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Driving rules and laws that are often forgotten

In the United States, drivers are only required to pass a test when they first receive their driver’s license. After that, drivers never have to pass another examination. Because of this, time will cause drivers to forget, or even make up, the rules of the road.

To make transportation effortless, roads must also be safe. We’ve created a list of some of the most common driving rules that are misunderstood to keep us all safer.

  1. Tailgating is illegal.

In Georgia, tailgating, also known as “following too closely,” is illegal.

As a general rule, drivers must leave enough room between the car in front of them to react to sudden stops, while also taking into account the weather conditions.

A rule of thumb is that drivers need to allow two to four seconds of travel time between them and the vehicle in front of them. Another safeguard is to leave 10 feet of space for every 10 miles per hour you are traveling. For example, traveling 60 mph means you should leave 60 feet of space in front of the next vehicle.

Tailgating is extremely dangerous. One study found that tailgating and close driving is responsible for 12% of all motor vehicle crashes.

Tailgating is equally dangerous to the drivers behind you. If you are tailgating, and suddenly crash into the driver in front of you, drivers behind you have even less time to react than if you had kept an appropriate amount of space.

2. Yield to all pedestrians.

Driving laws you require to yield to all pedestrians, in any situation. When pedestrians enter the road, they’re essentially placing an invisible crosswalk at that location.

Regardless of if you have a green light, or a crosswalk signal is enabled, you must stop for all pedestrians.

Trivia: It is actually safer for pedestrians to “jay walk” than cross at a marked crosswalk.

3. Drivers must change lanes for vehicles parked in the emergency lane.

Driving at 80 miles per hour just 10 feet away from a parked vehicle is extremely dangerous. State laws require that drivers change lanes and slow down for vehicles parked in the emergency lane.

For example, in Georgia:

“State law requires drivers approaching stationary emergency vehicles displaying flashing lights, including towing and recovery vehicles, traveling in the same direction, to vacate the lane closest if safe and possible to do so, or slow below the posted speed limit to a speed reasonable for road and traffic conditions.”

4. The right of way is a tie-breaker at stop signs.

When entering a four-way stop, the general rule is that the first vehicle to arrive at the stop sign has the right of way. However, if two or more cars arrive at the exact same time, the car to the right owns the tie breaker and goes first.

If two cars arrive at the same time directly in front of each other, then the car going straight receive the right of way.

Still confused? The NHTSA has a handy guide to help you understand all of the different scenarios for handling right of way.

Revisiting these rules should help you stay safe and alert. What are other rules and tips that you have for driving?

Why is renting a cargo van or moving truck such a terrible experience?

We believe that businesses exist to solve problems, and that breakthrough results come from creating solutions that solve a customer’s entire problem, not just a piece of it.

Our mission is to make transportation effortless. Whether it’s self-driving cars, on-demand cabs or truck rentals, transportation should be the means for getting you from A to B as quickly, and safely, as possible.

So, why is renting a car or truck such an awful, awful experience today?

Let’s break down the customer experience.

You search for a moving truck or cargo van to rent online. The rental website advertises $29.99 for an “all day” rate. Looks great! You book it.

On the day of your rental, you wake up early to drive 20 minutes to pick up your rental. After waiting in line for 15 minutes, you finally get to speak with someone. The attendant quickly tells you that it’s $29.99 for the day, plus $0.79 for each mile you drive.

Ouch. Your $30 rental just became a $75 rental.

Oh, and don’t forget to fill up the vehicle with gas, otherwise it’s a $15 fill-up fee plus $4 per gallon. And the 15-year-old truck you are renting gets 10 miles per gallon.

Now, you’re just getting started. Do you need any blankets, hand trucks, boxes, tape, or even a lucky rabbit foot? Every time you try to get a word out, it seems like the attendant is trying to sell you something else.

You’re a wrong turn away from financial bankruptcy

The most dangerous aspect of renting a truck is insurance.

If you’re involved in an accident, rental truck companies will actually hold you liable for the complete cost of replacing their trucks or vans. For example, if you decline to purchase their expensive auto insurance, and then accidentally cause major damage to the vehicle, you could owe tens of thousands of dollars to repair the cost of the vehicle. You’re one bad turn away from owing $30,000 for damage to your rental vehicle.

While your personal auto insurance will typically cover passenger rental cars, often times, personal insurance does not cover your use of vans or trucks. Rental companies will put customers in a 20-year-old truck, and say “have fun!” All while knowing how difficult these cars are to maneuver and that there’s a real chance significant damage occurs.

Think about it for a moment. You could lose your entire life savings because your rental company made insurance an optional purchase instead of including basic insurance in your rental.

Showing a low price for a vehicle, but charging for every small item such as miles and insurance, is a modern bait and switch scheme.

Advertise a low price for the vehicle, then charge the customer for everything else possible. Miles and gas are just the tip. Imagine thinking you were spending $50 for a van rental, but ending up owing tens thousands of dollars because you got in a wreck?

That’s the reality when renting from typical moving truck agencies.

Transportation should be effortless

We believe transportation is shifting to a service model that will make cars and trucks available on demand, whenever and wherever you need them.

· Rentals will be completed through your smartphone without having to wait in line.

· Instead of having to drive to a rental agency, vehicles will come to you.

· Essential items such as insurance, gas and miles will be included in one flat price.

We believe the way truck rentals work today is broken, and a better way should exist. To us, you’re a partner — not just a customer. We know that you have a job to do, and we’ll help you get it done quickly, fairly and conveniently. That’s why we created Fetch.

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