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8 Things to Know Before Renting a Car

Renting a car while you’re out of town isn’t always the most fun part of your vacation or task but you always have to be prepared. Minimize unneeded stress with these easy-to-follow tips:

  1. Inspect the vehicle before driving off. — If you catch something before your trip, you won’t be held responsible for that damage or you may even receive a different vehicle.
  2. There’s always a place to find discounts. — Do your research and you may be able to find a deal.
  3. Have your own accessories ready for your trip. Some rental companies may charge extra. — Navigation systems, chargers, baby safety car seats, etc.
  4. Know who’s going to be driving. — If you’re the only driver, that will save you the most money and the headache.
  5. Make sure you have a credit card to secure the car. — Having a deposit down for the vehicle is going to save you a lot of trouble.
  6. Always pay the extra fee for insurance. Accidents happen and you don’t want to pay additional fees to cover whatever could occur. — Your auto insurance or credit card company may be able to cover any damage but you can never be too careful.
  7. Fuel on your own. — Returning the vehicle with less gas than you picked up the car will add additional fees.
  8. Breathe and enjoy your drive. — Simple as that. Once you have all of your precautions covered, you can drive with ease.
winterize car

How to Winterize your Car

As they say in Game of Thrones, “Winter is coming.” With the season comes snow, salt, sludge, ice, freezing temperatures – you get the picture. In order to assist you in protecting your vehicle, and yourself, during chilly, messy times, we have provided you with Consumer Reports best advice on how to winterize your car.

  1. Good visibility is vital. If your wipers are leaving streaks of water on the windshield, or if the wiper-blade rubber shows any signs of cracking or stiffness, replace them with a new set.
  2. Consider a switch to winter tires. If you drive a lot in slippery conditions, it’s a good idea to replace summer or all-season tires with a set of dedicated winter tires.
  3. Keep the battery in good shape. Your vehicle’s battery is especially hard hit when the mercury plummets.
  4. Make sure you use the right engine oil. Engine oil thickens when cold, making it harder for the engine to turn over.
  5. Check your cooling system. Extreme cold can cause rubber parts to become brittle and fail.
  6. Prevent freeze-ups. Water can get into door and trunk locks and then freeze, effectively locking you out of the vehicle.
  7. Protection for inside and out. The dirt and salt of winter can also affect your car’s paint finish.
  8. Let the engine fully warm up. Condensation in the exhaust system can cause premature rust-through of exhaust components.

For more details on these tips, visit Consumer Reports: How to winterize a car

Uber and drunk driving

Uber out of Drunk Driving

Uber Allows Drunk Drivers Off the Streets

Drunk driving and alcohol-related crashes are nothing new and are, unfortunately, very common today in the Hampton Roads area. While we can’t physically stop all people from driving drunk, we can raise awareness about the risks of alcohol-related crashes and possible alternatives to avoid driving drunk. Technology today has revolutionized the way we communicate with others and live our lives, but what if it could also help save lives too? One alternative to help lower the risk of drunk driving is an app called Uber.

What is Uber?

What if I told you there was a way to get a sober and safe ride home that was more efficient and cheaper than calling a taxi? Well there’s an app for that called Uber, and it’s similar to having your own personal driver. Uber is an app that connects you to a local driver instantly through the tap of your phone. Here is how it works…

You enter in your credit/payment information upon making an Uber account which allows for all financial transactions between the rider and driver be done automatically through the app. There’s no need to carry cash or even worry about tipping your driver and rides run about 22% cheaper than taxi prices. The app also links with the location services on your phone, when you request an Uber driver, Uber finds the nearest driver to your location automatically. You then see a picture of your driver, a picture and description of their car, and you can even track to see where your driver exactly is on your Uber map and ETA! A text will be automatically be sent to you upon your driver’s arrival so they can take you safely home or to your desired destination.

Uber safety regulations require all drivers to be given a background check, a driving history check, and all driver’s cars must maintain regulations with ongoing quality controls.

How Uber Reduces Risk…

Since Uber is done all through the app, there is zero hassle of finding a taxi number, explaining to your driver your exact location (the app automatically pinpoints your location), and you don’t have to worry about having cash on you to pay and tip the driver. There is no need to drive buzzed; Uber makes it easy for riders who are going out for a night on the town drinking because it’s easy and efficient.

Uber even partnered with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to raise awareness about drunk driving and reduce the rate of alcohol-related crashes. These organizations did a study on drunk driving awareness and statistics by testing monthly alcohol-related crashes in California. They found that monthly alcohol-related crashes in California for drivers under 30 decreased by 6.5% following the launch of uberX (the ridesharing version of Uber). Read more about this study and their findings here: (https://newsroom.uber.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/UberMADD-Report.pdf).

Uber makes it easy to avoid drunk driving and reduces the risk of alcohol-related crashes and can help make our streets of Hampton Roads a lot safer. For more information on Uber and Uber in the Hampton Roads area, you can visit their website here: (https://www.uber.com/cities/virginia-beach).

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winter weather driving

Winter Weather Driving

The snow that hit Hampton Roads in January last year caused traffic accidents on most major highways. While our area doesn’t get a large volume of snow each year, its important Hampton Roads drivers know what to expect when these conditions occur. Of course, the best advice for driving in bad winter weather is not to drive at all, if you can avoid it. If you must go out during poor weather conditions, here are some of our tips for winter weather driving.

If you must drive in snowy conditions, make sure your car is prepared and that you know how to handle road conditions.

Here are a few tips for winter weather driving safety on icy/snowy roads:

  1. Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.
  2. Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.
  3. Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists.
  4. Keep your lights and windshield clean.
  5. Use low gears to keep traction, especially on hills.
  6. Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads, which will freeze first. Even at temperatures above freezing, if the conditions are wet, you might encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways like bridges.
  7. Don’t pass snow plows and sanding trucks. The drivers have limited visibility, and you’re likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind.
  8. Don’t assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads.