Hertz Offers Safety Tips for the Road and Beyond
grew up listening to your mother tell you to always lock
your car doors, while your father taught you how to parallel
a smart driver should still be one of your top priorities.
If you're a mother, of course you want the correct size
baby seat for your 2 year old, when you're renting a car.
If you're driving to Boston for business, you can't afford
to be stressed out by the thought of getting lost.
and peace of mind extends far beyond the suggestion to
"park your car under a street light when it's dark
at night." Below are a few common sense tips on how
to stay safe, and assertive on the road:
be a "damsel in distress."
Educate yourself. The following might sound elementary,
but the best way to stay oriented, safe and focused while
driving is to "know" your vehicle. Know how
to open your trunk or the hood of your car while seated
behind the driver's seat. Check to see which side your
gas tank is on before you begin your journey. Learn how
to jump-start your car and where the spare tire is located
in the vehicle. If you want to be double savvy on the
road, learn how to change your own tire.
Always pack a blanket, bottled water and snacks (dried
fruit, nuts, crackers, etc) when you're taking a trip.
Perfect for emergencies or if you're stuck in traffic.
where you're going.
Have a sense of how to get to your destination before
you start driving. Ask for computerized driving directions
at the rental counter or purchase Hertz's NeverLost, a
navigational system which will show you the best route
to go, for only $9 per day in the U.S.
Always carry a baseball cap/hat and sunscreen with you,
in case you get caught on the side of the road in the
a nimble night driver.
Driving at night can be especially challenging, especially
with the glaring headlights of the driver behind you.
In order to beat the "light," focus your eyes
on the divider lines on the road-it'll keep you in gear.
Always pay attention to the last exit or mile marker you've
passed. In case you break down, it always helps to know
where you are when phoning a state trooper.
Plug in those important numbers into your cell phone before
you begin your trip - 911, roadside assistance, hotel/destination,