Guru Travel Tips of Assuring Safety for the Trip

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  • Almost every state has a mandatory seat belt law for the driver.

  • In most states, all  passengers are required to wear seat belts, regardless of age.

  • Driving or just riding without a seat belt is probably a violation of your own automobile insurance policy.  

  • By not wearing your seatbelt, you could be in violation of your automobile insurance policy.

  • Especially in summer, accidents often occur during the heat of the day.  Rain combined with heat pools oil on the surface of the road.  The rain has not had time to wash the oil off the surface and it becomes a very slick, dangerous combination.  Slow down and allow for extra braking room.  Use your low beams during rainstorms.  Using low beam headlights during a rainstorm is the law in Florida and in many other states.
  • Keep clear of road rage !   Honking, yelling and gesturing at other drivers is likely to provoke someone to violent behavior and won't help to get traffic moving. Be calm and patient.  For more, interesting information, read our "Beware of Scams" section.
  • Stay on major roads.  Because you don’t know any side streets you could pick the one that locals avoid. There will be more people and better lighting on the main roads. A heavily travelled, well lit area makes it riskier for criminals

  • Careful if you have to pull over. A new generic model car coming from an airport, or out of state plates, may target you as an easy mark.  Often, criminals will try to get you to pull over by pointing out that something looks wrong with your car.  Sometimes they may fake a small accident, like a tap on your bumper to get you to stop.  With the possibility that this may be a scam, be especially careful about where you pull over.  Always try to pick a well-lit public place.

  • Even as a common courtesy, avoid flashing your lights at other cars that are driving without their lights at night.  Unfortunately sometimes gangs drive with their lights off and pick a driver that signals them as someone to harass.  This is not an "Urban Legend", state and local police have put out memos to all rental companies in their area.

  • Always, always, always,  keep your car doors locked.

  • Never park in poorly or un-lit parking lots.  Look around carefully before opening the doors.

  • Don't leave valuables in the car.  If you must, they go in the trunk.

  • Most cars have a trunk release inside that doesn’t require a key to pop the trunk. Many also have a back seat pass through for easy entrance into the trunk. Lock the doors !

  • Avoid being a target.  Never flash expensive jewelry or rolls of cash.  Even brochures and maps left on the seats can mark you as a potential victim.

  • Try not to look like a tourist.  If you can, dress like a local and possibly use a local newspaper to wrap around a map or guidebook. 

  • Always watch your belongings while at the rental counter and even on the shuttle bus. 

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