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Car Hire: When Public Transport Just Doesn't Suffice

Dec 2, 2007
Hiring a car is a useful way to gain transport when travelling on the public transport network is just not an option. The unreliability of the rail network and coaches can be a major reason to hire a car, for those who live their lives to a tight schedule it is a must to be punctual and arrive on time. Tardiness, in many industries is a fate worse than death and setting the wrong impression can often be a deal breaker. This is where car hire companies serve a valued service to their customers. For those who do not wish to use their own car and add to their mileage, plus those who wish to travel in relative comfort and with the freedom that only driving can bring, car hire is an ever present option.

Car hire companies fall into two main categories; there are those who own their fleet of vehicles and those who effectively act as brokers using other companies fleets. Some companies will impose an age limit upon those allowed to hire a car; this is usually twenty five, although some companies will allow younger drivers to hire cars. In this case however, access to the full range of vehicles is usually limited. When hiring a car usual practice is to require payment by credit card, this is mainly a security feature for the car hire company enabling them to trace the customer in the event that the car is not returned by the specified date and time.

When using a reputable and large car hire company, the task of gaining a hired car is made even easier. Many now possess an online booking system allowing you to just pick up the keys, sign a few forms and get on your way as soon as possible. With depots based around most major cities and airports, access is made simple and enables one way journeys to the majority of the country. An added bonus to car hire is that unlike public transport you are not entering a destination to destination contract; this can be useful especially when orchestrating a meeting with the need to pick up members of the party from a variety of locations.

When you are heading out to a family get together, you can often find yourself with hundreds of miles to travel and five fully grown adults looking for a way to get there. Unfortunately not all families possess a car, and many since the rise in popularity of smaller, 'super minis' only own a car suitable for short journeys with just enough space for four adults. This is where car hire can be a useful alternative to traipsing across the country with bags in tow on the dilapidated rail network or enduring hours on a cramped coach that seems to take the scenic route, and then some. For a fee that in many cases can cost less than rail tickets for the entire party a car can be hired and picked up from a convenient point allowing you to travel in comfort and at your own pace.

Car hire is not purely a national service either, for many holidaymakers hiring a car is a preferable option to travelling on a foreign public transportation network. Rather than rushing you across the country at high speed hiring a car enables you to travel at leisure, taking in all the culture and scenic beauty a country has to offer. The possibility of stopping for a roadside lunch at a local eatery is always there and very often provides a welcome distraction, as well as adding to the enjoyment of the journey. Just remember to drive on the right side of the road.
About the Author
Shaun Parker has driven many miles and often hired cars. He offers advice to people looking to utilise Car Hire. When he gets a hire car he makes sure he books with a leading company.
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