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Checking behind you
Backing out
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Checking behind you

Backing out of a parking spot can be pretty dangerous if not done correctly. Unfortunately, other drivers will sometimes try to quickly drive past you when you are backing out of a space rather than wait for you to complete backing out. You also need to worry about pedestrians who are not paying attention walking by the rear of your vehicle at the exact moment that you back out. That is why you need to be sure to check both behind you and in any direction that oncoming vehicle or foot traffic could be coming from prior to backing out as well as while you back out.

Before you back out, take a look directly behind you. If you have a rearview camera, this will make things even easier. You also must try to tell if you can see in both directions to the side of you to the rear in order to see if any cars or people are coming. Unfortunately, sometimes due to a larger car or a car with dark windows, this will not be possible. That is why when you do start backing out, you need to do so very slowly and with extreme caution.
 

Backing out

When you start backing out keep your head turned backwards over your shoulder as far as you can in the direction that you will reverse towards. So, if you plan on driving right after you back out, you will be initially reversing towards the left. Thus, you should keep your head turned over your left shoulder. If you will be going left after you back out, keep your head turned over your right shoulder as you back out. If you hear a horn behind you, stop immediately. Check in all directions, if there is a car close by, pull back into the spot and wait for the car to pass before attempting to back out again.

Once you back out successfully and safely, put your car into drive without taking your foot off the brake. Then, with your foot still on the brake, check again in all directions to make sure the coast is clear in order for you to drive away safely. Finally, regularly check to ensure that your brake and reverse lights are working on your vehicle. If they are not, other drivers will not have anyway of knowing that you are backing out until you actually do which might not be enough to avoid a collision.
 

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Backing out of a parking space is not that difficult to execute. Doing so with complete awareness and safety is where the effort comes in. Unfortunately, you cannot always have complete vision in all directions when you back out depending on the vehicles parked to either side of you. But, if you check directly behind you and in both directions to your rear before you back out as well as backing out slowly and continuing to watch behind you as you do, you will maximize your chances at completing a successful and safe back-out of your parking stall.

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How to maintain control of your car
How to maximize visibility
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How to maintain control of your car

Driving on wet roads in Puerto Rico is an ever-present possibility because of the risk of significant rain throughout the year in various areas on the island. As a result, you must be prepared to drive safely in these conditions at all times. Driving safely on wet roads will begin with maintaining control of your vehicle to avoid things like accidentally hydroplaning.

Maintaining control of your car as you drive on wet roads will begin with ensuring you have the right tires. All-weather tires will be your best option as they are also very well suited for driving in dry conditions. These tires will give you more grip and traction on the road which will help you stop quickly if need be as well as avoid any sliding as you maneuver your wheels.

Never drive through an accumulation of water on the road that looks like it might be more than a few inches deep because doing so can cause your car to stall. You must also drive more cautiously in order to keep best control of your vehicle on slick roads. This will include slowing down and maneuvering more gradually. For example, when you need to come to a stop on a wet road in Puerto Rico, start braking sooner and do so slowly. Finally, give the driver in front of you twice as much space as you normally would. This is just in case you do need to stop suddenly.
 

How to maximize visibility

Driving safely on a wet road will also entail being able to see everything clearly. So, if it is currently raining, make sure that your windshield wipers are turned on and at an appropriate speed. Also be sure that your windshield and all other windows are always completely clean. A dirty window can make it much harder to see especially in inclement weather conditions. Also, always be sure to have your headlights on when you are driving on a wet road. Your headlights will help illuminate the roads most clearly as well as simultaneously make your own vehicle most visible to other drivers.

 

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Driving on a wet road in Puerto Rico will be much less treacherous when you do so cautiously and safely. Get reliable all-weather tires, slow down, maneuver your car more gradually, and never drive through high accumulations of water. You must also ensure that your visibility is at its highest. Keep your windshield and windows clean at all times, keep your headlights on at all times and use your windshield wipers at an appropriate speed when driving in rainy conditions.

