one of those days that you are in a hurry such that when changing direction for example while reversing, you change gears while the car is still in motion. When you shift gears while in motion, for example, from reverse to drive, or vice versa, you use your transmission rather than brakes to stop the car.

The car will actually stop but you will end up wearing out your automatic transmission band. The transmission band is hard to access making its repair and replacement expensive and time consuming as opposed to brakes which are easy to access and service.

4. Do not put your car in park till you have come to a complete stop

Again you might be in a hurry and fail to completely stop your car before engaging park. When you engage park, a locking pin is inserted into a gear that is connected to your transmission output shaft. The wheels of your car are connected to your transmission output shaft such that when the shaft is locked your wheels cannot move.

If you happen to engage park when the car is still moving, you can easily shear the locking pin and even break it, which would call for costly repairs. In a situation where you need to stop car and brakes are not working, rather than engaging park just downshift to gear 2 and lower/first gear to slow down the car.

saving-fuel-while-driving-manual-car-150x150 5 things you should not do when driving an automatic car5. Launching your car

This is whereby a driver revs the car while in neutral and shifts to drive to enable one to zoom off at a high speed. However, by doing this you are wearing out the automatic transmission band which, as it were, is expensive to repair. If you have to launch, just press the accelerator and the brakes at the same time and release the brakes while the other foot is still on the accelerator. This will enable you to launch with minimal wear and tear.

NEXT READ: 11 fuel-saving tips every driver should know

 

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24 self-development tips that will make you wealthy

If what you have in your hands is not good to be called a harvest then it’s a seed; sow it.

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Keep a good financial record of all income and expenses, so you won’t ask later “where did my money go”

Self development remains elusive to a lot of people, yet it’s the spring board of success. From a student to the working class and even politicians, the tips below, if followed religiously, will change your life for the better in just two years.  Have a look:

1. Make friends with successful people and occasionally buy them gifts and surprise them with lunch because successful people always give and hardly get, so when you give them, they value the gift a lot.

2. Get a mentor and follow his instructions and respect the relationship. Never beg your mentor for money or disrespect his or her privacy.

3. Make new positive friends as often as possible and ensure you keep the communication line open. Create a network of friends and not just connections.

5. Show kindness to everyone. Some small boys today will be big boys tomorrow. The biggest dog in the neighbourhood was once a puppy. Keep the information/secret to yourself.

6. Always plan ahead and be proactive. He that plans the future works less in the future.

7. Listen to speeches and messages from great teachers, both religious and educational.

8. Attend seminars and trainings on any area you need to improve yourself – Train the trainer, personal development, public speaking, sales etc.

9. Have the habit of keeping a pen and a writing pad handy because ideas come in the form of flashes. The smallest pen is bigger and better than the biggest brain.

SEE: The most overlooked factor of success

10. Make sure at every point in time you are reading a book. If you spend 20 minutes reading daily, for 52 weeks you would have consumed 1,000,000 words.

11. Stay away from television as much as possible. You can watch educational channels. Men with big TV sit in front of them to watch men with big libraries.

12 Put control over your mouth; never say evil of any man; what you are not certain of should not be said. Say good of all men.

13. Always show appreciation for any good deed you received.

14. Always help someone in need.

15. Live a debt-free life. What you can’t pay cash for is not your size.

READ: Quickest way to rise to CEO position

16. Give out loans that you can part with as gift, so that you don’t destroy your business and relationship.

17. Create legitimate multiple sources of income.

18. Save at least 10 percent of your income.

19. Invest a portion of your income, and be patient to see it grow. If what you have in your hands is not good to be called a harvest then it’s a seed; sow it.

20. Keep a good financial record of all income and expenses, so you won’t ask later “where did my money go”

21. Be involved in community service – Control traffic, free lesson class for students etc.

22. Keep getting better on your daily goals and dream, develop yourself on them and make sure you get to the top 10% of your industry.

NEXT: How to get a high-paying job in Kenya

23. Make sure you engage in physical exercise. It keeps your brain alert and your body fit to enjoy your success.

24. Pray often, and know that for every success, God made it possible.

Wishing you the very best in life. Practice what you just read, and see the difference your life would record in two years.

Don’t forget to share.

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BBC set to hire more than 100 journalists

Currently, broadcaster employs more than 300 natives in the region compared to more than 200 in West Africa

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BBC World Service is preparing to hire more than 100 staff members in the East African region by early next year, in one of its ambitious expansion plans.

This was announced during a career fair held in Nairobi this week where more than 400 practicing and aspiring media professionals took part.

According to trainers, who spoke to the attendees, the Kenyan and East African Bureau are set to expand to cover more localised stories in the local dialect including Swahili and the Somali language in Somalia.

