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Got Gas?

January 14, 2009

The rule of thumb here at I-GO is that if the gas tank reaches a quarter (or below) while you’re out and about, you will need to stop and refuel the vehicle before returning it. We cover the cost of gas. You just need to put it in!

Each vehicle is equipped with a fuel card, which can be found in the keypad device in the glove box. When you swipe the gas card at the pump, you will be asked to enter two numbers: (1) the odometer and (2) the Driver ID (which is not your member number). The odometer reading can be found on the dash board of the car. The Driver ID will appear on the keypad screen when you remove the gas card. In order to make sure that it does show up on the screen, follow these simple steps:

1. Make sure the car is on
2. Turn off the vehicle, but keep the key in the ignition
3. Take the gas card out of the keypad (in glove box)
4. The Driver ID will appear on the keypad screen
If, after pulling the gas card out of the keypad, the screen stays blank or displays “1234”– call our office (773.278.4446) and we can both provide you with the Driver ID and also reprogram the keypad so that the problem does not occur again. Happy Driving!

Protect Your Skin When the Temperature Drops

January 14, 2009

Aside from the occasional I-GO trip, I rely on the CTA and my own two feet to get around. I spend a lot of time outdoors, even in these freezing temperatures. But sub-zero conditions can leave my face flaky, cracked and red. Here are some tips to keep your skin healthy while braving the elements.

1. Prevent flaky skin.First, avoid products that contain alcohol, which is drying. Instead, use a gentle cleanser and switch to a richer moisturizer. Neutrogena products are my personal favorite.

2. Stop a red nose. Unless you’re guiding Santa’s sleigh, no one wants a red nose (which, by the way, is caused by dilated blood vessels). Since sun exposure can also cause redness, wear plenty of SPF 30 sunblock, even in the dead of winter. Kiehl’s makes a good one. And a warm — not hot — compress to the skin for a few minutes should also reduce redness.

3. Keep lips moist and crack-free. There’s no such thing as too much lip balm. It’s your first line of defense against chapped lips. Also avoid licking lips which dries them out even more.

For more tips to keep your skin healthy this winter, check out this post from Real Simple.

A Parking Pickle

January 12, 2009

Have you ever gone to return your I-GO car only to find a non-I-GO vehicle already parked in the I-GO space? Talk about annoying! If you ever find yourself in this situation, please call our office at 773.278.4446 and press “1”. We can advise you on the best place to park– usually, the closest legal parking spot to the reserved I-GO space. We’ll also have the offending vehicle towed, if possible, and inform the next I-GO member who’s reserved the car you’re returning that it’s parked out of position.

Chicago expands red light ticketing program

January 6, 2009

As some of you may already be painfully aware, traffic surveillance cameras have been popping up around Chicago at intersections in recent years. Getting caught running a red light on one of these cameras will cost you a hefty $100 ticket in the mail. Already, the City has installed 248 cameras at 123 accident-prone intersections and it looks like there are many more to come.

The 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has given the City of Chicago the go-ahead to continue installing red light camera at intersections throughout Chicago. Rejecting the so-called “innocent owner’s defense”, the ruling states:

“Is it rational to fine the owner, rather than the driver? Certainly so. A camera can show reliably which cars and trucks go through red lights, but is less likely to show who was driving. That would make it easy for owners to point the finger at friends or children- and essentially impossible for the city to prove otherwise”

The City will now move ahead with a major expansion program, installing cameras at more than 330 intersections by 2012. Thus far, these cameras have raised $94.5 million in revenue for the city. However, City Hall insists that it’s more about safety than money, claiming a 59 percent drop in red-light running since installing the cameras in 2003. What do you think? Is this a fare form of traffic enforcement, or is Big Brother going too far?

Tree recycling in Chicago

January 5, 2009

Don’t add your beautiful Christmas tree to an area landfill – give it new life by having it recycled. The City of Chicago is offering free recycling at parks all over the city through January 16, so load up your ole tennenbaum in an I-GO truck or SUV and drop it off – these sites are taking trees 24 hours a day:

Bessemer Park
8930 S. Muskegon Ave.