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Using your wipers
Replacing your wipers
 
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Using your wipers

Being able to correctly use your windshield wipers in the rain, whether it is light or heavy, can make the difference between a smooth ride through bad weather or getting into an accident as a result of it. As a driver, you must be prepared to know what speed to set your wipers to, when to use wiper fluid and much more.

Starting with their most obvious use, your wipers will allow you to see as you drive throw the rain or snow. You should always use your wipers at an appropriate speed. If you constantly use them at a maximum speed, you can risk burning out their motor. For example, if you are just driving through an intermittent drizzle, only use your windshield wipers at a low operating speed.

Your wipers can also be used to help clear pre-defrosted ice and frost off your windshield as well as dirt and debris. However, this is where many people tend to misuse their wipers. If you are clearing frost/ice off your windshield, you should run your defrosters for a bit as well as do your best to scrape off what you can manually with an ice scraper. Running your wipers on ice or frost which has not been at least partially defrosted and scrapped can damage them. If you are using your windshield wipers to clear dirt off of your windshield, be sure to do so in conjunction with your wiper fluid.

Never run your wipers on a dry windshield as a general rule off thumb. Finally, always shut your wipers off before you turn off your car. If not, they will run on a dry windshield when you turn your car back on and that can damage the wiper blades as well as your windshield.
 

Replacing your wipers

You should replace your wipers at least once per year. In many cases, it will be more frequently than once per year. It will come down to the amount of use that they have gotten. You will know when it is time to replace your windshield wipers when there are streaks left when they are operating, if there are unusual sounds coming from them or if you can see that not enough contact is being made with your windshield.

In terms of how to replace your windshield wipers, start by purchasing the correct replacements. You can easily do so by visiting an auto store such as Pep Boys and telling an employee your car make, model and year. After that, you want to get your wipers in position at their apex by turning your car on, turning your wipers on and then shutting the car off when the wipers are at their highest point. From there you can follow the instructions that came with the wipers. You can also follow vehicle and/or wiper brand specific instructional videos on YouTube for more in-depth instruction if you feel it is necessary.
 

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Being safe on the side of the road
Roadside assistance programs
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Being safe on the side of the road

When you have car trouble in the middle of driving, the very first thing that you should do is pull over on the shoulder or side of the road completely out of the path of oncoming traffic. Once you do that, you must make sure that you are being safe before you can try and fix what has gone wrong with the vehicle. This will primarily entail being sure that you are completely visible to any other motorists that are driving by.

Being safe when you and your vehicle are stuck on the shoulder of the road will start with putting your hazard lights on and then checking to make sure you are far enough away from traffic prior to exiting your vehicle for any reason. Once you exit your vehicle, you should consider setting up road flares or mini-warning triangles. Both of these can be purchased online or at an auto store.

After that, you can take a look at your vehicle and the engine to see if what has gone wrong will be an easy and quick repair. If it is not, call the authorities for help. If you have a roadside assistance program, you can also call them to come and help instead.
 

Roadside assistance programs

Having a roadside assistance program can be a huge help in these types of situations. A program such as AAA will send out a driver who will do their best to resolve your issue. If they cannot, your car will quickly get towed to a nearby service station and you will also be given a ride there.

However, there is a very good chance that they will be able to resolve your vehicle’s issue. Typically, roadside assistance drivers can take care of flat tires, jumps, empty gas tanks, mechanical failures such as a slipped belt and more. These programs will cost you a monthly fee but are definitely worth it both for the peace of mind and the actual protection.
 

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When your car breaks down and you end up stuck on the side of the road, you will definitely not want you or your vehicle to get struck by a passing car and have matters get much worse. So, you will want to make sure you are as off to the side of the road as possible. Then put your hazard lights on. Once you do that, check to make sure that it is safe to exit your vehicle before you do so. After you exit your car, try to make it even more visible with road flares and/or mini-warning triangles. Once you have done this, you can check to see if you can fix the issue with your car. If you cannot, call the authorities or your roadside assistance program if you happen to have one.

