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Your side-view mirrors
Your rear-view mirror
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Your side-view mirrors

The mirrors on your car are extremely important to your safety. They allow you to take a quick look at who is driving behind you without having to turn your head and take your eyes off the road in front of you for more than a split second. It is important to be able to know about the cars behind you because it will affect your ability to change lanes or turn. You can also get out of the way of someone who is driving too aggressively with ease with this knowledge.

Your most important mirrors are your sideview mirrors. They allow you to see who is to either side of you whether they are slightly behind you or further back. You will need to utilize your sideview mirrors if you are attempting to change a lane. If you are changing lanes, be sure that you do not only utilize your sideview mirrors and that you manually check your blind spot as well. You will also need them if you are parallel parking.

One of the most important things to remember about your mirrors is that, before you start driving, you should always check them to see if they need to be adjusted. If they do need to be adjusted, then do so. For your sideview mirrors, unless your car is quite old, there should be power controls somewhere on the wheel or near the door handle.
 

Your rear-view mirror

Your rearview mirror is quite important as well. It will allow you to see who is driving behind you which will allow you to make more informed decisions about turning and changing lanes. Your rearview mirror will also help you when it comes to driving in reverse, parking and changing lanes as well.

In terms of adjusting your rearview mirror, you should do so each time that you enter your vehicle. The difference here in comparison to your sideview mirrors is that your rearview mirror will need to be adjusted manually, by hand, rather than by a power button.
 

Wrapping up

In Puerto Rico, driving safety is of the utmost importance due to the careless and aggressive way that many other drivers will be driving. A larger part of this safety than most people think is the way you use your sideview and rearview mirrors. Your ability to use these mirrors effectively and correctly is crucial to your safety when you are driving in Puerto Rico. Be sure that you always check your mirrors before you change lanes, turn, park, or drive in reverse. Also, be sure to adjust your mirrors to your specific needs each time that you get into your vehicle.

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When and where you could encounter fog in Puerto Rico
How to drive safely in the fog
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When and where you could encounter fog in Puerto Rico

Fog forms when warm and wet air is over a cooler ground. This is why you typically see fog in the morning. The ground temperature cooled overnight, then the air which is warming up before the ground does because of the rising sun and rising overall temperature is passing over it while moist and conditions are present.

It typically is not cold enough in Puerto Rico for too much fog, but it certainly is possible. Fog has a higher possibility of forming in Puerto Rico in higher elevations and during the cooler months when humidity is still fairly high. No matter what, you should always be prepared to safely drive through foggy conditions.
 

How to drive safely in the fog

Driving safely in the fog is not an easy task at all. However, it should always be your top priority. When fog is dense or present with other weather conditions such as wind and/or rain, it can be even more treacherous than it would typically be. Thankfully, there are some simple actions you can take to be as safe as possible when you are driving in the fog.

Always give yourself extra time to reach your destination when you are driving in the fog. This will reduce any urge to drive too fast which would obviously be a terrible idea. If you have fog lights use them, if you frequently experience fog in the areas where you drive it would be a good idea to get fog lights. Also, if you do not have fog lights and are driving in the fog, resist the urge to use your high beams as they can reflect off the fog and lower visibility as well as lower visibility for other drivers as well.

You should always keep distractions at an absolute minimum if not eliminate them completely, but it is even more critical that you do this in the fog. You can also use your windshield wipers and defrosters to limit the amount of moisture and fog directly on your windshield. Finally, if you think the fog is too dense and/or difficult to drive in you can always pull over and wait it out. Just make sure that you get as far over on the side of the road as possible and that you leave your caution lights on so other drivers can see you.
 

Conclusion

You likely will not see fog in Puerto Rico too often, but you will see it occasionally. This is dependent on the temperature and the elevation of the area you are in. Regardless, you should always be prepared to drive cautiously as well as safely in the fog. Always check the forecast and give yourself extra time in order to reach your destination if there is any possibility of fog in your area.

