Europcar, the leader in car hire services in Europe, is offering those heading abroad this Christmas and winter some useful tips on how to ensure their car hire experience is stress-free. Then all they have to worry about is making the most of their holiday.
Once flights, hotels and transport to the airport have been arranged, many could be forgiven for thinking that the hardest part of arranging a holiday has been sorted. However travelling around a holiday destination once you’ve arrived is a commonly neglected factor, with most leaving this decision to the last minute, which could mean paying more and getting stressed at a time when relaxation is key.
“Leaving holiday car hire until the last minute can affect the overall quality of a trip as there is no guarantee the type of vehicle required will be available” says Ken McCall, Managing Director, Europcar UK Group. “While it may seem obvious to book a vehicle that will hold all the passengers and luggage, including things like ski equipment or golf clubs, many only realise their vehicle is unsuitable when they arrive at the pick-up point. A tightly-packed car does not make for happy passengers and can start the holiday off on the wrong foot.
“It’s also important to remember you’ll need to be up to scratch with the rules of the road for the country you’re visiting. We’ve all been there – arriving in a strange country after a long flight, you’re faced with having to tackle unfamiliar roads with unfamiliar rules and regulations.
“That’s why we’re offering tips to help holidaymakers have a great holiday and potentially save money. For the best deals and to ensure you get the vehicle you need and want, we strongly advise booking in advance. If the right type of vehicle has been booked in advance, driving on unfamiliar roads will be less daunting.”