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Guide to driving in the USA

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Driving in the USA is both a sensible and convenient way to get around what is an enormous country. From obtaining your International Driving Permit to abiding traffic laws, find out all you need to know about driving Stateside with our handy guide.

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Shop around for car hire

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Also be aware that many car hire companies in the USA are geared towards American drivers and so won’t offer car insurance in their total price. Make sure you know what you’re buying, and always ask about insurance if it’s not obvious that it is included in your full cost.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1433512831965{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;}” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” parallax_content_width=”in_grid” angled_section=”no” angled_section_position=”both” angled_section_direction=”from_left_to_right” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern”][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

The Ts & Cs of hiring a car

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  • Do you have to pay for a child car seat?
  • Do you need to have a full tank when returning the vehicle?
  • Are you of the correct age requirement to take out the vehicle?

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Choose wisely

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While a Ford Mustang convertible is tempting remember that you’ll need luggage space, too. SUVs are ideal for families and cost around the same to run in the US as a small car here – just be prepared to exercise caution when parking.

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Automatic Transmission

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Familiarise yourself with an automatic transmission; they are easier to use than our “stick-shifts” but it’s still a good idea to borrow a friend’s automatic car for a quick spin around on a quiet road before you go Stateside. It will make it less of a surprise when you’ve potentially got so many other “firsts” on the day you rent the car.

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Driver’s licence

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Get an International Driving Permit (IDP); it’s an internationally-recognised document that accompanies your Irish/EU driving licence and ensures you’ll be accepted as a qualified driver by the authorities across the US. IDPs are issued on behalf of the State by the AA and the fee is €15 (inclusive of admin/postal delivery charge).

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Motor insurance

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Car rental companies will offer whatever basic insurance is required in the state you’re renting but will try to sell you a more comprehensive level of cover, often at extortionate prices. The basic insurance often just covers you with an enormous excess, so search for deals on car hire excess insurance before you leave – many companies will cover you to that higher level for a fraction of the price.

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Traffic laws

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Familiarise yourself with traffic laws; most of the signs on US roads are either familiar or self-explanatory but no-one will explain a California 4-way stop to you before handing you the car keys, so ensure you know all about the unique customs and practices in whichever state you’re visiting. In some, for example, it’s perfectly acceptable to turn right at a red light; in others, it’s as illegal as turning left at a red light would be in Ireland. In general though, it’s the things that are legal which will surprise an Irish driver, such as helmet-free Floridians on motorcycles and New Hampshire drivers behind the wheel without seat belts (yes, in 2016!).

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Public transport

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Avoid driving in certain cities; US cities are often car-dependent and the idea of getting around by taxi or bus is ludicrous. But in a host of cities – Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle – public transport is so good that driving is not only stress-inducing, it’s eye-wateringly expensive. $45 is a reasonable parking garage charge in San Francisco, so consider holding off on car rental until you absolutely need it – even in the land of the automobile.

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US national average fuel prices:

[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center”][vc_column_text]Fuel is incredibly cheap and costs a fraction of what it does in Ireland. This is in part due to our high taxes; we pay about 64% of the cost of petrol and 67% of diesel to the Irish Government.

Oil trades on the world market in US Dollars which works in their favour as they wouldn’t have to worry about their exchange rate weakening, unlike us Irish. In comparison to Ireland it works out less than half the price we pay for petrol here. However, as demonstrated in the table above the price of fuel varies from state to state.

While diesel is the same in both America and Ireland, trying to identify a direct comparison of unleaded petrol in the US is not as straight forward. Unleaded petrol contains about 95 RON rating; to find the nearest US comparison watch out for anything over 91 AKI which is generally found in “premium” branded fuel.

It is also worth noting that when you see the listed price in US fuel stations they are listed in gallons as opposed to Ireland where the listed price is calculated per litre. A quick tip to calculate the price of fuel per litre is to divide the price by 3.8 (gallons).

US petrol is also weaker than what we use in Europe. Most European cars wouldn’t have the capacity to function on US petrol, which can be as low as 87 RON (EU cars run on 92 or higher), without an adjustment that would likely reduce its power output. However, US cars are designed to run on lower octane fuel, so using cheap fuel in a car wouldn’t damage it like it would European cars.

