If you were involved in a car crash, then your vehicle might be undergoing some extensive repairs and body work, or you may have to shop for a new one. Either way, you and your family may need to drive a rental car for some time.
Getting behind the wheel again can be an anxiety-inducing experience, even in your familiar car. Driving one that you’re not used to can be even more stressful – and potentially risky if you don’t take precautions.
Let’s look at some things you can do to make driving a rental car safer. These are also good precautions to remember to take the next time you rent a car while traveling.
Make sure everything is working and adjusted to fit you
Before you drive off the rental car lot or the rental company employee leaves the car with you, be sure that the lights, turn signals, horn and other basics work. Doing this also gives you a chance to familiarize yourself with the location of everything inside the car.
You may become overwhelmed by all the new technology if you’re not used to driving a newer model vehicle. Become familiar with it so that you know what the various alerts mean. They’re there to help keep you safe.
Adjust the seats, mirrors and steering wheel to fit your size and height. You might even want to take a drive down the street or around the block before you take possession of the car to be sure that you’re comfortable and can reach everything you need to.
While distracted driving is always dangerous, it’s even more so if you’re in an unfamiliar vehicle. If you can’t drive without your favorite music, news network or podcast, then you’ll want to preset your stations and set your music or podcast before you begin driving. If you’re using GPS, then set your destination before you head out. This is especially important if you’re on vacation or traveling in an unfamiliar area.
Rental car expenses can add up fast. These are just one of the many financial issues you may need to deal with after a crash. If another driver caused your accident, then you shouldn’t settle for less than the compensation you need and deserve both for immediate and long-term expenses and damages.