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Car theft in Puerto Rico
Your options to protect yourself
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Car theft in Puerto Rico

Car theft in Puerto Rico has dropped pretty dramatically over the last ten years. In 2009 there were about 190 cases per hundred thousand residents. In 2019, there were only about 122 cases of car theft per hundred thousand residents in Puerto Rico. That is a thirty six percent drop. That drop takes Puerto Rico from being in the middle of the pack in comparison to all US states to being in the bottom ten in terms of car theft by comparison.

Regardless, that does not mean that the possibility of having your car stolen is not ever present in Puerto Rico. That risk is obviously higher in more densely populated areas like cities such as San Juan. It is up to you to be proactive and to take steps to protect your car from theft in Puerto Rico. Keep in mind, if your car is stolen, you will only have about a fifty percent chance of having it recovered. If it is recovered, it might have already been stripped for some parts or have some damage. The best option is to not have your vehicle stolen in the first place.
 

Your options to protect yourself

In terms of protecting your car from being stolen, you have a bunch of options. If you really want to keep your vehicle safe, you should try and make use of as many as possible. First, there are simple and more obvious things such as always keeping your doors locked, not leaving keys in or anywhere near your car, keeping the windows closed when you are not in the car, parking in areas that are lit well, and making sure that your car alarm is always in working condition.

However, there are also options that will cost you some money but will go above and beyond in terms of protecting your car. These fall under the umbrella of car anti-theft technology. This includes immobilization systems as well as tracking systems. Companies such as LoJack offer multiple options in regards to tracking systems. An immobilization system will not allow the car to be started with anything other than the right key or key fob. A tracking system will obviously track your car in the event that it has been stolen.
 

Conclusion

Getting your car stolen in Puerto Rico is not as much of a possibility as it used to be. However, the possibility certainly still exists. You need to be proactive in order to protect your vehicle from theft in Puerto Rico or anywhere else for that matter. You have several options such as staying smart and doing things like parking in well-lit areas, getting an immobilization system and/or getting a tracking system like LoJack.

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Airbag 101
Why airbags are important in Puerto Rico
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Airbag 101

Airbags are one of the most important safety features in any vehicle. If they are not working, your car will not pass an inspection and that is for good reason. Airbags are the last line of defense for you and your passengers when you get into an accident. Experts estimate that properly functioning airbags reduce fatalities in serious crashes by about thirty percent.

Your airbags are comprised of three primary parts. These parts are the bag, the sensor and the system that inflates the bag. These parts obviously work together instantly upon a severe enough collision. When you get into a bad enough crash there is a chemical reaction that occurs near the sensor. The sensor senses this and sends a signal to the bag to inflate. This all occurs to completion within less than one tenth of a second.
 

Why airbags are important in Puerto Rico

Airbags are critically important to your safety whenever you are driving and wherever you are driving. However, they do hold even more importance in areas where driving is typically more dangerous. This does include urban areas of Puerto Rico such as San Juan.

Unfortunately, driving in places like San Juan can be more difficult and treacherous than many other areas. Many drivers barely abide by the rules of the road and when they do not, they frequently do not get pulled over by the police. You will see some drivers in Puerto Rico completely disobeying red lights and stop signs, turning across multiple lanes of traffic, or parking in the middle of the road. With perpetual traffic hazards like those, the potential for an accident is higher which means you will need your airbags more than ever. If your airbag indicator light ever comes on, get your car to a mechanic immediately.
 

Conclusion

You should never drive your vehicle without properly functioning airbags. They are just too important for you and your passenger’s safety. In areas like San Juan, your airbags are more likely to be getting used so their already high importance increases. Always make sure that your mechanic gives all of your airbags a good once over when you take your vehicle in for service.

When you need a car, motorcycle or any other type of vehicle sent to or from the port at San Juan, you can always call the vehicle transports at Puerto Rico Car Transport at (904) 322-7644 for a free quote!

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Using your brakes safely
Advice to keep your brakes working well
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Using your brakes safely

Using your brakes safely seems like an odd concept because brakes are obviously there for your overall safety. However, there are much safer ways that you can go about using your brakes instead of instantly slamming on them all of the time. You should consider that using your brakes in the safest manner possible will always start with paying close attention while you are driving, keeping a safe distance from the cars in front of you and always driving in a defensive manner.

