At Avis we try harder to keep your car rental costs down, which is why we offer optional extras such as additional driver cover. This is well worth having as you might face paying for an expensive trip home if something happens and your only driver is out of action.
Renting a car from Avis for a holiday in Europe makes lots of sense. Not only does it keep down the miles on your own car, but it also gives you the chance to rent something a little bigger, like a people carrier or an estate car, so you can fit everything in comfortably. You can hire from home and take the ferry or the channel tunnel, or you can fly to your destination and hire when you get there from Avis offices across Europe, including holiday favourites like Italy, France, Spain and the Balearic Islands.
Adding an extra driver is a good idea wherever you choose to travel, because your standard Avis Rent a Car contract only covers you for one named driver. That means that the same person has to do all the driving all the time, which is not much of a holiday for them. Not only that, but if that driver falls ill or gets hurt, you could find yourself in a difficult situation.
Extra driver cover can be booked in advance, when you reserve your hire car online, or can be purchased at the Avis pick up point when you collect your car. The costs vary depending on which country you are renting in, but are a small price to pay compared to the cost of getting your family and your rental car home without an insured driver.
An additional driver is just £9 a day for rentals in the UK, €30 per rental in France, €5.83 per day in Italy and €8 plus tax per day in Spain and the Balearics. (Prices correct at Nov 2010 and subject to change. See website for latest rates).
Avis Premium cover includes an additional driver free of charge, along with reduced insurance excess and enhanced personal accident cover. Premium cover with Avis starts at just £12.50 a day for small cars, rising to just £16.50 a day for larger vehicles, so it’s well worth considering as an alternative to additional driver cover.
Sharing the drive not only means you’re covered in an emergency, it also gives both drivers a break and a chance to enjoy the scenery, as well as giving them both the chance to enjoy the unique experience of driving on Europe’s great roads like the Millau Viaduct in France, or Italy’s famous Great Dolomite Road.
At Avis, we always like to find out what you think of the extras such as additional driver cover. If you have any opinions, comments or experiences you would like to share please leave a comment, or email us direct.