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Toll fees

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Go with the toll tag. Unless you’re planning to avoid every single highway and freeway in the state, you’ll likely encounter a toll booth or electronic toll and paying for that can be tricky and awkward, especially using a non-US credit card or scrambling for change. Many car rental companies offer a toll tag that covers all tolls for around $40 a week and we would advise that it is certainly worth the investment. See Cost to Drive where you can calculate the cost of tolls you meet on your route.

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Don’t fear motoring Stateside

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The roads are straight and wide, the cars are big and comfortable and between cruise control, sofa-esque suspensions and ultra-assisted steering (just how Americans like it), driving in the United States is a doddle for most Irish people. It will give you a new sense of appreciation for the truly-daunting situation a visiting American must find themselves in when driving an Irish rental car.

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New York USA

AA Roadwatch’s Doireann Garrihy Visits Manhattan and Brooklyn

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Doireann Garrihy checks out what Manhattan and Brooklyn have to offer

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We’ve seen the Empire State building, strolled through Central Park and nipped into Macy’s or Bloomingdale’s (if for no other reason than to SAY we did). Having visited Manhattan and Brooklyn this spring, I decided I would venture out of the tourist-y madness for a few days.

Having heard about it in dozens of songs and watched some of the most epic scenes in film taking place there, I thought it would be rude not to venture into the infamous Brooklyn. I was lucky enough to spend a few days in Manhattan and another couple of days with friends in Brooklyn. Below are some of the places I visited in each and would highly recommend![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][vc_text_separator title=”Getting to NYC” title_align=”separator_align_center” border=”no”][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][vc_column_text]

There are direct flights to/from New York from both Dublin Airport and Shannon Airport that take off a few times daily so no matter what part of the country you’re from, you’ve no excuse not to head across the pond. As well as booking your flights, remember to secure your travel insurance too to give yourself peace of mind.

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New York is very much doable by foot, but if you want to catch all the major tourist spots (or make your way out to Brooklyn), your best option would be to avail of New York’s expansive public transport network.

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A trip to New York City isn’t complete without a Subway trip. It’s the fastest and most economical way to travel around the city and how millions of New Yorkers get around. The services run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year so you’ll never be stuck!  If you’re staying in the city for a couple of days it might be a good idea to get yourself a MetroCard. You can buy a MetroCard at designated vending machines across the city as well as at Subway station booths and participating shops and newsagents. If you’re planning a longer visit to the Big Apple, it might be worth getting a 7-Day pass, which offers unlimited rides for seven days from the first day of use and costs $31. It’d be no harm to grab a subway map also and confirm your route with your concierge!

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Using a MetroCard is the way to go since bus drivers won’t make change and don’t accept dollar bills. The bus costs a flat $2.75 per ride and is perfect if you prefer an above-ground view of New York City. What’s great about using the MetroCard aboard the MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) buses is if you need to transfer to another bus or the Subway, you can ride for free (as long as your transfer is within a two-hour period). Remember though that New York City traffic is not pretty and the buses are prone to long traffic jams.

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Where I Stayed

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While in Manhattan, I stayed in Executive Hotel Le Soleil and it ticked all the boxes; a clean bedroom, bathroom and working wifi. Sorted!

Luckily, I had friends doing their J1 Graduate Visa that are living in Bushwick for the year and they were kind enough to put up with me during my four nights in Brooklyn.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

 What I Did in Manhattan

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I will openly admit that pre The Wolf of Wall Street, I would never have had any interest in visiting the Financial District. However, I’m delighted the movie inspired a trip to the area because I got more than I bargained for. Some of the architecture in the area is incredible and much to my delight, it’s a short walk to where the Statue of Liberty cruises depart from.

Soho

Soho refers to the area “South of Houston Street” and is also a reference to Soho in London’s West End. It’s worth strolling around and taking in the many gorgeous buildings but in terms of things to do, the NYC Fire Museum is worth a visit. It features lavishly decorated hand pumpers and a horse-drawn ladder wagon. If you have children with you, this museum is particularly entertaining.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

Where I Dined and Drank – Manhattan

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A restaurant’s ceiling probably isn’t the first thing that draws your attention, but at Keen’s, it’ll be all you can look at – until they bring you your meal of course. Established in 1885 – it is one of New York’s oldest and most revered eateries. It also happens to have the largest collection of churchwarden pipes in the world hanging from its rafters! The tradition comes from the days when travelers left their pipes at their favorite inns until they returned. Today, Keen’s is well known for its delicious steaks, but the pipe laiden interiors aren’t bad either!

