1.Check the car
Walk around the car and look inside, checking for damage. If you find any damage, ask the car hire company agent to mark it on your rental agreement. Take photos so you can be confident about what the car was like to start with.
2.Check what fuel it takes
Open the cap to see if it’s petrol or diesel. If you’re not sure which fuel the car takes, ask the agent before you leave.
3.Look at the dashboard
Rental car fuel is often provided on a ‘full/full’ basis, which means you start with a full tank and you return the car with a full tank. Turn the key to check the tank is full (and the headlights work).
4.Sort your route
If your car has GPS, it’s worth setting it to your language before you head off.
5.Take a moment
Once everyone is safely strapped in, take a minute to adjust the mirrors, move the seat, find reverse and check where the indicators are.
6.Look out for a petrol station
When you’re heading off, look out for a petrol station. It’ll save any last-minute stress about filling the car up before you take it back.