Do you have a holiday booked? Check out these tips for hiring a car abroad.
Will you be visiting foreign turf this summer? If you are, you may consider renting a car at your destination. Having your own set of wheels allows you to take off exploring without worrying about buses or high-fare taxis.
Renting a car has its unique set of trials and tribulations. Before you book that nifty coupe in Florence, read these tips for renting a car:
- Learn to drive a stick shift
Outside of the U.S., most cars are manual transmissions. You may find automatic rentals are significantly more expensive than manuals and harder to get a hold of. Learn how to drive a manual before getting on the plane. You’ll be concentrating hard enough on the road itself to dodge the livestock without the task of learning how to shift gears as well!
- Book it beforehand
You can reserve your car way ahead of arriving at your destination. It’s always a good idea to do this so that you know exactly how much to budget for, as well as securing the 2-door car rather than the SUV.
- Secure insurance
Trust us, the rental car insurance is always worth it. Your U.S. auto insurance will rarely cover you abroad. It’s best to get the insurance to protect you in case something unfortunate does happen. Insurance means that your vacation of a lifetime won’t be ruined by a fender bender.
- When in Rome, drive as the Romans do!
American traffic laws don’t necessarily always translate abroad. Always research the road culture in a place you’ll be driving and learn the customs before being honked at by fellow drivers.
- Prevent theft
Thieves are everywhere, and leaving your car unlocked, full of valuable items is never going to be a smart move – no matter where you are on the planet. Always lock the doors, store valuables out of sight, and park in well-lit areas.
Before you book that rental and hop on the plane, take a moment to review your auto insurance to ensure that you receive optimum coverage. Contact Insurance and Mortgage Services to secure your belongings left at home in Batavia, Illinois!