Tips for renting cars abroad

Posted on March 25, 2013 · Posted in Insurance Guides

Almost one in three motorists chooses to rent a car while on holiday. 35% of males choose to hire a car while a slightly less amount of 27% of women opt for this transportation option. Of those who travelled to the US, 46% chose to opt for car hire, 31% that travelled to Europe and 20% of Irish tourists that travelled to the UK chose to rent a car. Car hire proves a dominant transportation choice when travelling abroad and because so many of us spend money on the service it is important to invest in a car hire excess insurance policy when on holiday.

So what are important notes to remember when renting a car abroad? Make sure that you ask for a copy of the terms and conditions of the rental before you hire the car, this will help avoid any future complications. Make sure you familiarise yourself with the rules of the roads in the country that you are visiting. Remember upon collection of the car to ask the rental firm about standard procedures should you encounter any trouble, breakdown or otherwise and what is the fixed emergency number to call.

Always check whether or not there is emergency equipment in the car. If there is no emergency equipment provided in the car then make sure to ask the rental firm to provide it to ensure your safety when travelling. Make sure to check that all switches, indicators and other controllers are all functioning efficiently and effectively. If you are unsure of how they work or unfamiliar then ask the rental firm for guidance. Sometimes when renting a car you can encounter some hidden charges, so make sure you know exactly what you are paying for.

Check to see if there is any additional costs for a child seat, additional driver or extra insurance. When driving abroad remember to at all times bring your driving licence, vehicle registration document and passport. This could be requested at any point by a member of police. It is also important to note that in most European countries the minimum driving age is eighteen and a provisional licence is not sufficient for driving rented cars so make sure that at least one member of the holiday party has a full drivers licence if you plan on renting a car when on vacation. If travelling outside of the EU, it is essential to have an International driving permit. This is not usually a requirement within Europe, however some rental companies do insist that drivers produce one.

If you follow our tips and helpful instructions your experience driving abroad should be an ease. Remember to follow all of these tips and guidelines when travelling and driving abroad for maximum safety on foreign roads. Travel safe, drive well and enjoy your holidays.