You have to ask yourself, how interesting is traffic? Most people would say “not very” but for the author Tom Vanderbilt, his answer might be different as he’s managed to write an entire book about it. And considering the amount of time everyone spends in traffic, the subject probably has more relevance to our lives than you think. The book Traffic: Why we drive the way we do (and what it says about us) examines people’s driving behaviour from all over the world and shows how governm Read More >>
Driving tips and safety blog posts
I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for tips to help beat the income squeeze and, courtesy of a colleague in the States, I’ve found a very practical one from none other than US presidential candidate Barack Obama. And his tip? Simple, keep your tyres at the correct pressure. That might sound a little too simple to be effective but it has backing. According to the website ‘Be Tire Smart’, driving your car with just one tyre at 20% below the correct pressure can increase fuel Read More >>
I’ve never really watched Fifth Gear but I was bored on Saturday and happened to catch a repeat on Dave. I was surprised to find that it was quite informative (although it will never beat the pure entertainment that is Top Gear!). Anyway, this episode featured a reconstruction of the horrifying pile up that occurred on the M42 in 1997. To follow on from my post about driving responsibly and safely a week or so ago, I thought it would be worthwhile sharing this footage with you. The 160 veh Read More >>
My colleague Nicola sent me this story by Fleet News about Britain’s most dangerous roads. The report by EuroRAP claims that 30% of primary roads are unsafe with the eight mile stretch of the A537 between Buxton and Macclesfield identified as the most dangerous road in Britain. While the commentary highlights the need for better road design and more adequate safety measures, for me it serves an important reminder that we all need to ensure that we drive on the road safely and responsibly. Read More >>
With the winter arriving in some parts of the UK with a bang yesterday and snow showers scattered all over the country, it’s always best to take precautions when out on the roads. Rob blogged about Driving safely in the snow early last year when we had some wintery weather, so I thought it wouldn’t hurt to have a reminder. Information can be found on Rob’s original blog, along with some helpful links to other websites. Here’s are some extra tips as well: * Check weather and Read More >>
My colleague Andy B has a theory. He has noticed that the nozzle on the fuel pump symbol on a car dashboard (the symbol that lights up when you are running low) is positioned to correspond with what side of the car the fuel cap is. It’s a great tip if it is true. I do find it frustrating when I pull into a petrol station with an unfamiliar hire car but I do not know what side of the fuel pump to park at (admittedly part of this frustration is because I’m too lazy to get out of the ca Read More >>
Last week we had a comment posted by John Foster whose plight was that, as a Canadian resident, he was not permitted to drive a US rented vehicle into Canada. US residents driving a US rental vehicle into Canada? Fine. Canadian residents driving a US rental vehicle into Canada? That’s not fine! Barmy, but then hey who am I to comment on Canadian law?! This got me thinking about what other strange or unusual laws exist that might affect our customers renting and driving a car around world. Read More >>
For avid blog readers, you might remember the post we did about Portugal back in May, where we mentioned Baby on Board a great baby seat fitting service that works in partnership with Avis in Portugal. Well we are trying it here in the UK now. We have just started a 3 month trial at our Heathrow location, where specialist staff will provide the Chicco baby seats, show parents how to fit them, clean and service them in between rentals and generally answer any questions you might have about baby Read More >>
A glance out of my window and it’s looking pretty gloomy outside. My walk from the car park into work was greeted with rain. I would say this is a sign that winter is coming but then when did we ever have a summer? Grievances with the British weather aside, I thought it would be worthwhile reminding ourselves about how we need to adjust our approach to driving in winter conditions. We’ve previously written about driving in the snow and in floods so I thought, appropriately given toda Read More >>
This is just a quick post to say that on Tuesday, GMTV ran a segment about how many parents are still not aware of the new child seat regulations that came into force in September last year. A survey from Churchill Car Insurance found, for example, that 23% of parents do not provide a child seat/booster seat/booster cushion at all for 3-12 year olds, which is now a requirement. If you are not aware of these new rules then The Think! Road Safety website gives you all the information you need. You Read More >>
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