Starship From South Africa, joined Nov 1999, 1098 posts, RR: 16 Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1056 times:
I think it goes more about if you have a credit card or not. Minimum age would more than likely be 18 and as long as you posses a Visa, Mastercard or American Express Card and have a clean driving record, the rest should be reasonably straight forward.
N949WP From Hong Kong, joined Feb 2000, 1437 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1051 times:
I think the rental car company can't really check your driving record from the license-issuing authority, especially if you're from overseas. However, they can certainly match your driver's license number with their own records. So, if you have wrecked one of their cars before, your record would certainly be "unclean".
N949WP From Hong Kong, joined Feb 2000, 1437 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (12 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1046 times:
About adjusting to driving on the other side of the road.....
In general, if you are driving on busier streets and roads, there is a much smaller chance of you screwing up a turn at intersections and ended up facing on-coming traffic, since there are other vehicles you can follow. However, watch out when you are the only car around, as you could easily (by habit) drift onto the wrong side of the road. Also, you'll have to adjust to the fact that most of the width of the car will be to your LEFT. So, always maintain an awareness of where the left-front corner of your car is, lest you hit the curb (or worse).
To make your adjustment easier, request an automatic transmission. This way you won't have to make the additional adjustment of shifting gears with your "wrong" hand. Manual transmissions are widespread in rental cars in Europe, and you will likely get one if you don't specify an automatic.
GKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24621 posts, RR: 58 Reply 8, posted (12 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1041 times:
Hiring a car isnt too expensive here in the UK. You can get cars in sizes ranging from 4 seaters to people carriers, such as the Ford Fiesta to the Ford Galaxy.
The main problem in the UK is the price of fuel however. If you have a bigger car then you will spend LOADS more to fill it than you would in any other country.
When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!