We took our first one out for the day on Sunday. It is so very easy. I booked a hatchback online - website is also very very simple to use. I popped round the corner a couple of blocks from my house and found it in a car park. Your card opens the car during your booked hours. There's a pad on the windscreen on which you lay your card and it unlocks the car. Then you get in and drive off. If you need to buy petrol then there's a card to pay for it in the pocket of the sun visor. You only start paying for fuel once you've driven over 180 miles. The insurance costs are included in your membership fee. So total cost for the day for our car was just over $80.
So what did we do. Well we shopped at Trader Joe's - the less upmarket Whole Foods - for the first time. We then headed off to a garden centre so I am now the proud owner of a lemon tree, some geraniums, lavender, a blueberry bush and I've planted some lettuce and oregano.
And then we headed off to the beach. The day was glorious and it seemed like the whole of San Francisco had headed down there.