Zimride Tips: Labor Day Road Trips 101

With Monday as a holiday, it’s the perfect time to break away from your routine and
go on a weekend road trip. No need to plan ahead…with our handy guide, you can
choose your own adventure along the way. Here are a few easy tips for a smooth
ride once you’ve hit the highway.

Don’t Break Your Budget
Even with falling gas prices this summer, fueling up will still make a dent in your
wallet. Plan ahead for what you’ll spend on gas using AAA’s simple Fuel Cost Calculator, which provides an estimate based on your travel destination and vehicle model.

Manage Your Munchies
Food options on the road are usually a toss up between fast food places and
convenience stores (avoid vending machine egg salad sandwiches). Break up the trip by finding something that’s served on a plate. RoadFood lists recommended roadside eateries from their community of travelers.

Beat Boredom
Relying on the radio alone can leave your car with mariachi or gospel songs for
miles on end. A Spotify account allows you to keep track of all your favorite playlists offline for those spontaneous sing-alongs on the road.

Once you’re tired of tunes, change things up with an audiobook. If you’ve been
eyeing Game of Thrones or Fifty Shades of Grey, this is the perfect time to catch up
on your summer reading. You can find audiobooks in most online marketplaces, or for a cheaper alternative, try your local public library.

Avoid Getting Lost
Your smartphone or GPS is a foolproof way to navigate your way to your destination.
However, these require a signal, which can frequently lose connection on the highway. Avoid learning this the hard way (we’ve been there!) by having a Thomas Guide handy in the car…you’ll thank us later.

Whether you’re traveling with friends or meeting new ones through Zimride, it’s
always better to share the ride. Besides the good company, you’ll have an extra pair
of hands to help navigate, find food stops and pitch in for gas. Safe travels and have
a great Labor Day weekend!

Your Zimride Crew

Zimride’s DC to NYC Road Trip

Bernstein or Jay Z? It doesn’t matter which version of New York you love because the city that never sleeps and has the best of everything just got a lot better.

This week, we launched our first public East Coast route between DC and NY. This new route gives more drivers and passengers the ability to save money, meet new friends, and decrease the number of cars on the road. You can now use Zimride to get between DC and NY for half the cost of a train ticket. Half!

Ready for a road trip to the Big Apple? Visit our favorites stops along the route to see what you’ve been missing on all those planes and train trips.

Baltimore, Maryland
– Fan of The Wire? Check out the real Baltimore by driving the “Wire Tour”.

– Between Wilmington and Baltimore is a fun and beautiful town on the Susquehanna River called Havre de Grace . Lots of cool shops, restaurants and ice cream places.

– Get cultured! The National Aquarium, the American Vistionary Art Museum, and the National Cryptologic Museum are all located in Baltimore.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
– If you’re up for a slight detour through Philly (95 runs through it, but the Turnpike does not), 95 takes you RIGHT past Independence Hall, the National Constitution Center, the US Mint (reservations req’d, call your representative in congress) and the South Philadelphia Sports Complex , where the 76ers, Phillies, Flyers and Eagles all play their games.

Princeton, New Jersey
Princeton University is about 20 minutes off of 95. It’s a beautiful campus and the set of many great movies.

– Not ready for the Jersey Shore? Consider bringing your appetite instead — they have the highest rate of diners per capita so a stop is a must. Here’s a famous one right off I-95.

Have any recommendations you’d like to share with us? Tell us on Facebook!

Happy travels,

Your Zimride Crew

Stories from the Road: Zimdad

We asked for Dads from the Zimride community to share stories of why they Zimride. Today we share Jose’s story from the road in honor of Father’s Day:

Every kid wants to spend time with their dad just as much as every dad
wants to spend time with their kid. Zimride made family time a regular
pastime for me despite a 400 mile gap. In order to be a better role
model and provide for my boys Diego and JJ, I decided to go back to
school. As a father, the Berkeley to Ventura County commute was
extremely important, yet the price of gas, time on the road, and the
excessive wear on my car made my trips difficult and less frequent as
I wanted.

Then one day I found a flyer on campus telling me that I could meet
new people and save on gas when driving down to LA. I was very excited to find out that not only could I commute more often because of
Zimride, but I was also proud that I was helping to reduce pollution
and traffic through an awesome rideshare program.

I’m a big fan of Zimride, because not only was I able to be closer to
my family, but also because I was also able to meet new people who I
still share a friendship with to this day. Zimride works to resolve so
many commuting challenges, gives you an opportunity to meet new
people, and helps to save the environment one Zimride at a time. Thank
you Zimride team!

Your fans,
Jose, JJ, and Diego

If you have a story that you want to share, please send your Zimride story from the road to community@zimride.com!

Happy Father’s Day,

Your Zimride Crew

Zimride’s Top 10 Road Trip Movies

Happy Memorial Day weekend, Zimriders! With summer around the corner and a holiday on Monday, this weekend is perfect for a road trip. San Diego, Las Vegas, San Francisco and Los Angeles are just a few of the awesome driving destinations this weekend on Zimride.

To toast Memorial Day weekend we bring you our Top 10 Road Trip Movies* of all time. Enjoy and safe (+shared) travels!

  1. Planes, Trains & Automobiles – John Candy and Steve Martin in a John Hughes film…enough said.
  2. Rain Man – On a Zimride with Charlie Babbitt, pit stops to catch Judge Wapner on People’s Court are a must.
  3. Little Miss Sunshine – This family flick is just as funny as it is heartfelt.
  4. Thelma & Louise – Female bonding at its finest.
  5. Sideways – After Miles famously refused to drink merlot, U.S. sales of the varietal actually dropped.
  6. Easy Rider – Don’t miss the soundtrack in this classic biker movie. R.I.P. Dennis Hopper.
  7. Dumb & Dumber – “We got no food, no jobs…our pets’ heads are falling off!”
  8. The Motorcycle DiariesA young Che Guevara hits the road on his motocicleta.
  9. Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson’s psychedelic desert trek to find the American Dream.
  10. Cars – We love a good Pixar film…especially one with talking Cars!

Rain Man Road Trip

Happy Road Trippin!

The Zimride Crew

*Top 10 Road Trip movies not titled “Road Trip.” (Although we love that one, it’s a little too easy.)

All photos courtesy of MGM. They make awesome movies!

Stories from the Road – Pay It Forward

It’s no secret that posting your seats on Zimride can earn you a few extra bucks. It may not buy you a trip to Spain, but it can go further than you think. Meet Helen and Sarah. These two SF natives showed us how Zimriders take the extra step in spreading good will.

We made some good money by using Zimride to sell seats to our trip to Yosemite and cashed in on the friend referral and the route bonus programs. While it was nice to have extra money, we both realized that we didn’t really need it. Ridesharing introduced us to the world of Collaborative Consumption which inspired us to take action with our extra funds.

We started the Share to Care project with a mission to share the things we own to benefit others. With the extra cash, we buy nutritious, non-perishable food and assemble packets to hand out to the homeless in San Francisco.

Be warned, this type of generosity can be infectious. For example, on a Zimride from LA, Helen talked about Share to Care with her driver who ended up donating her Zimride route bonus to the project. You too can get involved by Zimriding and donating your proceeds.

To learn more, visit their website or email these awesome ladies at sharetocaresf@gmail.com.

Thanks to Sarah and Helen for sharing their story! If you have a story that you want to share, please send your Zimride Story from the Road to community@zimride.com!

-Your Zimride Crew