5 Mistakes to Avoid When Planning a Road Trip

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There’s no better feeling than setting out on a road trip with your friends or family. You’ve picked your destination and are ready for some fun along the way. The last thing you’ll want to happen are bumps in the road that will put a damper on your journey. It pays to be prepared when planning a road trip. This is a list of common travel oversights that can cost you time and money while on the road.


Maximize travel time and avoid frequent stops by stocking up on snacks before you hit the road. Save money by purchasing in bulk and preparing quick bites like sandwiches before you hit the road. For longer trips, a cooler is an excellent investment to keep drinks and perishables cold. If you are going to stop, consider a picnic for the family.


The most important component of a stress-free road trip is having a vehicle that can go the distance. Taking the time to make sure your car is running smoothly before departure will help prevent costly and time-consuming delays. Plan a few weeks in advance and take care of a few small tasks before they become a bigger problem. Check coolant, oil, tires and spare wheel for peace of mind.


A road trip doesn’t have to be dull and boring or stuck in the past! There are dozens of travel apps to help navigate, entertain, educate, and more. Check out the Google store for Travel Apps for Your Next Road Trip. Remember: it’s important to drive safely. Put your trusty copilot in charge of using a cell phone or tablet and pull over when you need to take a closer look.


Keep the dreaded, “Are we there yet?” at bay with games and activities to keep younger passengers occupied. Games and activities like listening to audiobooks are great ways to keep kids from losing their patience on long drives. Keeping teens entertained and engaged can be a challenge too. It’s important to offer teens a mix of inclusion and independence while on the road.


You’re already saving by choosing to drive to your destination, but there are plenty of other ways to travel on a budget, for example, Reusable water bottles, Snacks & meals, Cooler with ice and Car phone chargers to name a few.

Have a safe trip and enjoy the drive.

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8 Tips for Dealing With Thai Police

1. Be polite, courteous and act reasonably at all times.
2. Don’t raise your voice, make demands or threaten the police. Wait until they tell you what you’ve done wrong before you state your case.
3. If you’re in the wrong (no helmet or traffic offence), don’t go into lengthy explanations, expect little mercy and be prepared to pay a fine at the police station or “on-the-spot” (you will not get a receipt), if you get my drift.
4. If you’re in a dispute with a Thai local, it’s likely the police will side with the local, even if you’re not at fault. Just accept this as law of the land.
5. Don’t smile or talk to a police officer unless he talks to you first.
6. Don’t be a dumb farang (foreigner) and draw attention to yourself by being drunk or loud causing a scene.
7. Don’t make a false statement to police, even for an insurance claim. It’s illegal and they will arrest you if found out.
8. Always obey the traffic laws even when the locals don’t as the police will target you first.

Drive Safe Drive Smart 2019

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The New Nissan Note Review

The NISSAN NOTE takes life to the next level with a whole new look & just about everything you want right inside. As practical as it is versatile, the NOTE has seating for five adults and has incredible storage space. The Note is fun to drive & its steering feels natural, consistently weighted and precise. It’s also light enough around town to allow for easy maneuvering. This isn’t a car for B-road blasts. Its tall body leans in corners but grips well. On the motorway, it is a little bouncy and prone to side-winds, but it feels stable for what is quite a small car.

The Note offers exceptional fuel efficiency and is eco-friendly that allows you to travel farther with fewer pit stops along the way. The Start/Stop ignition system reduces pollution and fuel consumption in city traffic. The engine automatically turns off when at a standstill to save on fuel and emissions, then restarts as you prepare to move away.

The Note also comes with next level tech, 4 cameras give you a virtual 360 bird’s-eye view of the vehicle, with selectable split-screen close-ups of the front, rear, and curbside views, so you can get a better look, making parking easy. Forward collision warning will detects potential obstacles and assists drivers in avoiding collisions with vehicles and pedestrians, as well as reducing damage caused by collisions. Lane departure warning detects lane markers, when the driver start to drift out of the lane, it sounds an audible warning lightly applies the brakes to help ease the car back between the lines.

Keyless Entry with push button start for convenience. Just tap a button on the door handle or trunk of to unlock the doors, while your Intelligent Key stays in your pocket. Eliminate cord clutter and stream your music wirelessly with any Bluetooth compatible audio device. Let your passengers play DJ, and take control of the tunes from any seat in the car.

Why not come down to Expat Car Rent today and give one a try, you won’t regret it.

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