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Published On: Thu, Aug 30th, 2018

Seven Things You Should Know Before You Rent A Vehicle On Vacation

Renting a car on vacation is one of the best ways to explore new places and save while you do it. Renting a car can be a little scary for first time drivers, so make sure that you’re prepared before you rent a car.

  1. Keep drivers to a minimum

You’ll need to decide in advance who will be driving the car for the duration of your trip. Car rental companies will charge you a fee per driver, so if you’re renting the vehicle with four friends, choose two drivers. Remember, if anything happens to your rental vehicle and it’s being driven by a driver who has not registered with the rental company, you’ll likely not be covered even if you have insurance.

  1. Shop around for the car insurance in advance

The car insurance that your rental company offers will most likely cost you more than car insurance that you provide on your own. Plan all of this well in advance, and make sure that the insurance you purchase is accepted by the rental company.

  1. Expect higher costs for young drivers

Unfortunately, it’s standard practice to charge more for drivers under the age 25, even if your driving record is spotless. If you have a driver over 25, see if they would be okay driving for the duration of the trip to avoid an extra daily fee tacked on to your rental costs.

  1. Try not to rent a car at the airport

A five minute drive could save you a pretty penny when renting a car. We know, it’s super convenient to be able to step off your flight and right into a vehicle, but you’ll want to check on how much you’d actually pay for that luxury. Rental companies that are within airports have to pay hefty fees so that they can run their business so close to travellers.  Compare rates so that you can make the best decision for you and your group.

  1. Keep to main roads, even if you rent an SUV

Rental car companies are not okay with you taking your rented vehicle off main roads. If you’re taking that risk, know that you won’t be covered if your car gets stuck or rough roads cause damage to the vehicle.

  1. Fill up the tank before you return the car

You may be charged triple the price if the rental company has to refuel the vehicle once you drop it off. Save yourself some serious cash and fill up on the way to drop it off.

  1. Familiarize yourself with signage and road rules at your destination

Driving in a different country can have completely different rules than what your used to – you could even be driving on the opposite side of the road! Familiarise yourself with signage, rules, and laws so that you stay safe on the road.

If you’re looking for rental insurance for your vacation, click here to compare hundreds of policies so that all you have to worry about is having a great time!

Author: Jacob Maslow

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