What To Take On Your Road Trip In The USA

Hi all,

Road trips are extremely popular at the moment  and the USA has some veryroad-trip icon routes to follow, with Route 66 probably being the most famous.

Following on from our recent blog – How to plan a car hire usa road trip I have today put together a list of what to take with you on a road trip.

What to take with you on a road trip

  • Maps - Sat Nav’s are great, but always have a map just in case.
  • Blankets - Even though your first thought of the USA is warm sunshine parts of it, especially at night can be very cold.
  • Warm Clothing - Same as above really.
  • A Torch – self explanatory really, helpful to also pack some spare batteries.
  • First Aid Kit – Like a good boy scout, be prepared!
  • Drinking Water – Recommend amount in a desert is one gallon per day.
  • Mobile Phone - If you’re like me it permanently stuck to you anyway however communication can be key.
  • In Car Charger – As above
  • Oil, Anti Freeze and Petrol – Although the hire cars are serviced and checked regularly, its always a good idea to pack these in case of emergency.
  • Music
  • Cat Litter - Yeah I know, why would you take a cat on a road trip? however its not for the cat its for traction. If you get stuck in mud sprinkle some cat litter round your tire for traction. It also can be used to soak up oil etc
  • A Jack – Blow outs can happen.
  • Tyre Iron – As above
  • Jump Leads
  • Swiss Army Knife

Have I missed anything out?

Tell me about your road trip experiences.



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7 Reason’s To Pick Budget Rent A Car with usrentacar.co.uk

Hi all,

Following on from yesterdays Dollar Rent A Car post, here at usrentacar.co.uk we offer our customers a choice of suppliers all across thebudget rent a car USA. Today we will be taking a look at Budget Rent A Car and considering them for your next USA Car Hire.

About Budget Rent A Car

Budget Rent A Car was founded in 1958 as a car rental company for the “budget-minded” renter. Today, as an industry leader, Budget continues to appeal to value-driven renters by offering quality vehicles and a rewarding rental experience at nearly 1,800 rental locations worldwide.

Reason’s to pick Budget Rent A Car with usrentacar.co.uk

  • One Additional Driver included as standard with our Budget Rent A Car rates.
  • Young Drivers Package – Budget Rent A Car offer some great deals for drivers under 25 in Florida, California and most of the USA through usrentacar.co.uk. Check our our Young Drivers page.
  • Ford Mustang Convertible – Although we can never guarantee make or model of our vehicles, Budget offer the best chance of getting one as our recent Florida Car Hire Mustang Rental blog shows.
  • Free Upgrades – Budget offer usrentacar.co.uk a coupon number associated to certain vehicle types that allow our customers to upgrade their vehicle to the next category up if that size is available locally, free of charge.  More details on the budget upgrade deal.
  • Fuel Policy - Budget are the only rental company to allow the driver to select the fuel policy they require, i.e. Pick up full return full or purchase a full tank of petrol and return empty.
  • Long Rentals – The maximum rental period for most car rental companies is 56 days (Florida), due to our exclusive partnership, usrentacar.co.uk customers are able to sign multiple rental agreements upon arrival that will allow a much longer uninterrupted hire.
  • Pre Registration - Budget Rent A Car offer usrentacar.co.uk customers a way to speed up their Florida Car Hire locally by allowing a speedy check in service at participating locations, check out our pre-registration page.

What is your opinion of Budget Rent A Car ?

Who is your favourite USA car rental company?



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Florida Car Hire Mustang Rental

Hi all,

The Ford Mustang is easily our most requested rental car in Florida, so I was thinking it might be useful to note which suppliers are more likely to offer this vehicle.

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Mr Gary Emerson collected a Ford Mustang from Sanford Airport on 04/10/10.

Mr Sean Hutchison collected a Ford Mustang from Miami Airport on 22/09/10.

Mr W Ward collected a Ford Mustang from Embassy Suite Hotel in Orlando on 01/10/10.

Mr Ben Cooper collected a Ford Mustang from Sanford Airport on the 30/09/10.

