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Important safety tips for driving a rental car

On Behalf of | Mar 28, 2024 | Car Accidents

Whether you’ll be renting a car at a vacation destination over the upcoming months or you’ll be using a rental car for a while after a serious crash, it’s likely going to take a bit of getting used to. If you’re driving it in an unfamiliar place on vacation, it will be even more of a challenge.

Even if you get the make and model you’re used to, just driving a newer version can mean dealing with added features. If you get a larger (or smaller) car than you’re used to, getting used to driving it may take some extra time and caution. How can you improve your chances of staying safe in a rental car?

Be sure you know where everything is – and that it’s working

Take a few minutes to test out the turn signal, emergency brake, lights (including hazard lights), horn, windshield wipers and defroster – and that you can find the controls quickly and without taking your eyes off the road. Make sure the manual is in the glove compartment in case you need other information later.

Adjust everything to fit you

Be sure the driver’s seat, steering wheel and mirrors are adjusted so that they’re appropriate for your size. If others are traveling with you, have them do their seat adjustments before you take off so you’re not distracted by people moving their seats up and down or back and forth while you’re driving.

Set other controls so you don’t have to do it while driving

Set the temperature and air to a comfortable level so you don’t have to worry about it while you’re driving. If you’ll be using the GPS or entertainment system, be sure you know how they work and set them before you drive. The same is true for any backseat entertainment features. If your kids are going to watch a movie, get that set. You want to minimize how much you or anyone else has to fuss with buttons and knobs while you’re on the road.

If you have been involved in a crash caused by another driver, part of your claim for compensation should likely include the cost of a rental car if yours was damaged or needs to be replaced. Having experienced legal guidance can help you ensure that you get the compensation you’re due for all of your expenses.