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11 Random Travel Tips

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Article by Rachel from Venere Travel.

 

Tip #1 Remember to pack a hat: In the summer months, these help provide shade and look adorable. In winter and autumn months, the added layers give warmth.

Tip #2 Leave that second outfit at home: Chances are, you will never wear it. How many of us really do? Plus, you can save some room.

Tip #3 Take plenty of pictures: It’s better to have too many than not enough! Besides, you an always delete them later.

Tip #4 Keep a box of dryer sheets with you: They remove static from clothes and hair while smelling amazing and taking up little room.

Tip #5 Toilet paper is not a given: If you are traveling outside the country, you may learn to really love those packs of tissues you can buy real cheap!

Tip #6 Go ahead, pack those midnight snack-running sneakers: You will wish you had your comfortable shoes a few days into you trip. Mine is about day 1.5.

Tip #7 First Aid-kit: You never know when you may need one of these, but they are always extremely handy to keep around.

Tip #8 Flip flop persona: Flip flops will be your best friend in a hotel shower situation. Be sure to grab a pair.

Tip #9 Your currency: If you can help it, don’t change your currency at the airport. It is Always more expensive.

Tip #10 Entertain yourself: This is a good time to read a book or learn to play solitaire as you will have several hours to kill.

Tip #11 Set a new time: Set your watch to your destination’s time zone and beat jetlag.

Now, it is time to travel. Use all of the tips you have learned to create great memories. Go, get packed up for your trip. Where will your travels take you?

Winter Driving Tips

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Severe weather can be both frightening and dangerous for automobile travel. Motorists should know the safety rules for dealing with winter road emergencies. AMCM reminds motorists to be cautious while driving in adverse weather. Go to your AMCM website or phone app for more information.

AMCM recommends the following winter driving tips:

Avoid driving while you’re fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks.
Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
Make certain your tires are properly inflated.
Never mix radial tires with other tire types.
Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up.
If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather.
Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet, ice, sand).
Always look and steer where you want to go.
Use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle.
Tips for long-distance winter trips:

Watch weather reports prior to a long-distance drive or before driving in isolated areas. Delay trips when especially bad weather is expected. If you must leave, let others know your route, destination and estimated time of arrival.
Always make sure your vehicle is in peak operating condition by having it inspected by an approved Auto Repair facility.
Keep at least half a tank of gasoline in your vehicle at all times.
Pack a cellular telephone with your AMCM telephone number (APP), plus blankets, gloves, hats, food, water and any needed medication in your vehicle.
If you become snow-bound, stay with your vehicle. It provides temporary shelter and makes it easier for rescuers to locate you. Don’t try to walk in a severe storm. It’s easy to lose sight of your vehicle in blowing snow and become lost.
Don’t over exert yourself if you try to push or dig your vehicle out of the snow.
Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna or place a cloth at the top of a rolled up window to signal distress. At night, keep the dome light on if possible. It only uses a small amount of electricity and will make it easier for rescuers to find you.
Make sure the exhaust pipe isn’t clogged with snow, ice or mud. A blocked exhaust could cause deadly carbon monoxide gas to leak into the passenger compartment with the engine running.
Use whatever is available to insulate your body from the cold. This could include floor mats, newspapers or paper maps.
If possible run the engine and heater just long enough to remove the chill and to conserve gasoline.
AMCM is equipped with tremendous technology and remember if you have a cell phone we can almost always locate you with the technology we have. AMCM is always there for you when the unexpected happens.