Are you a fan of the book Little Women? Are you visiting Boston? If your answer to those questions was “Yes!” then a stop at the Louisa May Alcott Orchard House is a must on your itinerary with your Boston airport car rental. (more…)
Archive for November, 2011
Massachusetts is a state that is steeped with history. If you’re visiting for pleasure or business, you would be doing yourself a great disservice if you did not take the time to tour around a bit while you’re here. No transportation? No problem! Just stop by VERC Car Rentals and rent out one of our New England rental cars and be on your merry way. In fact, why not make it a three city stop? Boston, Plymouth, and Salem have plenty to do and see! (more…)
Tremont Street is one of the main streets in Boston, Massachusetts – therefore making it a must-see for you and your New England car rental! The thoroughfare is located in the south end of Boston and begins at the Government Center in the heart of the city. It is a continuation of Cambridge Street and it also passes through the theater district. Tremont Street is associated with theater, summer festivals, and nightlife. However, fitness fanatics will find something for them too. Tremont Street is approximately 3.3 miles long and ends at Brigham Circle, one of the city’s medical and academic hubs. Take a day out of your busy schedule and explore Tremont Street with your New England car rental. (more…)
Driving in Massachusetts can be an interesting experience – especially if you’re visiting with your Massachusetts rental car. In all likelihood, your route may involve a dicey intersection, rotary, on-ramp or all of the above. But how do you know which intersections are the worst? Thanks to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (Mass DOT), that information is now available. They compiled several years of crash statistics to determine which intersections are the most dangerous. Read on to find out if an intersection is on your Massachusetts rental car route! (more…)
A refresher for driving safely is always nice, especially when you get a Plymouth car hire. Here are a few tips to keep in mind for driving a hired car, particularly for winter driving.
- Before turning your car on, it’s always good, especially when using a car you’re not used to, to make sure the mirrors and seat position are adjusted accordingly.
- Get to know your Plymouth car hire. Learn where all of the operation controls are before going forward.
- Always have both hands on your steering wheel, in opposite positions.
- Use signals when changing lanes. Make sure to thoroughly check your mirror and blind spot to ensure the way is safe, and keep a consistent speed.
- Avoid backing out. This can be risky, as you don’t get a full frontal view of your surroundings. If you do have to back out, check your mirrors thoroughly and look at both sides in your blind spot.
- Don’t let yourself get distracted. Talking or texting on your cellphone while driving your Plymouth car hire is dangerous. This is a leading factor in car accidents. If you should have to make a phone call while driving, it is advised that you pull over to do so.
- Drive sober. This doesn’t only mean sober from intoxicating substances, but also try to avoid eating and drinking while driving. If you have to change music, heat, air conditioning, or any other control that forces you to take one hand off the wheel, do so cautiously and promptly.
- Particularly in winter, but this should be followed at all times, keep a safe distance from the car in front of you. This distance should increase as your speed picks up.
- Be very aware of your surroundings. Drive defensively – do everything in your power to prevent an accident by anticipating drivers’ actions. This includes remaining cautious and perceptive to hazards by checking mirrors.
- Take turns at a decreased speed. Taking turns at a high speed can cause you to bring your Plymouth car hire to do a wide turn. This is dangerous. Always make sure your car is lined up in the appropriate lane before you follow through with the turn
- Yield right of way when necessary. Make sure you know who has the right of way, and when it is appropriate to yield. This can applies to turns such as turning left at a stoplight.
- When you bring your Plymouth car hire to a stop make sure you are aware of the cars in front of and behind you.
- Come to a gentle stop. Make sure you don’t pump your brakes, and always brake slowly to avoid taking other drivers off-guard. Abrupt stops can also be bad for your neck and the vehicle.
- Come to a complete stop before the limit line or the crosswalk. It can be dangerous if you are too close and accidentally let the brake loose, especially if a pedestrian is nearby.
- If, for any reason, you do not have a full view of your surroundings, slowly inch forward in your vehicle before going through an intersection. Make sure both ways are entirely clear with an unobstructed view before continuing.
The most important tip to remember is being aware of your surroundings and know how the vehicle you are driving operates. The most dangerous situation is when you are facing hazardous conditions without having the knowledge of where the controls are on your car that can help you. Stick to these easy tips when driving your Plymouth car hire and you’ll have a save and pleasant trip.