February 25th, 2014
In a city known for its highways and seemingly endless flow of traffic, the Los Angeles Police Department is focusing its attention on the sidewalk in order to curb traffic fatalities and improve safety conditions for L.A. car rental travelers. Jaywalking, or the practice of illegally crossing the street, can earn pedestrians a traffic citation worth nearly $200, thanks in part to a recent crackdown by local cops.
In recent weeks, L.A. car rental travelers have reported seeing an increased police presence at many of the city’s busiest intersections, as officers aim to inspire safer pedestrian practices in the newly rejuvenated downtown core. And while police say they’re simply trying to maintain order during a period of transition, many pro-pedestrian supporters are up in arms (or is it legs?) about the one-sided treatment. Simply stepping off the curb a few blinks after the crossing signal has begun flashing the “Don’t Walk” message is all it takes to slap you with a $197 ticket. Read the rest of this entry »
February 19th, 2014
Snow is hardly the first thing that comes to mind when you think of driving in California. And yet, that’s exactly what San Francisco car rental drivers have to deal with when driving the roads and highways of northern California. While weaving through the snowcapped mountains of California can often be a pleasant experience, most of our rental car drivers find the process to be quite frustrating – even hazardous. Navigating snow covered roads isn’t an easy task. Especially when you’re not used to driving in extreme winter weather conditions.
Before heading into snow country, make sure to heed the advice of the California Department of Transportation and prepare yourself for the trip. The following is some useful information to help make your upcoming mountain outing all the more enjoyable. Read the rest of this entry »
February 17th, 2014
California is a state known for its drivers. Just look at L.A., motorist practically bleed asphalt in this freeway-focused metropolis. And these aren’t just people operating cars. Oh no, these are drivers, folks who know the rhythm of the road and revel in the chaos of commuting. For Californians, life really is a highway and you better believe they’re going to ride it all night long.
And, then there’s San Francisco.
The awkward younger sibling in a family full of car enthusiasts, San Francisco seems to lack the same appreciation for automotive power as places like Los Angeles and San Diego. For one, there are practically no freeways within the city’s limits. Couple that with the city’s growing infatuation with cycling, and it’s almost as if San Francisco has forgotten what it feels like to embark on an impromptu road trip. Read the rest of this entry »
February 12th, 2014
The majority of California drivers have become accustom to sharing the road with a wide variety of vehicles. From bikes to buses, motorists are responsible for safely navigating their way around these important modes of transportation. This includes driving alongside large tractor-trailers. Big and bulky, these road-worn beasts are sizable obstacles to dodge – especially when driving a compact California car rental.
If you’re planning to spend some time on California’s freeways during your upcoming visit to the Bay Area, beware: trucks dominate these roadways. As a fellow road user, it’s important to note that many of these long haul vehicles are plagued by large blind spots. Make one wrong move in your rental and you could find yourself stuck in a very dangerous situation. Read the rest of this entry »
January 28th, 2014
Your twenties are defined by discovery; discovering the people and places you’ll grow to love. It’s when you discover your passion and your pride. Who you are and how you want to live your life.
There’s just one problem… how are you supposed to discover all of this stuff when you can’t even afford to rent a set of wheels? Renting a vehicle as a twenty-something is practically impossible. Massive surcharges and hidden fees force many 21 to 24 year olds to stay home rather than explore the great unknown. Talk about wasting your youth!
Your life is happening now – isn’t it time you took control of the wheel? Read the rest of this entry »
January 26th, 2014
At Super Cheap, we pride ourselves on offering our customers some of the lowest rental rates around. In fact, many of our customers will often stop and ask us, just how we manage to keep our prices so gosh darn low – nearly 40% lower than competing majors?
There must be a secret, right? Some kind of special way of doing business; a catch, or a gimmick, perhaps? There’s no way that Super Cheap could manage to charge such minimal prices, not when other well known national agencies have to bump their prices in order to turn a profit, right? Read the rest of this entry »
January 24th, 2014
Road trips are all about adventure: exploring back roads and detours, throwing caution to the wind and driving off into the sunset. It goes without saying that the best road trips rarely follow a map, nor do they abide by a strict itinerary. The most memorable road trips are the ones that introduce you to new experiences and awaken inside you a newfound appreciation for freedom and exploration.
There’s just one problem… how are you suppose to take a drive down the road less traveled when your rental car provider is monitoring your every mile? Read the rest of this entry »
January 22nd, 2014
(Liability coverage is included free of charge with every rental.)
(Liability covered included in rental price.)
Car rental customers encounter these claims all the time when searching for an affordable rental rate online. On the surface it looks like a good deal, free insurance coverage certainly sounds legitimate, after all. But not so fast – what about that line of small print under the headline? Does it matter that this disclaimer only mentions liability insurance? Is that enough protection in the case of an accident?
If you’ve ever stopped and asked yourself these questions, congratulations – you’ve just avoided falling for the rental industry’s biggest bait and switch. Whenever a rental website or agent assures you that insurance is included in your rental price, always ask them to provide more information on the type of insurance that is being offered. If the answer is liability and liability alone, watch out! While liability insurance is important coverage to have, it’s just one piece of protection. Read the rest of this entry »
December 24th, 2013
If you’re traveling with children this holiday seas, child passenger seat safely is obviously a top priority. Luckily, keeping your child safe in your San Francisco car hire is becoming increasingly easier thanks to advances in infant and toddler car seat safety. Designed to be both sturdy and comfortable, the kids’ car seats of today offer on-the-go parents plenty of options and improved safety features.
In the market for a child’s car seat this holiday season? Here area few tips to help you select the proper model for your growing bundle of joy.
What to Look For in a Car Seat
San Francisco car hire travelers will want to check the ratings of any child seat prior to purchasing it. The most important rating is the one provided by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). You can also look up reviews on ConsumerRports.com. When it comes to car seat type (there are two basic designs: convertible and shell), both offer unique benefits. The important thing to look for is a design that locks in so your infant faces the rear of your San Francisco car hire vehicle. You’ll also want to make sure that the seat is equipped with:
- A five-point harness: This design reduces the chance of ejection and provides a snug fit.
- Clear weight limitations: All seats should be marked with weight restrictions. Be sure to purchase a seat that is appropriate for your child’s size.
- “Wings”: Most modern car seats are now equipped with “wings” that offer extra protection if the child is asleep when a crash occurs. That being said, you want to purchase a car seat that offers the best fit possible. The wings on your car seat of choice should fit snuggly around your child’s body.
- Twist-free harness: Twist-free harnesses offer more protection.
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December 23rd, 2013
Blowing snow, raging rains, slippery sleet – when it comes to winter driving conditions, SuperCheap car rental travelers avoid most messy road conditions. Such is the case when you celebrate the holidays in southern California. That being said, there is one dastardly weather condition that you might encounter while vacationing in the L.A. area: wind. Sudden gusts can catch even the most experienced Los Angeles car rental driver off guard.
High winds rarely blow steadily, and sudden gusts can be tough to handle in an unfamiliar Los Angeles car rental. As such, it’s always best to avoid traveling when this type of extreme weather condition makes it’s way into the weather forecast. Can’t afford to wait until the winds die down to hit the road? Here are three potential problems that you’ll want to be aware of when driving in strong winds. Read the rest of this entry »