While driving a car in and of itself is a dangerous task, driving a rental car can oftentimes feel even more dangerous. Not only are you driving in an area that you’re likely unfamiliar with, but you’re also working with a vehicle that you’re unfamiliar with as well. Luckily, there are some things you can do to ensure that the rental car you’re using is safe and that you’re being a safe and conscientious driver on the road. To show you how this can be done, here are three tips for safer driving of your rental car.
Double Check That It’s Well Equipped
Just because a rental car company is willing to give you a car to drive doesn’t necessarily mean that that car is going to be the most reliable vehicle for you. Because of this, it’s important that you double check that it’s well equipped and in good working order before you leave the rental car lot. According to IDriveSafely.com, this means that you check for dents, scratches, or other damage that might impede your ability to drive the car safely. You should also check things like the fluid levels, the tire pressure, and the emergency equipment that every vehicle should have, like a spare tire and jack. If you’re driving an industrial truck, it should also have a Powered Trailer Door Opener, so check for this too. If any of these things look suspicious, make sure you speak to the rental company before you leave the lot.
Give Yourself Time To Get Familiar With The Vehicle
Although you might feel very comfortable driving your own car at home, driving in a new vehicle brings about new challenges of getting familiar with this car. All cars have a little difference in the systems and setup. And if you don’t take the time to familiarize yourself with these things, you could find yourself in a scary situation like an accident. With this in mind, TravelInsuranceReview.net advises that you take a few minutes to get your bearings in the car before you hit the road. This should include adjusting the seat and mirrors so they’re comfortable for you as well as take a few turns around the parking lot so that you get an idea of how the steering, brakes, and acceleration work on this particular vehicle.
Treat This Car Like Your Own Car
Because you’re driving a rental car instead of your own car, you might not feel the same sense of responsibility for what happens to this vehicle. However, this mindset can result in you driving less safely than you otherwise would. So to combat this state of mind, try to treat this car like you would your own car and drive it with care and consideration.
To help you feel and be safer, consider using the tips mentioned above the next time you get a rental car.