Hiring a car overseas? Discover your safety checklist here
There’s nothing more exciting than heading abroad for your holidays. Although now more than ever, tourists are opting to utilise car hire rather than staying in resorts and close to local amenities. Hiring a car also makes sense for large groups that are travelling together or families who don’t want to worry about piling onto public transport in the middle of an unfamiliar location.
Sadly, many tourists fall foul of hidden fees, additional charges or even safety mishaps that leave them footing a rather large bill. So, with this in mind and to take the sting out of overseas car hire, read on for a simple car hire checklist that will make the entire process easier and give you peace of mind.
Check the rules of the road
Before you drive overseas in any vehicle, it’s important to make yourself familiar with local driving laws and practices. Signalling, road signs, speed limits etc, the last thing you want is to be involved in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, or one that could have been avoided. Personal injury claims are on the rise, click the link to find out more. So, always remember to conduct a little research before you travel.
Make sure you understand the fuel policy
Fuel policies are responsible for many pre-holiday headaches. So, you must know where you stand, otherwise, you might be hit with a nasty bill! You may be required to return the vehicle with a full tank if it was rented to you with a full tank, or you may be required to return your vehicle with an empty tank if you paid for a full tank in advance. If in doubt, ask for clarification and retain all your fuel receipts.
Check for damage before you take the vehicle
Before you sign anything or leave the forecourt, check the vehicle for damage. Scratches, scuffs, bumps, interior damage etc. Take photos/videos and bring them to the lenders’ attention. This way you can’t be held liable for the damage. These are used vehicles and so we have no way of knowing what others have damaged on the vehicle.
Ask about emergencies
Find out from the hire car company what you should do in the event of a theft, breakdown or accident. They should provide you with an emergency contact number.
Get to know the car
Driving in an unfamiliar country is one thing, but an unfamiliar vehicle as well? Overwhelming to say the least. Before you take the car away, make sure you’re familiar with the vehicle and how everything works. If you’re unsure – ask!