Car leasing is big business in the travel sector, with many vehicle leasing firms operating in a similar way to airlines. What does this mean? It means that all of the best prices for leasing vehicles tend to be found when booking in advance, or at the very last minute. However, the downside to booking at the last minute is the risk of having limited choice in terms of the type of vehicle that you are able to select. If you are planning on travelling in peak season, regardless of how popular the destination is, it’s vital that you book your vehicle in advance.
To do that, understanding which type of vehicle would be a good fit for your trip is important.
Take safety seriously
Regardless of where you are travelling to, be it Europe or somewhere a little further afield, it is vital that you look into car or van leases, taking safety into account. The fact of the matter is that each and every country and its roads and terrain are different, which is why when selecting a vehicle to lease, taking safety seriously is so vital. As a general rule of thumb, the newer the vehicle, the safer it tends to be – newer vehicles have improved safety features, making them safer to drive. Say, for example, you plan on driving in areas where off-roading is required, the safest vehicles to rent are four by fours, such as Range Rovers.
Consider the terrain
Every country has its own unique terrain, which is why considering the terrain of where you are going is so vital before choosing a vehicle to lease. Going somewhere with modern, tarmacked roads? Then any vehicle will do, it’s just a case of choosing the size that’s a good fit for you. However, if you are visiting somewhere that has icy or muddy roads, or is an area that’s prone to flooding, then choosing a four by four vehicle with four-wheel drive, is probably a better idea. Not sure what terrain the country that you are visiting has? Then it’s worth taking the time to research it, to ensure that you have the best vehicle for the country that you are visiting.
Think about practicality
Practicality is another vital factor to consider. For instance, a sports car might look the part and add a sense of luxury to your trip, but is it really the most practical option? If you are travelling light and driving on modern, tarmacked roads, it might be a practical option. However, if you will be travelling via uneven roads and various terrains, and require space to pack lots of luggage and other essentials, a large vehicle could be a better option. Consider what the vehicle that you hire needs to be able to offer you, and select an option that is a perfect fit for those needs. Otherwise, you may struggle to make the journey that you had planned to make.
When it comes to selecting a hire car for a trip abroad, it isn’t always easy to find that perfect option. However, if you take note of the tips above, you can make the process a little bit easier for yourself.