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Mr Stephen Woods collected a Ford Mustang from Chicago O’Hare Airport on 05/10/10

Mr Tyler James collected a Ford Mustang from Orlando International Airport on 30/09/10

Mrs Jenny Mahon collected a Ford Mustang from Tampa International Airport on 03/10/10

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Can’t find any customers who collected a Ford Mustang with Alamo.

Remember we can never guarantee make or model of any of our vehicles from any of our suppliers, but if you want a Ford Mustang the best bet looks like to hire a convertible from either Budget Rent A Car or Dollar Rent A Car.

Have you collected a Ford Mustang with any of our suppliers above?

What did you think, was it all you expected?



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Car Hire USA Petrol Policies

Hi all,

Petrol Policies vary from supplier to supplier and location to location, if you do not pre-pay your first tank of fuel by selecting our gold rate  you petrolpumpswill be subject to the suppliers terms regarding petrol. Below is our guide to our suppliers petrol policies. Please note these terms can change at any time without notice.

Alamo Rent A Car offer’s one option which is pick up the vehicle full of fuel, you will then be expected to pay for this petrol at the suppliers local rate.

Budget Rent A Car offer two options, firstly, pick up the vehicle full of fuel, you will then be expected to pay for this petrol at the suppliers local rate. Secondly Budget will allow you to pick up the vehicle full of fuel and return it the same way.

Dollar Rent A Car offer’s one option which is pick up the vehicle full of fuel, you will then be expected to pay for this petrol at the suppliers local rate.

Remember once you sign the rental agreement locally you are subject to any fee’s stated upon it. This page also can help you with USA petrol prices.



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Florida Tolls

Hi all,

Whilst driving in Florida you may come across toll roads, you are of course expected to pay these tolls locally. Below is a guide to toll roads in Florida.

Road Name

S/W Terminus

N/E Terminus

Cash tolls (automobile)

Airport Expressway Miami International Airport, Miami I-95, Miami $1.25 with cash, $1.00 with SunPass
Martin Andersen Beachline Expressway I-4, near Lake Buena Vista I-95, near Cocoa $3.25 with cash, $3.00 with SunPass
Apopka Bypass / John Land Apopka Expressway U.S. 441, near Lockhart U.S. 17, U.S. 92, Maitland $1.00
Central Florida GreeneWay/Seminole Expressway/Southern Connector I-4, near Celebration I-4, Sanford $6.75 with cash, $6.00 with SunPass
Daniel Webster Western Beltway I-4, near Disney World U.S. 441, Apopka $3.50
Don Shula Expressway Homestead Extension, Richmond Heights SR 826, Glenvar Heights $1.00 with SunPass, $1.45 via “Toll-By-Plate”
Dolphin Expressway NW 137th Avenue,Tamiami I-95, Miami $2.25 cash, $2.00 with SunPass (includes SunPass only section)
Everglades Parkway (Alligator Alley) CR 951, East Naples I-75, I-595,Sawgrass Expressway, Sunrise $2.50 with cash, $2.00 with SunPass
Florida’s Turnpike Golden Glades Interchange,Miami Gardens I-75, nearWildwood $18.20 with cash, $14.40 with SunPass
Florida’s Turnpike Homestead Extension U.S. 1, Florida City Florida’s Turnpike, Miramar $4.00 with cash, $3.00 with SunPass
Goldenrod Road Extension Orlando International Airport, Orlando SR 551, Orlando $0.50
Gratigny Parkway I-75, SR 826,Hialeah SR 953, Opa-Locka $1.00 with SunPass, $1.30 via “Toll-By-Plate”
Holland East-West Expressway Florida’s Turnpike, near Ocoee SR 50, near Bithlo $3.50
Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Expressway U.S. 92, Tampa I-75, Brandon $2.50 with SunPass, $3.00 with “We Bill You”
Osceola Parkway I-4, nearCelebration Florida’s Turnpike, Kissimmee $1.75
Polk Parkway I-4, near Plant City I-4, near Polk City $3.00
Sawgrass Expressway I-75, I-595,Sunrise Florida’s Turnpike, Deerfield Beach $2.00 with cash, $1.50 with SunPass
Snapper Creek Expressway Don Shula Expressway, Kendall U.S. 1, South Miami $0.50 with SunPass, $0.80 via “Toll-By-Plate”
Suncoast Parkway Veterans Expressway Spur,Cheval U.S. 98, nearChassahowitzka $3.00
Veterans Expressway I-275, SR 60,Tampa SR 597, Cheval $1.75 with cash, $1.25 with SunPass

If I’ve missed any toll roads please feel free to comment below.



