If you can think of some of the worst places to spend a few hours, for most people, the DMV would be near the top of their list. Unfortunately, nearly all of us have to spend some time there at one point or another. To make your experience a little better, here are a few tips for going to the DMV.
- Make sure you need to actually go. Many DMV-related activities don’t require a trip to the DMV. Check to see if what you need to do can be done online or through the mail.
- Be prepared. Check online to make sure you have all the necessary paperwork required. That could include your current driver’s license, birth certificate, car title, bill of sale, proof of address, etc.
- Go during downtime. Check online or call to see when would be the ideal time to visit. The middle of the week is usually the slowest.
- Expect the worst. Even with the best of plans, you could still end up with a long wait. Don’t plan for a short trip. And, make sure you eat before you go and bring something to keep you occupied.
Here at Nissan of Silsbee, we hope those tips help make your next DMV experience more bearable.
Traveling with pets is a great way to make the most of your summer vacation. However, there are some important things to keep in mind when driving on the road with a furry companion. For instance, you should never leave pets unattended and always provide the proper restraints.
According to the DMV, there’s the window issue. Despite the many ads we see of dogs sticking their head out the window, this is a bad idea. In addition to the possibility of debris hitting your pet’s head, heavy airflow can damage respiratory systems. Also, many animals can escape onto the road at low speeds. It’s simply not a good idea to let your pet stick its head out the window, regardless of how much they enjoy it. Instead, crack the window just enough for them to stick their noses out. This way, they will be able to enjoy the many scents flying by and you won’t have to be concerned about them getting hurt.
Find the proper restraints for your pet. It can be tempting to ride with your pet in your lap, but this is dangerous for both you and the animal. Pets can be a major distraction; plus, the animals could get hurt if there is an accident. Look for carriers that strap securely to the seat—much like a children’s car seat—or car barriers that strap into the back of the vehicle.
Finally, never leave your animal unattended in a hot car. On longer road trips, try to stop every two hours or so for your animal to get out and move around. You should bring fresh water, bags to clean up messes, and your pet’s favorite toys. Above all else, if your pet really isn’t having a good time, it may be a good idea to leave them home.
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