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So you've booked your car hire, now read our helpful travel info and make sure you're fully prepared

checklist

Don't leave things until the last minute. Get organised with our handy checklist.

  • Passports - check to see if it is still valid. For some countries, your passport must be valid for six months after you travel
  • Travel Insurance - don't travel without it. Make sure you're covered for any water sports or extreme activities you're likely to do
  • Insurance Card - if you're travelling in the EU, make sure you get a free Europen Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
  • Photocopy documents - take photocopies of your passports, visas and travel insurance and keep them separate from the real ones
  • Vaccinations - check with your doctor to find out whether you need any for your trip
  • Visas - make sure you have the correct visas to enter the country
  • Driving licence - make sure your driving licence is valid and take both paper copy and photo card - you can't hire a car without one
  • Mobile - don't forget your in-car charger
  • Glasses - In some countries it is illegal to not carry a spare set of glasses when driving. Seriously
  • Getting from A to B - hire a GPS system for your car hire, it's the best way to get from A to B

car hire safety

  • Find out about any local driving laws. What might be common in one country may be illegal in another
  • Most countries use km/h instead of mph. If you see a sign for 80 it may not mean 80mph
  • Do not use your mobile phone whilst driving. Penalties are often harsher abroad
  • Be sure you know what kind of petrol your hire car takes
  • Get to know where everything is in your hire car when you collect it. Hitting the indicator when you meant screen wash could cause problems.
  • Always carry change in case you need to go through a toll
  • Don't drive tired

country driving regulations

It's a good idea to know the basic speed limits before you hit the accelerator. Check our table below for speed limits in your favourite car hire destinations.

Country Inside built-up areas Outside built-up areas Motorways
Austria 50 km/h 100 km/h 130 km/h
Belgium 50 km/h 90 km/h 120 km/h
Cyprus 50 km/h 80 km/h 100 km/h
France 50 km/h 90 km/h 130 km/h
Germany 50 km/h 100 km/h 130 km/h
Greece 50 km/h 90 km/h 120 km/h
Holland 50 km/h 80 km/h 120 km/h
Ireland 50 km/h 80 km/h 120 km/h
Italy 50 km/h 90 km/h 130 km/h
Portugal 50 km/h 90 km/h 120 km/h
Spain 50 km/h 90 km/h 120 km/h