Renting a car is a great way to see a new place, but car rental companies are leery of hiring cars to younger people. Many rental firms will simply not provide cars at all for drivers under twenty-five, while the price rates of others are simply prohibitive. Unfortunately, there is sound logic underlying this sense of caution displayed by car rental companies, as younger people have been shown time and again to be the most likely group of drivers to be involved in car accidents – this is also reflected in the high insurance rates that are offered to younger drivers. There are however some companies that offer reasonable rental deals to drivers under twenty-one, so if you are lucky enough to get a good rental deal, then pay it forward to your peers – drive your rental car as responsibly as you can to ensure the continuation of the great price for the next young driver who comes along.
Ensure your safety by always wearing your seatbelt. This is a simple thing to do that can literally save lives. It only takes a second, but can make a huge difference in an accident.
Always keep to the speed limit. Speed has been repeatedly shown to be the single greatest cause of road accidents, so stay safe and stick to the designated speed limit for the area you are in. Most places you visit will have signage to indicate the speed limit, but err on the side of caution if you are unsure. At the very least, you don’t want to have to pay a speeding fine.
Always be vigilant when driving in an unfamiliar area – keep your eyes peeled for any road signs and always follow them! There is often construction work going on in large cities, so keep an eye out for this too. Following road signs can prevent accidents.
As you probably heard countless times when first getting into a car, drive defensively! Even if you are a careful driver, you cannot always account for others, so watch out for other drivers – let others speed and cut across you if they want, your priority is simply to stay safe.
When driving in an unfamiliar place it is extremely important to concentrate on the road. While the road might seem to be distracting you from joining in the fun, your passengers will thank you for staying safe. Keep music to a minimum and ask your friends to keep rowdy games for later – once you get to where you’re going the fun can begin with abandon! Be careful and stay safe, and do your bit to help keep rental car prices for young people as low as you can.
This article was written by Carl Spanier an avid traveler and rental car expert. You can visit his website at
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