Rainy Season Car Travel Tips

Going on a road trip is exciting, no matter where you are planning on exploring. Even if you’re headed somewhere during the rainy season, you can still enjoy your trip. However, there are a few rainy season car travel tips you should keep in mind to stay safe and prepared.

Plan Your Trip Ahead of Time

If you’re going overseas and you know that it will be the rainy season, consider renting a car before you get there. You’ll have more choice you do this ahead of time, and chances are you won’t have to wait in a line as long.

In addition to planning your car rental ahead of time, it’s also a good idea to plan your trip in advance. The more you know about where you’re going, the better you can avoid dangerous or flooded roads.

Check Your Tires Are Inflated

The last thing you want is to be in the middle of your road trip and realize you have a flat tire. Rather than trying to change a flat in the pouring rain, do yourself a favor and make sure that your tires are well inflated before you leave. You should never risk going on a road trip with worn out tires, so check for wear before you go. If you’re buying new tires, don’t choose the cheap option!

Get Good Wiper Blades and Fill Up Washer Fluid

During the rainy season, your car’s wiper blades will be on continuously so that you can see the road. Make sure you’ve recently changed your wiper blades so that they are functioning as they should, and that the blades you chose are not cheap. Choosing good wiper blades for your car will only help you during a rainy drive.

Also make sure your washer fluid is filled up to the maximum. This helps to keep your windshield clear. Always buy this from a gas station; don’t just fill up with tap water.

Check Your Lights and Brakes Are Working Well

Be sure all your lights and brakes are working well on your car before you head out onto the rainy road. Lights are imperative; you need to ensure other drivers can see you when visibility is poor. Of course, functioning brakes are a necessity at any time, but especially on wet roads.

If you’re heading out on a road trip during rainy season, keep these car tips in mind. Make sure you always drive safely and be aware of the other road users around you.

Travel and technology are the two main topics that occupy Jim’s mind as he writes about all things cars and technology for sites such as hertzcarsales.com

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Buying a Car Online: 3 Things to Look Out for When Purchasing From Afar

Buying a car online can save you both time and money if done properly. Instead of visiting multiple local dealerships to look at limited selections, shopping for a car online will allow you to explore a wide range of vehicle types and prices, regardless of your location. Of course, with this convenience also come some factors you should keep in mind, as potential issues can arise if you are not careful.

The Reputation of the Dealer

Although it can be very convenient for you to browse through dozens of dealerships online for the perfect car, one setback is that you will not be able to speak to any of these dealers directly. An important part of purchasing a car is the process of negotiating and asking questions. An experienced purchaser can usually see through the tall tales of a car salesman by asking the right questions. If you are buying a car online however, you must be able to gauge the intent and reputation of the dealer in other ways. To start with, try looking for independent testimonials or search up the dealer on the Better Business Bureau website.

The Actual Condition of the Vehicle

It can be difficult to tell the actual condition of a car from online postings. Even if dealers post accurate photos of a car, there will probably still be details you cannot see, especially under the hood. The best way to have peace of mind in this situation is to hire an independent inspector. There are independent inspectors in every city and they are just a Google search away. It will be worth the few extra dollars to ensure your car is in the condition you expect when it arrives.

Don’t Forget About Shipping Costs

While you can definitely find some huge bargains shopping for a car online, you must also factor in the shipping costs. Often a car is cheaper because it is not in demand in the area you are ordering from. Sometimes this means you must ship it from quite a distance away. Online car dealerships usually have shipment options available, so make sure you factor in these costs. Don’t hesitate to make your own arrangements for delivery if you find cheaper options. Buying a car online has its pros and cons. While you have access to bigger selections and more bargains, it can be difficult to make the right decision without seeing a car in person. However, by looking out for the three points discussed in this article, you can make a more informed decision and maybe get that dream car without all the hassle!

John has worked in the auto industry for years covering topics from new cars on his site hertzcarsales.com where visitors can find deals on used rental cars.

 

Have More Than 6 Kids? These Are the Cars for You

Having a large family is somewhat of a rarity these days, and families with more than six children often find it difficult to purchase a car that fits all the children and the parents at once. If you have more than six children and have been unable to find a car that can hold all of you, look no further. Below is a list of some of the best cars on the road right now that will fit your needs.

