Zimride + Kaskade = The Ultimate Vegas Road Trip!

Exciting news…Zimride is officially going to Vegas, baby! You heard it here first: we’ve launched our LA to Vegas route just in time for summer. And if you didn’t need another excuse to hit the road for a weekend trip to Vegas, how about the chance to party with America’s #1 DJ, Kaskade?!

We’ve teamed up with Kaskade to offer a lucky Zimrider the Ultimate Vegas Road Trip. You and your car of friends – up to four total – win admission to his performance at Marquee nightclub at The Cosmopolitan, and a meet-and-greet with Kaskade himself at the show. Kaskade is excited to help his fans help the environment (and save some cash!) by riding together to his shows on his Freaks of Nature Tour.

How to Participate:
Like Zimride on Facebook.
Complete the entry form HERE.
• Kaskade performs at Marquee nightclub at The Cosmopolitan on Saturday, June 9th at 9pm and the Meet & Greet occurs at the show.
• Meet & Greet time is TBD and details will be provided to winners upon contact.
• Winner will be chosen and contacted Thursday, June 9th before noon (PDT).
• Post your Zimride to Vegas to meet new friends and blast Kaskade’s music on the drive!*

Good luck and happy driving!

*The winner is responsible for his/her own transportation and accommodations in Las Vegas.

Rock On!
Your Zimride Crew

Zimride’s Top 10 Road Trip Movies

Happy Memorial Day weekend, Zimriders! With summer around the corner and a holiday on Monday, this weekend is perfect for a road trip. San Diego, Las Vegas, San Francisco and Los Angeles are just a few of the awesome driving destinations this weekend on Zimride.

To toast Memorial Day weekend we bring you our Top 10 Road Trip Movies* of all time. Enjoy and safe (+shared) travels!

  1. Planes, Trains & Automobiles – John Candy and Steve Martin in a John Hughes film…enough said.
  2. Rain Man – On a Zimride with Charlie Babbitt, pit stops to catch Judge Wapner on People’s Court are a must.
  3. Little Miss Sunshine – This family flick is just as funny as it is heartfelt.
  4. Thelma & Louise – Female bonding at its finest.
  5. Sideways – After Miles famously refused to drink merlot, U.S. sales of the varietal actually dropped.
  6. Easy Rider – Don’t miss the soundtrack in this classic biker movie. R.I.P. Dennis Hopper.
  7. Dumb & Dumber – “We got no food, no jobs…our pets’ heads are falling off!”
  8. The Motorcycle DiariesA young Che Guevara hits the road on his motocicleta.
  9. Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson’s psychedelic desert trek to find the American Dream.
  10. Cars – We love a good Pixar film…especially one with talking Cars!

Rain Man Road Trip

Happy Road Trippin!

The Zimride Crew

*Top 10 Road Trip movies not titled “Road Trip.” (Although we love that one, it’s a little too easy.)

All photos courtesy of MGM. They make awesome movies!

Tips from Zimriders: Picture Perfect

Everyone loves to Zimride in style, which is why it’s important to show off your car on your profile.  We asked an amazingly talented Zimride driver, Matt L, to share his pro advice so you can get that perfect shot.

Matt L Photo Tips

Matt L offers up his photo tips for showcasing your car on Zimride.

I Zimride in a 1996 Subaru Legacy Outback that I’ve customized heavily, so I like to show off my hard work when I get a chance. Here are some tips on how to take fantastic photos of your car with minimal gear.

Tools of the Trade

  • Any camera (one that can do manual settings is best)
  • A tripod or something like a bag of rice to keep a camera steady
  • A nice, interesting background
  • Good light

Location, Location, Location

First park your car in a nice location and make sure the environment fits the car. For example, park an outdoorsy car in the wilderness or a sports car in a city environment.

The Golden Hour

The “Golden Hour” is the hour right after sunrise or the hour just before sunset. Try to take your photos at this time—it makes everything look magical.

Photo Tip: Subaru at night

Get Down Low

You can emphasize the awesomeness of your car by eliminating any distractions in the background. The easiest way to accomplish this is dropping down on a knee or lying on the ground.

Position yourself and your camera at about a 45 degree angle to the car or 90 degrees depending on the look that you want to achieve.

Manual Mode

Check if your camera has a manual mode “M”. When your camera is on manual mode, set the aperture (f/”something”) to around f/8. This will give you an in focus image from foreground to background. If you’re using a DSLR, then you’ll want to switch to f/11.

Adjust the shutter speed so that the part of the car facing you is properly exposed. You’ll also want to keep your ISO as low as possible to get the best image quality.

