Sally is a key member of the MoneyMaxim editorial team. She is a frequent hire-car user and often goes on holiday with her family. With an interest in getting great value for money, Sally shares her hints and tips for travelling and insurance.
Driving in winter can be perilous, even in your own car, but when you are in a rental car and in a foreign country there are more challenges to consider. Snow, driving on the other side of the road and often a larger vehicle than you are used to can all make it tricky for the driver to feel in control. We can help you discover a better car rental experience through our in-house car hire broker Clarify Car Hire.
Our car hire broker offers tailored car rental for many different circumstances including those wishing to hire a car using a debit card and no deposit car hire. We also offer specialist filters which can be extremely useful when you are hiring during the colder season.
When you search for your rental using Clarify Car Hire you can apply a filter to ensure your rental will come with winter tyres. You can also opt for snow chains if you would prefer but many would rather avoid having to fit chains by the side of the road - particularly if it is cold - and in most countries winter tyres are sufficient.
Winter tyres provide better grip on wet and icy roads and come already fitted when you book a car with winter tyres through Clarify Car Hire. In many European countries it is compulsory to have snow chains or winter tyres fitted through the colder months.
Search for all wheel drive or four wheel drive rental cars on the internet and you will get a number of results but most of this will just lead you to a standard car hire search. You would still need to check every vehicle to find out whether they have AWD - often with no success. With Clarify Car Hire, use our unique filter and we do all the searching for you in seconds. Come to us if you are searching for guaranteed 4x4 car hire and save time.
All wheel drive cars are the ideal vehicle if you are heading to the ski slopes as they can easily tackle steep mountain roads providing better traction and helping you steer clear of accidents.
With icy roads and an unfamiliar car, there is always a chance of a scrape. If you are charged your excess or for damage to your wheels, tyres, windows, mirrors, roof or car underside, a car hire excess insurance means you can claim back any money you have to pay out for those areas.
With quotes starting from as little as £1.80 a day for European cover, you can find a great policy that can give you the reassurance you need when hiring a car. Most of the policies available through our car hire excess insurance comparison service also provide additional cover for areas such as lost keys, towing and admin fees.