Car Rentals

Driving information   -  Rental Restrictions
                    General Information

Many of the vehicles rented in the UK are permitted to travel in most Western European countries, North Ireland and Ireland. In order to travel outside of the United Kingdom many of the rental suppliers require an additional insurance to be purchased to cover the vehicle. Some specific car categories due to insurance regulations have restrictions; these vehicles include luxury vehicles, automatics and large vans. At this time we ask for you to please take a moment to ensure that your travel itinerary is compatible with the type of vehicle you are planning to rent. If you have any questions or would like some advice on what type of vehicle will best suit your needs please consult your friendly Travel Advisor.

Restricted Countries
For rentals commencing in the United Kingdom are prohibited from traveling into the following countries: Albania, Bosnia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey and the Ukraine.

Note: Some vehicles rented in England are allowed to travel into North Ireland, South Ireland and Western European countries. Select vehicles may not be allowed to travel into Italy. Please call Scots American Travel Advisors on 772 562 2856 if you are planning to travel to another country.

One-Way Rentals
Domestic one-way rentals are available many are free of charge however fees may apply to rentals 4 days and under. International one-way rentals are unavailable at this time.

Insurance  General Information
When renting a car in an unfamiliar country it is always a good idea to find out what forms of insurance are required in the particular country you are traveling to as it can vary from country to country. The insurance guidelines of the country where you pick up the vehicle will be in effect for the duration of your rental even if the rental is returned to another country.

A car rental in United Kingdom will always include third party liability and fire insurance. Collision damage waiver (CDW) and theft protection are optional and are included on our inclusive rental rates in the UK. Specific details regarding the insurance on your car rental will print the terms and conditions area of your rental voucher. You may want to decline the CDW and theft protection in order to take advantage of coverage provided by your credit card, in this event please contact your credit card company to learn of the specifics of your coverage.

For rentals commencing in the United Kingdom the following guidelines will apply:

Required Coverage
Third party liability and fire insurance are required for rentals commencing in the UK and are included in all basic rental rates. Fire insurance provides unlimited coverage for the vehicle in the event of fire. Third party liability provides $359,000 USD up to an unlimited amount of coverage (depending on rental supplier) for damage to people or property outside of the vehicle.

Optional Coverage
Collision Damage waiver (CDW) and theft protection are included in the inclusive rental rates. When the CDW and Theft is purchased it releases the client from full financial responsibility in the event of a collision or theft. A majority of the suppliers that we work with in England have some form of a deductible the client is still responsible for that can range from $1050 USD up to $2250 USD depending on the rental supplier and car category.

Many rental suppliers offer a supplementary insurance locally called Super CDW for a cost of $13-$40 USD per day, this optional insurance will reduce the amount of the deductible to $0-$600 USD in most cases. Personal Accident Insurance (PAI) is available locally with most suppliers for about $6-$11 USD per day, this insurance will help cover death and disability expenses up to limited monetary about set by the rental supplier for the driver and passengers. If you are worried about theft of your personal belongings in the rental car then you may want to purchase what is called Personal Effects Coverage (PEC). Personal Effects Coverage is available locally with some rental supplies for about $6 USD per day, this form of insurance will cover items stolen from the vehicle up to an amount set by the local rental supplier.

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Useful Terms
ATM = hole-in-the-wall
Battery = accumulator
Breakdown lane = lay-by
Convertible top = hood
Dashboard = fascia or facia
Fender = wing
Glove compartment = cubby box
Car hood = bonnet
Muffler = silencer
Outlet = power point
Overpass = flyover
Oil pan = sump
Parking lot = car park
Rotary = roundabout
Sedan = saloon
Subway = underground or tube
Traffic jam = tail back
Trailer = caravan
Truck = lorry
Trunk = boot
Tractor-trailer = articulated lorry or artic
Very large truck = juggernaut
Windshield = windscreen

Child Seats
Children under 3 years old are permitted to be in a child seat appropriate for their age and weight at all times. Rear facing child seats cannot be placed in the front seat of a vehicle unless the airbag has been deactivated. Children 3 to 12 years or smaller then 4ft 5in are also required to be in a child safety seat appropriate child seat for their age and weight. If you are caught operating a motor vehicle with a child who is not properly restrained you can be fined, fines range from approx 40 ($75 USD) up to 500 ($940 USD)

Speed Limits
Speed limits in the UK are: Highways 112 km/h (70mph), Cities 48 km/h (30mph), major roads 65 km/h (40mph) up to 96 km/h (60mph), residential areas 35 km/h (20mph). Please pay attention to signs in the country you are traveling as speed limits may vary.

Rules of the Road
Vehicles travel on the left hand side of the road with the steering wheel placed on the right. Always remember to turn left when entering a roundabout (traffic circle).

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