If you are using a simpler camera without manual features such as a phone, put the box (or tap the screen) on the part of the car closest to you until it is the proper brightness. You may want to use exposure compensation (+2 to -2) to adjust this if your camera offers this feature.

After you have your settings dialed in, hold steady and blast away!

Experiment, Experiment, Experiment

Try different angles and position the car differently in the light. I like to place the car diagonal with the wheels pointing out towards the camera to make the car more engaging.

If you are feeling adventurous and want to experiment with some different techniques, take your car somewhere totally dark, leave your camera on a tripod, set your aperture to f/8 and your shutter speed to 30 seconds or as long as it will allow. After you snap your photo, but before the shutter closes, take a flashlight and “paint with light” on the car and around it. You’ll be surprised at the results.

Ask for Feedback

Share your awesome car photos with your friends and family and get their feedback. It’s important to practice!

Thanks for all the fantastic tips Matt! If you’re interested in checking out more of his work, please visit his Web site.

Got any shots of your car?  You can share them with us by emailing community@zimride.com or Share with us on our Facebook page!

Happy Travels!

The Zimride Crew

Stories from the Road: True Love Travels

Deyanira and Lauren

During the UC Santa Cruz fall quarter of 2010 my drives home to Southern California were ridiculous. Deyanira (in the left of the picture), the other half of my serious relationship, lived in the heart of Orange County. $45 bucks on gas each way literally sliced my wallet in half – but I had to do it. The love of my life lived almost seven hours away – and I was determined to do anything to make it work. All I can remember from those two and half months was racing out of my last class of the week, buying two Redbulls, and hitting the road. The gas killed me, but the look on her face right after midnight was soooo worth all the leg cramps and twitching eye-sockets. It was worth the drive every time and I couldn’t complain.

Then sometime later, a billowing, gorgeous blue flyer on campus stole my attention – “Sell the seats in your car, save gas, share the ride.” Could this be real? I signed up on Zimride within five minutes. I posted a ride offer to Orange County for that next Thursday. Three seats in my car had been sold less than twenty-four hours after posting – 30 bucks each way for four passengers varying between one way and round trips. I quickly did the math and thought to myself “$180 total! Holy crap! How did I not know about this before?”

I loved my first Zimride. Three other UCSC students and I were all headed to SoCal – they kept expressing their gratitude for the ride. Little did they know, I was way more thrilled than they to be making so much dinero. My gas was covered completely, and I even had some left over to take my lady out on a moon-kissed date. This same excitement continues on every single Zimride. With all the cash and smiles, how could it not?!

To make a long story short – Deyanira moved up a month after that first Zimride. I’d like to think it was all the energy I put into seeing her so often and making so many trips to SoCal. After all, long-distance relationships are more than geographically “long-distanced” – you really have to find a way to remain as close together as those first few months of puppy love. Since the move, we have driven down to SoCal to visit her and my family (February 2011 to March 2012) at least THIRTY-TWO times!

Thanks for the story Lauren! Any guesses on how much Lauren has made? Check out her Driver Tips to learn her secrets of being an awesome Zimrider. If you have a story that you want to share, please send your Zimride Story from the Road to community@zimride.com!

-Your Zimride Crew

Zimride is Going Mobile!

Today we’re happy to announce a new way to use Zimride: Zimride for mobile web. You can now take your ridesharing community with you when you’re on the go. Quickly find and book rides, view profiles, communicate with other drivers and passengers, and post rides all from your mobile device. Just go to Zimride.com on your iPhone or Android browser, and you’re on your way! Check out the video below to see how it works.


Find and Book Rides
Finding a ride is never more than a tap away, and there are handy filters that help you choose the best ride for you. Booking rides is also streamlined and optimized for your smartphone so you can easily view a ride and book it quickly and securely.

Send and Receive Messages
When new messages and ride requests come your way, you can now reply and respond on the fly. You’ll miss fewer communications and complete more successful rideshares.

View Profiles
Check out profiles, and get to know your fellow Zimriders. Swipe through photos of common friends, and read user reviews to help you pick your favorite ride.

Post a Ride
Posting rides on mobile is quick and easy. Just one step to post, and you’re done. We’ll even let you know when we find corresponding rides that match.

Zimride for Mobile Web screens
Stay tuned to our blog for more Zimride Mobile updates and announcements. As always, we appreciate your feedback and will continue to improve your Zimride experience. Let us know what you think about Zimride for mobile web at support@zimride.com.

Happy travels,
The Zimride Mobile Team (Sebastian, Jamie, Eduardo, Marc & Frank)
The Zimride Mobile Team: Sebastian, Jamie, Eduardo, Marc & Frank