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Smoking in a rental car – Can I smoke in a hire car?

All rental cars are deemed smoke free zones and your rental terms and conditions will stipulate that you are not permitted to smoke in a rental car. That said, unless local legislation stipulate otherwise, you won’t be breaking any laws by lighting up in a rental car.

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Car Rental Bookings - Mobile v Desktop

The rise of mobile usage for car rental searches and bookings is no longer news, it’s well established and documented that more and more of us are using mobile devices to search and book travel than ever, a trend that shows no signs of slowing.

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Which Car Hire – How to Find the Right Rental Car

Need help picking the right hire car? We offer the widest range of rental cars from all of the leading suppliers which means we have a great choice of cars for you, however that might confuse matters with so much choice.

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Men v Women – Why Do Men Rent More Cars?

According to a United Nations estimate in 2015, approximately 51% of the population are women, so why is it that only 18% of car rentals booked are by women? We have poured over the data from over 5,000 rentals to see where women rent the most cars and which nationalities have the highest percentage of female car rental main drivers.

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Corvera Airport Car Rental Open from 2019 – Flights Confirmed

Major airlines have at last confirmed flights to the long awaited Corvera Airport in the Murcia region of Costa Calida in southeastern Spain. Currently served by Murcia’s ageing San Javier Airport, the new state of the art airport has been plagued with delays, largely politically driven. Whilst the airport has lay dormant since 2016, the political wrangles have finally abated and the region will soon enjoy the benefits of the new facility.

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Car Hire Refuelling Charges - Fuel Surcharges

One of the industries most hotly disputed subjects is the Car Rental Fuel Policy, which one is best and why are so many unfair. Over the last decade, the car rental industry has bowed to customer pressure (for the better) and generally adopted a full to full policy option on all rentals*.

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Car Hire Fuel Policies – Which is Best?

A hotly disputed and much talked about subject, car rental fuel policies have all too often landed the industry in hot water with terms like ‘rip-off’ frequenting headlines and internet forums. Much like many policies on travel products, knowledge is your friend and understanding what car hire fuel policies mean is your best weapon to avoid any nasty surprises.

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Women Allowed to Drive in Saudi Arabia – Female Car Rental in Saudi

As of 24th June 2018, women will be allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia for the first time, opening the flood gates for driving license applications from women and crucially also enabling women to rent cars in Saudi Arabia.
 

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Which Side is the Fuel Cap on? Left or Right

You probably know by now which side of the car your fuel filler cap is on. If you drive your own car and refill the fuel tank regularly it’s pretty unlikely that you’ll arrive at your nearest petrol station unsure as to what side your fuel filler cap is on.

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In-Cabin Pet Flights – Can I take my Dog on the Plane?

“I’m really looking forward to my flight” is not a quote you’ll hear often, whether for business or pleasure, flying is often a necessary evil for us humans and we get to enjoy the relative luxuries of a seat and if you’re lucky (or pay for reserved seating) a window to peer out of. Imagine how much your pet must feel when they sense a trip to the airport is on the cards?

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Rubbernecking – What is it and Why is it so Dangerous?

Why is it then when there is an accident on a motorway on one carriageway, that the otherwise unaffected carriageway in the opposite direction grinds to a halt at the same time?

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Most Common Dashboard Warning Lights

Whilst you should take all of the warning lights on the dashboard seriously, some are far more common than others and require a simple fix, here we look at the most common dashboard symbols, what they mean and what you should do about it.

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French Speed Limits 2018 – Cuts to 90kph Limit

The French Government announced earlier this year that the speed limit on some rural roads will be reduced from 90kph to 80kph from 1st July 2018. Two lane roads with no central reservation / barrier will adopt the new lower speed limit of 80mph, down from 90kph. Urban roads and motorway / dual carriageway speed limits will not be affected.

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Best Police Cars - Who has the fastest police car?

Whilst the average police car is likely to be something rather mundane, spending much of its life trawling city streets it’s no surprise that police forces around the world keep the purse strings pretty tight, who wants to splash out on a posh police car just to pick up criminals all day long.

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Puncture in a Rental Car – What to do?

Getting a puncture on your car can be a bit of a nightmare and a costly one at that, so what happens with a rental car if you happen to be the unfortunate one who gets a puncture? The simple answer is, you are liable for the cost of a repair / replacement, even though you are going to give the car back at the end of your holiday / trip.

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UK Road Signs - Do You Know Your UK Traffic Signs?

As part of the Driving Theory Test in the UK, you are expected to have an understanding of the traffic and road signs commonly used on UK roads in accordance with the highway code. However there are some very unusual signs that you may never see on the roads, however it’s still useful to understand what they are.

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New 2018 UK Driving Laws you need to know about

There are a host of new driving related laws coming into effect in 2018, we’ve picked out those that are most likely to affect our customers (and future customers!) driving in the UK and our international customers visiting the UK and using it’s motorways.

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Car Hire GPS – Or Data Roaming with Google Maps?

The last thing you need when hiring a car abroad is to get lost. Driving on the other side of the road, sat on the other side of the car, using your right hand to change gear rather than your left, there is a lot to take on board if hiring a car in Europe. Throw in road signs in a different language and no matter how good your sense of direction, getting lost is a distinct possibility. So it’s little surprise that all rental agents offer GPS (satellite navigation) as an optional extra when hiring a car and it’s equally little surprise that they charge handsomely for it.

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Stolen Rental Car – What you need to do?

Car theft has been in the news a lot recently as criminals have learnt to defeat modern security devices and whilst this is generally a problem for higher end and more valuable cars which typically represent only small percentage of rental car fleets, the problem doesn’t seem to be getting any better.

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Misfuelling a Rental Car – What to do?

Renting a car is commonplace amongst the majority of us, particularly those that travel a lot, either for leisure or business, so driving another vehicle isn’t that uncommon to many of us. Unfortunately misfuelling a car is also rather popular with an estimated 150,000 motorists putting the wrong fuel in their car in 2016 in the UK alone. With an estimated 45 million licence holders in the UK, that’s a remarkable 1 in 300 of us put the wrong fuel in our cars!

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