March in Colorado usually means warming temperatures, the onset of spring, and spring break getaways. We may not be out of the snowy months just yet, but we can start looking ahead towards nicer weather. If you’re planning a trip soon, check out these tips for renting a car.
Know What to Drive
Make sure your rental vehicle is something you’re comfortable driving. If you are used to a two-door compact, you might not be prepared to drive a larger SUV. Alternatively, if you’re used to a big vehicle, switching to something smaller might cause more stress on the road than is necessary. Ask about your vehicle options, and make sure you specify whether you need a manual or automatic.
Inspect Vehicle Before Taking It
It doesn’t happen often, but occasionally rental car customers find surprises on their bill for dents, scratches, or missing interior items. Ensure you aren’t getting billed for something you didn’t do by checking out your rental before you even drive it off the lot. If anything looks wrong, be sure you bring it up with the agency before taking it.
Know Your Limits
Some rental companies don’t allow you to drive on toll roads, over certain state lines, or into other countries. Make sure you’re following your rental agreement by reviewing the paperwork. If you have any questions or concerns about your itinerary, be sure to address them prior to signing an agreement.
Take Care of the Car
This one seems obvious, but when you’re using a rental vehicle, take extra care to keep it safe. Don’t drive recklessly, don’t leave it in dangerous neighborhoods, and never leave the keys or any valuables inside. Thieves often target rentals, so being aware of your surroundings and making mindful choices is important.
No matter where you’re traveling this spring or summer, taking some basic rental car tips with you is sure to help reduce travel stress. Shop around for the best deals, make sure to ask questions, and always put safety first. From all of us here at Quick-Set Auto Glass, drive safely out there!