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Guru Travel Tips of Helpful Car Rental Safety Hints

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  • Make a note of where you parked.  Remember the car that you are driving and its description.  If possible, jot down the license number.  Remember, this is not a car that you drive every day !  You don’t want to waste time looking for a rental car that is mixed in with hundreds of other similar cars in a huge parking lot.  You’ll also have a million SUVs and minivans to try and see over !

  • Most rental companies label their key chains with the car’s make, model, color and license plate number in case you forget.

  • Careful what a parking lot valet brings you.  He may give you the right color, model and rental company name on the key tag, but be sure that it is the one that you gave him to begin with !  The lot may be full of rental cars and mix-ups can easily occur.

  • Although you’re in a hurry and have the car, take a few minutes to make yourself familiar with it. 

  • Check carefully for both interior and exterior damage.

  • Locate the lights, radio, air conditioning, heater, wipers, turn signals, cruise control, trunk and hood release and side mirror controls BEFORE you leave the lot.

  • Adjust the seat and the mirrors to where you are comfortable.

  • Study the map to find the way to your destination before you hit the road.
  • 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.

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