From freedom to finances, there are so many reasons why hiring a car for your foreign getaway is a great idea. Say goodbye to the inconvenience of flagging down a taxi on the side of the road and say hello to the novelty of renting a fresh, new, reliable car. If you’re planning a road trip in peak times like December and January, car rental prices can be higher than usual and certain cars may be in short supply. One way to avoid disappointment is to book your car well in advance. Quick sellers often tend to be SUVs which are great for family road trips, or smaller cars perfect for couples and nipping around narrow winding roads. Our tip to you is to pick a car that works for you and your surroundings. If you’ve never rented a car for your holiday, here are 9 reasons why you should consider it:
1. Drive in disguise:
Want to hide your tourist-like qualities? Hiring a foreign vehicle allows you to fit in with ease. Your fresh, clean rental will not only get you respect on the roads but it can often prove to be the safer option as foreign number plates tend to run the risk of theft or break-ins. Another great way to ensure you keep a low profile on your road trip is to hire a car with a Satnav. Not only will you know where you’re heading without having to stop and ask for directions, but you’ll get access to updated maps which will save your mobile data and roaming charges too.
2. Forget the taxi:
If you plan on using a taxi to get from A to B abroad, the costs can quickly mount up. The downside to jumping in a taxi on holiday is unfortunately looking like a tourist can cost you. If you’ve fallen victim to being driven the long way around or even being charged twice as much for the same route as a local, you’ll probably be looking into hiring a car for your next getaway. Even ordering a taxi over the phone can be a hassle, thanks to location and communication barriers…it’s just not simple. All these issues can be solved by renting a holiday hire.
3. Freedom to explore:
Here’s your chance to take advantage of your new found freedom. Having a car abroad allows you to explore remote places more freely. Rocky mountain restaurants, hilltop landmarks and stunning waterfalls are all places that would be harder to reach by bus or taxi. Hiring for your holiday can take you to places your own car can only dream of. If you want to pull over to admire the fantastic scenery, guess what – you can! You’re the boss and you’re in the driving seat!
4. Save, save, save £££’s:
The amount you spend renting a car can be saved elsewhere by booking a hotel that’s further afield, out of inner towns and cities. The chances are you’ll have way more fun exploring at your own pace. You’ll avoid the traffic, plus it’ll raise your chances of stumbling upon stunning scenery that you just wouldn’t have spotted otherwise.
5. Experience the novelty factor:
Escapism – there’s no thrill quite like it. Sit back, relax and enjoy the novelty of exploring a new country in the comfort of your own hired car. Push the boat out and choose a car that really suits your personality. Have fun with it!
6. Trial out an extended test drive:
Switch it up! Depending on the license you have, if you drive a manual car at home use this opportunity to experience an automatic or vice versa. Holidays are all about new experiences so embrace it. In the market for a new car but don’t quite know if your choice is the right one? Renting a ride for a few days acts as the perfect extended test drive to find out first-hand if the car you’re renting fits your long term needs.
7. Fall in love with getting lost:
Things haven’t gone quite to plan? That’s the fun of it! Hiring a car abroad gives you the opportunity to see a country for what it has to offer and there’s plenty of fun to be had along the way! Although understanding some Thai road signs isn’t quite what you had in mind, it’s these experiences that can make a holiday one to remember (for the right reasons). When it comes to planning your road trip, make it a team effort and get the whole family involved.
8. Choose a green car to save you money:
Reduce the costs of driving abroad by simply going green by renting a small Eco car.
9. Witness fuel savings:
Have you noticed that your own car has the tendency to be a bit of a gas guzzler? A great advantage of hiring a car abroad is that the vehicle you’ll be driving is likely to be newer, more reliable and therefore a more sustainable model that holds great gas mileage.
So what are you waiting for? Isn’t it about time you experience the open road in style? A driving holiday offers escapism, freedom and more importantly that feel-good factor! Hit the road and hire your motor to discover the experience of a lifetime.