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Checking your blind spot
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Checking your blind spot

Anytime that you are out driving in Puerto Rico, and you are turning, entering a highway via on-ramp or changing lanes, you must always check your blind spot first. Doing so will ensure that you do not get into an accident with a vehicle that is not visible to you in your mirrors due to it being in your blind spot. Your “blind spot” is the area to either side of your car where another car can be where it will not be visible in either your rearview or sideview mirrors. This area is to the side of your car but also slightly behind your car.

In order to check your blind spot, you should check all of your mirrors first. After that, you can easily check your blind spot by turning your head over the should of the direction that you are merging towards quickly to see if there are any cars in close proximity but simultaneously out of view of your mirror. If you are checking your blind spot to your right, you should do a quick check of the “5 O’clock” position. If you are checking your blind spot to your left, you should do a quick check of the “7 O’clock” position.
 

The danger of your blind spot

If you fail to check your blind spot prior to merging onto a highway or into another lane, it has the potential to be absolutely disastrous. You can end up moving over right into another vehicle. If you do so quickly enough major damage, injury and even fatality can be the result.

This is because the uneven and offset alignment of the two vehicles could cause one or both of the cars to lose control and or “fishtail” if they collide. This can lead to one or both vehicles flipping over and/or colliding with additional vehicles. Be sure that you always check your blind spot before merging in order to avoid this at all costs.
 

Wrapping up

Checking your blind spot prior to merging into another lane or onto a highway from an on-ramp is critically important to your safety and the safety of all other drivers that are around you. Even if you thoroughly check both your rearview and sideview mirrors, a car that is in your blind spot will not be visible. That is why you must quickly turn your head over your shoulder in the direction that you are merging and check your blind spot prior to merging. If you need any type of vehicle shipped to Puerto Rico or from Puerto Rico, give us a call anytime at (904) 322-7644 with any questions or for a free quote!

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What engine coolant does
How to keep an eye on your coolant
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What engine coolant does

Engine coolant, otherwise known as anti-freeze, is the fluid that gets pumped though all areas of your engine during extreme cold and hot temperatures while your car is running in order to maintain a proper operating temperature for your engine. Engine coolant also helps prevent corrosion in your engine.

If you were to operate your vehicle without anti-freeze or without the right amount, your engine components could overheat or freeze (depending on the outside temperature) and this would prevent them from working. In certain cases, the damage that occurs can be so severe that you might need to replace these parts which could prove extremely costly. Why spend hundreds on repairs and parts when a bottle of coolant would only have cost you about ten dollars and a few minutes of your time in the first place?
 

How to keep an eye on your coolant

Checking that you have enough engine coolant in your vehicle is quite easy. You will just need to open the hood of your car and then locate your radiator. Once you do, you should see a clear plastic container. You will be able to see the coolant level through the clear plastic. If it is low, you should obviously add more coolant. Before you do, check out the remaining coolant. If it is clear or rust colored or has noticeable particles in it, take your car to your mechanic and tell them.

To add more coolant, you can take off the cap, add the coolant to the maximum fill line and then securely put the cap back on. Be sure that you are using the correct coolant before you do add any more. You can find this information in your owner’s manual, or you can simply ask your mechanic the next time that you see them.
 

Wrapping up

Your engine coolant is extremely important to the overall health and longevity of your vehicle’s engine and its parts. It regulates the temperature of the engine during more extreme external weather temperatures so that engine components do not freeze, overheat and/or corrode. You should be sure to check your engine coolant level at least once each month. If you notice discoloration of the remaining coolant, take your car into the mechanic. If all is well and the level is low, fill your coolant reservoir to the max fill line with the correct type of coolant.

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The increased risk of an accident when speeding
Speed limits in Puerto Rico
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The increased risk of an accident when speeding

Speeding is incredibly dangerous, and it is unfortunately a common issue in Puerto Rico. When you drive over the speed limit, you are at a considerably higher risk of getting into an accident because you will have less time to react, and it will simultaneously take you more time to come to a complete stop or slow down. It is no wonder why speeding is responsible for so many accidents and against the law.

