Friday, September 28, 2012

Turning Left. Watch Those Front Wheels.

I know I'm sometimes guilty of this ... I want to make a left turn and I am waiting for the traffic to clear. As I pull into the intersection, I'll turn my front wheels like this \\ getting prepared to make that left turn.

WRONG! Keep your front wheels straight on like this ||.

Why? If someone hits you from behind, with wheels turned you'll be pushed into the on-coming traffic. Recently, a driver in a nearby town was killed when this exact thing happened ... the driver was waiting for traffic to clear, the driver behind him hit his car and he was pushed in front of an on-coming truck.

Stay safe!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Driving? Forget 2 and 10.

W...a...y back when, when I first learned to drive, I was taught to hold my hands at the 2:00 and 10:00 positions on the steering wheel. I also learned how to make turns by going hand over hand.

Current conventional wisdom is to forget all that. Rather that 2 and 10, 3:00 and 9:00 is now recommended. And no more hand over hand.

Why? Airbags.

If your airbag goes off and you have your hands in the 2 and 10 position, you could end up, literally, hitting yourself in the face with your hand or arm and getting injured. Ditto with the hand over hand.

The new idea is to keep your arms and hands away from the middle of your steering wheel ... and your airbag.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Using US Cash in Latin America

If you will be visiting Central or South America, you will find that US dollars are accepted almost everywhere. Change may be in local currency so be prepared with small bills: $1s, $5s and $10s.

The bills need to be in excellent condition. That means no writing on them, no tears and no signs of wear. If youare in doubt about the bills you are taking, make arrangements with your bank to get new currency.

Whatever you do, don't take $100 bills to use anywhere other than your hotel ... and maybe not even there. We travel with only $1s, $5s, $10s and $20s in cash and get local currency from an ATM machine.

Be a good visitor to the local people. Don't be like some of the travelers on a recent trip we took ... the day after tips were given to the staff, two (that we know of) approached travelers, including us, asking if we had crisp bills to trade with tip bills they had been given. One crew member had a $100 bill! It was in excellent condition but it would be very difficult for him to change. We also traded some smaller bills with him ... no writing or tears on any of the bills but we could see where some of the bills he had been given were worn around the crease.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Save Money With Bus & Fly in to Spain

The airline Iberia and the bus line ALSA, in Spain, have announced a partnership in which passengers on Iberia can book connections by bus from Mardrid Barajas International Airport to the cities of Albacete, Burgos, Lorca, Soria and Valldolid directly through the airline's ticketing system.

Not only is it cheaper than booking the tickets separately, but if the plan is delayed, the airline and bus line are responsible for getting passengers to their destinations -- the bus connections are guaranteed.

Passengers should pick up their luggage in Madrid at Iberia's Terminal 3 and can find the buses departing (and arriving) at the terminal's ground level.

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