What You Need To Know About Car Rental Systems And Towing

Many people wonder if it is alright to tow when using a rental car. The ability to do so would make it very handy to tow a boat or RV when you rent an SUV for a weekend or holiday trip. In the past, rental agencies always secured a locking pin in the receiver. This made it impossible for renters to attach a tow ball and hitch. Is this always the case now? In this article, we will explore this question. Read on to learn more.
Car Rentals and Tows
Towing with a Car Rental

Most major car rental agencies don’t typically equip their cars with trailer hitches, like they do with GPS units. For one thing, this could be a very difficult feat to accomplish. A company that has a very large fleet would have quite a time keeping up with all of the hitch receiver locks for all of their vehicles. Additionally, it might be very difficult for a large rental company to really check the background of a car renter to be sure that person is capable of actually towing a trailer or boat.

It’s easy to see why many car rental agencies would not allow towing. It’s a risky business that is prone to mechanical problems. Additionally, the liability costs are very high. Still, it seems as if there should be some sort of waiver available to vehicle renters who have a solid background, good driving record and are well insured. This is especially true if the person in question is a solid repeat customer of the rental agency.
Unfortunately, at this time this kind of arrangement doesn’t seem to be an option, but luckily, there are a few places where you can rent a vehicle that is equipped with a tow hitch. The trucks rented through Lowes by the Hertz company are one example. These are three-quarter ton pickup trucks and Sprinter vans. U-Haul also rents vehicles with trailer hitches. Other companies that rent utility type vehicles will surely make towing arrangements available to renters with a solid driving record.
When you rent a vehicle equipped for towing from a good car rental system, you will be provided with complete instructions regarding how to drive while towing and how to ensure safety in general. This is a valuable resource, so don’t just toss these instructions under the seat! Be sure to review all of the instructions and follow them closely. This will reduce your chance of having an accident, minimize your liability and the liability of the rental company and help keep your driving record safe and sound.

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Track Drivers with GPS

Promoting Better Safety and Efficiency with Automobile Software

Throughout the years, car and truck usage has gotten ever safer. Driving this progress forward has been the development of several important and novel technologies, from collapsible steering columns to multi-directional airbags. Each new development makes operating vehicles exponentially safer, which in turn makes car and truck transportation more viable for consumer and commercial usage. These days, the development of effective and easy to use software continues this positive trend. In this article, we will explore a number of ways in which readily available software can improve the driving experience, for everyday users and business owners alike.

One of the most common types of software implemented in modern cars and trucks is the GPS, or global positioning system.

GPS Tracker for your business
Track your drivers with a GPS System

GPS technology can come built into the vehicle’s console, or as a small piece of hardware that can be adhered directly to the windshield. GPS units communicate with satellites, sending signals back and forth to determine  location. Coordinates are then placed on a digital map stored in the unit’s memory, giving you a speedy and accurate reading of where you are. Most GPS units can give you step by step directions to specific addresses and points of interest, like hotels and hospitals. Because they allow you to navigate while driving without constantly looking down at a map, GPS units make you a safer, more responsive driver. They also have the advantage of working in remote areas where cellphones may not, as they do not rely on signal towers.

If you own a business that uses cars or trucks in your everyday proceedings, using GPS software in your vehicles can yield a second benefit.

GPS Tracking Tow Drivers
Track your tow drivers with GPS

Many industrial GPS units are designed so that they not only relay their location to the vehicle they are being used in, but also to a monitoring software. Using this software will allow you to check on your drivers as they go about their everyday business. You can make sure that they are driving efficiently, managing time wisely, and practicing safe behaviors. Getting by the second updates on the location of your drivers can allow you to tighten up your logistics, which can drastically reduce your overhead costs. Using GPS monitoring software can improve the performance of many different business types, from pizza delivery services and small retail companies, to large scale shipping and transport corporations.

Many newer model vehicles come from the dealership with a number of useful and safety enhancing software types already installed. Some use “back up cams”, or cameras located near the rear license plate, to help you do a perfect parallel parking job and watch for potential dangers as you pull out of a spot. Others monitor the positions of the road marking lines under your car, alerting you and even automatically braking if it notices that you are drifting over a line in a dangerous way. Still others work with the transmission itself, adjusting settings based on whether you have chosen to optimize your fuel efficiency or driving performance.

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