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Taking Care of a Rental Vehicle

Posted by Michael Addison on 24 April 2018
Taking Care of a Rental Vehicle

While you may not really notice the undercarriage of your rental vehicle, it's something that can get damaged if you're not careful. You have to really know what you're doing when you're driving a vehicle so you don't damage it.

If you want to make sure you're able to travel without any problems, the following tips can help you to avoid causing damage to a rental vehicle.

 

Exiting And Entering A Driveway

There are dips and big bumps in driveways whether it's one for a commercial or a residential building. A lot of drivers end up scraping against the ground when they try to pull into a driveway because they're not careful.

If you want to avoid scraping the bottom of a rental car on the ground then you need to slow down as much as you can so you can carefully navigate the driveway.

Keep in mind that if you're renting a car that is lower to the ground that you have to be more careful. You also want to take the weight of the vehicle into consideration.

If the cross over from the roadway to the driveway is steeper than usual enter the driveway at an angle so that one wheel at a time makes the transition - this way your vehicle is less likely to bottom out and scrape the underside.

 

Parking Near A Concrete Barrier

One thing a lot of people are guilty of is parking over a concrete wheel barrier. These are mostly found in places like shopping centre parking lots. Know where they are located and don't park too close. This is especially important if you're driving a smaller or regular sized vehicle.

Beyond the concrete wheel barriers, you need to watch out for speed bumps. They can cause you to damage the front section of your vehicle so you need to make sure that you take it slow when pulling up to one.

Take the 'thump' out of driving over a speed bump - where safe to do so drive over the speed bump at an angle, so that one wheel at a time crosses over. You will be amazed at the difference!

 

Know What Surface You're Driving On

 

Generally, people that rent out vehicles will tell you to stay on roads that resealed and not loose surfaces like gravel, sand, or dirt tracks.

You may find that you need to drive on loose stones so you'll have to be careful. Make sure you are vigilant when driving on a loose road so you don't end up damaging the vehicle or doing anything that will make you have to pay a fine for not following the rules the rental company had in place.

 

Knowing Your Surroundings

You have to stay focused when you are driving so you can make quick decisions when the time comes. You may end up, for instance, with an object within your driving path that you have to go around.

When you're travelling, you need to keep your eyes on the road. If you're travelling around other vehicles, make sure that you don't get too close to them in case they stop fast and you have to stop as well. Keep an eye on how traffic is moving and go with the traffic so you're not likely to get hit by another vehicle.

Don't travel over something that is sticking out of the ground. Use your common sense to find the best route around something and you'll do fine.

 

Figuring Out Your Options

Before you can get a rental vehicle, you need to think over your options. You want to find out if a company is good or not, so you have to look at what they charge and whether or not they have insurance to help you if you were to get into an accident.

You're going to want to be careful about who you're going to rent from so be sure you read reviews on the companies that are out there. They will let you know if it's worth your money or not to work with a certain company. Make sure you look for the most detailed reviews you can find so you get a good overall review of the company.

You now know more about rental vehicles and can drive one more safely. You should also be able to find a rental car company that cares about their customers and offers them good deals. There are a lot of companies to choose from, so take your time when picking one out. And, make sure that after you get a rental car or truck that you drive it safely no matter what kind of situation you're in.

 

 

 

Author: Michael Addison
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