The very best way to visit Florida…
If you have your own wheels while you’re in Florida, you’ll see more, and more easily, than you would if you relied on public transport. It’ll be much more convenient, particularly if you have young children with you.
Car hire will be cheaper if you book it as far in advance as you can – ideally, as soon as you know you are going. Travelling out of season? If demand is low, you can make significant savings. If you’re going at peak time, demand for popular family models will be high, so always book early to get the very best price for your car rental in Florida.
Look out for these key points before you book:
• What gears does the car have? While manual gears are the default in the UK, in the US, most hire vehicles will have automatic transmission, and this won’t cost extra. If you have particular needs, check what you are getting before you commit.
• Check any age limitations. Generally speaking, you need to be at least 21 to hire a car, with surcharges and exclusions from some types of vehicle for those under 25.
• Find out where you have to pick the car up from. After the long flight to the States, you may not want the hassle of having to get a bus to the car hire pick-up point.
Watch out, as well, for how much it costs to allow an extra driver to share the motoring as part of the deal, and whether you have to return the car with an empty or full fuel tank. In fact, it works out cheaper to return the car full, as charges can be hiked up in other ways if not.
Take your own satnav, as opting to have one in your hire car can be expensive in the US.
Also, a hire firm may try to get you to upgrade to a pricier model when you arrive, jet-lagged, at the airport. Or they may try and sell you breakdown cover. Don’t let yourself be persuaded.
Finally, remember to familiarise yourself thoroughly with American rules of the road, from drink driving laws to speeding limits.