Thursday, April 11, 2019

Roadside assistance

When you are driving, sometimes things don’t go exactly like you planned. Sometimes you find yourself on the side of a highway somewhere. Maybe you have a flat tire or maybe it’s much more serious. No one wants to be stranded. It’s such a bad feeling. My aunt and uncle had this happen to them a couple weeks ago. Their car broke down in Reno on the side of the road. They had to rent a car to drive home which is a hour away. They live up in the mountains. They found out a squirrel chewed through some wires. They had never had a problem with their car otherwise. 

It got me thinking about motor clubs that offer roadside assistance and how important they are. They will come help you if you run out of gas or have a flat tire or even tow your car for you. They are typically affordable. It seems like everyone has a motor club these days. 

The most known is AAA. They always send me membership cards in the mail. They also send them to my mom’s evil twin Tgeresa. Somehow someone spelled her name wrong once and then the Tgeresa mail started showing up. My family had a membership years ago back when they gave out maps and travel books and the trip tiks. Now everyone just uses GPS or their phones to get places. 

Some cell phone companies offer roadside assistance. I really think that’s smart because you always have your phone with you and it just makes sense. 

As I have mentioned before, my mom got a new car recently. We were trying to figure out how to see how many miles of gas she had. I decided instead of looking it up online, I would open the glove box and look at the manual. Tucked in between the different books was a roadside assistance card from her car company that offers services. I think that’s great. It adds another layer of trust between the owner and the car manufacturer. It makes me feel like they stand by the cars they make and really care about their customers. 

Making money with your old car

It seems like everyone is a driver for some company. I know a few people who drive for a couple companies. It’s a quick way to make extra money and meet new people. It can be fun and practical. When we were in Florida, we took a car to my favorite Italian place because they closed before my mom got off work. The woman who drove us was really nice. She told me that she works close to where my mom lives and she drives for a ride share company to make money on her way home. She likes to explore new areas. I really thought that was smart. There’s also food delivery companies and jobs where you bring people groceries. If you do this a lot it can really add a lot of miles on your car. You could also end up with passengers who make messes or even worse get sick. 

I think a smart idea would be to buy a used car so you aren’t putting all the miles on your main car. If you are leasing your car, it can end up costing you more because they sometimes give you a cap on how many miles you can use. If you don’t want to purchase a used car another idea is instead of trading in your car or selling it to a private party, keep it and use it for your work car. That’s a great idea if you just want an upgrade or if you need more space. It’s common for families to buy a new car when they are expecting. There’s only so many car seats that will fit in certain cars. 

If you need some extra cash and have the time consider driving. It can help you make money to pay off a bill or build up a rainy day fund. You have the freedom to do it whenever you want. If you meet your goal, you can just turn it off. I knew someone who drove people around because he was trying to get a deposit on his new apartment.  You also get tips and from what I understand, paid quickly. 

If you have a teen, you can always save the car for them when they are old enough to drive and use it to make your car payment.  

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Road trip to the Everglades

We always go to Florida for spring break. We usually fly because it’s faster. Driving from Indiana to Clearwater Florida is about a seventeen hour drive one way. We don’t want to spend days of our spring break in the car.  We have been to Florida so many times it’s always fun to do something different. We love going to the beach too. 

This time we decided to go on a little road trip in Florida. We have never been to the Everglades before, so we booked the tram tour at Shark Valley and off we went. It was about a five hour drive. I decided that was long enough for Noah to need Dramamine. He has a history of car sickness and I didn’t want him to get car sick in my mom’s brand new car. Thankfully, he doesn’t mind taking it and it works really well. 

We had so much fun on the tram tour. We saw so many alligators and birds and learned a lot too. I highly recommend it. It’s beautiful and so informative. Be sure to get your tickets online because it’s very popular. It was a fun day trip. We also decided that we would drive for a couple hours after we left and spend the night in a hotel. The hotel we stayed at was really nice. It was right next to a giant outdoor mall. My mom and I both had California Pizza Kitchen and Noah had Panera. We also went swimming and Noah and I hung out in the hot tub.

The next morning we checked out and we drove back to St. Petersburg and went to the beach. I took a risk and didn’t give Noah Dramamine and thankfully he didn’t get car sick. I used to get really car sick and would occasionally throw up on the hour drive to or home from my grandparents. I wonder if car sickness is hereditary. 

I think that going on a unexpected road trip while you are on vacation is a great way to find something new to see. There’s always somewhere to explore.