5 Blunders to Avoid When on a Roadtrip

Are you heading off on your travels in the upcoming weeks or months? If you’re off on a road trip – or any sort of adventure which requires a car – there are some common mistakes made by those before you that you need to avoid. Here are just five of them.

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1. Getting the right kind of license

Whatever you do, make sure you’re legally allowed to drive the vehicle you’re behind the wheel of. Some licenses will be accepted across the globe, but your best bet if you’re unsure is to apply for an International Driver’s Permit (IDP).

It’s critical you make sure you get this name correct. It’s a “permit” you’re after, not a “license”. There are currently a number of online con-artists who are cheating people out of their money with these fake IDL’s. A proper IDP will set Americans back around $30.

2. Watch your insurance charges

It’s not all about on-road coverage when it comes to insurance. If you get in a particularly serious accident, the agreement you’ve signed with the rental agency may not be able to cover the costs. This is especially true if there’s been a fatality.

In circumstances like this, it’s important you get the right kind of travel insurance to cover the excess of a wreck. It could make a massive difference if you are unfortunate enough to find yourself in a terrible position. With a staggering 28% of people failing to protect themselves on holiday, this is absolutely crucial.

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3. Pay attention to local driving laws

There are some wacky driving laws out there. You won’t actually believe some of them, but the Huffington Post provide a list of 10 of the craziest. Some of the top things to look out for include the likes of:

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• Always keeping your car clean in Russia

• Having two pairs of glasses on your person in Spain

• Constantly using your headlights in Sweden

• Refraining from shaking your fist at other drivers in Cyprus

Make sure to brush up on the local laws of the nation you’re headed to. It could make a world of difference when you do eventually arrive.


4. Know what a CDW really covers

A Collision Damage Waiver (or CDW) might sound like a lifesaver, but there are varying policies dependent on where you’re headed and what rental company you choose to opt for. Make sure you always read the fine print.

This will usually only cover a collision between your car and another vehicle, and won’t necessarily provide funding if you damage the car by coming into contact with anyone (or anything) else. It often won’t include damage to wheels, wing-mirrors or windows.

 

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5. Check for trademark rip-off signs

 

There are a myriad of scams to watch out for when you’re renting a car overseas. As Travelsupermarket point out, some of the most prevalent include:

The full-empty policy – which often results in you paying inflated priced for fuel you never use

Paying extra for add-ons – these are usually things you could find yourself, such as GPS-navs and baby seats

Hidden charges – this is a problem which occurs across all wakes of life. Make sure to look out for charges which have been hidden away

 

Are you feeling more braced for your next expeditions? Make sure to bear these handy tips in mind when it comes to renting a car in the future.