How Close to a Public Transport Stop is Parking Allowed?

Bus stop signs are all over the city. How close to a public transport stop is parking allowed? You may be following a bus that keeps stopping in its lane. But that’s just expected because it is supposed to pick up and let off passengers.

Parking rules are set to avoid traffic congestion. That is why parking lots are often offered on the city outskirts and most of the time, paid parking lots can be found in many parts of the city center.

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Does Frost Guard Work?

During the winter, your windshield can be invaded by frost. It can easily take you 15 minutes to remove the ice and the frost. To shorten the time for you to get out of the parking area and start going to work, read on for a possible solution.

The idea behind frost guard is to cover your windshield and protect it from the wind and cold. The frost will accumulate on the frost guard instead of your windshield. Instead of firing up your engine, open the heater and blast it on to your windshield, you can remove the frost guard, stow it in your trunk, and then drive off to work!

So, how to choose your frost guard?

Before choosing your car frost guard, look at the type that you need. If you want to leave your car in a parking lot, you can choose a cheap tarpaulin that can help protect your car from dust, scratches, or even frost.

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Can You Stop In a No Parking Zone?

If the sign says you can’t park, then you shouldn’t. But what if you don’t intend to park, can you stop in a No Parking Zone?

In most cities, signs that says “No Parking” means that stop there and wait IF you are still behind the wheel and the car is idling (running). If you are driving a taxi, or participating in a Ride Share, you can pick up and unload a passenger and their things. The most important thing to remember is to leave your car there for any period of time.

But where can you park then? Read on below:

Regulated parking means that it is subject to certain conditions. It may be a parking limited in duration or a paid parking.

Here’s what you need to know to identify these parking rules.

Parking Rules Indicated by Signs

To indicate a restricted parking, a sign may accompany the parking prohibition sign. These signs specify the parking rules, that is to say the conditions under which one has the right to park. It may be for example a parking limited in time, paying, reserved for certain users, etc.

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Can You Change Lanes in an Intersection?

When you change lanes or want to overtake another vehicle, first make sure you have enough space and time to perform the maneuver safely.

A lot of drivers ask if they can change lanes in an intersection. Laws in each state may vary. But the short and safe answer is: DON’T!

Intersections are meant to be kept open so that vehicles from any direction can pass without any obstructions. Besides, intersections tend to be busy and most drivers want to keep looking ahead when crossing it.

If you really want to change lanes, wait until you are on the other side. Follow the tips below when changing lanes.

Changing Lanes

Lane change refers to the maneuver that allows you to move your vehicle from one lane to another on a road that has at least two lanes in the same direction. You can do this to overtake another vehicle or to avoid a parked vehicle or when the driver in front of you is slowing down to make a turn at an intersection.

Never change lanes without having correctly signaled your intention and make sure the maneuver can be done safely.

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How to Get Your Driver’s License

Once you reach a certain age, getting a driver’s license becomes more of a necessity than a desire. However, getting a license isn’t as simple as you would think. While you might be able to drive pretty well, passing the various tests required to get a license need a little more effort. Here are some tips that can help you with that.

Begin with theory!

Just like with learning anything else, you need to begin with theory in driving as well. The best way to do it is to take a driver’s ed course. Such a course helps you understand the basics of driving and makes you ready for the next step. Unless and until you are done with this, you cannot start your ‘behind the wheel’ training. Pay good attention to this aspect to be able to succeed in the others.

Focus on the basics.

While an ed course will teach you the basics theoretically, you will actually experience it only once you start driving. Now though your main test is going to be pretty complex, this isn’t the stage to focus on that. Don’t get too bewildered by the idea of what you are supposed to do and what you can actually do now. It is just your beginning. You will slowly progress to the required level. However, this will happen only if you have focused on the basics while you are in the beginning stage. If you aren’t sure how to change gears the day before your test, it won’t work.

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How to save money on car insurance for child not living at home

Car insurance is expensive! But it can get worse when you have a child that lives away from home but is under your insurance, too. The cost of insuring this car would cut into the budget that you could have used for a nice vacation, appliance, or your savings account!

The good news is that there are a lot of ways to save money on your child’s car insurance even when they are staying away from home.

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Best Umbrella to Keep in Your Car

You are driving towards your destination and the bottom of the sky suddenly fell out and heavy rain start pelting your car. 

Too bad you don’t have an umbrella in your car. 

If you get out right after you park, you’ll just get drenched no matter how nice the clothes you’re wearing. It sucks, right? 

We’ve looked at the best umbrella to keep in your car so you’re always prepared when the rains start falling. 

Things to Consider in Buying an Umbrella

The worst time to buy an umbrella is right when you need it because you are stuck. You may end up with an expensive umbrella that may be broken after being used. Umbrellas should be included as an essential car accessory.

Umbrellas will not protect you from rains 100%. But a good one can keep your head and torso dry. For very heavy rains, expect your legs and shoes to get wet. There’s just no help for that.

But I have seen really bad umbrellas that would drip rainwater from the cloth that’s supposed to protect you from the rain!  

Here’s what to consider when you buy.

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A 10-Point Winter Auto Maintenance Checklist

Prevention is better than cure. A principle which is also valid for your vehicle! Maintaining your car is essential for its proper functioning but also for your safety. To limit any risk of breakdown or accidents on the road, follow the following tips.

Here’s our 10-Point Winter Maintenance Checklist

In winter season you will ride in rain, snow or ice. Choose a suitable windshield washer. Check wiper condition, tire wear and pressure, battery, coolant, lights and heat. In some areas, it is useful to equip yourself with snow tires. In case of a problem on snowy roads, your car insurance assistance guarantee allows you to be taken care of quickly.

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How long can you stay on your parent’s car insurance?

Obviously, I am not a financial planner so please do your due diligence and do not take this article as financial or legal advice. 

Having a car insurance is always a must! Not only is it a legal necessity, but it also provides car owners with a lot of advantages. Any accident, big or small, your car insurance can cover the repair expenses (within the coverage levels, of course). This means that by paying a relatively small amount of premium, you can claim insurance for big damages to your car.

However, with families having grown up children and multiple cars, paying premium for every single vehicle can be pretty expensive. Especially for children living off their own, the burden of paying insurance premium can be very stretching. After all, their part-time jobs only pay so much!

The smartest solution for such situations is to keep children included in the household vehicle insurance policy. This way, they will have to pay smaller premium amounts while getting just the same benefits.

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Winterize Your Car: Prepare Your Car for Winter

I am not a big fan of winter. It’s cold. And driving out to work in the morning takes an additional 10-15 minutes because of all the things you need to do to make your car ready to go!

You need to remove ice or frost on the windshields, brush off snow, start and wait until the A/C system spews out enough heat for the car. And I live in Nashville, TN where we only get snow twice or three times in a year.

Winter is here and we need to make sure our cars can withstand the cold. Here’s how to winterize your car. Follow these tips to prepare your car for winter.

This post is long, feel free to jump into the section that you need to check out. Use the Table of Contents below to help you navigate through this post. 

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