Tips to note when getting a car for rental purposes

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You’ve got something coming up and you’ve decided to rent a car to save yourself from the stress of public transportation. But before booking, you want to be very sure you are making the right decision with the rental company. And you also want to avoid getting into any sort of trouble with the rented car.

This article gives you a hold of tips you should note before renting, during the process of renting, and after renting a car. Let’s look at the tips one after the other.

  1. Research the car rental company before you book

Before getting a car, search the status of the rental company and make sure it is reputable. Check for their customer service and vehicle maintenance records, read online reviews, look through their social media pages, and other places you can get valuable information about them.

  1. Always inspect the vehicle

Before picking up the car, thoroughly inspect it to make sure it’s safe to go out. Check for damages or any mechanical issues, wear, or tear on the interiors. It’s important to also make sure that everything is working fine- seatbelts, windows, tires, lights, brakes, mirrors- before driving off. Also ensure the car is equipped with the necessary safety equipment, such as a fire extinguisher and first-aid kit.

  1. Follow all traffic rules and speed limits while driving

You must know all traffic signs and rules whether you’re in a foreign country or not. Don’t drive on the wrong side of the road; obey stop signs and flashing signals; always stop at school zones with flashing lights; and obey speed limits.

  1. Don’t drive under the influence of alcohol

To keep safe, do not drive under the influence of alcohol. It increases your chances of being involved in an accident. 

  1. Plan ahead

 Before renting a car, make sure you are familiar with the area you will be driving. If you’re going long distances, get a map and plan your route. Also, ensure to take breaks while driving to avoid fatigue.

  1. Always wear a seatbelt

This is one of the most important things when renting a car because if you don’t wear your seatbelt while driving, there’s an increased risk of injury or death during an accident

  1. Avoid distractions while driving

 Pay attention to your surroundings, including other drivers, pedestrians, road conditions, and weather. Keep your eyes on the road and be prepared to react if necessary. Do not use your phone or any other distracting devices while driving. If you need to make a call, use hands-free technology or pull over to a safe place first.

Driving comes with a lot of responsibilities. And when it’s a rental car, you have to be extra careful as you wouldn’t want to incur additional expenses. At Hertz, we take the burden of driving from you by providing you with a professional chauffeur for each car you rent. This chauffeur brings the car to your pickup location, takes you on the trip, and drops off the car on your behalf. 
Book a car today and enjoy the utmost convenience.

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