I love the idea of Zip Cars – rent a car just for the few hours that you need it to get from point A to point B; pick up and drop off where’s convenient for you. Totally get it. Makes sense if you’re in a city and don’t want to own a car.
Here’s the problem: When someone doesn’t own a car because they don’t know how to drive/rarely ever drive/don’t like driving. I’m sure there are plenty of licensed, well-trained drivers out there who don’t have the need to own a vehicle and prefer to rent from time to time for shopping or errands.
BUT…There seem to be a LOT of Zip Car renters here who are afraid of driving/don’t know how to drive/don’t know the very specific rules of the Ann Arbor driving scene/don’t even have a license. Well this last one might not be true because I HOPE Zip Car makes you prove you have a license to rent one of their cars. But I honestly can’t be sure.
If you see a Zip Car cruising (likely super slowly) down the road STEER CLEAR. Like literally pull over to the side of the road and wait 15 minutes. You’ll probably catch up with them at the next light.
The second option is to hit the gas hard and scoot by, but you’ll likely end up being side-swiped in slow motion as they gingerly try to “merge” into your lane (read: don’t check the mirrors and just aimlessly drift all over the place). This is not Seinfeld. These lanes are NOT “so luxurious” – they are normally spaced. Stay in yours.
Sorry Michiganders, I find that you are generally terrible drivers, and having Zip Cars at the disposal of the least practiced of you seems dangerous. So if you’re one of those people renting Zip Cars who has only ever driven like three times in life, please do me a favor and get an Uber instead.
Thanks. Sincerely, All Other Drivers