Choosing a Rental Car for Your Holiday

    Posted by Ben Davidson about 3 months ago

    Road trips are great for seeing a lot and spending some real quality time together. The car might not be the fastest way to reach a destination but it is certainly the best way for seeing the landscape and enjoying a little deviation from your route from time to time.

    While lots of people can happily take their own car on a road trip, you might prefer to rent. Renting opens a few more doors as you can choose a car that will be suited to such a long journey and you may also be able to leave it at your final stop and fly back.

    Here’s what you need to consider.

    The Right Insurance

    Insurance is always going to be a major cost in driving and the type of car insurance you already have can play into your decision making. If you are insured as a driver, you might have a little more freedom when it comes to choosing your preferred model. On the other hand, you might find a better deal where the insurance comes with the rental.

    It should be noted that you will also need some holiday insurance while you travel. Holiday insurance will cover you in all kinds of situations from hold-ups to cancelled accommodation so please don’t rely on your car insurance here!

    Picking a Car Model

    When you have the option to choose a car to take on a road trip, you should definitely make a list of your ideals as well as the non-negotiables. You will be spending a lot of time behind the wheel or hanging out of the passenger window so your comfort must come first. What you tolerate on an hour commute is very different to what you need for 8 hours a day!

    Good space in the trunk for your luggage is definitely required - especially if you are taking a tent and plan to camp along the way. You should also look for good leg room and make sure that the a/c is working well before you set off. Fuel efficiency is also a bonus and if you plan to drive a long way, you should definitely factor in the cost of gas.

    The Right Car for the Right Route

    If you are following a simple route that you know is going to be smooth roads all the way, you might not need to think too much about which model would be best. However, if you are going to cross a variety of terrains and are planning a bit of off-roading here and there, you will need the right car.

    Good suspension will make tricky terrains more comfortable to cross and you should also make sure that the tires are suitable. If you are going to drive in snow, make sure you also pack grips for ice.

    With the right car, you can have a great road trip and make some memories to last a lifetime. With the wrong car, you might end up spending more time sat by the side of the road! Choose wisely…


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