As an experienced adult traveler, you are probably familiar with this scenario: You get off the plane, perhaps tired and hungry, find the rental car’s desk, sign the agreement, get in the car, and leave.
Within seconds, you’re typically in one of two environments: busy or terrifying airport traffic or a comfortable travel option. Most people opt for comfort and Swift Rental Car provides it. Our Dallas Texas Car Rental is reliable, easily accessible, and punctual.
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The first and most important thing to remember when getting into a rental car is this: You are not familiar with this car.
While you’re probably not familiar with your location and surroundings, either, being unfamiliar with this car is the leading cause of accidents within a few hundred feet of the car rental parking lot. This is how travel insurance covers car rental.
Know Your Auto Insurance Coverage For Car Rental
Most people are very suspicious about every penny and expense. Adding a few dollars to an invoice is difficult for everyone. The cost increases and people wonder how many of these “add-ons” simply add up to a company’s profits. It seems naive to drive a car out of the rental lot without insurance, but if your personal car insurance already covers a rental, why should you lose $ 25 on something you don’t need?
Know if your insurance covers you by renting a car in advance, so fear (and ignorance) don’t make you lose money on something unnecessary.
Inspect your car in the parking lot. You may be encouraged to drive into the sunset on your new ride, but don’t leave the lot without doing a thorough inspection of the vehicle. Check mileage, look for dents and scratches, and check tires and fluid levels (and make sure the gas tank is full). You may also want to open the trunk and make sure you have the right tools to change a tire if necessary.
Know The Car Before Driving It
Once you’re behind the wheel, don’t think “I have this.” You must first follow a few more security steps. The most important thing is to familiarize yourself with the car before leaving the parking lot. Find out how to adjust the radio, turn on the lights and wipers, and set the heat or air conditioning. Adjust your seat wherever you want and also your rearview mirror. If you try to tackle all these unknown settings while driving, you will be more than just a distracted driver – you will be dangerous.
As always, fasten your seat belt. It goes without saying, but seat belts are a must, no matter what car you drive. Don’t forget to secure your belt before you leave.
Know Where You Are Going Before You Go
Familiarize yourself with your destination before leaving the lot, even if you use a GPS to guide you. You’re already driving a car you don’t know. Get an idea of where you are going before leaving the lot and you will be a safer driver.
These last two tips may seem like common sense, but remember that when you get to a new place in Dallas Texas Car Rental, you’re usually already a little distracted. Reduce the chances of that distraction leading to a dent in your travel plans by following all of these tips, but especially these last two.
Air conditioning is a security feature of car rental. Renting a car with a working air conditioner is an essential safety feature for car rentals, as it allows you to drive with your windows closed. Thieves have been known to steal wallets through open car windows, even when the car is in motion. Always be careful, drive in the middle lane to avoid being vulnerable on the sidewalk, and always be aware of your surroundings.
Prepaid For Gasoline
Prepaid gas charges provide simplicity for travel, as well as concerns about being late for airport flights, as every few minutes added to the trip to the airport creates a great risk of missing the flight. As airport security has added considerable time to this process, rental companies have unveiled new options for automatic refueling, and are giving them the hard sell at the rental counter.
Unless you are absolutely certain that you will return the tank empty, or if you have a pre-sunrise flight that would make it worth not having to refuel, don’t be fooled by this one. Even the option where the company charges you only for the fuel you actually use tilts aggressively in favor of the rental agency because the cost of refueling your car is almost always higher than the cost of doing it yourself.
Travel With A Small Flashlight
In our house, people have a spare flashlight in each of our vehicles, just in case. When traveling, it is also a good idea to travel with a flashlight and keep it handy in the rental car. You never know when an inopportune crash could leave you stuck on the side of the road, or when you’ll need a flashlight to find the wallet that must have failed in your pocket. Many people have flashlight apps on their phones and consider it a good substitute, but be aware that the app drains the battery. If you have to use your phone as a flashlight, what happens when the battery runs out and you can no longer use it as a phone?
Swift Rental Car is all about customer convenience and we provide Dallas Texas Car Rental with reasonable rates. Check our rates on the website or call customer service for more details.