Pete Dillon’s Pub

Many would tell you that venturing to an Irish pub while on holidays is the number one thing you shouldn’t do, but this rule can certainly be broken with Peter Dillon’s pub. It’s small enough to not have to shout at the people you’re talking to but big enough to house a bit of a ceili if needs be. Furthermore, the bartenders couldn’t be friendlier.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

What I Did – Brooklyn

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If you’re looking to pick up a few hipster items or just fancy some window shopping, then make your way to this old textile factory. It’s the home to Indie boutique ‘Better Than Jam’ and stocks quirky finds from local designers. If you’re looking to pick up some cheap designer vintage bits, Closet Envi is the place to go! You’ll be sure to find really gorgeous stuff at rock bottom prices.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

While searching for a little peace and quiet amid the hustle and bustle of NYC, I stumbled upon this little slice of paradise! The garden was founded in 1910 and features thousands of types of flora, laid out over 52 acres. Within it, there are serene spots such as the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, the first Japanese-inspired[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

Where I Dined and Drank – Brooklyn

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I am a major burger enthusiast and Fritzl’s did not disappoint. I had the Cheek-and-Chuck patty, cloaked in cheese and topped with onions. It was nothing short of divine! A friend of mine had the fried chicken sandwich which also looked delicious. She is a regular at this joint and promises me that the seasonal salads are always well-crafted, too. Pull up a seat on the back patio and pair your meal with something from the beer list. Bliss!

The Evergreen

Who doesn’t love great drinks set at great prices? My friends and I stumbled upon this place while strolling around Bushwick. The bartenders were polite, the vibe was laidback cool and we didn’t want to leave. What’s more, we didn’t until we absolutely had to! It opens daily from 4pm-4am. You can visit theevergreenbar.com for their Happy Hour details too![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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New York

St Patrick’s Day Travel Guide to New York

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On St Patrick’s Day in New York, everybody is Irish so you’ll feel right at home in the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple. Whether you plan on catching a glimpse of the prestigious NYC St Patrick’s Day Parade or you hope to relax in one of the many Irish bars dotted around the city, St Patrick’s Day in New York will not disappoint. Just don’t get too vexed when they keep calling it Patty’s Day!

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There are direct flights to/ from New York from both Dublin Airport and Shannon Airport so no matter what part of the country you’re from, you’ve no excuse not to head across the pond. As well as booking your flights, remember to secure your travel insurance too to give yourself that extra peace of mind.

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Although considerably larger than the likes of London and Dublin, New York is still very much doable by foot, provided you’ve booked central accommodation. However, if you want to catch all the major tourist spots, your best option will be to avail of New York’s expansive public transport network.

[/vc_column_text][vc_accordion collapsible=”yes” style=”accordion”][vc_accordion_tab title=”By Subway”][vc_column_text]A trip to New York City isn’t complete without a Subway trip. It’s the fastest and most economical way to travel around the city. Millions of New Yorkers travel by subway so it is a great way to get a real sense of how the locals get around. The services run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year so you’ll never be stuck!  If you’re staying in the city for a couple of ideas it might be a good idea to get yourself a MetroCard. You can buy a MetroCard at various MetroCard vending machines dotted across the country as well as at Subway station booths and participating shops and newsagents. If you’re planning a longer visit to the Big Apple, it might be worth getting a 7-Day pass, which offers unlimited rides for seven days from the first day of use and costs $31. It’d be no harm to grab a subway map also and confirm your route with your concierge!

