Winter Driving Tips and Advice

Driving in winter’s messiest weather can be a stressful and potentially dangerous endeavor. Bearing this in mind, the best advice is to stay home. Just. Stay. Home. Unless there is a truly compelling reason to be out in the storm, put off travel until roads have been treated and cleared.

Here are tips if you do find yourself in an unavoidable winter driving situation.

Keep your headlights on and clear of snow and ice. Clean your windshield off completely. (Go fill your wiper fluid right now!)

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Guide to Driving In Cyprus

Cyprus is a large island located in the eastern Mediterranean Sea off the southern coast of Turkey. With long, sunny summers, mild winters, and iconic beaches, tourism is an important part of the Cypriot economy. If you are visiting Cyprus and planning on exploring the island, renting a car is a great way to get around.

Perhaps most important to know is that you will be driving on the left side of the road. For most nationalities, this means you’ll need to get comfortable using the gear shift with the opposite hand and learn to make right turns into traffic. You will also need to adjust which mirrors you use. It is a good idea to drive around a parking lot to get your bearings.

Please be aware of local laws:

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Larnaca Airport and Car Hire Guide

Larnaca International Airport (LCA) is Cyprus’ main airport for international travelers. Many flights connecting Europe to the Middle East route through LCA in addition to the heavy tourist traffic to the sunny island itself. Over 5 million passengers go through Larnaca International Airport each year. It is larger than Cyprus’ Paphos International Airport.

There are a number of car rental and car hire companies located at the airport. Hermes Airports Ltd (who also operates Paphos airport - PFO) released the results of its tender process on January 31st 2014 announcing that the companies that are able to operate as on-airport car rental providers from now until March 15th 2017 are:

Sixt Car Rental Europcar Car Rental Budget Car Rental Petsas/Astra JV Car Rental

In addition, Avis and Hertz have been authorized to operate as off-airport suppliers meaning that they are authorised to operate a shuttle bus to transport their clients to and from their parking operations.

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Car Rental and Travel Tips for Italy

With more than its fair share of art, architecture, historical sites, and natural beauty, Italy is a destination we all should visit more than once. Here are some simple travel tips if you are planning to visit Italy.

Your valid United States passport is all you need to visit Italy for up to 90 days. Be sure you have applied for or renewed your passport well in advance of your trip. U.S. passports are valid for 10 years and will cost about $135. It is recommended that you make two copies of the data page - keep one with you but separate from your actual passport and give one to a friend or family member at home (or scan it and email it to yourself and someone stateside).

If you plan to stay beyond 90 days, you will need to get a visa. You should also do this well in advance of your travels. Visas may be obtained through the Italian consulate that serves your state. Don’t leave this until the last minute.

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Guide to Driving In Greece

Knowing the laws as well as local attitudes toward driving will help you successfully navigate the highways and byways of Greece.

The roads themselves vary in quality ranging from well kept multi-lane highways to narrow mountain passes. It is best to avoid rush hours in cities and be aware that fellow rural drivers may take their half of the road in the middle. When in cities, it is illegal to use your horn unless there is a true emergency or real danger. When driving blind on a high mountain road, a little horning might be a good idea.

There are two toll roads called Ethniki Odos, but others are toll free. Speed limits vary depending on location. Signs should be easy to interpret as they rely on symbols.

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Renting a Manual Car Could Save You Money

If you’re looking to save money on your next trip, booking a manual transmission rental car could save you a bundle.

Rental cars in the U.S. and now in Australia are customarily automatic transmission, however in Europe standard (manual) transmission is more popular and often more affordable. So if you want to rent an automatic, be prepared to pay a premium. Renting a car with an automatic transmission can be significantly more expensive, higher still during peak travel periods.

When renting outside the U.S. you will need to specify manual or automatic transmission when reserving your car. If booking online, it is usually made very clear what type of transmission each option has. Manuals are less expensive to rent and more widely available with a far greater selection available. Automatic vehicles in Europe tend to be larger, family or luxury models or minivans.

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Boston Airport Has New Rental Car Options And Added Convenience

A new era begins for car rental operations at Boston's Logan Airport at midnight tonight when a new $310 million Consolidated Rental Car facility (knows as Conrac) will officially begin operation.

9 Car Rental companies will operate out of the 120,000 square foot customer service center and 4 level garage. Thrifty and Advantage are the new additions to the original 7 brands that have served the airport until now.

The 9 companies now operating from Boston Logan are:

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