Some countries are just best experienced from behind a wheel. But renting (not to mention driving) a car overseas can sometimes be difficult if you don’t know what to expect.
Here are six tips for hassle-free rental car hire overseas. Follow this expert travel advice and you’ll be able to get out on the open road overseas without any complications.
1. Make sure you’ve got travel insurance
You might be a safe driver, but you’ve got no guarantees the people you’re sharing the road with overseas are equally as cautious. Because of this, it’s critical to have a comprehensive travel insurance policy. Car rental companies will generally have an insurance add-on, but it’s always worth having your own policy booked as well.
2. Make sure you’re aware of the road rules
Speed limits, turning rules, overtaking etiquette and even the side of the road you drive on vary from country to country, and it’s essential that you’re aware of this. Before you get behind the wheel overseas, take some time to research the local road rules of the area you’re visiting. This sort of thing can save you a real headache on the road.
3. Inspect the car before you leave the lot
Renting a car overseas isn’t always cheap, so it’s important to make sure you get what you’ve paid for. Before you get into the front seat, take a minute or two to inspect the car thoroughly. If you’re not feeling confident it’s worth asking for an inspection report. If they’re any less than obliging, you can always take your business elsewhere.
4. Take a moment to read the t’s and c’s
Not being aware of the terms and conditions in your rental car agreement is a dangerous way to do business. Make sure you know what your vehicle return expectations are, as well as how much you’ll be charged for things like damages and late returns.
5. Pay any fines or tolls asap
Failing to take care of any fines or tolls you might unfortunately find along the way can see you slugged with extra administrative charges when you return to the lot.
6. International driving permit
In many countries, international drivers are expected to obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP). This is basically a piece of paper that translates the information on your licence into 10 different languages. IDPs are recognised in over 150 countries and will generally have you covered if you’re driving aboard. One important thing to remember though, will be to bring your regular driving licence along to present with the IDP.
Have you ever driven a car overseas? How did you find it?