Five Fall Driving Safety Tips

Driving at a wheel the car. Travel countryside. Fall. The photo is tinted in a retro style.


After a long (hot) summer, is there anything better than a crisp fall day? However, fall does present some challenges that motorists must be aware of before they get behind the wheel. Number one, students are back in school, so you should always give yourself a few more minutes on your morning commute in case you find yourself behind a bus or driving through a school zone. In addition to that, make sure to pay attention as you drive in residential areas as more kids will be on the sidewalk and side of the road.


Another thing to be aware of is the weather. A warm mid-afternoon could easily turn into a cold and rainy night a few hours later, causing unfavorable conditions for those out on the road.  And it gets darker sooner, meaning visibility isn’t as great as what you became used to during the late afternoon hours in the summer. Always try to put a little more distance between you and the next car if it does start to rain in case there is a quick stop. And, in the evenings, keep your low beams off, so you don’t blind other drivers.


In addition to sticking with the low beams and keeping your distance, clean your windshield regularly, so you can spot a slippery area before it becomes too late. Get more driving tips as well as information about vehicle registrations on the eTags’ Blog.

Tips for Updating Your RV’s Registration

Are you thinking about taking a road trip this summer with friends or family? If so, it might be a good idea to take a good look at the registration of your motorhome or towable to make sure that it isn’t expiring soon. Although each state will have slightly different rules and registration when it comes to RV registration, motorists should know that all recreational vehicles must be registered before they can go on a public roadway. These include Class A motorhomes, Class B motorhomes, Class C motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheels, and campers.


If your RV is up for registration, don’t fret. It is as easy as registering your car or truck. While you can certainly go to your state’s DMV office, another option is eTags is the most convenient way to register your RV – especially if you’re out on the road. eTags enables customers to get a digital copy of their tags right away, so they are covered if they’re on the road. eTags also features faster processing than other third-party providers and out-of-state shipping. And did we mention that you don’t have to waste your time at the DMV?

Remember to take care of the basics, like ensuring your tags are updated, so you can worry more about the open road ahead this summer.

What Should I Know about Specialty Plates in Florida?


Are you looking for a way to support a cause or organization that you believe in – both financially and by creating awareness? An easy way to do this without much effort is through getting a specialty license plate. A specialty license plate turns your car into an instant moving billboard on the road, showing others a cause or organization that you believe in. Who knows? Others may decide to get a specialty plate as well because of how great yours looks.


In the state of Florida, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles offers over a hundred different specialty plates that you can purchase for your car or truck. Currently, it’s not possible to purchase a specialty plate for a motorcycle because the dimensions are too small. You may notice that obtaining and renewing a specialty license plate does cost a little more than regular or default Sunshine plates, but that’s because that money goes towards the cause or organization you’re supporting.


What Organizations Can I Support?


Currently, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has specialty plates for organizations ranging from environmental groups, universities, professional sports teams, and other miscellaneous groups. For example, you could purchase a specialty plate of the American Legion, the US Army and other branches of the military, various religious organizations, and more. You can also get a personalized license plate which allows you to use specific numbers and letters of your choice once approved by the DMV. A full listing of all the specialty plates available for purchase can be found here.


How Do I Purchase a Specialized License Plate?


A specialized license plate can be purchased at your tax collector’s office or tag agency. Once you have obtained a specialty plate, you will be required to renew the registration every 6, 12, or 24 months as you would with a default Sunshine plate. Renewals can be completed in person at a tax collector’s office or tag agency near you. While that option is certainly on the table, you can also renew online at If you work at a job with hours that conflict with those of the tax collector’s office, eTags allows you to renew your specialty license plate anytime. You don’t have to worry about getting there or standing in line if you are in a hurry. Instead, you can renew your specialty plate from the convenience of your home, and will do the rest.