Hiring a car on your holidays?

Holiday car hire gives you the freedom to explore the area at your own pace, but it pays to do some research before you go.  Even a usually confident driver can feel apprehensive about renting a vehicle, especially when driving on the opposite side of the road.

Consider having the vehicle delivered to your holiday home a couple of days into the holiday to give you a chance to settle in first.  Alternatively if collecting from the airport, try to plan the route to your accommodation before leaving home – it is easy to find local maps online to help you to go prepared.

Driving laws can vary from one country to another and small differences, like traffic signals, right of way and rights of pedestrians can cause unnecessary confusion. Again, checking this information online can save trouble later.

Useful points:

  • Check what to do in the event of an accident or breakdown – you may be legally obliged to contact the traffic police before you continue to travel.
  • Insurance is essential – most car hire is subject to an excess charge if the vehicle is damaged or stolen during the rental period.  Buying good car hire excess insurance is a must.

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