Having a rental car on your trip can make getting around a lot easier, but choosing one can be a hassle. There are many agencies and many cars to choose from. See what you know about choosing a rental car by taking this quiz and pick up some handy tips along the way.
Eustress describes a type of stress that is beneficial, such as the stress which comes from seeing an exhilarating view. Distress is a type of stress usually caused by frustration. Organizing yourself before a trip can help you to eliminate distress and increase eustress.
These days you can rent almost any type of car, from mini cars to luxury cars or an SUV.
A convertible will be a waste of money if the weather at your destination is going to be rain or snow. Also, consider the amount of luggage you have, as a convertible may not be the most appropriate option if you have too many bags to fit in the trunk.
The earlier you decide on a type of car you need, the more cars will be available, leaving you more options to choose from.
European cars are generally smaller than American cars. Make sure you reserve a car that will be big enough for your travel party, but will also fit through the narrow streets of some of the European towns.
Larger cars consume a lot of gas. They may also be difficult to maneuver.
Most Americans rent mid-sized cars, since they generally have better fuel economy and are less expensive to rent.
Most rental cars have automatic transmissions, since all drivers can drive automatics. However, you can ask for manual if you prefer. It is generally good to clarify which type of transmission your rental car will have, since in some countries manual is the norm.
The actual car you end up with will depend on what the rental car agency has available on the day. If you want a specific type of car, try and find an agency that has many of them so that your chances of having one available for you will increase.
In countries such as Ireland and England the steering wheel is on the right. Consider this when choosing which transmission you want, as the manual gears will be on the left in these cars. This can get confusing if you're not used to it and an automatic transmission may be a better option in this case.