Easing into braking is the obvious and safest way to brake. It will prevent your car’s momentum coming to a sudden stop from jolting you, your passengers and any items in the car forward. When that happens with seatbelts on, it can still cause considerable injury to you or your passengers and damage the interior of your vehicle. If you and/or one of your passengers are not wearing their seatbelts, much more serious injuries, damage or even fatalities can occur.
 

Advice to keep your brakes working well

Slamming on your brakes and stop-and-go driving can really cause your brakes to wear quickly. In some cases, treating your brakes like this can even cause them instant damage. Yes, sometimes you cannot avoid these things but in many cases you can.

In order to keep you brakes working well and to extend their life as much as possible you should start coming to a stop before you even hit the brake. This means if you see an upcoming red light or stop sign, for example, you should take your foot off the acceleration several seconds before hitting the brake. You can also keep your brakes going by driving in a lower gear (if your car has a manual transmission) and taking your foot off the brake or only gently tapping it occasionally when you are descending a hill. Doing this will take a bunch of stress of the brake. Finally, you should do whatever you can to avoid situations where stop-and-go driving will be persistent. You can do this by checking the traffic before you head out or by using a driving app like Waze.
 

Wrapping up

Your vehicle’s brakes take a lot of punishment when you are driving on them regularly. They are designed to do so. But you can do a few things to minimize the wear, tear and overall damage to them. This includes planning trips to avoid high volumes of traffic, driving down a hill in the right gear and using your brakes gently. Always drive defensively and give yourself enough space from the vehicle in front of you in order to be able to use your brakes in the safest fashion.

Remember, if you need any type of vehicle moved to or from Puerto Rico, whether it’s a motorcycle, truck, RV or anything else, you can always call us for an instant and free quote at (904) 322-7644!

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Puerto Rico’s potential for rain
Why high-quality wipers are so important
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Puerto Rico’s potential for rain

On average, Puerto Rico gets about five inches of rain a month every year. However, that varies in several ways. First, some months have more average rainfall than others do. Also, some areas have much more rainfall than others. The rainy season in Puerto Rico falls from April until November. Rain will fall outside of these months but is very infrequent unless you are in a place like El Yunque rainforest.

In terms of the areas where the most rainfall occurs, you have El Yunque, Magueyes Island and Pico del Este that all see much higher averages of rain than the rest of Puerto Rico. In areas like San Juan, you will see the typical five to seven inches or so per month. Either way, you need to be ready and equipped with reliable windshield wipers at all times in Puerto Rico. This is because driving with any less visibility in Puerto Rico where driving is already tougher than normal is just not an option.
 

Why high-quality wipers are so important

In terms of your windshield wipers, you should not settle for run-of-the-mill blades. Getting premium high-quality wiper blades for your car has numerous advantages. One such advantage is that the blades will last much longer and will do an overall better job at keeping your windshield rain and streak free. Another advantage is that they are built for the heaviest rain whereas cheaper blades might labor a bit in bad storms after being used for some time.

However, many people agree that the original wiper blades that your car has from its manufacturer will be the absolute best bet for your car. They are made to fit your specific type of car and your specific type only. The thing is that those wiper blades will likely only have a life of about six months. After that, if you can get them replaced with another pair of the exact same blades, do so but it will likely be the most expensive option because getting parts straight from the dealer can be pricey. That is why you should consider a high-quality replacement instead.
 

Conclusion

Wherever you driver, your windshield wipers are something that you will need to be able to rely on so be sure that yours are in good working order. If they are not, get them replaced and do not go for the cheapest option when you do. The original manufacturer blades will be the best option for your car but those only have a shelf life of about six months and getting another pair of those from the dealer will be the costliest option. Instead, you should consider getting a high-end replacement from an auto store.

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Weather and road conditions in Puerto Rico
Keeping your vehicle clean
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Weather and road conditions in Puerto Rico

The weather in Puerto Rico can get really wet, really quickly. On top of that, the roads have sand dirt and gravel in no short supply. Between these two factors, it is easy for your car to get dirty quickly while you are driving in Puerto Rico.

