10 Easy Quick Tips on How to Sleep in your Car in Comfort

For many of us, there comes a time when we may find ourselves having to set up camp in our car overnight. Perhaps you’ve even been amping and ended up with a rain-soaked mattress. While you’re waiting for your mattress to dry out, it’s likely that you will need to sleep in your car. Whether […]

For many of us, there comes a time when we may find ourselves having to set up camp in our car overnight. Perhaps you’ve even been amping and ended up with a rain-soaked mattress. While you’re waiting for your mattress to dry out, it’s likely that you will need to sleep in your car.

Whether you’re on the road trip of a lifetime or have found yourself stranded in your car at night, it’s a good idea to know how to sleep in your car safely and comfortably. As you may have already experienced, sleeping in your car can be less than ideal for getting a good night’s sleep. So, is it possible to sleep in a car in comfort? Read on for expert tips to sleep in your car with comfort.

  1. Plan ahead

Ideally, you would never find yourself sleeping in your car unexpectedly. But, due to any number of factors such as bad weather, you could find yourself forced to suddenly spend the night in your car. So, plan ahead. Keep a kit in your car with basic sleeping supplies such as a travel pillow, sleeping bags, blankets and sun shades in the trunk ready for emergencies. If you have space in your car, you could even take along an inflatable mattress. If you choose this option, don’t forget to include a foot or electric pump for easier inflation.

  1. Pick your spot carefully

Parking with your windscreen closest to a wall or hedge makes it less likely that people will be looking into your car. Also, consider parking somewhere where you will have access to a public restroom during the night. Nothing makes sleeping in a car more uncomfortable than a full bladder.

  1. Ensure darkness and privacy

According to Matter Mattress, one of the most important things you need to think about is ensuring your privacy. The last thing you want is strangers (or curious wildlife) peering in at you while you sleep. Also, you’ll sleep much more soundly in complete darkness and won’t be woken by the sun at the crack of dawn. Therefore you’ll want to cover your windows. An internal sun shade, or some towels or sheets, work well for this. However, be sure not to cover your windows from the outside. If you find yourself under threat, you want to ensure you are able to drive off quickly without leaving the vehicle to uncover windows.

  1. Lock up

The most important thing to ensure when sleeping in your car is your safety. Therefore, make sure that you lock your car doors from the inside before you nod off. After all, you won’t be able to sleep soundly of comfortably if you don’t feel secure.

  1. Recline the seats

In order to make yourself as comfy as possible, it’s a good idea to recline the seats so you can lie reasonably flat. Also, we all know how uncomfortable it is to sleep upright on a seat during a flight. So, you’ll be much better off on your back.

  1. Cover the sleeping surface

While you’re at it, cover the seat you’re going to sleep on with a blanket or even a beach towel if that’s what you have to hand. It can get pretty cold outside even in the summer, so you’ll be glad of the extra insulation. 

  1. Consider an inflatable mattress.

If you’re able to put the back seats of your car down, or have a bench-style front seat, you may find sleeping on an air mattress a more comfortable option. These mattresses give much better support than a car seat and provide a better and more comfortable night’s sleep. If you’re unsure about how to choose a suitable air mattress for your car, then check out Matter Mattress for specialist advice.

  1. Keep yourself warm. 

Sleeping bags are the ideal covering because they are designed to keep out the bitter cold at night. However, if you don’t have one to hand, you’ll have to improvise. The key here is to create layers to keep heat locked in. So, layer up blankets or even coats and towels to keep you toasty. Also, if you’re still cold, pop on some extra sweaters and socks.

  1. But….switch off that engine!

Even if you feel chilly, never go to sleep with the engine running in order to use the heating. This is extremely dangerous. However, it’s a great idea to warm the car up first using the heater and then switch off before you go to bed. Also, you can charge your devices to a degree, but be aware of the battery level on the car.

  1. Support your head

Ideally, you’d be sleeping on a much more supportive surface than a car seat. However, the most important part to support is your head and neck. Otherwise, you’ll really feel sore in the morning. Ideally, you’ll have a travel pillow in your emergency kit. If you don’t, you can make a makeshift one by rolling up a few sweaters or folding a blanket.