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USA Theme Park Awards 2010


Hi All,

Since we now offer Universal Orlando Tickets, the Theme park world has nowTheme Park Oscars become my new passion, so interestingly…

Yesterday the Theme Park equivalent of the Oscars took place. The Golden Ticket awards now in its 13th year are the most sought-after awards in the business of amusements and attractions.

And the winners are…

Best Amusement Park
Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio

Best Waterpark

Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort, New Braunfels, Texas

Best Children’s Park
Idlewild and SoakZone, Ligonier, Pa.

Best Marine Life Park
SeaWorld Orlando, Orlando, Fla.

Best Seaside Park
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, Calif.

Best Wooden Coaster
The Voyage at Holiday World, Santa Claus, Ind.

Best Steel Coaster
Millennium Force at Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio

Best Kids’ Area
Kings Island, Kings Mills, Ohio

Friendliest Staff

Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, Ind.

Cleanest Park
Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, Ind.

Best Halloween Event
Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando, Orlando, Fla..

Best Landscaping
Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Va.

Best Christmas Event
Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood,
Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Best Food
Knoebels Amusement Resort, Elysburg, Pa.

Best Shows
Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Best Outdoor Night Show Production
IllumiNations: Reflections of the Earth
at Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center, Orlando, Fla.

Best Water Ride
Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls
at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Orlando, Fla.

Best Waterpark Ride
Wildebeest at Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, Ind.

Best Dark Ride
Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man
at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Orlando, Fla.

Best Indoor Waterpark
Schlitterbahn Galveston Island, Galveston, Texas

Best Funhouse/Walk-Through Attraction
Noah’s Ark at Kennywood, West Mifflin, Pa.

Best Carousel
Grand Carousel at Knoebels Amusement Resort,
Elysburg, Pa.

Best Indoor Roller Coaster
Revenge of the Mummy at Universal Orlando,
Orlando, Fla.

Best New Ride of 2010 – Amusement Park
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Orlando, Fla.

Best New Ride of 2010 – Waterpark
Wildebeest at Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, Ind.

Have you ever been to any of the above Theme Parks or ridden any of the nominated thrill rides?

Are these awards correct?



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How To Plan A Car Hire USA Road Trip

Hi all,

Ever fancied doing a road trip in the U.S.? Yeah me too… here is usrentacar.co.uk ‘s guide to planning the perfect car hire USA road trip.roadtrip

  1. Plan ahead. This is a road trip, and will involve some cost. However, you can make it as cheap or as expensive as you like, depending on accommodations, food, etc. Research the locations you are going to ahead of time you will be glad you did.
  2. Hire an appropriate vehicle you’re going to be spending a lot of time in this vehicle so make sure you pick something comfy and that can carry all your luggage.
  3. One Way Rental Costs remember to budget for the additional cost of picking up a vehicle in one location and dropping at another, Orlando to San Francisco for instance could add another $500 to your hire costs.
  4. Make a list of about 10-15 places you want to visit. It’s easier if you make the list so that you stop in places that connect. You will also get a keen feeling if you are being over ambitious or not, the USA is a big place and travelling does take up time.
  5. Decide exactly where you’re going to be and also how long you’re going to stay there. (i.e. Orlando, Florida 3days)
  6. Make sure you and your travel companions can all get time off – it sometimes helps to book a few extra days off at the end to recover, travelling is tiring.
  7. Go online to usrentacar and take advantage of our trip planning section 
  8. Accommodation shop around for hotel details and use sites like bargain villas for great rates on privately owned holiday homes.
  9. Hire A Sat Nav although part of the fun of a road trip is getting lost, America is a big place and having a Sat Nav is a nice safety blanket.
  10. Maps if you’re going to use maps, print a few copies off.

