Sunday, March 4, 2012

Pre Trip Inspection Checklist

We all believe that a pre trip inspection checklist for a school bus that is taking school kids for a trip to the local museum or aquarium is absolutely mandatory and should be conducted by all schools. However, when it comes to our own vehicles and a trip that we plan ourselves, we tend to take it a bit easy. We don't bother checking each and every single detail of our vehicle, and most often pay for it, literally and figuratively. We all know that conducting a pre trip inspection is all we need to do to avoid such a situation. But do we do it? Most probably not. That's because we're genetically engineered to realize our mistake only after we pay the price. But from this moment, that's about to change, We have for you a checklist for a road trip or a vacation that you may be planning, which involves the use of your own or a rented automobile. Check it out and use it.

Pre Trip Inspection Checklist for Vehicles

Whether it is a camping trip in the woods on the outskirts with your family or a road trip that you've planned with your friends, you simply must not compromise car safety in any way. Maximum accidents happen on the road and a major portion of those are due to the negligence of the driver. Negligence includes not conducting a thorough inspection using a complete vehicle safety checklist. Because honestly, if you don't bother to check to see if anything is wrong with the car parts, after knowing that you'll be using your vehicle continuously for quite some, then it's nothing short of rash and negligent behavior. Given below are all the things you need to keep in mind while checking your vehicle BEFORE you take it out for the long awaited trip.

Pre Trip Inspection Checklist for Vehicles
Exterior Inspection
  • Wheels: Check to see that the tires have enough air and tire pressure. Make sure that they have a proper tread. Also check rims, lug nuts and check that the hub oil seals are not leaking
  • Lights: Check the headlights to see that they work properly. Flash and check for high beam and low beam. Check the fog lights. Also check all the indicators: front and back, right and left. Also check that the hazard lights are properly working. Also the brake lights, stop lights and parking lights need to be checked.
  • Suspension: The spring mount, springs and shock absorbers need to be checked for wear and tear.Glasses: Glasses include thd mirrors and the windshield. Make sure they are clean and free from dirt and grime. Wash them clean before setting out. The windshield wipers should also be checked.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Online Travel Deals

It is a fact that for many people, traveling has been considered a great way of spending their vacation time --- this, despite the fact that a large number of these people also travel extensively for work. Whether you're traveling for business or pleasure, you should be sure to investigate the variety of online travel deals available at your fingertips. If you don't, you're missing a great opportunity for saving money on your travel expenses.

Of course, there are some travelers who have plenty of money and don't worry about finding the best travel deals; however, if you're reading this article, we assume you're not in this camp!

Far and away the most popular place to find online deals these days is through the online travel aggregators such as Expedia, Travelocity, Kayak, and Priceline. Though many of them initially focused solely on one segment of travel (such as flights or hotels only), these sites now offer price comparison shopping for flights, hotels, car rentals, and even package deals combining multiple components. These types of sites scour the internet to try to provide the best deals for any imaginable itinerary --- Priceline even offers a 'name your own price' option to possibly get even better deals. These

Although the travel aggregators outlined above offer some great deals, don't overlook the possibility of travel agencies. Many travel agencies advertise their offers online, enabling potential travelers to find their holiday destinations with discount packages. The travel agencies often have deals available that aren't publicized on the large websites. Sometimes this is due to the agencies finding last minute deals; other times, it is due to the fact that only a limited number of discounted packages are available, and the packages never even get published online.