Clark Park
3400 N. Rockwell

Forestry Site
900 E. 103rd St.

Garfield Park
100 N. Central Park Ave.

Grant Park
900 S. Columbus

Humboldt Park Boathouse
1369 N. Sacramento

Jackson Park
6300 S. Cornell

Kennedy Park
11320 S. Western

Kelvyn Park
4438 W. Wrightwood

Lake Meadows Park
3117 S. Rhodes

Lincoln Park
Cannon Dr. at Fullerton Ave.
(Parking lot east of Cannon Dr.)

Margate Park
4921 N. Marine Dr.

Marquette Park
6700 S. Kedzie

McKinley Park
2210 W. Pershing Rd.

Mt. Greenwood Park
3721 W. 111th St.

North Park Village
5801 N. Pulaski Rd.

Norwood Park
5801 N. Natoma

Portage Park
4100 N. Long

Riis Park
6100 W. Fullerton

Rowan Park
11546 S. Avenue L

Sheridan Park
910 S. Aberdeen St.

Warren Park
6601 N. Western Ave.

Wentworth Park
5625 S. Mobile

Green Your New Year’s Party

December 30, 2008

Having a soiree this New Year’s Eve? I have some fun useful tips for you to make it green and eco-friendly. You can find the full list here, but here are a few fun ideas.

1 . Cut down on paper and use technology. Email invitations or call people to invite them to your party.

2. Get organized with your transportation. Encourage friends coming to the party to use public transportation or car pool to cut down on their driving.

3. Avoid the paper products and instead use real cutlery, glasses and dishes for the party. You will have dishes to wash but think of the garbage you’ll reduce. If you don’t have enough glasses borrow from a neighbor or check with local caterers who will rent out glassware at a reasonable cost.

And here’s another green tip for you…use I-GO to get all your New Year’s Eve goodies. Reserve your car today so you can load up on food and libations at your favorite haunts like Target, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and Costco.

Happy New Year!

Last minute shopping with I-GO!

December 22, 2008

Are you a last minute holiday shopper? Get in line.

But seriously, one of the easiest and most practical, yet unique and green gifts you can give this holiday season is an I-GO gift certificate for I-GO Car Sharing driving credits. Friends and family will love a gift of $25, $50, $75 or whatever you can spend, so they can get where they need to go in the New Year.

So stop procrastinating, and get those I-GO driving credits today!

Green Parent Chicago: winter activities for the kids

December 22, 2008

Not sure how to keep the little tykes busy this holiday season? Check out Green Parent Chicago’s helpful list of ideas on ways to keep the kids entertained- away from the tube. Ever think you’d go snowshoeing in the city? Well, there’s a first time for everything!

I-GO Pizza

December 12, 2008

Ooey-gooey cheese, rich tomato sauce and a nice crispy crust. Sounds pretty good, right? But what does it have to do with I-GO and car sharing? Well, if you are an I-GO member, you can get 15% off your next order at APART Pizza Company–one of the best thin crust joints in the city. Just remember to show them your I-GO card. But don’t take my word, check out these reviews on Yelp and Time Out.

APART has two convenient locations: 2205 W. Montrose and 5624 N. Broadway.

And by the way, you’re welcome.

Snow days were more fun Back In The Day…

December 1, 2008

It’s the first big snow of the year, and as I hear Chicago school closings listed, I am again bummed as heck that I won’t ever experience the joy of a snow day. Heart pumping as the list is read, the ecstasy as your school is called, the video games and PJs all day while you skip your homework again…

But now we grown ups have to soldier on in this weather, getting wet and cold waiting for the El, scrubbing salt stains from our shoes, wiping out on the ice, and also braving dangerous roads. For folks not used to driving in this mess, be sure to follow some of these important tips as you do your grown-up business in your favorite I-Go car:

  • Turn on your head lights so other cars can see you.
  • Stay a bit further behind the cars in front of you – when there is snow and ice, you’ll need about three times the amount of space to break.
  • If you get stuck, clear snow from the tires and ease your way out. Spinning your wheels will just get you more stuck.

More tips on Winter driving are at Stay warm and safe.

(Image from WBBM CBS 2 Chicago)