Avoid the 'Oops... I Damaged Under the Car' Scenario!
While the undercarriage of your rental vehicle is not prominent, it is a part of the car that can incur serious damage from simple driving mishaps - and can be costly to you since this component is generally not covered under your basic car hire insurance.
So when you are out and about and indulging in all the offerings of your latest travel adventure, keep in mind the following tips for ways to protect the undercarriage of your rental vehicle.
Take extra care when approaching driveways. Slow down as your speed can impact on your ability to carefully navigate your exit or entrance.
Don't forget to keep in mind what type of rental vehicle you are driving. If you are used to operating a larger car or an SUV but have hired a compact or standard vehicle, ensure you are aware of the car's lower ground position.
In addition to the concrete wheel barriers, the speed bumps that contain pedestrian crossings (common within shopping centre carparks) can also pose a threat to the front section of your vehicle when you approach at high speeds. Slow down and proceed with caution.
In certain circumstances, you will find that you may need to navigate areas where loose stones may be present - new road surfaces, graded main roads undergoing maintenance or road works, the need to maneuver from the main road to pull over on the shoulder, or entering private property that has an unsealed driveway. If you experience these types of situations, be vigilant and drive to the conditions of the road to reduce potential damage.
When travelling, ensure you are looking ahead to safely see any potential dangers. Don't travel too close to cars in front and watch traffic flow and movements - you can generally anticipate a change in driving conditions by monitoring how traffic is behaving in front. Sudden braking or vehicles swerving are good indications that extra care needs to be taken.
Don't run the risk of travelling over an item if you know that it is protruding from the ground. Use common sense and be safe about your decisions.
So when you are looking to book a great rental deal with the added bonus of a complete excess reduction package with an affordable daily rate, then give our friendly team a call on 1300 737 400 (or +61 2 8228 1898) 24 hours a day and let us help you to get the most out of your car hire needs. You can also compare car hire suppliers and their deals online at www.carrentalbuddy.com.au.