Few things are more dreaded in American society than a trip to the DMV. Nevertheless, you can’t always avoid going, especially if you move to a new state or purchase a new vehicle. That’s why the team here at DeLillo Chevrolet has written a post on tips for the DMV. On your next trip, you’ll hopefully be a little more prepared for the long lines and boredom.
LifeHacker suggests doing as much as possible online. Though that might sound obvious, few people realize just how much you can do using the online DMV website. For instance, you can renew your ID and license plates, request driving records, change your address, and more. Just make sure to use the DMV website for California.
If you can’t avoid heading to the DMV, make sure you have all the necessary paperwork. Most of the information about paperwork is listed online. For instance, getting a used car requires a title, bill of sale, odometer reading, emission-test certification, and the VIN number. If you’re getting an ID, you usually need multiple forms of ID (SS card, passport, etc.), proof of your current address, and payment.
Research the best times to go. Here’s when NOT to go (typically):
- Before or after a holiday
- Beginning or end of a month
- Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays (beginning and end of week)
- During lunch or after 5pm
Many DMVs list the optimum hours for a short wait. Even if you think you can avoid the long wait, bring something to do like a book, game, or newspaper. Those are just some of the things to keep in mind the next time you’re thinking about going to the DMV.
At DeLillo Chevrolet, we love anything that inspires a greener lifestyle. Earth Day is a great reminder that it’s up to us to protect our planet. Here are three ways how you and your family can make a difference and celebrate Earth Day this year.
Start a garden
Earth Day shouldn’t just be a one-day thing; it should be an inspiration to make changes and tweaks for a more sustainable lifestyle moving forward. Gardening is a great way to create a positive relationship with the Earth, and to get away from processed foods and major factory farms. Start small by planting a couple of herbs, then let your garden grow from there.
Make your car greener
This day is a great opportunity to ride your bike to work or walk to the grocery store. But for your usual daily commute, look into ways to make your vehicles more efficient. Start by cleaning out any excess junk in your car. The extra weight requires more gas to move it. Then, learn about the different ways in which you can develop green driving habits, like using less aggressive acceleration and avoiding idling.
There’s no better way to rekindle your relationship with planet than by spending some quality time together. Plan a picnic with your family or a long hike at a local state park. There are so many ways to enjoy the planet, from planting a tree to bird watching. Find a new way to get the most out of nature with your family this Earth Day.
When you think of Orange County, perhaps you picture surfers riding the waves at sunrise. That’s a fair expectation, given that Huntington Beach has well-earned its nickname of “Surf City.” With that in mind, where else would the best location be for the International Surfing Museum than here in Huntington Beach?
Orange County natives, visitors, and surfers will all be stoked to check out Surf City’s contribution to California’s generous list of surfing museums. You’ll be greeted with remarkable enthusiasm for the sport, even by those who don’t partake themselves—like the museum’s founder, Natalie Kotsch. Kotsch came to California from Canada, where there was no surfing, but was entranced with the sport after her move. Thanks to her, much of the area’s recent surf history has been preserved.
During your visit, exhibitions featuring surf boards, posters, and memorabilia will demonstrate the progression of area surfers throughout the years. Rotating exhibits allow new details of the sport a chance in the spotlight and encourage return visitors. If surfing is one of your passions, a second visit further down the road is definitely worth another $2, the price of the museum’s admission. From special events to “Surfin’ Sundays” featuring live surf music, the International Surfing Museum is constantly finding a new way to celebrate the sport.