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With such a wide variety of destinations to choose from, Europe is a prime location for those looking to embark on holidays, including taking road trips over vast areas of natural beauty, stopping over in historic capital cities such as Paris, Rome and Amsterdam along the way.

Eiffel Tower at DuskIf you are considering renting a car for your trip to Europe – either on a road trip or simply to help you get around on a city break – there are a few things you should bear in mind when searching for the best deal. travelsupermarket.com offer their advice on things to consider during your search for cheap car hire.

· Which countries are you looking to visit?

It can be worth researching details about driving in the country you are looking to visit. Remember that each country has its own set of rules when it comes to the road, so a little research can go a long way should you run into any difficulties during your trip.

· What sort of vehicle do you want to hire? 

Depending on the length of your stay and your plans during your trip, it can be worth considering how large a vehicle you may need, coupled with how far you want to travel over the course of your holiday. 

The Colosseum Lit Up at Night, Rome, Lazio, Italy· What size vehicle would suit you?

For small trips of a few days or so, a smaller car may be best for you. For family trips and road trips it’s worth looking at larger vehicles – both in engine size and model size – in terms of fuel efficiency and ease of use.

Collette Walsh at travelsupermarket.com advises: “Families may find that public transport (buses, trains etc) are going to prove too costly and perhaps even stressful for those with small children, on a daily basis. Hiring a people carrier will save time, money and hassle.”

· Is the vehicle in good condition?

When picking your car up from the airport upon arrival, be sure to thoroughly check the vehicle before you commit to hiring, and be sure to inform the representative if you notice anything unusual about the vehicle – such as small areas of damage.

· What is included?

When searching for cover be aware of what you are entitled to – including insurance costs and excess amounts – and be sure to check all documentation before you commit to hiring a vehicle.

Making use of car hire during your trip to Europe allows you the freedom to explore. Whether you’re looking to escape the city and drive along picturesque country roads or stay within these historical cities and explore the attractions, car hire can be a useful addition to your travel plans.

Author: David Collins


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