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The bus costs a flat $2.75 per ride and is perfect if you prefer an above-ground view of New York City. Again, using a MetroCard is the way to go since bus drivers won’t make change and don’t accept dollar bills, much like Dublin Bus here at home. What’s great about using the MetroCard aboard the MTA buses is if you need to transfer to another bus or the Subway, you can ride for free (as long as your transfer is within a two-hour span of time). Remember though that New York City traffic is not pretty and the buses are prone to long traffic jams.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][/vc_accordion][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_text_separator title=”What’s On” title_align=”separator_align_center” border=”no”][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][image_with_text image=”19866″ title=”New York City St Patrick’s Day Parade”]Of course, the big event that you will not want to miss is the New York City St Patrick’s Day Parade. This year, it starts at 11am at 44th Street, marches up Fifth Avenue past St Patrick’s Cathedral at 50th Street and all the way through to 79th Street. It will finish up around 4:30/ 5pm at the American Irish Historical Society at East 80th Street.

If you’re using public transport to get to the parade, your best bet is to use the Subway. Routes A, C, E, 1, N, R all stop off close to the parade route. Anywhere along 5th Avenue is the perfect spot to experience the Parade. Remember though more than 2 million people are expected to take to the streets to watch this year’s parade so it’s a good idea to get down there good and early.

Remember if you do hope to catch a glimpse of the parade on 5th Avenue, there are a few rules and regulations you need to adhere to. Crazy green hats and beads are not permitted on the viewing stands and the consumption of alcohol isn’t tolerated. For a full list on parade regulations see here.[/image_with_text][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][image_with_text image=”19867″ title=”Spend St Patrick’s Day in the ‘Irish’ New York”]

If the hustle and bustle of the New York City Parade is not for you, then this low-key Manhattan walking tour may be just what you’re looking for. This walking tour explores the “Little Ireland” district of the Lower East Side and talks you through the role of Irish immigrants in the history of New York City. The tour takes approximately two hours to complete and costs $20 for an adult. Students and OAPs can get the discounted tour price of $15 and you can book tour places online if you so wish. You’ll meet in front of St. Paul’s Chapel, Broadway between Fulton and Vesey Streets. As with a lot of locations in New York City, the easiest way of getting there is by using the Subway. Lines 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, J and Z stop at Fulton, a short walk from the start of the tour. Routes R and W also stop at nearby Cortland Street.

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If you’re feeling a little homesick while you’re there and craving the green fields of Ireland, then a quick trip to Vesey St in Manhattan will bring you right there. Amid the towering skyscrapers of the city that never sleeps, is a small field from the west of Ireland, complete with an idyllic Irish cottage and stone walls. The cottage at the memorial is from the parish of Attymass in County Mayo and the site is a short walk from the 9/11 Memorial.

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Top Tips for Driving in Hot Climates

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This simple checklist will prepare you and your car for driving in hot climates.

 

In the words of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air “It’s (summer summer) summer time”, which for some will mean packing up the car and heading to the South of France, while for others it means the South of Ireland. Whatever the destination, driving in hot climates can be fraught with frayed tempers and possible breakdowns. But don’t worry, Micks Garage has you covered.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1433512831965{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;}” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” parallax_content_width=”in_grid” angled_section=”no” angled_section_position=”both” angled_section_direction=”from_left_to_right” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern”][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

Plan Ahead

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When driving in hot climates it is always worthwhile planning ahead. Whatever the country, summer time inevitably means more people on the road and therefore more congestion. Do you have a way to get out of it, either to bypass the traffic or take some quiet time to let the build-up subside? A plan will especially help when there are children involved. After hours on the road in muggy conditions strapped into a child seat they are liable to get grumpy, which, along with being tiresome, can also prove distracting. Much better for them to be distracted than you.

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Use shades

[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center”][vc_column_text]Summer is the one time when it is acceptable to break out those vintage Ray Ban Aviators so get them off your head and onto your face. Sunglasses are an essential part of your summer driving kit, but only the ‘right’ kind. Ensure the lenses on your glasses are polarised as they reduce glare and forget your ‘oh so fashionable’ blue lenses. Studies have shown that they can cause confusion at traffic lights with some drivers unable to differentiate between yellow (amber) and green.