The numbers about speeding do not lie. More people died in speeding related crashes in Puerto Rico in 2019 than any other traffic related cause. That includes deaths caused by drunk driving or by not wearing a seat belt. Speeding also accounted for nearly a third of all traffic related fatalities that year. In 2019, there were almost twenty-five thousand speeding tickets issued in Puerto Rico and that is with the infamous lenient traffic enforcement in Puerto Rico.

In fact, the lenient traffic enforcement can possibly be seen as contributing to the continued prevalence of speeding in Puerto Rico. In a survey, forty nine percent of people said it was “highly unlikely” that they would get a ticket if speeding in Puerto Rico whereas only thirty seven percent had ever even heard of anyone even getting a speeding ticket in Puerto Rico.
 

Speed limits in Puerto Rico

Obviously, you should always obey the speed limit no matter where you are driving However, that is especially true in Puerto Rico. In Puerto Rico, the speed limits are typically twenty-five miles per hour on city streets, forty-five miles per hour on country roads and sixty-five miles per hour on the highways. Watch out for school zones as the speed limit will only be fifteen miles per hour on school days while school is in session.

As we mentioned above, police in Puerto Rico are not very strict in terms of enforcing the speed limits. This means you will likely have a ten to fifteen mile per hour buffer. So, in the city roads like San Juan, you may be able to drive forty miles per hour without being ticketed, even if the police see you driving that fast. However, that is not guaranteed and, much more importantly, puts you and the cars around you at a great risk of getting into an accident. For example, the distance you need to brake when you are driving a hundred miles per hour versus only seventy is doubled.
 

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Speeding is incredibly irresponsible and puts you, your passengers, your car and anyone else on the road at risk of being involved in a serious accident. Speeding causes a lot of fatalities each and every year. In Puerto Rico, speeding happens more frequently and with more impunity with most places because police do not enforce speed limits as strictly as they do in other places such as the US. Always obey the speed limit in Puerto Rico, no matter where you are driving.

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Why driving defensively is important in Puerto Rico
The other advantages of defensive driving
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Why driving defensively is important in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is unfortunately notorious for some of the more aggressive drivers around as well as some of the more lenient traffic law enforcement by police. This increases the danger out on the road particularly in places like San Juan where there is much more traffic. Unfortunately, this means you will not always be able to avoid an accident no matter how safely you drive or how focused you are when driving. However, you can greatly decrease the chances of an accident by taking a defensive driving course.

To put this into perspective, Puerto Rico averages about two hundred thousand cars accidents a year. New York City has a very similar average. However, Puerto Rico only has about three million registered drivers whereas New York city has almost four and a half million registered drivers. This means that accidents in Puerto Rico are about thirty percent more frequent per capita than they are in New York city. Now, when you look at defensive driving, you can help bring these odds down, at least for yourself. Overall, drivers who take a defensive driving course are generally about fifty percent less likely to die in a car accident.
 

The other advantages of defensive driving

The primary advantages of defensive driving will always be both increased safety for you and your passengers as well as a lower chance of being involved in an accident. However, you will also receive the benefit of a lower car insurance rate as well as reducing existing points on your license.

As far as the price reduction on your auto insurance premiums, you will likely receive a ten percent reduction for completing a defensive driving course in Puerto Rico. This will save you hundreds of dollars per year. In terms of existing points of your license, typically, taking a defensive driving course can knock one or two points off. This will give you some breathing room in case you ever receive another moving violation in the future and are worried about a potential license suspension.
 

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Taking a defensive driving course in Puerto Rico will have several distinct advantages. These will include increased safety on the road, better peace of mind when driving, lower car insurance premiums and a possible point reduction on your license. However, the increased safety is easily the most valuable benefit. This is especially true in Puerto Rico where driving can be particularly dangerous at times. If you need a vehicle transported to or from Puerto Rico, give our car shipping experts a call at anytime for a free quote at (904) 322-7644.

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What kind of traffic can you expect in Puerto Rico? Where can you expect it?
Rush hour in Puerto Rico
Tips to avoid traffic in Puerto Rico
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What kind of traffic can you expect in Puerto Rico? Where can you expect it?

