USA Car Related Lingo

Hi all,

Today I’ve been thinking about the differences between ourselves and ourtwotalkingAmerican cousins, mostly in the language we use to describe car hire related subjects, here are a few I came up with -

UK         USA

Petrol – Gas

Motorway – Freeway

Detour – Diversion

Gearbox – Transmission

SUV –Sports utility vehicle

Boot – Trunk

Pavement – Kerb

Bumper – Fender

Indicators – Blinkers

Toll Road –Turnpike

Bonnet – Hood

Mobile phone – Cell phone

Crazy Americans Hey! :-)

I’m sure I’ve missed loads, if you can think of any or think I’m mistaken please add it to the comments section below.



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Petrol Prices for your Car Hire in the USA

Hi all,

Just thought you might be interested in a new page on

This page will show you the current cost of gas/petrol anywhere within the USA which in theory should help you to budget more effectively.

Here are a few fuel saving tips for driving in the USA.

Avoid high speeds

As your speed increases, your aerodynamic drag increases in an exponential fashion. Driving 62 mph (100 km/h) vs 75 mph (120 km/h) will reduce fuel consumption by about 15%.

Do Not Accelerate or Brake Hard

By anticipating the traffic and applying slow steady acceleration and braking, fuel economy may increase by as much as 20%..

Keep Tires Properly Inflated

Keep tire air pressure at the level recommended by your vehicle manufacturer. A single tire under inflated by 2 PSI, increases fuel consumption by 1%.

Use Air Con Sparingly

When the air conditioner is on it puts extra load on the engine forcing more fuel to be used (by about 20%). The defrost position on most vehicles also uses the air conditioner.

Keep Windows Closed

Windows open, especially at highway speeds, increase drag and result in decreased fuel economy of up to 10%.

Use Cruise Control

Maintaining a constant speed over long distances often saves gas.

Avoid Long Idles

If you anticipate being stopped for more than 1 minute, shut off the car. Restarting the car uses less fuel than letting it idle for this time




Things to remember when packing

Hi all,

We have put together a very quick list of things we think are essential to remember to do or take with you on holiday. As always please feel free to agree, disagree or add to the list.

Remember to pack:

O Your U.S. Rent A Evoucher or voucher

O Passport – Remember to check it’s in date!

O Travel insurance documents

O Flight Tickets

O Hotel Documentation

O Credit Card

O Theme Park Tickets

O Traveler’s cheques

O Itinerary and invoices

O Local currency

O Driving License – Both parts of your license

O Emergency telephone numbers

O Pre-paid phone card

O Medication

O Luggage labels

O Sun lotion/After Sun

O Insect repellant

O First aid kit

O Electrical adaptor

O Camera/video recorder

O Plug adaptors


Remember to:

O Cancel the papers/milk

O Unplug necessary electrical items in the house

O Leave a contact list for family/neighbors

O Set burglar alarm

O Reduce or turn off heating etc


Have you found this helpful? Have we missed something obvious?



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