Guide to Renting & Driving in Spain

Renting a car makes rural Spain accessible to the traveler. Having your own car affords you far more flexibility and freedom as you travel throughout the countryside of northern and western Spain or between cities. Within the major cities, you may find the metro or bus system sufficient and, arguably, more convenient. Travelers may find the best way to travel in Spain is a combination of public transportation and rental car.

Car rentals are affordable and will be similar to rates in the United States on average however they vary wildly based on the season. In off season, you can often rent a small car for a week for less than $100 USD in resort areas. Summer and school holidays are a very different story with prices often increasing by around 200% and more - generally, cost will be lower the earlier you book a car. Most major rental companies have a presence at airports and city centers. You can also choose to rent from one of many smaller companies and may find this even more affordable. The added expense of gasoline, insurance, and tolls should be factored in. It will be required that you purchase liability insurance and advisable to also add on additional insurance. Expect your rental car to be a manual transmission. If you need to rent an automatic transmission car, plan on making a reservation far ahead of when you actually need the car.

Although anyone over 18 with a license is able to drive in Spain, you  may find companies will only rent to those over 21. While a US driver’s license is valid in Spain, it is advisable to pay the small fee and get an International Driver’s Permit. This option is available from the American Automobile Association and is an excellent idea as you travel throughout Europe and elsewhere.

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Car Rental and Car Hire Fuel Policies Explained

The different fuel policies offered by car rental and car hire companies can be very confusing. In this article I will explain the various options.

The golden piece of advice here is to know exactly what your options are before you book. At the very least, know what your obligations are before you drive away to save yourself additional expense and aggravation later.

OPTION 1: Full to Full

This is by far the most common default policy used worldwide and in my opinion, it also the easiest to understand and fairest for the customer. It is very simple. When you pick up your car it is full of fuel and it is your responsibility to return it full at the end of the rental.

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How To Submit A Review On Rental Car Reviews

Why are our reviews different?

Writing a review on RentalCarReviews.com is slightly different to any other site that we know of who provide reviews for Car Hire and Car Rental. Let me explain how our site is set up, why it was done this way and what steps you need to take to write a review.

We ask for reviews of individual locations to provide greater clarity for future renters and for the car rental companies being reviewed. We currently have over 23,000 locations globally available to be reviewed.

What this means that when you submit a review on RentalCarReviews.com, you are not writing one (for example) for Avis, or for Avis USA or even for Avis Florida. You are writing a review for the Avis location at Orlando Airport specifically.

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Guide to Driving In Ireland

Renting and driving a car in Ireland can be a rewarding and safe experience if you are familiar with local laws.

To rent a car expect to be asked for your regular driving license.

You will be driving on the left hand side of the road. This means you’ll need to get comfortable using the gear shift with the opposite hand and learn to make right turns into traffic. You will also need to adjust which mirrors you use. It is a good idea to drive around a parking lot to get your bearings.

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Ibiza Airport and Car Hire Guide

Ibiza Airport (IBZ) is the airport used by almost all visitors to the islands of Ibiza and Formentera. The Ibiza Airport, Aeroport d’Eivissa, is small with only one terminal but does service a little over 5.5 million passengers each year. All parts of the terminal are accessible to people with reduced mobility.

Most passengers use this airport during the tourist season running from May to September, but there are flights that operate year round to Barcelona, Madrid, and Palma de Mallorca. Ibiza is part of the Balearic Islands and IBZ does operate inter-island flights.

Renting a car at the Ibiza Airport should be easy. All rental desks are located in the terminal on the ground floor. Companies located on airport at Ibiza Airport are:

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Orlando International Airport and Car Rental Guide

Orlando International Airport (MCO), located six miles southeast of Orlando, is sunny Florida’s second busiest airport. Both Southwest and JetBlue use Orlando as a focus city. International flights to the Caribbean, Mexico, and South America frequently depart MCO. Lufthansa runs daily flights through Orlando to Frankfurt, Germany; and Virgin Atlantic and British Airways have multiple daily flights from the UK.