The last word

Hopefully, you now know how to sleep more comfortably in your car, either on a planned trip or in an emergency situation. Remember, your safety is paramount when sleeping outdoors in a car.

What Can Uber do To Better Protect Its Drivers?

There’s no question that Uber, Lyft, and others like them have been creating jobs and meeting demands for alternative and tech-savvy forms of transportation. But, as with any new idea, there are unforeseen problems that are just recently starting to make themselves known. Most notably is security.

The safety of Uber’s passengers has been questioned quite often, but after recent events where the drivers found themselves victim, many are starting to wonder what Uber should do to better protect its drivers.

In Idaho, for example, a teenager stabbed his Uber driver to death last year after a long ride to a non-existent location. And an Uber driver in Illinois faced a similar fate when his 16-year-old passenger stabbed him to death in the wee hours of the morning. These tragic stories are just the tip of the iceberg and, we fear, only the beginning.

The Problem

OSHA has routinely listed taxi cab drivers as one of the 10 most dangerous professions. Comparable for obvious reasons, Uber and Lyft drivers don’t fare any better. In fact, according to OSHA, they’re 60 times more likely to be murdered on the job than any other profession.

The problem with Uber, in particular, is that its drivers are basically left to their own devices. Essentially considered independent contractors, not employees, they’re given very little training and provided very few security measures, if any. They face the same risks as taxi drivers’ but they’re offered a fraction of the protections.  

The Solution

18 years ago, OSHA released a list of recommended safety precautions for taxi cab drivers. Even at nearly two decades old, the mass majority of them are still sound and logical suggestions.

For example, Uber drivers could be provided with safety shields and bullet-proof partitions, like those found in most taxis. This seems like a reasonable piece of equipment to offer drivers, considering the violence it can prevent. Silent alarms were also recommended and could bring much-needed help to a driver facing a dangerous situation with a passenger. Of course, in-car surveillance cameras and direct radio communication with Uber would also make sense. As of now, if a driver is experiencing a problem, they have to email the main office and wait for a response. There’s no real-time communication and absolutely nothing in place for emergency calls or situations.  

OSHA also recommended protocols with local police so that drivers could be directly connected with them, especially in high-crime areas. Combine this with the modern miracle of GPS and Uber drivers could easily be tracked if they found themselves in danger.

Most importantly, Uber drivers, and those like them, need better training and support from the companies they drive for. Ubers current training manual is uninspiring, to say the least. And compared to the recent acts of violence against several of their drivers, it seems even more insufficient.

Clearly, Uber needs to set better standards and take steps to protect its drivers.  

How are Cars Made in 2018?

Henry Ford not only brought the world the first commercially manufactured vehicle, he also gave way to the assembly line. Originally, cars were created by a combination of machine and human power. Car parts, such as engines and rims, were manufactured in large numbers by machines. Each car was pushed down a conveyor belt and assembled piece by piece, until it was ready to be shipped off to its new owner. Many aspects of the car making process haven’t changed in over 100 years, including standard fender washers in steel and stainless steel. There is a lot more automation involved in the car manufacturing process, but human minds are still a very crucial component of the car making process.

The Car Conceptualization Process

Any car that has been thought up but not yet created is referred to as a concept. Someone could have thought of an idea for a flying car, down to its technology but until it has been built and is flying in the air it is no more than an idea that has been conceptualized. Car concepts come entirely from people, be they engineers, artists or automobile aficionados. Auto manufacturers might have several different designs made up for the same concept car, with each version showing minor as well as major changes from the original.

Creating a Prototype

Before any vehicle is put into production there has to be a prototype. Ideally, the prototype will perfectly reflect what the standard model car will look like once it is mass produced. Vehicle prototypes are tested for road worthiness, safety and consumer reception. Many car prototypes are created almost entirely by hand. This is as much of a cost conserving measure as it is meant to help ensure that maximum quality is achieved. Engineers can learn what problems a concept vehicle might have mechanically while building a prototype.

