AddCar Gives Advice on How to Rent a Car in Europe
One of the best ways to experience the EU is to rent a car. But of course, before renting a car, you should know few things before you start your European trip.
Europe (PRUnderground) September 20th, 2021
Today, addCar will help you with seven main pieces of travel advice you need to know before planning your trip.
Check for Covid-19 Restrictions
First things first, as we live in a pandemic, you should check the rules regarding the Covid-19 for each country, as each of them has implemented a range of new protocols to enhance safety.
Take Photos of the Car When Renting
The first moment you picked up your vehicle, it’s suggested that you take a car picture. This way, it ensures you have proof in case there are any problems with the car rental.
Get an International Driver’s Permit (IDP)
Many countries require you to have an International Driver’s Permit (IDP) when renting a car in Europe. While some car companies can give you a car without an IDP and that’s a problem for you as you get a fine if the police stops you. Moreover, you do not need an IDP to drive in EU countries if you are an EU citizen.
Check if Your Policy Allows You to Cross Borders
One of the essential tips for renting a car in Europe is to ensure you check if your car rental company enables you to take your vehicle across borders. For example, if you are traveling in the Balkans, there might be restrictions depending on the car you are driving. Your car policy may not allow crossing these borders.
Choosing a Pickup and Drop-Off
It’s better to plan ahead your pickup and drop-off so you avoid any stressful moment while driving. There might be a chance of getting stressed driving in big cities, and you don’t want to miss anything you planned for your trip.
Research Local Road Laws
Don’t assume that what you do in your home country is allowed in Europe. There are many rules and regulations applied in different countries.
Speed limits in Europe can also vary significantly, with often speed limit signs not being as common as in the Americas. For example, there is no speed limit on motorways when driving in Germany, and certain roads in The Netherlands even have a minimum speed limit.
Have Access to Maps
Do not forget to have access to maps if you want your trip to be smooth and without any stress.
Now with mobile phones, it is easier to have access even on maps. Download your favorite app so you can track the traffic in real-time. If you are not so into mobile phones, the other option is to include a GPS as an add-on to your car policy.