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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Car Rental Tips

While renting a car, you must be looking at a lot of things – and not just the pricing of the car. While renting a car, the person would surely be with certain ideas. Try to match the ideas with the characteristic features and configuration of the car that you are thinking to finalize. You should be having a look at the rental charges as well.

Are you thinking of spending your vacation with your family? If that’s the case, then you would need a pretty bigger car that would fit the whole family. On the other hand, if you are thinking of renting a car to enjoy your honeymoon, you would need a coupe or something. You might already know that there are different varieties and types of cars – and depending on your needs, you should be going with the right car type. There is no use of renting a big car, if only you and your wife is travel in it. So, take a decision after thinking well about it.

Those were some details regarding the renting process of a car. Besides that, there are lots of stuffs that you should be learning if you are thinking of renting a car. While choosing a car, you must be having some ideas regarding the various components of the car as well. If that’s the case, you’ll be able to make out whether a car would be functioning well even before trying it on your own.

For example, if the coolant of the car is not working well, the engine’s temperature will be rising well more than the actual level. And this is something which will be creating trouble. If you know this thing, you would surely replace coolant of your car at the right time. For more car rental tips, you should be having a look at the various automobile sites the online way. Such sites would be helping you to research the required information without spending much money.

Tips to Increase Safety and Avoid Accidents in The Road

# Stop multitasking! – When driving your vehicle, the only thing you should be focused on is the operation of that vehicle and the world around you. Talking on the phone, texting, eating, dealing with your children and all other distractions are major contributors to road accidents. Any distraction that takes your eyes off the road, even for a few seconds, is a distraction you cannot afford. If you are in your vehicle and you have an absolute need to do anything other than drive, pull over to the side of the road or into a designated rest area and perform that task in the safety of a still automobile. No phone call, meal or other distraction is worth the risk of injury or possible death.

# Maintain your vehicle – The mere act of properly inflating your tires you can reduce your risk of losing control of your vehicle or suffering a blowout by a significant margin. Rotating your tires annually and monitoring the health of your tire stems can also decrease your chance of suffering a flat tire. Regularly replacing wiper blades will ensure you always have a clear view out of your windshield in an unexpected rain or snow shower. Maintaining your battery and alternator health is also a crucial element in a vehicle safety strategy. Ending up on the side of the road due to a car that has stalled or will not start is very unsafe, especially at night or in severe weather. Many accidents occur when a vehicle has been pulled to the side of the road due to equipment failure, and an oncoming driver unwittingly collides with that car. Simple maintenance can pay heavy dividends when it comes to vehicle safety.

# Calm down – While ‘Road Rage’ is a term we are all familiar with, simple road aggression is something almost all drivers go through at one time or another. We should all do our part to maintain civility on the roads. This includes letting other drivers go ahead of us at intersections, yielding to traffic when appropriate and not becoming possessive about the lanes we are travelling in. Even a simple beep of the horn can lead to an accident if it distracts one or more vehicle operators. Vehicle horns are, by law in some states, only to be used for warning drivers of an impending impact. Beeping at a fellow driver for cutting you off or performing some other action you do not agree with is risking not only your safety, but may also risk you getting pulled over by the police and issued a substantial ticket. If you become frustrated on the road, try to take a deep breath and not let it bother you too much. Don’t put yourself and your passengers at risk because of the actions of a careless driver.

# Use your turn signals – We have all seen drivers on the road make abrupt lane changes without the use of their turn signals, or blinkers. Using your blinkers when turning or making a lane change is incredibly important to vehicle safety, especially when travelling at high rates of speed. By using blinkers you are giving the other drivers on the road the opportunity to make timely adjustments to their speed and path. Many accidents are caused everyday due to drivers making unexpected and sudden turns are crashed into by unsuspecting motorists who had no chance to avoid them. Using blinkers when making turns is also a valuable safety practice in city driving. By indicating before you turn you will be giving motorists the chance to go around you and keep traffic moving at a steady rate. You will also be decreasing the chances of a rear-end collision because motorists behind you will know you are making a turn rather than continuing forward. Beyond the obvious safety advantages, and despite the lack of usage practiced by many motorists, using turn signals when changing lanes on the highway is required by law in every state. It is evident that if you fail to signal your turns, you will be paying in one way or another.

