The overall cost of the car hire should ideally be fully inclusive of airport surcharges, mileage, third party insurance, theft waiver, collision damage waiver, bail bonds (where needed) and all local taxes.
A reputable car rental company will also aim to match the customer with the vehicle to ensure they are comfortable driving something similar of a similar size, power and style to that they`re used to driving back home. It is advisable to check about air conditioning too, especially if heading to an especially hot or humid destination.
Young drivers should also be accommodated. Usually, a good car rental company will ensure you have held a full driving license for a minimum of a year. In some locations, it will be imperative that you have held your license for a minimum of two years.
Holidaymakers may also want to opt for in-car satellite navigation to ensure they`re confident on unfamiliar foreign roads. An efficient car rental company will offer satellite navigation devices at competitive prices and ensure the system selected works in your chosen destination.
It is also advisable to look up the rules and regulations of the roads if you are going to be driving abroad. Often, you will be driving on the other side of the road and trying to read signs and symbols that are unfamiliar and feature words you will not understand.
If possible, grab yourself a translation guide or check out resources online. In Thailand, vehicles drive on the left side of the road. However, in cities, avoid the left hand lane altogether as it is usually for parking, loading and overflow street vendors.
Most drivers are well mannered and polite. Drivers rarely use their car horns and anger is scarcely displayed. Despite this, traffic can be hectic in and around Bangkok where driving is similarly busy to driving around London at rush hour.
It may be helpful to know that the blood-alcohol limit in Thailand is 0.5mg and when another vehicle flashes its lights, they are not letting you manoeuvre forward but insisting they have right of way. Follow these rules to stay safe on the roads in Thailand and ensure you choose an efficient, cost-effective rental company such as erentals.co.uk to get the most out of your trip.