Whether you intend on hiring a car while on holiday or to temporarily replace your own vehicle for some reason, you will want to make sure everything is in order and you will be able to get from one place to another safely and without road accidents. The following tips should help you to do just that.
Hiring a car
The first thing to do is obviously to select a car suitable to your needs. If you have a family, child seats may be necessary; you will have to decide whether sufficient space for luggage or other belongings is available and, more importantly, whether the vehicle is suitable for your own driving experience, for example, is it automatic or manually operated, can you handle the power of the car, and so on, as this will help prevent accidents on the road.
Safety kits, papers and more
Making sure potentially necessary safety kits are present (some countries have very strict requirements as to what drivers have to carry in these terms) and checking the vehicle for existing damages (to prevent being charged for damages inflicted by someone else when you return the vehicle) is equally important, as is carefully examining all paperwork to avoid extra, possibly hidden, costs.
Exploring the vehicle
Before you embark on your first journey in the hired car, make sure you know where all necessary switches and controls are and that they are in proper working order. This obviously also applies to all other vehicle functions, from acceleration and brakes to tyres, lights, indicators, etc. If something is not working properly or you are unsure as to what is operated where and how, ask the dealer for clarification or report the fault immediately to prevent such defects causing a road traffic accident.
Driving the vehicle
As with your own car, it is then up to you to prevent traffic accidents by driving responsibly and taking note of local traffic rules and regulations, if driving abroad, for example. This includes ensuring you are on the correct side of the road, adhering to relevant speed limits, rights of way and so on.
Should you be injured in a vehicle collision caused by another road user, you may be entitled to passenger or driver injury compensation. This also applies if your motoring accident was caused by a previously undetected fault on the vehicle. You can establish whether you are eligible to claim, who to claim injury compensation from, and more, by making a Freephone call to Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice