Perhaps going on the sage advice of some experienced road trippers who have paved the way for you and came back with some magical stories of discovery to tell, if you’re thinking of going away on a road trip then you’d probably want to rent a vehicle rather than drive out in your own car. This is not to say that road trips or particularly long drives are bad for your vehicle, but there are many legitimate reasons as to why you might want to rent.
One such reason might be one which exists on the back of having fully understood the translated car insurance jargon that applies to your auto insurance policy, in that your particular insurer may not quite offer cover in the event that something happened to the car while it was being driven by someone else other than yourself. That’s the last thing you’ll ever want to hear if you’re perhaps heading out on a long road trip with friends or family members you might want to alternate driving responsibilities with.
So a rented car perhaps sorts everything out as far as that goes and you can also go for the type of vehicle which best fits the purpose of the road trip. For instance, if you’re headed to some remote, rural area that’s particularly hilly for some camping or other such outdoor activities, something like a 4×4 would do, over what is likely your family car built for everyday city driving.
That’s just one of many things we can learn from the car rental business about vehicle ownership though (that you should go for a car that best fits your lifestyle). There are many more lessons to learn…
Understanding the Terms of Service
Another lesson the car rental business teaches us about vehicle ownership is that you need to fully understand all the terms and conditions that come with the ownership of the car itself and of all the services surrounding this ownership. I’ve already discussed the importance of understanding all the terms that form part of the insurance policy, but it goes deeper than that, encompassing the likes of warranty and service plan validity as well as safety features, such as by how much your tyres should be inflated.
Taking good care of your car
Car rental businesses take very good care of their cars, making sure they’re serviced and maintained at the manufacturer-recommended intervals. Fortunately this is a lesson that comes naturally to any car owner and taking good care of your car is something you likely do out of the natural love you have for it.
The newer, the better
If you go to any car rental joint, what you’ll find 99% of the time is that they only have the latest models available. That suggests that when it comes to cars, the newer it is the better it is. However, the lesson here goes back to the previous one discussed, which is that if you take good care of your baby then you won’t have to constantly upgrade to the newest model, unless you really want to keep up with the latest trends.