The traffic in Puerto Rico is pretty typical as far as the congestion aspect. The roads are busiest, and most filled during the typical rush hour times. The traffic, as one might also expect, is also at its worst near the most densely populated areas such as San Juan, Bayamón and Carolina.

So, the amount, times and areas for traffic are pretty easily predictable in Puerto Rico. However, the way that traffic operates is quite different than anywhere in the United States. The traffic is much more aggressive here and the rules are enforced much less.

For example, you will see people speeding more frequently. You will also see people routinely drive right through stop signs and red lights. For the most part, the police do not seem to care about these sorts of infractions, so always drive with caution when you are on the road in Puerto Rico.
 

Rush hour in Puerto Rico

Rush hour in Puerto Rico is pretty typical as we have explained with the exception of some of the crazy driving that goes on. Typically, rush hour in Puerto Rico generally lasts from 8 AM to 10 AM and 4 PM to 6 PM. Remember, people can drive pretty erratically in Puerto Rico, especially during rush hour, so be sure that you drive safely.
 

Tips to avoid traffic in Puerto Rico

  • Leave early or late – Try your best to avoid travelling during the rush hour times in the morning and evening. If you can travel to where you are going before or after those times, you will save a considerable amount of time.
  • Use an app – When you are driving in Puerto Rico, you can use an app such as Waze to help you avoid any areas with really bad traffic. An app like this has up to date crowd-sourced information and reports from other drivers, so it is the most accurate traffic information that you can get.
  • Keep an eye on the traffic and weather – Leading up to the time that you depart for your drive, you should check any traffic and weather reports that you have access to fairly frequently. These will let you know about any major events that could have a considerable effect on your drive time.
  • Try to use a bike or motorbike – If you are not going that far, possibly just a few miles. We suggest riding a bike or a scooter. You will have more opportunities to get through and around traffic this way.

 

Conclusion

Traffic in Puerto Rico can seem worse than it is because of the crazy ways that people sometimes choose to drive. The amount of rush hour traffic is actually pretty typical when compared to most cities in the United States. If you travel between 10 AM and 4 PM, you should not have many issues with traffic beyond delays that are due to accidents or construction work.

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How to use less gas when you are driving
How to drive less
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How to use less gas when you are driving

Current gas prices in Puerto Rico are about a dollar and ten cents per liter ($4.15 a gallon) as of March 15, 2022. As gas prices inevitably continue to rise, you will want to conserve your fuel as much as you possibly can. Thankfully, there are several efficient and easy ways to do so.

The first way to conserve gas while you drive is to do your best to maintain a consistent speed as much as you can. When your speed lowers and increases more often, your engine has to work harder and will need to use more fuel. When you can, use cruise control. Another way to avoid burning up unnecessary amounts of fuel when you drive is to accelerate slowly rather than pressing the pedal into the floor. Again, big changes in speed in just a few moments over-works your engine which eats more gas.

Try to avoid braking when possible because doing so wastes forward motion that you already spent fuel on to achieve. Thus, you should coast to slow down when possible. Finally, try to avoid sitting in traffic if possible. Sitting in traffic with your car running is an obvious waste of gas. Do your best to drive only during less busy times of the day.
 

How to drive less

The most efficient way to save your fuel is to drive less frequently. This obviously is not always possible, but it is something to consider and make your best effort with. With high volumes of traffic at times in areas like San Juan, this can even save you some time in certain situations in addition to saving you money.

The best and most obvious way to accomplish this is to walk and or ride a bike when possible. In areas like San Juan, this will be much easier as everything is much closer together. For longer distances, this likely will not be a possibility. You can also consider taking the bus or, in San Juan, you can take El Tren Urbano which is Puerto Rico’s equivalent to the subway. These options will only cost a couple of bucks and will be considerably cheaper than driving with the current fuel prices.
 

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Gas is quite expensive these days and all signs point to it getting even more expensive. As a result, you will want to avoid wasting as much fuel as possible. You can do so by avoiding excessive and unnecessary acceleration when possible, avoiding traffic as much as you can and by using alternative methods of transportation such as walking or taking the bus if possible.

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