Car hire USA
Some aspects for car hire USA law can vary from state to state, and it is important that you understand that hiring a car in the USA is not always the same as in your own country. Not only that, but even Americans often have to brush up on the laws of each state they intend to pass through on vacation, so here are ten tips to help those that intend to rent a car while visiting the USA or while on vacation within the country.
If you are visiting the United States, the car hire USA option is for you. There is nothing better than the transportation in USA using your own vehicle.
Car rental in USA
Find below 10 useful tips for car rental in USA:
1. Driving Age Become acquainted with the state driving ages.
If you are not resident in the USA they will be different to your home country and they can vary from state to state. Unless you are driving in New York, where the driving age is 18, you won't be able to hire a car unless you are 21. In fact, some insist on 23, and a hire surcharge is sometimes applied under 25.
2. Choose your USA Car Rental location
First, you have to choose the USA car rental firm you intend to use, because each has its own particular positives and negatives that could be important to you. For example, if you hire a car away from the airport you can save on airport charges. Many hire companies will add a charge on if you arrange to pick up your car at the airport.
3. Select the Appropriate car rental in USA
Make sure you hire the type of vehicle you need. If you are traveling up into the mountains in winter, a 4x4 is a must: a real off-road vehicle, not a 4-wheel drive SUV. Make sure you book in advance, and that your family can fit into the car once you have all your luggage and other stuff packed in there. A small car looks great and inexpensive to hire until you get the wife, three kids, tents, suitcases, rucksacks, dog and all the other vacation gear in there.
4. Decide who is driving the car rental
Put every driver on the form - include anybody who might be driving. If you intend to drive all the way yourself, include your partner or buddy just in case. If you get ill or injured and an undeclared driver has an accident, you will not be insured! So use your brains and be prepared for any eventuality: nominate everybody who may have to drive. It will cost slightly more for the hire, but could save the cost of a brand new car.
5. Fuel: Prepay or Self-Pay
Check out the fuel deal. Is it better to start off with a prepaid full tank, with a full tank return, or for you to self-pay all the fuel? A lot depends on where and how far you are going, and also on the fuel prices. If you can get there and back on less than a full tank then it might be more economical to go for the self-fuelling option.
6. Check the Vehicle
Before you sign the USA car rental form, give the car a thorough check-over. First check for any obvious damage: dents, scratches and so on. If there are any, make sure they are noted on the form. Also carry out all the safety checks: check the tires, horn, flashers, washers, lights and so on. Make sure you know all the controls - nothing worse than getting your screen covered in filth from a truck and can't find the washers! Make sure the lighter or power socket works - they often don't and your SatNav is screwed. If all check out, then you are good to go.
7. Car rental Insurance
Before you go, check out the insurance. Unlike Europe, this is not always included in USA car rental, and you will have to negotiate the best insurance deal you get. In fact, this could be one of the factors to consider in choosing your USA car rental firm. Decide on your level of insurance: it varies between states, particularly your personal liability, so make sure that you are insured to the level you want. We offer in our USA car rental deals an option to ensure the vehicle rented from us.
8. Any Contract Restrictions
Are there any restrictions included in the car hire contract, such as mileage surcharges? Can you use snow-chains when necessary, or are you intending to tow a trailer? Is the USA car rental for the USA only, or can you drive into Canada or Mexico? Find all this out before you go.
9. Know the Law
Make sure you understand the driving laws in each state. Most have a maximum speed of 65 M/hr (110 Km/Hr) and everybody must wear a seat belt. In the USA you drive on the right, and can turn right when the traffic lights are red (after stopping first), assuming no pedestrians are crossing, and you must carry your insurance and driving license with you.
10. Vehicle Drop-off
Many USA car rental firms allow you to drop off at a destination other than the pick-up point. This one-way rental might incur a surcharge, but it sure beats having to drive all the way back again with the car when you can fly back home from another airport.
Take these tips into consideration when hiring a car in the USA, and your USA car rental experience will be good and your trip or vacation should be problem-free.
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All the information we recommend to check in our car rental tips is available by clicking on the car hire details while making a quote and in voucher once the car has been reserved.
Driving in the United States
It is important to note that each of the fifty American states has its own set of laws and regulations in regard to traffic. Most laws are the same, but sometimes, some states may be some minor differences (in terms eg maximum speeds permitted). When renting a vehicle, it is advisable to ask your agent if there are special traffic laws in the state in which you are driving. When you are driving multiple states, it is advisable to carry a guide to the country where you can see the different state regulations in regard to driving.
In the United Statesyou must drive on the right side of the road, USA roads are usually in good condition, but it is important to note that the size of the country is reflected in the long, straight roads we will find throug. Be sure to take the needed breaks to keep your concentration "fresh."
Critical hours. It is advisable to avoid the big cities at peak hours (7-9 AM and 5-7 PM) as it is the moment of greatest traffic.
In the U.S., the long roads that cross from one state to another are called "interstate highways" when these highways are charged a toll to pass through them are called "turnpikes.
The interstate highways running north-south are marked with odd numbers, in the Pacific coast are indicated with numbers from 1 to 5, while on the Atlantic side are ordered with numbers from 1 to 95. Interstate routes east-west have even numbers, those near the border with Mexico beginning with the numbers 1-8 or 1-10, and as we come to Canada start with 1-94.
Child seat hire and tips
We can provide with child seats for your car rental in USA, but take in consideration the tip below:
Before starting a journey with children, plan ahead the places to stop and carry beverages, food and games to keep kids entertained while you concentrate on driving.
Speed limits in USA
The speed limits on the United States depends on the USA State where you are , we recommend to review the laws of the State in which you will be driving in our website or to get informed before getting there. (We are updating them in our website as time permits)
Speed limits are indicated in miles per hour (mph), one mile equals 1.6093 km. In the cities speed limit is usually 25 miles (40 kilometers). The main roads, with at least two lanes in each hand can have maximum speeds to 35 mph (56 kph) but you should not exceed this speed unless you see a sign indicating a higher speed. The highways have a maximum speed of 55 mph (88 kph) and interstate highways allow maximum speeds of 65 mph (105 kph). The penalties for exceeding the maximum speeds allowed are very severe, and may include, in addition to fines, suspension of driver's license. If a police officer till you a fine, pay it by mail. Bribes are illegal, so do not try to give money to the police officer.
Driving requeriments in USA
Many requirements vary from state to state. Check with local authorities before you travel.
In the United States is required to have an International Driver's License or a valid license from their country of origin, and being in possession of the same for a period of at least one year. Also be sure to bring your passport with you, especially if your license is not a photograph, as U.S. drivers license should include.
The use of seat belts is compulsory throughout the country. If traveling with children you must ensure that they have appropriate safety seats.
Remember this when hiring a car in the United States
Remember to chech the vehicle for imperfections, ask for the fuel policy and/or check the terms from our suppliers when booking from us. Also check the crossbording policy.
Hiring a car in USA can be a great experience, even more if we are not used to drive in this country. There are many roads which worth to be driven and many places to visit, but not enough time, so check our guides for making the best holiday planning in USA.