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In-Cabin Pet Flights – Can I take my Dog on the Plane?

“I’m really looking forward to my flight” is not a quote you’ll hear often, whether for business or pleasure, flying is often a necessary evil for us humans and we get to enjoy the relative luxuries of a seat and if you’re lucky (or pay for reserved seating) a window to peer out of. Imagine how much your pet must feel when they sense a trip to the airport is on the cards?

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Rubbernecking – What is it and Why is it so Dangerous?

Why is it then when there is an accident on a motorway on one carriageway, that the otherwise unaffected carriageway in the opposite direction grinds to a halt at the same time?

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Most Common Dashboard Warning Lights

Whilst you should take all of the warning lights on the dashboard seriously, some are far more common than others and require a simple fix, here we look at the most common dashboard symbols, what they mean and what you should do about it.

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French Speed Limits 2018 – Cuts to 90kph Limit

The French Government announced earlier this year that the speed limit on some rural roads will be reduced from 90kph to 80kph from 1st July 2018. Two lane roads with no central reservation / barrier will adopt the new lower speed limit of 80mph, down from 90kph. Urban roads and motorway / dual carriageway speed limits will not be affected.

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Best Police Cars - Who has the fastest police car?

Whilst the average police car is likely to be something rather mundane, spending much of its life trawling city streets it’s no surprise that police forces around the world keep the purse strings pretty tight, who wants to splash out on a posh police car just to pick up criminals all day long.

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Puncture in a Rental Car – What to do?

Getting a puncture on your car can be a bit of a nightmare and a costly one at that, so what happens with a rental car if you happen to be the unfortunate one who gets a puncture? The simple answer is, you are liable for the cost of a repair / replacement, even though you are going to give the car back at the end of your holiday / trip.

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UK Road Signs - Do You Know Your UK Traffic Signs?

As part of the Driving Theory Test in the UK, you are expected to have an understanding of the traffic and road signs commonly used on UK roads in accordance with the highway code. However there are some very unusual signs that you may never see on the roads, however it’s still useful to understand what they are.

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New 2018 UK Driving Laws you need to know about

There are a host of new driving related laws coming into effect in 2018, we’ve picked out those that are most likely to affect our customers (and future customers!) driving in the UK and our international customers visiting the UK and using it’s motorways.

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Car Hire GPS – Or Data Roaming with Google Maps?

The last thing you need when hiring a car abroad is to get lost. Driving on the other side of the road, sat on the other side of the car, using your right hand to change gear rather than your left, there is a lot to take on board if hiring a car in Europe. Throw in road signs in a different language and no matter how good your sense of direction, getting lost is a distinct possibility. So it’s little surprise that all rental agents offer GPS (satellite navigation) as an optional extra when hiring a car and it’s equally little surprise that they charge handsomely for it.

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Stolen Rental Car – What you need to do?

Car theft has been in the news a lot recently as criminals have learnt to defeat modern security devices and whilst this is generally a problem for higher end and more valuable cars which typically represent only small percentage of rental car fleets, the problem doesn’t seem to be getting any better.

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Misfuelling a Rental Car – What to do?

Renting a car is commonplace amongst the majority of us, particularly those that travel a lot, either for leisure or business, so driving another vehicle isn’t that uncommon to many of us. Unfortunately misfuelling a car is also rather popular with an estimated 150,000 motorists putting the wrong fuel in their car in 2016 in the UK alone. With an estimated 45 million licence holders in the UK, that’s a remarkable 1 in 300 of us put the wrong fuel in our cars!

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Nearest Petrol Station: Car Hire

When hiring a car, it’s likely that you’ll be required to return he car with a full tank of fuel. The trend of hiring a car and paying for a tank of fuel in advance and returning the car empty is long out of fashion following some poor practises of high fuel costs and admin charges leaving the consumer paying significantly more for their car rental fuel than they otherwise might.

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Car Hire Queue Times - How to Avoid Queuing

Nobody likes to queue, sadly it’s commonplace whilst travelling, from queuing at the airline check-in desk, airport security, or the queue at the boarding gate. You’re likely to spend some considerable time in a queue when travelling and the last one you are likely to encounter is the queue at the car rental desk when you arrive.

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Car Hire or Similar – What does ‘or similar’ mean when hiring a car?

If you’ve hired a car recently, you’ll no doubt have noticed that when looking at options the car make and model will have ‘or similar’ stated next to the option. If you delve into the terms and conditions also you see a reference to ‘or similar’. So what does this actually mean and why can’t car hire suppliers offer the exact make and model suggested when booking?

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Is there an upper age limit to hire a car?

With the earliest baby boomers now well into retirement and millions more to follow over the next 10 years to so, it’s no wonder that one of the largest growing markets in the travel industry is the seniors.

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Car Hire Winterisation Fee

If you’re hiring a car this winter, whether for a ski holiday or other winter sports pursuit you might want to pay attention to the ‘winterisation fee’ often charged by car rental agents as this can have a significant impact on the overall price you will pay for your car hire.

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Driving Licence Check Code - Car Hire

On June 8th 2015 the paper counterpart of the UK driving licence was abolished leaving just the photocard element of the driving licence valid. The paper counter part was used to record endorsements on a driving licence such as speeding fines and drink driving convictions (DR10), however that recording process has now moved to digital records. The DVLA now record your licence details and endorsements on a digital system and it is your responsibility to activate a licence share code when hiring a car in the UK.

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Seat Belt Laws when Driving Abroad

When driving abroad the driver and passengers must wear a seatbelt, where one has been fitted. The driver of the car is responsible for any passengers under the age of 18. These passengers should have the correct safety restraint, car seat if required, when travelling. For passengers over the age of 18 it is their responsibility to ensure they are wearing a seatbelt.

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Safest US Rental Cars - What are the Safest Rental Cars?

​When choosing a new car, most people would take into consideration the safety rating of that particular vehicle. Knowing that the car you drive is as safe as possible for the occupants and other road users / pedestrians offers a great deal of comfort for many. So how do you know how safe a rental is?

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Red Number Plates – Hire Cars in Cyprus

If you’ve visiting Cyprus and plan to hire a car, the first thing you’ll likely notice when you arrive at the car hire agent is that the fleet of rental cars all have red number plates. Whilst it may seem odd at first, it’s actually a really useful way to easily identify rental cars out on the roads, which in a tourist destination can be useful for both the renter and other road users.

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