Car Rental & Driving

How to Stay Safe When Your Car Breaks Down

POSTED August 12th 2016 BY Ellen
Even the most careful driver can be faced with an emergency situation. If the emergency happens in an unfamiliar area or at night, it becomes even more stressful. Don’t panic and start to gather as much information about your situation.  Also planning ahead of time what you can do to stay if your car breaks down will help get you through the situation with less fear...
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Is Your Car Vulnerable to Burglary?

POSTED October 8th 2015 BY Travel Writer
Did you know 1 out of 3 people will have their vehicle broken into this year? How many times have you left items of value in your car (purse, wallet, gun, important documents, expensive electronics etc.) not thinking you could come back to a smashed window or break-in and have the potential for significant loss because of a successful thief? Whether you drive a car, truck,...
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Scooters and Mopeds-Tourist Rental Tips to Stay Safe

POSTED June 28th 2015 BY Travel Writer
Renting a scooter on vacation is a great way to get around and see the sights. We think if  you’re up for it it’s a great way to experience the local flavor.  While this is a great idea, you do need to take a few precautions to make sure you don’t fall victim to some of the most common scooter theft scams that occur around...
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Car Security Tips

POSTED June 23rd 2015 BY Ellen
Your car can practically be your home away from home if you drive for business or leisure. Therefore, you will want to take some precautions to protect it and your possessions inside. Ideally, you wouldn’t leave anything valuable at all in your car, but the reality of travel is that your car is going to serve as much like a safe deposit box or luggage storage...
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Taxi Scams – See These Scams Caught on Video

POSTED February 24th 2014 BY Ellen
Taxi drivers scam tourists all over the globe. The only purpose is to get the most money they can out of their fare, legally or not. The following are various taxi scams caught on tape. Watch a few of these to understand how vulnerable you can be if you don’t know the tricks dishonest taxi drivers can pull on you. Being informed can save money....
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Car Rental Tips for Foreign Countries

POSTED January 23rd 2013 BY Ellen
Although the laws governing car rentals differ in every country, here are some general rules. First, most countries will accept your valid state driver’s license with another form of photo ID. Some countries may also require an International Driver’s Permit (available through AAA offices). Check with an AAA travel office before you travel. You don’t need to take a test to get an International Driver’s...
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Taxi Scams

POSTED January 23rd 2010 BY Ellen
Developed-world cities regulate the number of taxis on their streets so every driver will be assured a certain amount of business. In return every taxi is periodically inspected for safety, and must charge the same metered rate–about $1.50 or $2 to get in the cab; about $1.50 per mile; and wait time of about $12-$30 per hour, which kicks in when the cab is stationary...
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International Drivers License

POSTED January 22nd 2010 BY Ellen
If you intend to drive overseas, check with the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their driver’s license, road permit, and auto insurance requirements. If possible, obtain road maps before you go or make sure your gps or gps app is updated to support your travel destination. Many countries do not recognize a U.S. driver’s license. Most, however, accept an...
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Renting Cars with Credit Cards

POSTED January 22nd 2010 BY Ellen
Many travelers prefer to pay for rental cars with credit cards. In fact, if you don’t have a major credit card, you may find that some car rental companies will not rent you a car, or will require a large cash deposit to cover any potential damage. Are you covered? You may even save money when you rent a car using a credit card, since...
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