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Zipcar is the oldest and best known of the bunch, but Car2Go is starting to show up in more cities now. Here’s how they work. The cars are parked in dedicated, reserved parking spaces in busy areas. If you don’t already have a Zipcar where you live, ask your senior center administrator to offer Zipcar or Car2Go a dedicated space and see if they’ll base a car there. They often do that for apartment buildings and places where the cars will get used a lot.

Then, when you want a car, you just go online and sign up. You can reserve the car for an hour, three hours or a full day. And if you’re just using it for shopping or errands, it’s about $10 an hour, including gas and insurance. That’s certainly less than leasing a car that sits idle for 23 and a half hour a day. In fact, maybe you can offer to take a couple of neighbors shopping and charge them $6 each and come out ahead, Tony?

Two tractor-trailers and a van burned on Tuesday after a crash at U.S. Highway 301 and Tee Vee Road.

Two tractor-trailers and a van burned on Tuesday after a crash at U.S. Highway 301 and Tee Vee Road.

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In any trim, the Mazda 3 is definitely a good buy for a small sedan. But it is especially attractive at the top end of its range. Compared with base models, the Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus gains a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 227 horsepower — a big improvement over the base engine. All-wheel drive and 18-inch wheels are also included.

Search online for RV rentals and have a look at some of the options. Winnebago and Cruise America are two of the big RV rental outfits, but you’ll find others.

It’ll cost you more in gas than your Prius would. But it’ll save you money on hotels and plane fare. And think of the adventure; you’ll see a thousand miles of asphalt you’ve never seen before.

You could do the drive in one long day and just get there. But if you want to break it up, just search online for RV campgrounds. You’ll find places you can stop overnight, use the facilities, rest up and enjoy a $6 snack-sized bag of Sun Chips. Some are in peaceful, rural areas and some are right near major highways for convenience.

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