Putting a New Car into Production

Putting a new car model into production costs vehicle makers upwards of billions of dollars. Raw materials such as metals are needed to cast the frame of the car and production machinery has to be calibrated to create a new car design. Workers have to be thoroughly educated on how to oversee the production process and keep a lookout for any vehicle component that could cause a quality control issue. This is why car manufacturers only typically put out one new vehicle model at a time. While a car maker can make thousands of cars in a day, it can be many months before everything is made ready for the mass production process. Auto makers often take their time designing and testing new cars to help avoid safety issues and car recalls.

Vehicles still go down an assembly line as they’re produced, only it’s mechanical arms that attach the wheels to the frame instead of human hands. Workers look at computer screens to check for issues instead of visually inspecting cars when they go by. Changes in the car making process have helped to increase production, affordability, and product safety as a whole.

Jaywalking Could be Legal with Self-driving Cars

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) reported that it has a particular vision for autonomous vehicles and their future role in our cities. While municipalities do take recommendations from NACTO for guidance, they are not automatically forced to comply with it.

Their report outlines a plan that would dramatically reduce the speed that self-driving cars travel (an upper-limit of 20 mph), this way pedestrians would be able to cross the street at any location on the street, instead of at crosswalks at intersections only. Major cities would experience a reduction in their top speeds. Trip times could be extended dramatically, which many patrons would not approve of. However, self-driving cars would automatically slow down when someone is crossing the road, which would not only change the meaning of jaywalking but could save many lives.

The authors of the report would like for the very function of streets to change through the integration of autonomous cars. This plan favors the most vulnerable parties on streets everywhere: people walking and on bikes.

Today, pedestrians typically have to go at least some additional distance out of their way if they would like to cross the road. However, this has not always been the primary way to maneuver foot traffic. More than one hundred years ago when vehicles first began appearing on roads, it was not unusual to cross the road in the middle of the block. “Jaywalker” first became a derogatory term in 1920, it was used when a person was not aware of the correct way to walk through a city. At this time, the term was controversial. In certain circumstances, Boy Scouts would even give jaywalkers cards, which forewarned them of their unsafe behavior. In 1925, it became illegal to jaywalk and people soon were detained for the offense.

This report by the NACTO also cautions that transportation may have a different future at stake, according to how government and city policies are instituted. Bridges may have to be erected for pedestrians if emissions and extreme levels of traffic continue to increase rapidly. The Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets believes that self-driving cars should be given the same rights as people, and should be allowed to follow the same speed limit. This organization speaks for car enterprises that have self-driving cars, including Volvo, Ford, Uber, and Waymo.

While certain individuals believe that autonomous cars will dramatically shift busy city life, there are still specifics in regards to technology that will need to be determined. Cities might end up having to choose between prioritizing their streets, pedestrians, or vehicles.

This opportunity to recover the streets and fix mistakes that urban planning made is significant, and cities should consider how they may benefit from a reduced pedestrian accident rate while still making it somewhat quick to get around. “Any plan of improvement that prioritizes saving lives should be considered” says John Tumelty from the Law Offices of John W. Tumelty. It could save many lives and shift the way similar future decisions are made.

Dyson Plans to Build First Electric Car by 2020

The genius company that began manufacturing advanced vacuum cleaners, Dyson, may pursue making another type of dependable machine that people typically use everyday – vehicles. They have set their sights high and have big plans for three separate models of electric vehicles, and the first should be presented by 2020. There is already a team of 400 people working actively on the development, and Dyson has doubled the number of scientists running the battery development initiatives in the last year.

The initial vehicle that Dyson plans to roll out will act as a confirmation for the concept, and low quantities (less than 1,000) of the vehicles will be built. The initial concept will give Dyson insight as to how to allocate their resource chain, consumer base, and marketing direction. While pricing has not yet been established, it is hypothesized that the vehicles will be classified in the premium segment, as the vacuum cleaners already are.  