When it comes to the weather, two things will contribute to your car getting dirty, rain and salt air. Rain will do most of the heavy lifting in terms of making your vehicle dirty. Rainwater contains things like pollen dust and various other types of dirt that were light enough to evaporate into the air with moisture. Salt air is when salt from the ocean gets picked up by the air and blows onto your vehicle with the wind.

The dirt and sand that is on the road can kick up and stick to your vehicle as you drive. As we said, that is in no short supply, especially on city roads where the volume of traffic is much higher. So, you will need to make an on-going effort in order to keep your car clean when you are frequently driving it in Puerto Rico.
 

Keeping your vehicle clean

Keeping your ride clean in Puerto Rico, especially when you are driving around in places like San Juan will be a continuous process, but it does not need to be difficult. Obviously, you will need to take your vehicle to a car wash on a semi-regular basis. We suggest at least once a month if not twice.

You should also get your car waxed at least a few times a year. You can easily do this when you are getting your car washed for an additional charge. On top of the washes and waxes, you should get your car detailed once or twice each year. Getting your car detailed is an extremely thorough cleaning of every inch of your vehicle’s exterior that will cost twice or more than a typical wash. Doing this will ensure any spots that got missed throughout the year will be taken care of. Finally, you should do everything in your power to try and keep your car covered when it is not being driven. This could be a garage, car cover or even a good spot in reliable shade
 

Final word

Keeping your vehicle clean and looking nice in Puerto Rico can be a difficult task sometimes. But, with some extra effort and a few simple steps, you will be able to do it. Just be sure that you stay vigilant about getting your car washed, waxed and detailed on a regular basis.

If you need your car shipped to or from Puerto Rico, give us a call whenever you need to at (904) 322-7644. Just be sure that your car is clean before your driver arrives to pick it up as they will need to conduct a thorough visual inspection of the car for pre-existing damage when they arrive.

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Steering basics
The importance of steering performance in Puerto Rico
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Steering basics

Being able to steer properly and easily is obviously critically important to being able to drive at all, never mind safely. However, high performance of your car’s steering system will allow you to turn your wheels with precision which is extremely important as well.

A lot of people think that their vehicle’s steering system is just their steering wheel and the wheels of the vehicle itself, but it is actually comprised of much more than that. The steering system also includes joints, links, shock absorbers, struts and more. You need to keep all of these in good working order. So, be sure you have your mechanic do a quick check of your steering system anytime that you take your car in for service. If you ever have any difficulty steering or with your car’s alignment, take your car in for service immediately.
 

The importance of steering performance in Puerto Rico

Being able to drive safely and without incident hinges heavily on your ability to steer and precisely control your wheels as you manipulate them. This is even more important in a place like Puerto Rico because of the potential danger related to the typical flow and behavior of traffic here.

In Puerto Rico, there is a sizeable number of drivers who will regularly drive very aggressively and sometimes even carelessly. This is due to the lack of traffic law enforcement. You will see people weaving in and out of lanes without warning or any sort of signal, going through red lights, making abrupt turns across several lanes and more. You must be completely focused on the road and your car must be functioning completely fine which obviously includes the steering. If someone suddenly stops or cuts in front of you, which is a distinct possibility, you need to be able to turn to avoid hitting them if you cannot brake in time.
 

Wrapping up

People generally tend to take their steering systems for granted. The vast majority of drivers are obviously aware of how important their steering is, they just are not aware of how complex the steering system is or how steering performance varies. Any time your car goes in for service, be sure that the steering system gets checked and rep[aired if need be.

If you are heading to or from Puerto Rico and would like to take your car along with you, feel free to give us a call today for a free quote or with any questions that you might have at (904) 322-7644.

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What kinds of specialty vehicles can you ship to Puerto Rico
Advice for shipping a specialty vehicle
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What kinds of specialty vehicles can you ship to Puerto Rico

Believe it or not, you can ship pretty much any specialty vehicle to Puerto Rico. This includes trucks, SUVs, vans, motorcycles, trailers, RVs, heavy equipment and more. Regardless of what type of vehicle you are shipping, doing so will not be too difficult at all. There will be differences in the preparation for some of these vehicles such as heavy equipment, for example, but your car shipping company will handle the vast majority of the stress throughout the shipping process.

