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Europcar offers tips to travellers as the holiday season gets underway

With recent figures* showing that one in seven Brits experiences holiday hassle, Europcar, the leader in car hire services in Europe, is offering those about to jet off for some sun, sea and sand a few useful tips to ensure their car hire experience runs smoothly.

For many, a holiday planning checklist typically begins with destination, hotels and transport to the airport. But it’s crucial that families don’t leave their car hire to the last minute. Getting everything in order before they leave means they can kick back and relax, safe in the knowledge that travel around the holiday destination is taken care of.

“Leaving holiday car hire to the last minute could leave holidaymakers disappointed with availability and car type”, said Ken McCall, Managing Director, Europcar UK Group. “This is especially crucial if you’re the type of holidaymaker that requires extra or unusual luggage items, such as golf clubs or musical instruments. You’ll be surprised how quickly the wrong sized car becomes cramped and uncomfortable.

“It’s also wise to have a quick brush-up on the rules of the road for whatever country you’re visiting. There are different speed limits, unusual road signs and, of course, the infamous issue of getting your head around which side to drive on! This is why Europcar is offering handy tips to holidaymakers, which aren’t just about saving money, but energy and stress too. For the best deals and to ensure they get the car type that suits their trip, holidaymakers should ensure they book as early as possible.”


Europcar’s Top Car Hire Tips

  • More space!
    It may seem obvious, but it’s important to check the vehicle is spacious enough to accommodate all passengers and luggage too. The Europcar vehicle guide shows the ideal capacity for each car group.


  • Driving choices
    Don’t just think about where you are collecting the vehicle; also consider the eventual destination. For those travelling to a city such as Paris or Rome, a smaller, compact vehicle is probably the best option.


  • Island isolation
    If you are travelling to a popular island destination, it is important to remember that the fleet is limited to what is available on the island, and so booking early is advisable.


  • Adding add-ons
    Getting lost never helps relaxation, so if you want to avoid the stress of reading roadmaps and data roaming charges trying to make your smartphone work, a SatNav can be booked when making a reservation. Essentials such as car sears for babies and children can also be booked for the duration of a rental.


  • Cheaper isn’t always better
    In today’s cost-focused society, there are many companies springing up to offer discounts on all areas of a holiday; however these aren’t always the best option. A larger more reputable company will generally have a wider choice of vehicles and a newer, safer fleet.


  • Know the law
    Many countries have legal requirements for drivers that differ from the UK, such as in France where a high visibility jacket and breathalyser are required in all vehicles – and are supplied by Europcar – or in Austria where it is mandatory to have winter equipment and toll stickers to drive on the motorway.


  • It’s all in the timing
    Booking your hire car early will not only ensure you get the vehicle you need, but could save a significant amount of money.



*Source: Which? Six million travellers experience holiday hassles

About Europcar

Europcar is one of the leading mobility players in Europe. Present in over 140 countries, the Group provides customers with one of the largest vehicle rental networks through its own operators, franchisees and partnerships. Europcar Group operates worldwide its own brands Europcar® and InterRent®, which is its low cost brand. The group puts customers at the heart of its mission whether it is innovation or service. All the employees of the group are committed to delivering customer satisfaction. Europcar is actively promoting Corporate and Environmental social responsibility. Europcar has been awarded again in 2014 for the 6th consecutive year, by the World Travel Awards (« World’s Leading Green Transport Solution Company »). Europcar was also designed « Leading Car Rental Company » in Europe, Africa, Middle-East and Australia. Europcar is owned by Eurazeo, one of the leading listed investment companies in Europe.


For further press information please contact the Europcar UK Press Office:

Madeleine Roles, Ed McCambridge, Ally Redding or Wendy Harrison

020 8977 9132




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