Dyson is considering utilizing lithium-ion battery cells that have liquid electrolyte instead of solid-state battery cells that they had been longing to incorporate into their electric cars. The company bought a startup company that manufactured solid-state cells in 2015, however the founder of the startup is no longer with Dyson. The privately owned firm does, however, hold the patents and intellectual property of the startup.  

After the initial vehicle is released, two years later two more models are anticipated to be launched and will be manufactured at higher quantities. It is projected that the later models will be mechanized with solid-state battery cells. If Dyson can fulfill this need in 2022 as they expect, they will be able to be ahead of Toyota, who has mentioned that solid-state cells are necessary to make electric vehicles affordable, realistic, and safe. “The automobile industry is contributing negatively to fossil fuels, and safety is not currently one of the strong points,” remarked Jason Hennessey, marketing consultant for Miami Accident Lawyer. Any improvement in the transportation industry would be welcome, and may become necessary in the future.

It is hypothesized that the vehicles may be constructed with extremely lightweight resources, according to Dyson core research. Even considerable structural portions could be made from plastics, similar to the BMW i3, which has a plastic body shell reinforced with carbon fiber. Lighter vehicles would be able to run on much more efficient battery usage. There could also be much more flexibility in regards to the design, shape, and form of the cars. Sir James Dyson even made the assertion that the initial Dyson electric vehicle could be extremely visually dissimilar to the way current cars are designed.

Dyson has not yet established where they will end up manufacturing the vehicles, although Malaysia, Singapore, China, and the UK are options for the work location. There is already an established enthusiasm in Asia for working technology, and Dyson believes having employees in various time zones will allow for the development of ideas around the clock.

What Happens if Your Uber Driver Gets into an Accident?

When you call for an Uber, the last thing you’re worried about is getting into an accident. Unfortunately, accidents can and do happen. Sometimes, the Uber driver is at fault. Other times, the other driver is at fault.

But what about you – the passenger? What happens if you’re injured? Who will pay for your medical bills and damages?

Understanding Uber’s Accident Policy

If you are riding in an Uber and your driver gets into an accident that causes you injuries, Uber does have an accident policy. That policy covers the driver up to $1 million in liability, which means you will be covered for up to $1 million in damages for your injury.

But there is a caveat here: the coverage only kicks in if Uber’s driver or the other driver is at fault and has insufficient bodily injury coverage. The $1 million maximum coverage is only available in certain scenarios outlined in Uber’s auto insurance policy.

For example, if a driver is logged into the Uber app, but has not yet connected with a rider, the insurance policy only covers up to $50,000 in liability.

The maximum $1 million coverage is also provided if your Uber driver is an accident with an uninsured or underinsured driver, or if your driver is involved in a hit-and-run accident.

If the Uber driver has the appropriate coverage, you may have to deal with his or her insurance company.

“It’s important to remember that insurance companies are not in the business of getting you a maximum recovery for your damages,” says Bogdan Martinovich. “They are in the business of settling quickly and protecting their bottom lines. Additionally, most insurance companies do not consider the individual merits of each accident.”

If the other driver is at fault for the accident, his or her personal insurance policy will come into play first. If the other party does not have enough coverage to cover your medical bills, Uber’s $1 million underinsured coverage may apply.

Can You Sue Uber for Damages?

Most lawyers agree that Uber passengers won’t likely sue the ride-sharing company directly. Drivers are technically considered independent contractors – not Uber employees. Because drivers are not employees, Uber can deny liability or crashes.

Passengers still have recourse, but their options will largely depend on the laws in the state where the accident occurred.

If passengers need to file a lawsuit, the target of the suit would be the at-fault driver – not Uber. There’s a good chance that the driver will not be able to pay the passenger’s medical bills, which is why Uber has an accident policy in place.

If you are involved in an accident with an Uber driver that resulted in injuries, legal experts advise having your lawyer send a preservation of evidence letter to Uber and the driver. This letter will ensure that all data related to your ride is properly preserved. Depending on the state, Uber could be sued if it fails to preserve that data.

In certain extreme cases, you may be able to sue Uber. But generally speaking, for a car crash, you will be suing the driver at fault and not the rideshare company.

Auto Insurance Rates are Rising — What’s Really Causing It?

