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Weather and road conditions in Puerto Rico
Keeping your vehicle clean
Final word
 
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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
Wrapping up
 
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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
Conclusion
 
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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
Final Word
 
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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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How long you can expect your shipment to take
Ways you can get around while you wait
Wrapping up
 
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How long you can expect your shipment to take

The amount of time that it will take to ship your car to the port in San Juan, Puerto Rico will depend primarily on where you are shipping the vehicle from. If you are shipping from Los Angeles it will take approximately two weeks. If you are shipping from Miami it will take about a week and if you are shipping from New York it will take approximately two or three weeks.

However, these are approximations, your particular transit time could take more or less time depending on several additional factors. These include weather, demand, traffic and more. Unfortunately, these are much more unpredictable. So, take your estimated transit time with a grain of salt. If it is about two weeks, expect you could be without your vehicle for three weeks.
 

Ways you can get around while you wait

The good thing is that you will have a bunch of options in terms of getting around while you wait for your car to arrive at the port. The simplest of which will be walking if you plan on staying within the city limits of an area like San Juan. However, that is also the least convenient option. There are regular taxis in Puerto Rico that you will be able to flag down or call.

On top of that, there is also the option of getting a rental car. Unfortunately, ride shares are far and few in Puerto Rico with Uber not operating there. If you are in the San Juan area, you could take Tren Urbano which is a limited subway line. You can also always try carpooling with some friends or family.
 

Wrapping up

It will take some time for your car to ship to Puerto Rico. In fact, in almost all cases it will take over two weeks. While your car is shipping there, you will need some way of getting around. You can walk, take a taxi, take the subway (if you are in the San Juan area), rent a car or carpool. When you need your car shipped to Puerto Rico, do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions that you have or for a free quote by calling (904) 322-7644!

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The risk of an accident in Puerto Rico
How wearing a seatbelt will keep you safe
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The risk of an accident in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has some pretty dangerous driving conditions at times. This is more often the case in the highly populated areas such as San Juan. The primary issue is that on top of a lot of traffic, there are a lot of drivers who do not follow or only loosely follow them. You really cannot blame them though; the traffic laws are poorly enforced thus people tend not to follow them.

You will often see people turning suddenly without signaling and across several lanes. You will also see people make sudden stops, frequently speed and drive very aggressively. It is because of these things that the risk of getting into an accident is more prevalent in Puerto Rico than it is in many places. So, you need to do everything in your power to protect yourself in case you get into an accident and that starts with wearing your seatbelt.
 

How wearing a seatbelt will keep you safe

With other motorists making such sudden and frequent stops in Puerto Rico, you need to make sure that you use your seatbelt each and every time you drive. Even if you do not get into an accident, seat belts can prevent major injury that could occur from stopping short in an effort to avoid an accident. You also must make sure that any of your passengers always wear their seatbelts.

The fact of the matter is that seatbelts save lives. Statistics show that almost fifty percent of people killed in the US in 2017 in car crashes were not using seatbelts. You must also look at the fact that from 1975 through 2020, seatbelts have saved nearly 400,000 lives.
 

Wrapping up

It is incredibly important to always wear a seatbelt no matter where you are. The risk you are taking by not wearing a seatbelt in a place like Puerto Rico is even higher than normal. Even if you do not get into an accident, not wearing your seatbelt can be a very dangerous and costly decision to make especially in a highly populated area like San Juan. If you have anything wrong with your seatbelt like it will not buckle, you must get that fixed immediately. Finally, always be sure that your passengers are wearing seatbelts as well.

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How a car’s grille will help in warm climates
Caring for your car grille
Final Word
 
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How a car’s grille will help in warm climates

Most cars have grilles. Yes, they do serve a bit of an aesthetic purpose, but they also have a much more practical purpose. They allow a much better airflow in the engine which helps the components such as the radiator perform better and last longer.

Consider that your car’s radiator overheating can be a big issue. The grille allows much better airflow over the radiator to both cool it and better ventilate heat that it is emitting while you are driving the car. This is obviously much more important in hot climates such as Puerto Rico’s.

