Rental car safety for business travelers


Types of transportation options will vary for business trips and if you plan on driving a rental car, consider the following tips:

1. Don't rent a flashy car

Sure, renting a flashy car might be a fun and exciting perk on your business trip, but it could attract unwanted attention from criminals. Instead, rent a standard model vehicle.

2. Familiarize yourself with the car

Don't just hop into the car and immediately drive off of the lot. Instead, become familiar with it first. Scan the exterior for any scratches and scuff marks so you don't get charged for them. Then, step inside and get comfortable. Adjust the mirrors and seats and know how to use the GPS navigation, windshield wipers, headlights, highbeams, hazards, and other safety features. Take care of this early so you don't have to make any adjustments while you're on the road. If there are any issues with the car’s security or functions, go back to the rental car staff and request a new car with everything in working order.

3. Know where you are going

Before driving to your hotel or business meeting, make sure you know exactly where you're driving to. Set up your GPS before leaving the lot in order to avoid fumbling with your phone while you're on the road

4. Follow normal safety precautions

Don't get into your rental car and act like it's a vehicle for joy riding. Keep the same safety precautions in mind that you would with your own car. Wear your seatbelt, refrain from texting while driving and pay attention to the road at all times. Take valuables with you or keep them out of sight in the car in order to avoid a “smash and grab” theft from the car. Stay alert to your surroundings and pull over and park in a populated area if you become lost and need to re-route the GPS.

According to the National Safety Council, there were 40,100 motor vehicle deaths last year, which would be a drop of about 1 percent from the total of 40,327 in 2016.1

5. Check your insurance policy regarding car rentals

Just because you're in a rental car doesn't mean you're untouchable. You could still get pulled over or, unfortunately, get into an accident. Always remember to carry proof of car insurance. Furthermore, make sure your auto insurance policy covers rentals. Call your personal auto insurance provider and if your company has Business Travel Accident (BTA) insurance to find out what that covers; especially, if you are renting a car in another country.

Contact your travel insurance provider for further assistance.

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