Currently, BBC employs more than 300 natives in the East African region compared to more than 200 in the West African region, according to sources within the administration. If the projected 100 employees are brought on board, BBC will be competing with some local media houses in terms of employee numbers.

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Averagely, the leading Kenyan media companies employ around 1,000 people directly each, hence BBC will be almost halfway the number. Most media outlets employ far much below the number, with some employing as little as 20, despite the big number of professionals churned out the training colleges and universities in Kenya.

According to World Bank estimates, close to 800,000 youth, mostly from the numerous institutions of learning, enter the Kenyan job market annually. Out of this number, only about 70,000 may succeed in securing professional employment in the formal sector.

Media graduates may constitute 3-5% of the total population of graduates, meaning that at least 20,000 communication and media practitioners graduate every year.

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Going by the World Bank statistics, around 1,500-2,000 media practitioners are absorbed in the formal employment sector every year. This leaves at least 18,000 without formal employment in the sectors they majored in, hence some end up in other sectors or are completely unemployed.

This was reflected in the BBC Career Fair, where only 400 out of more than 2,000 applicants were shortlisted for the fair.

Most of the applicants were fresh graduates looking for employment with very few applicants looking for greener pastures.

According to experts, very few graduates have competent skills that may secure them employment in leading/competent employers, hence will walk a long way towards finding attractive employment. Others argue that the job market is flooded, hence fresh graduates should be taught self-help skills that can benefit them even without employment.

READ: Former KTN news anchor joins BBC

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7 tips for getting the most out of a job fair

Your elevator speech is people’s first impression of what you have to offer. Begin with a firm handshake and good eye contact.

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Does the very idea of a job fair make your palms sweat? Or do you get truly excited at the thought of getting to meet so many potential employers?

Whatever your personality, follow these simple tips to help you make the most of any job fair experience:

1. Set your expectations correctly

At a job fair, you can expect to introduce yourself to potential employers and answer employer questions, as well as get information and leads that are not available on the employer’s website. But don’t expect to have on-the-spot, full interviews or walk away with a job offer.
2. Research participating employers

Research is a critical part of the job search process. Find out ahead of time which employers hire people with your skills. Even if the company is not on your list of target employers, treat them as if they were.

3. Make a list of questions for employers

Ask about how they recruit and hire people with your skill set. Your target employers will likely have similar hiring practices.

4. Practice your elevator speech

Your elevator speech is people’s first impression of what you have to offer. Begin with a firm handshake and good eye contact. Use a clear voice and provide the employer with concise and relevant information. It’s a good idea to practice with someone else.

5. Prepare your supplies

Bring several copies of your resume, pen and paper for notes, and breath mints.

ALSO SEE:  Survival tips for freshly-employed graduates

6. Follow-up with yourself right away

After meeting someone, make a few notes. What did you discuss with them? Did you commit to any follow-up? It’s a lot easier to remember right after the meeting!

7. Send a thank-you email or letter

Remind your contacts of who you are and any specifics you discussed. Thank your contacts for their time and ask about next steps. Make sure to organize your job fair notes and contact information.

Source: blog.careeronestop.org 

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Retire young and rich

Retiring early will have you do things you had plans for such as travelling the world, spending time with the family or venturing into some new hobbies

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Who wants to work forever? The idea itself brings about a cringing feeling. Are you fed up waking up every morning to prepare for work starting at 8 am to 5 pm, heading back home worn out only for the cycle to continue? Do not get me wrong, work puts food on the table and feeds the entire family.

Question is: Is that what you have planned for yourself for your entire life existence?

Retiring early will have you do things you had plans for such as travelling the world, spending time with family or venturing into some new hobbies; the list is endless. But to retire early, you need to be smart about it. You ought to plan your way out. There will still be bills to pay. First of all, decide why you would like to retire early.

According to Robert Kiyosaki, author of publications such as Rich Dad Poor Dad and Retire Young Retire Rich, discovering why you want to retire early will lead you to the ‘how’ bit of the puzzle. The ‘how’ will enable you to have a time frame for coming up with an exit plan. An exit plan for retirement is what will still be bringing you income; start up a business, buy and sell shares, do both, etcetera.

ALSO SEE: Hard work pays: Here is how

As you are working out your exit plan; save up a good lump sum of money and ensure you have an insurance cover. You should make sure you are of good health as well as being covered. Medical expenses are usually quite high. Once you have figured out where you want to venture to during retirement, execute it before that time comes. It will have you enjoy stability in earlier times before your retirement. A clever person will know not only to rely on pension as a retirement package.

The ultimate goal of dreams isn’t the success, but to get free of the ghost of conformism. Jump out of your comfort zone, be focused on your specific objective and enjoy the perk of early retirement.

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