Located in Central Florida and dubbed “The City Beautiful”, Orlando is a major tourist destination. Orlando offers over-the-top theme parks including Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, Legoland and Sea World. Over 50 million people visit Orlando’s tourist attractions each year. Within about an hour’s drive, travelers can take in the sun and sand at Florida’s Cocoa Beach, Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, or Canaveral National Seashore.

The layout of Orlando International Airport includes a centrally located main terminal building divided into Terminal A and Terminal B. There are four airside concourses which surround the main terminal in a hub and spoke design.

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Palma de Mallorca Airport Information

Palma de Mallorca Airport, also know as Son Sant Joan Airport, is the third busiest airport in Spain. With its proximity to the sunny beaches of Can Pastilla and a mere 5 miles (8 km) to the capital city of Palma, it’s not a surprise that Mallorca Airport is among the busiest in Europe during summer months. During 2012 over 22 million passengers used this airport. The airport is organized into four modules which allow up to 12,000 passengers to be dispatched every hour. The airport is clean, airy, and welcoming. There is plenty of comfortable space including a solarium in which passengers may relax.

Mallorca Airport offers passengers many amenities. ATMs are located throughout the airport. Currency exchange is available in Module A. There are play areas for children in Module A and C. Passengers may also access police and a post office. There are also meeting rooms available.  Wifi is available for a fee after the first 15 minutes.

In the Passenger Terminal there are a number of bars, cafes, and restaurants including Cafe Son Sant Joan, Deli&Cia, Espression Lavazza, San Miguel, Warsteiner, Burger King, and Sa Cala. Terminal A has Carling Pub, Cerveceria 1516, Medas Ready to Eat, Burger King, and Subway. Module B has Cafe-Cafe. Module C has Farggi, Ready to Eat, Starbucks, Warsteiner, McDonalds, and Upper Crust.  Module D has Madas Beer, Ready to Eat, Bit Burguer, Burger King, and Delimarche.

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Winter Driving Tips and Advice

Driving in winter’s messiest weather can be a stressful and potentially dangerous endeavor. Bearing this in mind, the best advice is to stay home. Just. Stay. Home. Unless there is a truly compelling reason to be out in the storm, put off travel until roads have been treated and cleared.

Here are tips if you do find yourself in an unavoidable winter driving situation.

Keep your headlights on and clear of snow and ice. Clean your windshield off completely. (Go fill your wiper fluid right now!)

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Guide to Driving in Italy

Planning on renting a car and spending some time driving in Italy? Here are few tips and some helpful information to make your experience easier.

If you have a U.S. driver’s license it is strongly recommended that you buy an International Driving Permit before leaving for Italy. An IDP is simply a translation of your license into 11 different languages. In the U.S. they’re easy to obtain for a small fee from your local AAA office, no driving tests or exams required. This should be carried in addition to your regular driver’s license. You should also have insurance papers, car documents, and any required equipment. Italian law mandates that all cars are equipped with a warning triangle and a reflective vest or jacket in the event of a breakdown; car rental suppliers provide these items for each rental car.

Don’t rely too heavily on your GPS. Double check a map to be sure you’re going in the right direction; not to another town with the same name. Also, your GPS may not denote a ZTL.

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Car Rental and Travel Tips for Italy

With more than its fair share of art, architecture, historical sites, and natural beauty, Italy is a destination we all should visit more than once. Here are some simple travel tips if you are planning to visit Italy.

Your valid United States passport is all you need to visit Italy for up to 90 days. Be sure you have applied for or renewed your passport well in advance of your trip. U.S. passports are valid for 10 years and will cost about $135. It is recommended that you make two copies of the data page - keep one with you but separate from your actual passport and give one to a friend or family member at home (or scan it and email it to yourself and someone stateside).

If you plan to stay beyond 90 days, you will need to get a visa. You should also do this well in advance of your travels. Visas may be obtained through the Italian consulate that serves your state. Don’t leave this until the last minute.

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