What do you need to keep in mind when renting a vehicle this winter?

Winter1No matter how experienced a driver you are, the winter months can often make travelling on the roads a bit trickier – especially if you’re driving an unfamiliar car! 

However, this doesn’t mean you should avoid it, as a road trip during the winter months can be a great adventure and provide fantastic scenery and memories.

But there are things that you should keep in mind when hiring a vehicle, so read on to make sure you have a safe road trip.

Picking the car

The temptation when picking a rental car during winter can be to go for one with four-wheel drive or heated seats; while these a nice thing to have, they are not essential and can end up costing you a lot more.

Your main priority should be to make sure the car has an anti-lock braking system, as these will help stop you from sliding when you break. The important thing to keep in mind is that the car doesn’t really matter – as long as it safe and working – the best accident prevention is to be prepared and patient when you drive.

Checks before leaving

Although you may be eager to get in the car and get going, carrying out a few checks before leaving can save you a great deal of time and money. Double check the tyres to make sure they are in good condition and fit for the road, and don’t forget to give the spare one a once over as well.

Make sure you’re aware of how much fuel you have too, as you don’t want to be running out halfway to your destination or be hit with added charges when you return it.

Take out the right cover

One of the most significant things to remember, is to make sure you have the right insurance in place in the case of any accident.

It goes without saying that driving in icy or snowy conditions makes the chance of a bump or scratch on your rental vehicle much higher, so if you don’t want to be lumped with a huge excess charge make sure you get yourself the right cover.

If you’re planning on hiring a vehicle this winter, find out if you could save yourself some money by getting a quote for car hire excess insurance today.

Date Created: 07 November 2017 by Questor Insurance