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Car Hire Guides and Tips

Get all the latest hints and tips for renting, driving and insuring hire cars in Europe and overseas with insurance4carhire’s extensive library of helpful guides.

A Guide to Car Hire Costs

We like to think our car excess insurance is nice and straightforward. Your car rental agreement, however, might not be so easy to understand. With this in mind, we’ve put together a guide to car hire costs.



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Facts about the Autobahn: Infographic

Is there a speed limit on the Autobahn? Are these high speed roads really that safe? Find out the answer to these questions and more in our infographic.

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Dare to Drive These Five Roads?

From storm-pummelled bridges and icy highways, through to narrow cliff face paths, we look at some of the most dangerous roads in the world. Heavy winds, unstable terrain and rockfalls can lead to car damage (or worse). 

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Hiring a Car with a Towbar

These days we are happy to share taxis, homes, even our pets with complete strangers! This development offers great opportunities – especially with caravans. Instead of purchasing your own, you can rent or borrow one, and set off on a great holiday adventure.

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A Guide to Car Hire from the Airport

There are thousands of car rental desks across airports round the world, competing against each other in small spaces. In this guide, we’ll explore whether it could be more beneficial to leave the airport before hiring a car for your trip.

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Five Scenic Drives for your Bucket List

Whichever car hire excess insurance policy you choose with us, we can cover you in some of the most breath-taking and iconic locations on the planet. 

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Top Tips for Driving a Hire Car Abroad

Having a hire car on holiday could save you the hassle of sorting out transfers. Not only that,  it offers you the freedom to really explore and get to grips with your holiday destination...

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Hot Weather Driving Tips

Long sunny days and heatwaves can provide the perfect opportunity to get out on the road, but there are a number of things to consider before heading out into the sun.

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Quiz: How Well Do You Know Europe?

The 20 multi-choice questions will be sure to tease your brain as you’ll be asked about capital cities, flags, languages, landmarks and more.

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What you need to know about Speeding Fines in Europe

What you need to know about speeding fines in Europe including the French, Spanish and German laws and well as how a speeding ticket abroad can affect your UK licence.

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10 Top Castles to Visit in Europe

We’ve put together a list of ten amazing castle locations which you should consider visiting, whether you’re on a road trip or week-long local stay.

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Driving in Europe

When travel writers compile lists of the best road trips in the world, driving in Europe features heavily. With dramatic scenery connected by some of the world’s greatest roads, it's not hard to see why!

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A Guide to Car Hire Costs

We like to think our car excess insurance is nice and straightforward. Your car rental agreement, however, might not be so easy to understand. With this in mind, we’ve put together a guide to car hire costs.

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Driving in the USA

No country is more synonymous with driving than the USA. From its major coastal cities to the rural interior, a road trip across the country can feel like you’re visiting different nations with their own identities.

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Driving in France

Whether you see yourself driving along a glamorous corniche road on the French Riviera, navigating snowy mountain passes in the Alps, France offers a unique and diverse driving experience.

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Driving in Australia

If you’re used to driving in the UK – or any country that drives on the left – chances are you won’t have many problems driving in Australia.

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Driving in Iceland

By following Route 1, the country’s principal intercity road, you can visit most of the major tourist attractions while also seeing the country’s awesome fjords, volcanoes and glaciers along the way.

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Driving in Germany

Whether you plan on dedicating your entire holiday to exploring Germany, or you are simply passing through on your way to another country, you’ll need to familiarise yourself with Germany’s rules of the road.

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Driving in New Zealand

Traffic is generally light, the people are friendly and the scenery is spectacular. Brush up on the main rules of the road with our handy guide and you’ll be all set to enjoy a wonderful holiday.

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Driving in Spain

Outside of the densely populated cities of Madrid and Barcelona, the roads of Spain have some of the lightest traffic in Europe - congestion is basically unheard of in more rural areas.

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Driving in Canada

As the world’s second largest country, Canada is a road-tripper’s dream. Hiring a car or camper van offers one of the best ways to see this fantastic country.

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Driving in Cyprus

With minimal public transport available, hiring a car is one of the best ways to get out and explore the Mediterranean island of Cyprus.

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Driving in Italy

From jaw-dropping coastlines to Alpine passes and the other-worldly beauty of Tuscany’s rolling hills, a road trip in Italy is one of the best ways to see this unique country.

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Driving in Ireland

Besides the awe-inspiring scenery, driving is also one of the best ways to visit the Emerald Isle’s ancient historic sites, thriving cities and charming country pubs.

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Guide to Parking in Europe

The experience of driving a hire car in a new country can be stressful and understanding the rules around parking can be confusing. Parking regulations and rules in can be very different from what you may be used to in the UK.

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What insurance do you need to hire a car in Spain?

When you think of a holiday in Spain, you undoubtedly don’t think of the insurance you’ll need if you’re hiring a car. When you do, the rental car company will usually include basic cover as part of the deal.

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Single Trip vs Annual Car Hire Insurance

Although there are variations in the levels of cover,  the key difference is that with a single trip policy, you’ll have to take out a new policy every time you get a new car rental agreement.

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Road Tripping Around the World

Take the unfamiliar route, and take on the road! We have identified some of the world’s most inspiring road trip routes for you to tackle year round, spanning Europe to South America.

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