Five safety checks to make when hiring a car abroad

You’ve landed on time, collected your bags from arrival and now all you need to do is collect your rental car from the front desk. But when you do collect the car that is to be your run around for the next two weeks there are a number of checks you’ll need to make to ensure, when hiring a car abroad, the vehicle is safe and not likely to be involved in a road traffic accident.

Five things to check when hiring a car abroad and collecting your rental car

Most rental companies will offer you a choice and provide you with some of the newest models on the market. However, that doesn’t mean that you should assume the car is entirely road worthy and safe to drive away. Rental cars do thousands of miles a year which can take its toll on a vehicle.

Five checks you should always carry out when hiring a car abroad:

  • Seatbelts – Ensure all seatbelts work in the front and back of the car, this isn’t just for you and your passenger’s safety, it’s illegal in most countries to drive without them.
  • Windscreen wipers – It sounds obvious but if you drive away in bright sunshine and there is a downpour; you’ll be in big trouble if the wipers don’t work.
  • Lights – Again, if you’re collecting your car during the day this may not be something you automatically think of. Driving with poor lights is illegal and can cause accidents.
  • Tyres – As well as being unsafe, driving with bald tyres is also illegal.
  • Windscreen – A cracked windscreen might not seem much but any bump in the road or change of temperature can cause it to shatter completely.

You can make a compensation claim if you’ve been injured in a road traffic accident when driving a rental car.

It doesn’t matter what vehicle you are in, if you’ve had an accident in the past three years and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Accident Advice Helpline is a compensation claims expert and has helped people win millions of pounds following accidents at work, slips trips and falls or car crash claims.

What you need to do

Call Accident Advice Helpline if you’ve been injured in a road traffic accident. They will ask you some simple questions and assess whether you have a viable claim for compensation. Their advisors are there 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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