Like it or not, car owners will be seeing their insurance rates rise again in 2018. Most people believe their rates will rise significantly only when they get in an accident or change their policy. But rates have been rising across the board, independent of factors like good driving records and lack of claims. So what’s really causing the rise in rates?

Insurance companies are finding it more difficult to make a profit. Even the top five insurance companies in America are having trouble making money. Why? In part, because accidents have become more costly over time. Fatal accidents can cost an insurance company millions in payouts, which may barely be covered by premiums. The rising cost of medical services only adds to this dilemma.

The climate change has also played a part in the rising cost of insurance overall. Weather-related losses are on the rise, and are likely to get worse before they get better. While catastrophic storms and inclement weather might seem primarily a homeowner’s problem, bad weather means more chance of an auto accident, which means more claims… which leads to higher premiums. But insurance companies are currently paying out billions in weather-related claims, with no end in sight.

Dwindling investment profits are another factor that has nothing to do with insurance holders. Insurance companies make money by investing the money they get from premiums into stock portfolios. When that money isn’t being spent on claims, it’s generating revenue from the company. But financial crises and stock market losses can take a heavy toll on those investment gains. Insurance companies have taken major hits, sometimes losing billions. Insurance companies end up hiking premiums to make up for the loss.

Big data has also played a (sometimes unfortunate) role in whether or not your insurance rates rise. Many insurance companies are collecting more data than ever on their drivers, and can use factors such as age, education, credit rating, and marital status to determine their premiums. Many consider the ethics of this practice questionable and are working to impose regulations to stop it.

In the meantime, what can car owners do to help keep their auto insurance rates low? Unfortunately, many of the factors having nothing to do with your performance will remain out of your control. But there are steps you can take.

  • Update your credit score. Most states take credit into account when determining premiums. If you can improve your credit, you can often improve your rate with it.
  • Keep Your Insurer Updated. Life changes can also mean changes to your insurance rates. If you’ve moved, gotten a new job, or seen significant changes to your life circumstances recently, check with your insurance company and see if it makes a difference.
  • Consider a bundle policy. Some insurers will offer a discount if you combine policies, such as an auto and home policy. If your insurer doesn’t offer bundle policy, you might consider…
  • Shop for a new insurer. Don’t be afraid to look around for a better price or a better policy by comparing auto insurance quotes.

Many insurance companies chalk up the rising cost of premiums to texting while driving and failure of drivers to buckle their seat belts. So while some factors may continue to be out of the control of car owners, it still pays to be safe on the road.

The Other Accidents: Impacts with Non-Cars

Thousands of people are injured in car accidents each year, but often, when thinking of accidents, those involving two cars are the primary type considered. Accidents involving motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians are frequently overlooked, but they make up a significant number of accidents each year.

For years, safe-driving organizations and local authorities have tried to stress the importance of vigilance and properly safety, as many of these accidents could have been prevented. But how are these accidents different? And how are they handled? Let’s see.

Motorcycle Accidents

Understandably, there is a higher rate of motorcycle accidents each year, as they lack the supporting structure and air bags that cars have. In 2015, nearly 5,000 motorcyclists were killed, roughly 88,000 were injured, and accidents occurred 29 times more frequently than passenger car accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

So why are motorcycle accidents happening so often? There are a few reasons. Motorcycle accidents are more fatal because they often occur with passenger vehicles. In these cases, the car hits the motorcycle head-on or while turning. It is because of this that vigilance is incredibly important. Too often, drivers don’t see a motorcycle before tragedy strikes.

There is a huge legal aspect to these crashes as well, because negligence is the cause. Due to the high fatality rate, drivers involved in these accidents can face substantial legal obligations.

Bicycle Collisions

As more people in urban areas decide to reduce their carbon footprints by biking to work, school, or around town, more bicycle accidents happen. Dedication to providing bike lanes and other safety measures help, but like motorcycle accidents, bicyclists are involved in accidents with cars because drivers fail to see them.

