When is the best time to safety check rental cars? When renting a car on holiday or for work, you might assume that all safety checks have been done. You would think that the car is safe, roadworthy and good to go.
Whilst this obviously should always be the case, you can never be too careful. It pays to conduct your own safety checks to avoid potential accidents on the road further down the line.
How can I safety check rental cars?
When it comes to safety checking rental cars on holiday or for work, the first thing to know is when to do it. You need to do your safety checks before you leave the forecourt. Otherwise, you will struggle to show that the fault was present before you took the car.
Here are some basic safety checks to make with rental cars before you leave the forecourt:
- Ask when the car last received vehicle maintenance. If they don’t know, alarm bells should start ringing.
- Make sure you have all the numbers for breakdown recovery, lost keys and anything else you may need.
- Do your own car inspection. Check the panels. Make a note of all dents and scratches. Take plenty of photographs. Take a close look at the tyres as well. Then, open up the boot and bonnet and check the condition of the spare tyre and fluid levels. Finally, look inside to check the mileage.
- Get in the car and turn the engine on. Don’t drive off yet. You just want to know it starts well and the dashboard gauges all work. You can even go for a quick spin around the forecourt.
- A comparatively minor one, but important nevertheless. Make sure you familiarise yourself with the radio and music controls. The last thing you want is to try and figure these out whilst moving. That sort of distraction can easily lead to a road traffic accident.
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Date Published: May 2, 2017
Author: Accident Advice