Some cars have grilles in other locations or do not have them at all. This is because some cars, based on their design and specifications, require the additional cooling else where such as near the brakes. Whether these cars have the grille else where or not at all, they are designed with extra protection and cooling in the engine for the radiator as a result. Regardless, these cars are still pretty rare these days.
 

Caring for your car grille

There is not much that you need to do in order to care for your car grille. You just need to make sure that the grille is clean and clear of any debris or dirt. If the grille is blocked, then the airflow obviously will be as well which defeats the purpose of the grille. You also need to be sure that any damage or bends in the grille gets repaired as quickly as possible for the same reason that you need to keep it clean.
 

Final Word

Your car grille is more important than the vast majority of people are aware of. It increases air flow in the engine which really helps keep the radiator cool and working. This is particularly important in Puerto Rico where the weather is almost always hot, and your radiator is at a considerably higher risk of overheating. Always be sure to keep the grille clean and that if there is any damage to it that you get it repaired as soon as possible. If you need to ship a vehicle to or from Puerto Rico , call us at (904) 322-7644 for a free instant quote today!

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Car emissions in Puerto Rico
Getting your car inspected in Puerto Rico and emissions standards
Cars with low emissions to consider driving
Final word
 
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Car emissions in Puerto Rico

Car emissions have been an issue affecting the air quality in Puerto Rico for many years. Now, Puerto Rico will need to submit a plan to the Environmental Protection Agency that details how the country will lower overall harmful emissions by this October. Puerto Rico will need to complete fulfilling the plan by April 2023.

This comes after some startling results were discovered after Hurricane Maria a couple of years ago. Harmful levels of Sulfur Dioxide were discovered in areas near San Juan and Salinas.

The strings have now been tightened in order to get all emissions in Puerto Rico, including automobiles, to comply with the standards set by the EPA.

So, you might be wondering, “How can I make sure that my car passes the emissions test during an inspection?”
 

Getting your car inspected in Puerto Rico and emissions standards

Just as you would anywhere else, you will need to get your car inspected and your car will need to pass the emission standards in Puerto Rico.

There are a few common reasons that cars fail the emissions test in Puerto Rico:

  • Spark plugs – If the spark plugs in your engine are old and worn out, they could cause you to fail the emissions test because they will lead to increased levels of emissions the older they get.
  • The EVAP system – The evaporative emission control system prevents harmful vapors from coming off a car’s engine and going into the atmosphere. If this system is not functioning properly, your emissions could rise too far, and your car can fail the test.
  • Air filter – Unsurprisingly, your car’s air filter is an important part of the emissions test. If it is too dirty, it will not filter the air that runs through the engine properly and this can increase the emissions given off by your car while it is running.
  • Catalytic converter – This is likely the most important one on the list. The catalytic converter’s job is to take harmful emissions and convert them into something breathable that is not harmful. If this is not working properly, you will almost certainly fail the emissions test.

If at all possible, check all of these things before you bring your car in for an inspection. This way if something needs to be replaced or fixed, you can do so before-hand and avoid failing the emissions test the first time around.
 

Cars with low emissions to consider driving

If you want to avoid any hassles regarding your car’s emissions, most modern cars will do the trick as far as passing emissions testing. However, if you are particularly interested in lowering your emissions to a minimum in order to help the environment, you should keep the following cars in mind:

  • Toyota Prius – The Prius has long been at the top of the emissions game. It is the best choice on the list for the environmentally conscious because it is a hybrid, which means that the carbon emissions from this car are at an absolute minimum.
  • BMW i3 – The BMW i3 is high on the list because of its all-electric propulsion system. It also has a very small engine which helps to reduce emissions as well.
  • Cadillac ELR – The Cadillac ELR is the best low-emission luxury car on the market. It’s emissions are low and its EV driving range is good at 39 miles.
  • Chevrolet Volt – The Chevy Volt has a nice EV drive range at 50 miles, has 41 miles-per-gallon and has some of the lowest overall emissions per-mile on the list.

 

Final word

The car emissions rules in Puerto Rico are the same as they are in the United States as these standards are set by the environmental protection agency. In most cases, your car will easily pass an emissions test. However, if there are issues with your engine then you could possibly fail that inspection. Be sure you keep up with the engine maintenance of your vehicle because something as simple as an air filter can cause too much emissions from your vehicle’s engine.

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The types of wildlife crossing the road in Puerto Rico
Why you need to be cautious
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The types of wildlife crossing the road in Puerto Rico

In Puerto Rico, driving is already difficult because of aggressive and careless driving by many motorists. It can be further complicated by the fact that there are fairly frequent animal crossings in the countryside. This can cause a delay for traffic or, even worse, it could cause an accident.

You will see a variety of animals crossing the road in Puerto Rico. This includes cows, chickens, horses, dogs, pigs, sheep goats and more. Many of these animals will cross the road slowly in packs. However, some will run across the road, even at night. Hence, you will need to keep alert at all times and exercise caution when you are driving in the Puerto Rican countryside.

If you find yourself in a situation where an animal is just standing in the middle of the road, you can try beeping at it or slowly inching towards it so that it moves out of the way. We do not recommend trying to drive around it. The safest option is to wait or call the police so that they can take care of it.
 

Why you need to be cautious

You might think that hitting one of these animals will be inconsequential for your vehicle, yourself and other drivers. You would be wrong. If you run into one of the smaller types of these animals, you could still lose control of your vehicle and go off the road or into another car.

If you hit one of the larger animals such as a horse, your car could incur incredible amounts of damage, possibly to the point where it is totaled. These accidents can easily run you several thousand dollars in damages to your own car or someone else’s.
 

Wrapping up

Animals crossing the road in Puerto Rico pose a serious risk to anyone who drives there. It should not be a problem so long as you stay alert and drive carefully. Expect some occasional traffic delays due to these crossings. If you do happen to hit one of these animals, pull over and call the authorities. If you have to have your car moved to or from Puerto Rico, you can always call the auto transport experts at Puerto Rico Car Transport for a free quote by calling (904) 322-7644.

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The importance of regular oil changes
Tips for getting your oil changed
Conclusion
 
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The importance of regular oil changes

Everyone knows that regular oil changes are a necessity. However, not many people really know why. They just chalk it up to something they need to get done once or twice every year. In reality, there are several very realistic reasons that your vehicle’s oil must be changed every few thousand miles that you drive.

Overall, getting your oil changed as often as you need to will increase the life of your engine and your car. However, we can break that down into smaller parts. Getting your oil changed will keep your engine parts lubricated which will decrease friction and corrosion. If this were not the case, these engine parts would break down much more quickly. Getting your oil changed also keeps the engine notably cooler and cleaner. This goes a long way to keeping the engine running at top efficiency for longer as well.

In Puerto Rico, the need for you changing your oil is higher because of two things: stop and go driving and periods of more extreme heat. Driving in Puerto Rico, especially in highly populated areas like the city of San Juan, will involve a lot of sudden stops. Puerto Rico also has quite warm weather during several points throughout the year. Both of these can stress your engine more than normal; thus, it will increase the need for you to get your oil changed.
 

Tips for getting your oil changed

Getting your vehicle’s oil changed will be one of the easiest things you can do to care for it beyond washing it or putting gas in it. The only actual work you will need to put in is brining it to a mechanic or place such as Jiffy Lube and waiting for them to take care of it for you. However, there are a few things that you should consider before you get your oil changed.

First of all, you should check your engine’s oil frequently and know when it is time to get an oil change. Normally, that is about every three thousand miles or so. However, in Puerto Rico it could be less than three thousand miles depending on the amount of stop and go driving you do and how consistently hot it is. Talk to your mechanic for specific guidance on this.

You also need to know what type of oil you need and/or want to get put into your vehicle. If you are having a professional change your oil, they will take care of this. Although, you will still have the option of whether or not to choose synthetic oil. Synthetic oil is higher grade oil that will protect your engine better than a standard oil. Generally, most people do not need it but with the hot weather in Puerto Rico, you should definitely consider it.
 

Conclusion

Getting your oil changed in Puerto Rico is not something that you will need to stress over. But, in Puerto Rico, you might have to do it slightly more often because of the potential for near-constant stop and go driving as well as the hot weather. Be sure you speak to your mechanic or auto care professional and find out how often you should get your specific vehicle’s oil changed.

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