Well I’m stuck at home today in Oxford as the town is currently under a “serious flood warning”. I’m pleased to say that I have already managed to move the surround sound system upstairs (priorities!). If you are in the danger of driving into a flooded area today, the best advice I can give is to avoid driving at all. Sometimes this can be unavoidable and in this event I have supplied some tips for driving through floods… • If the water looks deep or fast-moving, do not attem Read More >>
Driving tips and safety blog posts
I was having a flick through the 2007 Spring edition of Roadsafe magazine and came across an article that reported on some research conducted by the Dutch research institute TNO. According to the research satellite navigation has significant road safety benefits. A summary of the findings include: Sat-nav improved driving behaviour in an unknown area with drivers stopping 25% less frequently with over a 50% reduction in inappropriate actions such as ignoring traffic signals. 78% of users feel t Read More >>
Part 2 of my holiday tips follows.. but first of all a special reminder about how important it is to decide in advance what size of car you’ll need. I’m going to Jersey on holiday next week, and have booked an MX5 to whizz around in – My husband pointed out that the several large suitcases I’m stacking up, wouldn’t fit into the car, and suggested I take less luggage :((( I had a better idea and booked a taxi to take us from the airport to the hotel and back, and arr Read More >>
I visited Portugal last week for a meeting with our Avis colleagues there. I have a very tough life! We spent some time at Faro Airport and I was really impressed with a company called Baby on Board. It supplies and fits all of our baby seats at Faro and other major locations, uses the Chicco brand of baby seat exclusively and has almost every type and size of seat you can imagine! It works really well, the team is specialist in baby seat fitting, so that gives parents an added level of reassura Read More >>
I learnt my lesson about not wasting fuel many years ago. I was driving through Yosemite National Park in California and had my air-conditioning turned right up. I didn’t realise it made the car use more fuel, and nearly ran out of petrol. I almost ended up stranded at the top of a mountain in a thunderstorm! Lights, windscreen wipers, audio systems, air-conditioning and heating all increase your fuel consumption – and CO2 emissions. Most are essential in certain conditions, but there are ot Read More >>
One thing I can’t stand is being stranded because my car has broken down. Time is precious and I don’t want to be wasting it sitting on the roadside. It’s especially difficult if you’re miles from anywhere. Of course Avis does take precautions to ensure that the chances of anything going wrong are kept to a minimum. Most of our cars are less than seven months old and all undergo a rigorous check before they go out for hire. Still, it’s inevitable that some cars are going to bre Read More >>
If you look at what Gordon Brown announced in the Budget yesterday, his primary focus for motorists was on environmental impact. The highest-polluting vehicles (Band G in the new car tax banding system introduced last year) have been hit hardest, with road tax increased initially to £300 and up to £400 in April next year. There was a win for drivers of the least-polluting vehicles, with a cut on road tax of £35. Fuel duty has increased by 2p, in line with inflation. How have these changes aff Read More >>
Some of my colleagues here at Avis UK have been on a skiing trip to Méribel. From what I’ve been hearing – and what you can see in the photo – they really enjoyed themselves! I thought it would make a good opportunity to point out that when you rent an Avis car in a country with ski resorts, all the relevant equipment (ski racks, snow chains, snow tyres) is available either inclusive or for hire when you place your booking. Each country has a slightly different process and price, so it’ Read More >>
I just came across this article about Avis on AutoblogGreen, which has posts about greener driving and new car technology. It discusses some research and cost comparisons we commissioned recently on how people can reduce their driving expenses – and carbon emissions – by downsizing the car they own, or using public transport instead, and then renting when they need a larger car, such as for holidays or weekend breaks. The research shows some pretty hefty savings! It makes sense, when you thi Read More >>
I think we probably all have driving safety at the front of our minds with the treacherous road conditions we’ve been having. And when there are children in the car being safe becomes even more crucial. I saw my sister-in-law and her children the other week, and it reminded me about the law change last autumn relating to children’s car seats. With the new rules my sister-in-law has had to get a booster seat for her eldest, as he’s under 12 and hasn’t quite reached 135cm (4ft 5in) Read More >>
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