In the 2015 NHTSA report, nearly 70% of fatal bicycle accidents happened in urban areas, and alcohol was reported in 37% of bicycle vs. motor vehicle fatalities. Like motorcycle accidents, a lack of protection against a large vehicle, injuries are worse and negligent drivers can face severe consequences.


In 2015, over 5,000 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle accidents, 15% of traffic fatalities. The biggest problem in these accidents is overwhelmingly alcohol, for pedestrians and drivers—48% of crashes in 2015 involved alcohol.

Improving visibility and ensuring drivers obey traffic laws (whether at crosswalks or otherwise) is the best way to prevent pedestrian accidents.

“More and more accident fatalities or severe injuries can be attributed to accidents involving cyclists or pedestrians. Prevention is incredibly important, but often, it’s not enough. Accidents can be life-altering events, and many victims don’t know how to cope and don’t realize that they can seek damages. Making sure victims know what rights they have and the aid available is our primary concern,” says Jason Hennessey, marketing consultant for Houston Accident Attorneys.

Increasing awareness of these types of accidents and what can prevent them can save many lives. Chances are, at some point you’ll be a driver, cyclist, or pedestrian, and knowing more will protect you and those around you.

8 tips on how to maximize on shared rides

The transport business as anyone would expect has peak times. In most cases, peak hours happen in the morning hours when people leave their residences for work and in the evening when they return from work. At this time, the demand for shared ride goes up, though not for a long time. Therefore, during the regular hours, the demand for shared taxi services goes down, thereby requiring the driver to become more strategic in their approach to nap some customers. Driving is fun as you get to help and meet exciting people in the process. But apparently, it will be more fun if it gets you some good money. To a new driver in the market, getting customers and staying afloat may prove to be too hard to achieve. Here are a few tips on how you can maximize on shared rides and boosting your earnings.  

Drive in boost zones

Taxi applications such as Uber have a feature that can multiply your trip’s fare depending on where and when you drive. As a taxi operator, these are the areas you would want to operate to increase your profits. Therefore, once you drop your customers to their destinations, don’t be afraid to turn off your taxi app and return to the boost zones then turn it back on. This action with will multiply your earnings on a larger scale than when driving around aimlessly. Boost zones also tend to have many ride request than the other locations, thereby keeping you on the road almost fulltime.  

Avoid waiting for too long in airport queues

If you are to make good money from shared rides, waiting for somebody for hours is not the way to go. Remember, time is money, and you may wait for hours for somebody at the airport only for that client to a few blocks from where you are, thus paying a relatively low amount of money. Plus you could achieve up to three or more rides and make more money using the same amount of time you spend waiting for somebody at the airport. The best advice in this business is if you don’t want to operate in an area, just switch off the app and move to where you want to bring it then back online. Avoiding airport queues will help you avoid areas that are prone to traffic jams thereby saving your time and maximizing profits.  

Avoid driving around looking for rides

Chasing on rides might just increase your fuel expenses without guaranteeing returns. As a result, frustrations will set in even complicating matters further. Just stay where you are and turn the app on and let it find the riders for you. Instead of going to the city early in the morning, you can wait for a while just where you are. You might be lucky and get a rider that is going the same route as you, and it’ll be to your advantage. This situation is like getting paid for driving yourself somewhere.  

Have a target

To keep you focused on your job, you need a financial-based goal that works best for you. For example, you can choose to set your target at achieving a minimum of 75 rides a week. With such a goal, it becomes easier to calculate your daily target, thereby developing the need for you to work much harder, especially in getting rides that pay better. As a result, you’ll end up developing a strategy that works in achieving your targets, and even surpassing them. One such approach would be to ensure your car accommodates some little package your clients may have. You don’t have to only focus on people, just think of adding value to them or even offering parcel delivery services during rides. Sleep In short, a target helps you to get extra earnings on top as your weekly earnings are likely to exceed your target earnings.  

Monitor your competitors with the app

You can use apps like Uber to monitor the competitors near you. These apps are programmed to work in a way that it sends requests to the closest driver around. A taxi driver in front of you in a particular destination will happen most likely get a driver request first if there is. You can use the app to see the location of the other cars and use the information to reposition yourself strategically. Changing your position will enable you to get the request first and therefore maximizing your earnings. This strategy is applicable especially when the rider requests are few.  

Don’t run after surges

A surge, in this case, is a situation whereby there is high demand for taxi services. Chasing surges might just add you extra miles and expenses, thereby causing you frustrations. It may even result in you getting a rider after some time maybe, 14 minutes with no bonus. In some cases, surges end up lasting for a short time, thus affecting your earnings negatively. It’s therefore, preferable that you drive in boost zones at the peak hours and the surges will come right to you. As a consequence, you will get a lot of rider requests at these areas without having to look for them. Besides, the fact that your movements are minimal reduces your fuel consumptions and expenses. It also saves you time since you can make a large number of rides in a short time. Avoiding surges will increase your earnings and reduce your fuel costs.  

Drive during peak hours

Operating at peak hours will significantly increase your earnings to more than 50% compared to the other hours. All you have to do is drive in the morning when the requests are many, and then you can turn off the application for a while. When the evening commute picks up, you can turn it on and get back to work. This decision will save your time, meaning you can even pursue other projects at the time when the riders are few. You can go to sleep and have a rest before you get back on track in the evening. The time freedom you have with this mode of operation will make you enjoy your time as a driver. During peak hours, the payment rates are also higher, implying that you’ll earn more money per trip compared to what you would otherwise make in regular hours.  

Save on gas money

One of the best ways to increase your earnings from shared rides as a taxi driver is to reduce the expenses associated with your work (operational costs). One way to do this is saving money, by downloading the “gas buddy app” on your device. The app enables you to locate gas stations near you. It also reveals the prices for the economy gas, mid-grade, and premium gas. By using this information, you’ll have the power to choose the nearest and cheapest gas station around, thereby saving money; which you can treat as income at the end of the day.

5 Tips to Refining Teen Driving Skills for Safer Roads

It can be nerve wracking to have your new teenage driver out on the road without you. The statistics are not good: six teenagers are killed in car accidents every day while injuries affect thousands more. A third of these deaths were passengers, and a quarter of the fatalities were male. Most did not have a seat belt fastened.

Fortunately, parents are able to greatly impact the way that their teenagers behave on the roads. Adolescents are capable of following rules, but they may need help with establishing a course of action to take if a crisis arises due to a bad decision. As parents, planning and practicing with teens can be helpful for them to feel more confident behind the wheel. The following recommendations may be helpful for guiding your teen toward having safe driving habits.

Tip 1: Set a boundary for number of passengers allowed in the car.

Sadly, the number of people riding in your teen’s car as passengers, especially males, has been directly correlated with an increased risk of an accident occurring. Your state law typically limits how many passengers are permitted.

Tip 2: Buckle every passenger every time.

Ensure that all of your passengers are buckled. Your example is worth a lot, and your kids are more likely to mirror your example. The likelihood of your teen buckling up without ever having seen anyone do it much in the past is slim.

Tip 3: Eliminate any possibility of distraction.

All drivers should avoid checking email, texting, and even having a telephone conversation; however, drivers who do not have much experience are especially susceptible to become a hazard to themselves and those around them. Do not participate in these activities at all, your lead will be followed.

Tip 4: Prove to new drivers that speeding is not worth it.

Set a positive example and ensure that rules are set and followed for the family vehicle. Be sure that you are aware of what the speed limits are and that you are following them, that way your teen is more likely to do the same in the future. A good way to practice this is to quiz your teen on the speed limits in various parts of the city.

Tip 5: Be sure that your teen feels comfortable enough to alert an adult if they encounter unsafe situations.

Teens have reported that they occasionally feel unsafe, even when riding as a passenger with their parent. When young people don’t know how to respond to these types of situations, they may choose to not do anything at all and may eventually take on some unsafe habits they witness. Ensure your teen has many choices if they need to reach home safely, and help establish a plan with your teen if they don’t know how to react.

Fortunately, parents can be consistent with intentional planning efforts to create a positive and safe experience for their teens behind the wheel.