The main differences between specialty vehicle shipping to Puerto Rico and regular car shipping to Puerto Rico will be booking and transit time. In terms of booking, you should make sure you book your shipment even further in advance than normal for a specialty vehicle. Normally, we would say book at least a month before your desired pickup date. For specialty vehicles, you should book at least six weeks ahead of your desired pickup date. This is because if a special type of carrier is required for your specialty vehicle, it will take more time to find one that is available.

When it comes to transit time, shipping non-typical vehicles will take longer because carriers have less availability and tend to be larger. Thus, they travel a bit slower. When it comes to shipping a specialty vehicle to Puerto Rico, you should expect it to take at a few extra days than typical car shipping would.
 

Advice for shipping a specialty vehicle

As we mentioned above, booking early will be critical to your specialty vehicle shipment’s success and timely delivery. However, there are a few other things that you can do in order to make sure your shipment goes as smoothly as possible.

If you have a larger vehicle like an RV or tractor that you are shipping, you should plan on spending some extra time cleaning it before your vehicle is picked up for shipping. Having the vehicle clean is a requirement for shipping so that your auto transport driver can check the vehicle for preexisting damage. As these vehicles are larger, it will obviously take more time to get it clean.

You should also consider the fact that specialty vehicle shipping will cost a little more than regular vehicle shipping. If you are unsure if you will be able to afford the shipment, be sure you start getting quotes at least two months before you need the specialty vehicle shipped.
 

Conclusion

Shipping a specialty vehicle to Puerto Rico has a few fundamental differences from regular car shipping. These differences include the need to book a little earlier, slightly high expense, and moderately longer transit times. Other than that, your car shipping company will take care of whatever specialty vehicle you need shipped to Puerto Rico with ease. Call Puerto Rico Car Transport today for a free quote at (904) 322-7644.

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What the car shipping company does to protect your car
What you can do to protect your car
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What the car shipping company does to protect your car

Keeping your car safe during transport is the top priority of your shipping company while it ships. Getting your vehicle to its destination on time is obviously also a priority but making sure your car does not incur damage during shipment is paramount. Your shipping company will do several things in order to ensure your car’s safety as it ships.

First, your car gets carefully driven onto and placed on the car carrier. The placement of the cars matters, so the fact is that your driver is experienced and meticulously careful when getting your car onto the carrier. Next, your car transport driver will secure your car to the transport carrier truck through a series of tightly secured straps and chains. These straps and chains will ensure that your vehicle does not move while it is being shipped. However, the chains and straps themselves are attached in such a way that makes certain they will not damage your car.

Finally, your car shipping company will offer insurance for your shipment. In a general sense, this will work like other forms of insurance in that it will prevent you from being financially liable in the rare case that an accident of some sort does occur. Specifically, if something does happen to your car during transport, it is quite likely that the shipping insurance will cover any damage.
 

What you can do to protect your car

The two easiest things you can do to increase the safety of your car during shipping is to choose to ship in an enclosed carrier and/or choose to top-load your vehicle. Shipping in an enclosed carrier will prevent any rain or snow as well as road debris from making contact with your car while it is in transit. Top-loading will place your car on the top deck of an open or enclosed carrier. Doing that will prevent the rare possibility of a car above yours from leaking fluid on it. It will also give you the benefit of not having any small road debris such as pebbles possibly hitting your car during transport.

You can also take a few additional steps such as getting seat covers and floor mats. Your driver will be driving many miles and in and out of several cars throughout the entirety of transport. So, sometimes they can track some dirt into your car. This is rare, so taking this step is not necessary but it is a step you have the option of taking.
 

Final Word

Protecting your car while it ships is the most important part of car shipping. That is why any reputable car shipping company will do their absolute best to make sure your car arrives at its destination in the same shape as it was in when it was picked up. You can even take some steps to ensure an extra level of safety for your car while it ships. These include shipping it in an enclosed carrier, top-loading it and getting seat covers and/or floor mats.

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