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Written by : sshields

Published on:: 04/08/2016

Hiring a Car Abroad

If you’re looking to see as much as possible whilst on holiday, renting a car will make planning your activities so much easier. Even though many companies, such as Enterprise, operate in several countries, there are a few things you’ll need to consider if you intend on hiring a car on your travels…

Driving on the “wrong side” of the road

The obvious situation you’ll be most likely facing is driving on the other side of the road, in the opposite side of the car. This can be very daunting if you’ve never done it before, but it won’t take long for you to get used to it. Just ensure you keep aware of your surroundings and stick to the correct side of the road.

Know local road laws

Make sure you read up on road laws in the country you are visiting to ensure you don’t get caught out by the law or upset the locals (in the USA, for example, it’s legal in some states to turn right at a red light if safe to do so). Also remember many countries use kilometres, rather than miles for both speed and distance.

Automatic or Manual?

Unless you’re hiring a car in the States, where driving an automatic car is practically mandatory, most rental companies will offer the choice of hiring a manual or automatic car. Where manual transmission is available, this is the cheapest option. Bear in mind, however, the gearstick moves in exactly the same way as your own car and you’d also have to use your right hand to change gear. This may be tricky to get used to; at least with an automatic car you’d have one less thing to worry about!

If you decide to hire an automatic but have never driven one before, make sure you’re fully aware how the transmission works before leaving the rental office. If you stick with manual, maybe have a practice on changing gear with your right hand by sitting in the passenger seat of your own car whilst the car is off?

Book in advance to get the best deal

There are price comparison websites available so you can ensure you’re getting the best deal. Booking in advance also allows you to read carefully through the terms and conditions so you know, for example, your excess and additional charges.

Additional equipment – Optional & Compulsory

Some rental companies will offer optional equipment, such as sat-navs (though you can borrow our European sat-nav for free through the Friends Portal) and booster seats. Some countries may require you to carry equipment for emergencies in your car at all times. The rental company should provide these; make sure it’s all there before you leave the rental office.

If you’re driving your own car abroad or need more information about driving abroad, check out our other blog here.

Don’t forget - if you’ve bought a car from us, you can get exclusive discounts on vehicle hire with Enterprise by booking through the Friends Portal.

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By Steven Shields, Social Media Executive & Content Writer for The Car People.

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