Before starting your trip, here are some basic checks you can do on your rental car, for your own safety and peace of mind.
Walk around the car. Take a look at the interior too. If you spot any damage, ask the agent to mark it on the rental agreement. It is a good idea to take pictures on the spot, so that you can be confident about how the car was at the start of the rental.
Emergency items check
Ask the agent to show you where the spare wheel and tire change tools are on the car. The fire extinguisher, the warning triangle and the first aid kit should be accessible at all times. Therefore, you should never cover them with your luggage.
Confirm with the rental agent the type of fuel the car uses. You can also check the fuel type on the rental agreement. If the fuel policy is “full to full”, it means you start with a full fuel tank and you should also return it full. Before driving off, turn the key to check the fuel level. Again, you can take a picture of the instrument panel, with the fuel level and the mileage indication.
Driving controls check
After everyone has sat comfortably and put on his safety belt, take a minute to adjust the mirrors, the front seats and the steering wheel. Check the gear lever and find reverse. Check where the switches are for the lights, the turn indicators, the warning lights and the windshield wipers.
If your car has GPS navigation, it’s worth taking the time to set it according to your language and to enter your destination.
When you drive off, look out for a fuel station nearby. When returning the car, it will save you from any last minute stress about filling the car up.
The right driving? Check!
Respect the local laws and traffic regulations. Always keep safe speeds and distances. Maintain a frequent scan of your side and rear view mirrors and always be aware of the traffic around your car. Enjoy a safe and relaxing trip.