# Slow down – The most obvious vehicle safety tip is also the easiest one to adhere to. Every mile you take off of your travel speed decreases your chances of an accident. Travelling at a high rate of speed greatly reduces the amount of time you have to react to the actions of other drivers, and to avoid any animals that may wander into the road in front of you. Accidents that occur at a higher rate of speed are much more devastating than their low speed counterparts and result in a much higher fatality rate. Vehicle equipment such as radiators and tires are also much more likely to fail at high speeds due to the stress the speed places on them. Finally, as with turn signals, there are strict laws governing driving speed. Exceeding these limits can earn you significant fines and the state of mind these fines place you in may contribute to further unsafe driving.

Prevent Your Car from Being Stolen with These Tips

# Never leave valuables in plain sight – This may sound obvious, but many people tend not to seriously evaluate what a thief may consider to be valuable. Many thieves will break into a car simply to steal a GPS system you may have left stuck to your window. Thieves like this often attack many cars at once, often focusing on apartment complexes or night clubs. Even the simple act of leaving a gym bag in your back seat can tantalize a thief into breaking into your vehicle. Although the bag may have nothing in it but gym clothes, they may steal the bag in hopes of finding expensive sneakers, mp3 players, wallets or other valuable items. To be as safe as possible, always put bags in your trunk, and remove your GPS from your window every evening. If your GPS uses a mounting bracket or device, try to remove that as well, just to be extra careful.

# Always lock your doors and shut your windows – Again, most people view this as a matter of course, but many car doors remain unlocked and far too many windows are left rolled down. While most vehicles can lock all doors with the press of a button, many still require manual locking. Some vehicles have separate locking mechanisms for their trunks, as well. Many thieves choose which car they will rob based on how easy it will be to enter, and by testing door handles in parking lots looking for an open door. Do not make it easy for them to victimize you. Keep all doors and other points of entry to your car secure. This includes windows, moonroofs and, for trucks, sliding rear windows.

# Be careful where you park – Always try to park your car in an as highly trafficked and well lit area as possible. Parking near other cars and away from dark corners of a parking lot is always a good practice. If you are parking in a garage, try to park near the security station or by the attendant’s booth. If possible, try to park directly under a light post or other light source. Thieves will be less likely to commit a crime in the brightest area of the parking lot or structure they are targeting. If you are parking in an area that is new to you, always try to choose a spot in a driveway rather than on the street.

# NEVER leave your car running and unattended – Have you ever left your car running while you ran into a gas station to pay for fuel? How about leaving the car on while you go into the Post Office to grab some stamps? One of the easiest ways a thief can steal your car is if you leave it running for them. Never leave your car running and unattended, no matter what the scenario. It only takes a couple of seconds for a thief to jump into your car and drive away with it and everything you had inside of it. There are far too many cases a year where a car is stolen in this very nature, sometimes with young children in the car at the time of the theft. To avoid becoming involved in such a horrendous incident, simply take your keys with you whenever you are unable to keep a direct eye on your vehicle.

# Always use a security system – Security systems can be helpful for both stages of a stolen car incident – the before and the after. By utilizing visible cues of the presence of an alarm system such as flashing indicator lights or a Club on your steering wheel, the criminals will be less likely to break into your particular vehicle. Alarms that sound upon the opening of a car door and the breaking of a window are also helpful, as they can stop a criminal in between the act of breaking in and actually committing the theft. If your car is of substantial value to you, you should also consider affixing it with a GPS tracking device. These devices can assist the police in locating your vehicle within a few short hours of it being stolen. Often times the use of these devices can result in your car and possessions being returned to you exactly as you left them.