Are you traveling abroad in the near future? Traveling on the opposite side of the road is a concern of most travelers; however, there are other concerns. From liability insurance to international driving permits, renting a car abroad can be much more complicated than renting one at home. Here are some valuable tips for establishing great rates, acquiring the appropriate documentation, and driving safely while abroad.
1. Make your car reservations in advance. The rates quoted at the counter are usually higher than rates booked online or over the phone, even it is just 10 hours prior to pick up.
2. Make all of the rental arrangements, including payment prior to leaving your home country. This usually makes the process a lot easier, and the possibility of any hidden costs are unlikely. Once overseas, different exchange rates and language barriers, along with the difference in culture can cause unforeseen problems.
3. Ask about the countries minimum and maximum age drivers. Drivers under the age of 25 may be subjected to additional fees, and drivers over the age of 70 may be permitted to drive it all.
4. Obtain an International Driving Permit. If traveling to a country that speaks mostly English, there is a great possibility that an American drivers license will be sufficient. However, there are some countries that will ask that you obtained an International Driving Permit. An International Driving Permit is a piece of paper that translates your information into 10 different languages. In order to obtain this permit, you must be at least 18 years of age.
There are only two agencies in the United States that are authorized to issue International Driving Permits, and they are the American Automobile Association and the National Automobile Club. This document has to be issued in your home country. It can not be issued while abroad.
5. Make sure to educate yourself on the cost of fuel in the country that you’re visiting. Fuel costs is usually less expensive in the United States, as opposed to other countries.
6. Familiarize yourself with the driving laws of the country you will be visiting. The country’s consulate or embassy would be the best source for this type of information.
7. Check with your insurance carrier to see if a rental car abroad would be covered under your current policy. You may need to purchase insurance from the rental car company when making reservations.
8. Don’t forget to bring a map, especially if you will be driving frequently. The security of having a Roadmap makes the driving more enjoyable. International maps can also be downloaded to a GPS.