2012 GMC Savana

This is actually a twelve-person van, so depending on how many people are in your family, there might actually be a bit of extra room in the car! This six speed automatic has a V8 engine and comes in a variety of colors. It has a barn door rear, which makes loading it easy, and it has a diesel option if you prefer that type of fuel.

2012 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

The Sprinter is also a twelve-passenger vehicle, and this one has plenty of customized options. You can choose between three lengths, two different heights, and two different wheelbases. With many safety options included, such as a rollover bar, this is an obvious choice for a family car. One of the great things about this vehicle is that it enables you to enjoy brand name luxury and convenience without having to sacrifice space.

2013 Chevy Express

The Chevy Express passenger vans can be configured for 8, 12, or 15 people. Depending on the size of your group, there are several different options. The van is a six speed automatic and has nine different exterior color options, as well as several different fuel options including an ethanol option. If you’re looking to go easy on the environment and on your pocketbook when it comes to fuelling, the Chevy Express is a great choice. Obviously the bigger vehicles can be draining when it comes to fuel, but Chevy seems to have worked hard to alleviate some of those issues with this model.

There are obviously many joys that come with having a large family, but understandably one of the difficulties is finding a family car that can fit everybody. Of course, it is ideal to have just one family car where everyone can enjoy riding around together. Whatever your price range is – whether you want a luxury van or something simple – there is something on the road for you!

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Here are a few tips for taking a road trip

Take Breaks Often
Either stop and walk around if you are by yourself or switch off every two hours if you have a partner. Set up camp in the back of your car (especially good if you have anSUV) for movies, relaxing or sleeping.

Directions
I’m a big fan of traveling with a GPS. You may be able to easily navigate if you stay on the highways, but what if you get lost or want to deviate a bit? In this case, a GPS is a huge plus. I can’t tell you how many times I took a wrong turn and the GPS saved me so much time and stress. These days, someGPS devices come with free live traffic updates. Wow! What a time saver to help get around construction and accidents. I’ve been waiting for this feature for forever.

Get a map! If you have AAA, they will plan your entire route for you and will even detour you around construction areas.

Music
Come on, this is just common sense. Who wants to sit in a quiet car for the whole ride? It makes it so much more pleasant to drive while listening to some good tunes. So don’t forget your Ipod, mp3 player, CDs, tapes, 8-tracks or whatever goes in your car. I guess you can listen to the radio, but what radio station plays all the music that you want?

Road Games
Sometimes, the music, books on tape, conversation or whatever else you decide to do just gets old. This is the perfect time to play some road games. Ok, maybe I’m just a giant dork, but I like to play stupid games. Some that I play are I spy, license plate game, 20 questions, and dressing up our friend’s dog.

Water and Snacks
It may not seem like it because your sitting around most of the time, but you can get dehydrated, which can lower your concentration and even make you tired. Also, get some snacks. It’s not like you’re going to starve out there, but sometimes it gets a little boring on a stretch of road without any exciting scenery. Some comfort food may be just the thing to brighten you back up.

Car Maintenance
Make sure you’re scheduled maintenances are up to date and your car is in tip top shape. If you are planning a long distance trip, you may want to get an oil change before you leave. Check your fluids (windshield washer fluid, radiator fluid, transmission fluid) and tire pressure.

Make sure your wiper blades are up to par (it’s no fun getting stuck in a rain storm with crappy windshield wipers). Take a look at the tread on your tires and be aware if they are showing any cracks on the sides.

If your car is not in good shape, or simply will not cut it for the type of trip you are taking, it might be worth your while to rent a car. Places like Hertz Local and Enterprise often have cheap weekend specials starting at $9.99.

Roadside Safety Kit
A few items to keep in the car include; a flashlight, jumper cables, first aid kit, ice scraper (if you will be traveling through cold areas) working jack for your car, spare tire, glow sticks or reflective triangle, a couple of rags, and a few basic tools (screwdriver, adjustable wrench).

 

 

 

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