Car Hire - Safety Tips for Driving Abroad
There are fifty two weeks in a year, and most of us will spend fifty of those daydreaming about the glorious two weeks we will spend away from our regular lives, in some remote corner of our own personal paradise. But before you set off to enjoy your well-deserved holidays, there are a few things you should keep in mind to make your journey as safe as possible.
First of all, when hiring a car, make sure your vehicle has air conditioning. This won't just make for a more pleasant journey it will also allow you to keep your windows closed. Before leaving the rental place, make sure to get acquainted with the car's safety equipment, such as hazard lights, door locks and spare tyre. It's important to go over the country's road rules, since these may - and most likely will - differ from the road rules in your own country. These may include things so glaringly obvious as which side of the road you should drive on, or more subtle details such as whether or not you should keep the headlights of your car hire on while driving during the day. Knowing your route is also important, since nothing will make you stand out more as a tourist than having to constantly re-check your map. You should photocopy your documents, including your passport, and keep them in a safe place. In some countries, you can simply carry the copies with you and keep the originals in the hotel safe, while in others you have to carry the originals with you. If that is the case, consider getting an easily concealed pouch, which you can also use to keep extra money in, in case you misplace your wallet or it somehow ends up the property of some less than reputable citizen.
This may seem like an obvious warning, but don't give rides to strangers, no matter how innocent or non-threatening they seem. While driving your car hire, you should also keep the doors locked at all times. Be sure to park your car hire in a well lit area and don't leave any valuables in sight. If for some reason you need to pull over, don't do it on the side of the road, but drive to a well lit area where there are people around. You should also make sure you have enough fuel in the deposit to reach your destination, so you're not caught unaware.
Travelling abroad is at once exciting and daunting, with lots of things competing for your attention at all moments. However, if you follow these simple guidelines, there is no reason why you shouldn't be perfectly safe when travelling with your car hire. So just relax and remember to have fun!
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