The annual holiday is the time of year most of us look forward to. For a week or two (maybe even three if you’re lucky) the rigours of everyday life can be cast away and replaced with relaxation with friends and family. When away on holiday, renting a car is always a tempting proposition, allowing you to explore your new environment without having to rely on public transport or walking. But, doing so can lead to a potential travel accident compensation claim.
How can I avoid a holiday mishap when renting a car?
Renting a car brings up a minefield of potential problems, but our handy guide should keep you free of danger:
- Familiarise yourself with the car – It’s wise to get comfortable in the car you have rented before setting off. Check where all the major switches inside the cockpit are to ensure that you are not left confused or panicked when on the road. It is also worthwhile to check oil and coolant levels prior to your journey to avoid any possible problems.
- Make sure you are insured – It is important to make sure you are fully covered to take your new vehicle out on the road. If in the UK double check your current insurance policy covers you or be sure to arrange temporary cover. The same applies abroad, but many companies will include insurance as a part of the deal.
- Only use trusted companies – Using a less than reputable company can lead to holiday misfortune that could ruin your trip. Be sure to use trusted outlets to ensure that the car you are renting is safe and that any cover arranged with them will be valid.
- Check road laws – When renting a car abroad it is vital that you know what you are doing when on public roads, Although a UK licence can allow you to drive in foreign countries, laws and rules differ from nation to nation.
- Get a hands free kit – If you are planning to use your mobile phone whilst in the car it is essential that you sort out an adequate hands free kit. Using a mobile phone whilst driving without one is not only illegal, but can leave you open to road traffic accidents and void your insurance.
- Check your mirrors – It may seem basic, but checking your internal mirror and door mirrors prior to setting off is necessary. Chances are the person to use the vehicle before you will have them in a different position, which could limit your visibility on the road.