I’m sure I’ve probably forgotten something, if I have, please feel free to comment below.

For those of you starting a road trip, have fun and enjoy the experience.

Kind regards,


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Queuing Still The Top USA Car Hire Pet Peeve

Hi all,

Just got some interesting data from the nerds at usrentacar HQ regardingrant things that just get your back up about car hire.

In true family fortunes style, we surveyed 100 people (lead drivers) collecting car rentals in the USA in July 2010 and asked them to rate their experiences and comment on possible improvements (if applicable).

Here are the top five pet peeves.

  1. Queuing - on average customers were willing to wait up to 15 mins to get to the car counter, anything after this was deemed unreasonable.
  2. Hard sell – generally the people surveyed were not against being offered the chance to upgrade their car hire, what they didn’t like was the feeling of being pressured to accept.
  3. Dirty cars – should never really happen, as our hire is pre-paid they know when you are coming, but the 3rd  most popular pet peeve was a dirty interior.
  4. Credit Cards – having to produce a credit card to collect your vehicle put some of your backs up (Alamo have been pro-active on this https://blog.usrentacar.co.uk/index.php/2010/07/01/alamo-car-hire-now-accepting-visa-debit-deposit/)
  5. Not getting the make I wanted – Not a lot we can do about this one I’m afraid, we never guarantee make or model of any of our suppliers vehicles but perhaps these blog’s could help (https://blog.usrentacar.co.uk/index.php/2010/07/06/dollar-car-hire-confirm-customer-choice-for-us-rent-a-car-clients/ and https://blog.usrentacar.co.uk/index.php/2009/09/29/alamo-car-hire-choice-product/)

I hate queuing so I think that would also be my major grievance.

What things about car hire in the USA get on your nerves?



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USA To Charge $14 To Enter Country

The US government is to start charging UK travellers $14 (£9) to apply for permission to enter the country.

The compulsory Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (Esta) is free at present, but from 9 September visitors to the US will have to pay for it.

It lasts for two years; people who already have a valid form will not have to pay until their current one expires.

The scheme was introduced in January 2009 but was made mandatory from January 2010.

It applies to all 35 countries with US “visa waiver” status.

Promote tourism

The Electronic System for Travel Authorisation form, which takes up to 72 hours to be approved, gives air passengers prior approval for entry to the US.

It replaced the green I-94 card which passengers have previously filled in on their flight into the US.

End Quote Martin Lewis MoneySavingExpert.com

Most people who fill in the form should receive approval from the US Department of Homeland Security within a few minutes.

But British Airways and American Airlines are advising travellers to apply at least 72 hours in advance.

Both airlines have said people without valid Esta forms or visas will not be allowed to board flights to the US.

The fee has been introduced to fund a programme which aims to promote tourism in the US and attract foreign spending.

Martin Lewis, creator of MoneySavingExpert.com, has urged people even considering a trip to the US to apply for a form now to beat the charge.

He said: “The security authorisation lasts for two years, so do it now and it’ll be free if you travel in that time. Yet leave it for a month and you’ll have to pay for it.

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New Car Rental Facility At Miami Is A Hit

Hi all,

As reported back in July, Miami International Airport has recently upgraded its car hire facility, spending a whooping $480 million on it.RCC-lobby

First reports from our customer seem to suggest its money well spent.

Mr Neil Maitland commented “Nice new rental car building at Miami Airport made collection and drop off very straight forward”

Mr Philip Carson added “Miami airport is a pleasure to hire a car from now. You catch any shuttle bus and they take you to a new building that all the car suppliers are there I was in and out within 15 minutes”

Mr Andrew Johnson wrote “The new rental centre at Miami Airport was excellent. When the rail link to it is complete it will be even better.”

Have you used the new car rental facility, what are your thoughts?



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