The worst road trip annoyances, and what to do about them

It’s the little things that inflict big headaches when you’re driving during the summer, like poor road conditions, cellular dead spots and pretty much anything to do with bathrooms. Read more “The worst road trip annoyances, and what to do about them”

What you need to know about renting and driving a car in Europe

So you have decided to come to Europe. You’ve booked your flights, you’ve booked your hotel and now you want to rent a vehicle. Read more “What you need to know about renting and driving a car in Europe”

Is the great American road trip ending?

What just happened? A few years ago, self-driving vehicles were science fiction, but today, you can hail an Uber self-driving Volvo in Pittsburgh.

You don’t have to be a futurist to connect the dots. Once autonomous driving technology is proven, it’ll be in every car. It’s not hard to imagine that motorists will soon secure sizable insurance discounts for letting the onboard computer do all the driving. Read more “Is the great American road trip ending?”

6 car accessories to make your road trip, and driving record, smoother

Somewhere on one of my social media accounts, there’s an image of me being pulled over for speeding in Pooler, Ga.

My crime? Doing 67 mph on a stretch of Interstate 95 where the speed limit abruptly drops from 65 to 55. Gotcha!
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Driving overseas? Read this first

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It was an open-ended question, the kind you learn to ask after renting countless cars: Is there anything else I should know about driving here?

“Yes,” said the Hertz agent at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, after taking a glance at my keys. “You can’t drive this car in Paris.”

Turns out my visit last week coincided with some of the city’s worst smog in years. In an effort to cut back on pollution, only cars with odd-numbered license plates could drive in the City of Light. Mine had an even number.

Fortunately, I wasn’t driving to Paris.
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