It also may be worthwhile investing in a sun shield to place on your windscreen while parked up. If you have kids you may already have them on the side windows, but the windshield is, generally speaking, the largest expanse of glass in your car and we all know the feeling of returning to the car only to open the doors and be met with a wall of oppressive heat that the combined powers of air conditioning and open windows take ages to combat. Prevention is better than cure.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1433512831965{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;}” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” parallax_content_width=”in_grid” angled_section=”no” angled_section_position=”both” angled_section_direction=”from_left_to_right” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern”][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

Visit the pharmacy

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As Baz Luhrman said “Wear sunscreen.” Let’s face it, we are Irish and tend to burn in the sun – best to at least wait until you are lying on a beach with a Pina Colada in hand before turning lobster red. While in the pharmacy remember to stock up on any allergy tablets you or your family needs. Many know the anguish of frequent sneezing, runny eyes and congestion brought on by hay fever and dust allergies but few think about how they affect our driving ability. Make sure your car’s cabin filter is clean and that the medication you are taking does not make you drowsy.

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Change windscreen wipers

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The hope is that it does not rain on your holidays but that does not mean you can ignore your windscreen wipers.  During the summer months your windscreen is likely to be battered by flies and other insects and you will not clear that detritus from your windscreen without proper functioning wipers and a fully topped bottle of washer fluid.

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Top up fluids

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In addition to topping up your washer bottle it is also advisable to top up the rest of your car’s fluids before driving in hot climates – or better yet getting a full service done. While most of us enjoy the sight of the thermometer rising, our engines do not. Forced to suck in suffocating warm air they are pushed to the extremes, which is where fresh oil and coolant come in. If you are stuck in traffic keep an eye on your temperature gauge and be prepared to pull over should it head towards the red to allow the engine to cool down. This is also a good time to top yourself up with cooling fluids and maybe a cheeky ice-cream.

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Check your tyres

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Warm air also does weird things to your tyres – or more specifically the air within them. As temperatures rise the air inside your tyres begins to expand, which can, if your tyres are not in the best condition, lead to a blowout – a scary proposition when travelling at motorway speeds. Check for damage to the tyres or uneven wearing, especially on the inside shoulders and make sure the pressures are correct.

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Carry the essentials

[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center”][vc_column_text]Along with the sunscreen, medication and sunglasses already mentioned remember to carry plenty of fluids with you in the car. Not in the boot, but in the cabin itself where they are close to hand. If you have an icebox or cooled glovebox use them (you may have to clean out the glovebox first). There is nothing worse than taking a swig of sun-warmed water when you were hoping for ice cold. Also remember to pack some treats, not just for the kids but for the adults too. Spending hours sitting in the car can be draining and that is without taking the temperature into consideration. The sugar rush provided by a pack of sweets may be just what is needed for the last push to the hotel!

Last but not least remember your AA cover. We may not be able to help with cranky kids and dehydrated adults but for a tyre blowout, overheating engine or a tank of fuel should you run out we can help.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1433517982393{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;}” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” parallax_content_width=”in_grid” angled_section=”no” angled_section_position=”both” angled_section_direction=”from_left_to_right” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern”][vc_column width=”1/1″][action full_width=”yes” content_in_grid=”no” type=”normal” show_button=”yes” button_text=”Get a European Breakdown Cover Quote” button_link=”http://www.theaa.ie/AA/Insurance/European-Breakdown-Cover.aspx” background_image=”18625″ button_text_color=”#ffffff” background_color=”#0a0a0a” button_hover_text_color=”#e5e5e5″ button_background_color=”#ffcc00″ button_hover_background_color=”#ffcc00″ button_border_color=”rgba(0,0,0,0.01)” button_hover_border_color=”rgba(0,0,0,0.01)”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1433751978629{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;}” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” parallax_content_width=”in_grid” angled_section=”no” angled_section_position=”both” angled_section_direction=”from_left_to_right” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern”][vc_column][vc_column_text]

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Broadway, New York City

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Nestled in the Manhattan district of the Big Apple, the Broadway Theatre District is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city, attracting over 13million visitors last year (2014). With a theatre history dating back as far as the late 1700s, Broadway has been a tourist favourite for decades. Featuring approximately 40 theatres, a wealth of high-profile stage performers, world-class sets and the best costumes known to man. There is no doubt that a New York Broadway show are a ‘must-see’ for all tourists.

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General Info

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Price

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How to get there

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Opening Hours

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