When planning for a future trip, you may opt that renting a car is the most economical option for getting around. If it is a rural area, there probably aren’t a lot of options for public transportation or the comforts of home like Uber or Lyft. Or perhaps you just simply want the added convenience of being your own mode of transportation rather than depending on anyone else.
Whatever your reasons for deciding to rent a vehicle during your trip abroad, it’s important to prepare yourself for what you will need to do to have a smooth experience. Here are some tips to keep in mind before renting a car outside of the country.
Familiarize Yourself With Driving Requirements
Many countries have different driving requirements than you are used to having at home. Some countries require additional training or proof that you have completed all of the eye examination requirements.
You should always research beforehand whether you will need to have a special permit or an international driving license. If it is a country that drives on the opposite side of the road, for example, you will want to make sure that you understand all of their road rules and driving etiquette to make sure that you keep yourself and other drivers safe.
Compare All Your Options
Doing research ahead of time comparing all of the different car companies is well worth your efforts. Rather than blindly charging ahead and making a reservation with the first company that you find, do some scanning online to find the best deals in that area with companies that are considered reputable.
Often you can find thorough and dependable reviews on places like Yelp or TripAdvisor. You can also consider asking friends and colleagues if they have any experience renting a car in your destination as direct recommendations can often be the most trust resource.
Make Sure You Are Insured
Make sure that you familiarize yourself with your insurance policy at home and if it will cover you abroad. Many times people embark on their trip assuming that they are covered anywhere in the world only to get into an unfortunate situation abroad where they learn that they are in fact only covered in the United States.
When this happens you can get hit with a pretty unfortunate bill quite possibly putting a damper on your entire trip.
If the car company you are renting from abroad offers you an insurance plan, make sure to read all of the fine print before assuming it’s a trustworthy deal.
Make sure that you have a proper GPS on hand whether it be on your phone or a handheld gadget.
Often the rental company offers GPS included in the vehicle for an additional fee.