Taking Care Of Your Rental Car Doesn't Have To Be A Chore

    Posted by Ben Davidson about 5 months ago

    Road trips are far from a thing of the past, they’re in fact on the rise. Nowadays, modern vehicles are so easy to drive. They have driver aids of all kinds, they have sequential gearboxes that require no effort to use and they also have in-built navigation tools. So when you’re driving a rental car, you will probably feel as if you don’t need to do much to it for it to work as it should. However, just because cars are more advanced doesn’t mean you don’t have to look after them. Especially when you’re on a road trip and you’re doing hundreds of miles day after day, maintenance and good treatment of your car become essential. Nobody wants to pay an extra fee to the rental company for dinging up their door. So taking care of your rental is a must in more ways than one.


    Store and go


    If you’re on a road trip but you’re limited to an allocated number of miles you can put on the car, you’ll need somewhere to park it. Take a look at this vehicle storage option where you can park your car and just go. They will put a tarp over your rental vehicle to make sure rain or wind doesn’t damage the car and they have security cameras on-site to ward off any criminals. If you’re stopping off in an urban city, then driving around is pretty pointless. You should instead use public transport like the metro and let your car rest for the long stretches of highways you’re going to be thundering down. 



    Roundabout good health


    Check your tires for marks of ill health. Continuous driving is what sharply increases tire wear more than almost anything else. So, carry a checklist on you to take care of your tires properly. Check the pressure regularly, preferably every 200-300 miles. Check for unusual damage such as marks on the sides of your tires which can be left by running over a curb at a sharp angle. Make sure you know what the danger zone is for the tire tread. Don’t eyeball the grooves, use a tread depth measuring tool. You should also be wary of overloading your car with passengers and suitcases. The tires will bear the brunt more than the chassis. 



    Heat management


    Modern engines have excellent cooling equipment and the overall designs are great for temperature control. However, you must not only gauge engine temperature by looking at the oil temperature. Put the heater to full blast every now and then as this transfers the heat from the engine into the car which can then be ejected by opening your windows. Check the coolant level as consistently as you check tire tread as well. Coolant is much more of a giveaway than oil as it will give off early warning signs. Oil is thicker and has a boiling point of 572 F, whereas coolant is less than half that at around 227 F. 





    Renting cars is fun because you get to thrash around a car that isn’t yours. But don’t drive it as you stole it or you’ll end up paying for it.


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