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Do I need to inform the vehicle hire company that I am taking the vehicle abroad?

Simply put, yes. As soon as you step foot in a different country, you are subject to foreign laws and regulations. Vehicle insurance comes with a myriad of rules and stipulations, so it is vital that you let your vehicle hire company know if you are planning on taking the vehicle abroad to ensure that you are legally covered.

For example, Supervan Ltd’s vehicles all come with full comprehensive insurance to travel in the UK. However, we do need to be informed so that we can reinsure your chosen van, car or motorbike for road risk, breakdown cover and repatriation. You may believe that using your own insurance will cover you when driving in the Continent, but the reality is that in most cases, you are only automatically covered for basic Road Traffic Accident (RTA) insurance.

You can, of course, get cheap breakdown cover but many of the more basic policies do not include repatriation, which can become a massive issue if your vehicle cannot be repaired and you need to get yourself and the vehicle back to the UK. According to the AA, repatriation costs £995 on average – a high price to pay for the sake of a few pounds.

Where are you travelling to and through?

Supervan would also need to know your destination and the countries you are planning on travelling through on the way. Our vehicle insurance will cover you in the majority of Europe and Eurasia; however there are some exceptions that require you to hold a Green Card as proof of your insurance overseas. These countries include:

  • Albania
  • Serbia and Montenegro
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Belarus
  • Macedonia
  • Ukraine

Other legal requirements to consider

Depending on the country or countries you are visiting, you may be required to adhere to a number of other guidelines and legalities; for example, when travelling in Spain, there must be reflective jackets within the passenger compartment of your vehicle that must be worn by the driver and/or passengers when exiting an immobilised vehicle on all motorways and busy roads.

Other requirements may include:

  • GB stickers – compulsory unless your UK registration plates display the GB Euro-symbol  
  • Spare bulb kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Warning triangle
  • Breathalyser
  • Certain amount of cash to pay on-the-spot fines

Confused?

Luckily, Supervan Ltd can take all the pressure away from you; with years of experience in hiring vans, hiring cars and hiring motorcycles for travel both in the UK and Europe, we have the knowledge and understanding of the rules and pitfalls to help. We can take care of all the insurance, breakdown cover (including repatriation), documentation and must-have items for your journey, and all at the best possible prices.

All of our vehicles are maintained and serviced to the highest standards, and those all-important tyre, water, and oil checks will have been carried out before you take delivery, minimising the possibility of anything going wrong whilst abroad.

For more information, please call Supervan on 01277 366 602.

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Supervan Ltd Brentwood van hire car hire tips in keeping cool this summer

Top tips for safe and comfortable driving in the summer weather

The summer is here and although the sun has been a little shy to appear, the weather – and your car or van and its passengers – this week has been heating up.

With this in mind, Supervan Ltd shares its top tips on keeping safe, cool and comfortable when driving in hot weather.

Most modern vehicles come with air conditioning as standard; Supervan Ltd’s wide range of quality vans and quality cars all have air conditioning, meaning that you can revel in a cool blast of air whenever the temperature becomes too much to bear. But remember that despite air con, very hot weather can result in irritability, drowsiness and dehydration so it is always worthwhile taking along some cold drinks in a cool-bag for you and your passengers if you’re planning any longer trips.

Unfortunately, air conditioning can’t lower the temperature of an overheating vehicle, so make sure you check the water levels and ensure that your radiator’s coolant is topped up before setting off. Your tyres should also be checked as air expands when hot and your tyre pressure can change. Check the pressure and inflate when your tyres are cold. And don’t fill your fuel tank up to the brim as expansion from the heat can cause a leak.

Sunny weather in the UK and traffic jams often go hand in hand, as half the population flock to the coast for a bit of sun, sea and sand. To avoid roasting in a standstill queue for hours, ask a passenger to check real time UK traffic updates in order to avoid traffic jam hotspots.

You may be planning a longer journey and want to break it up with a couple of stops. However, please remember to think before you park. Leave your vehicle in the strong sunshine and you will return to the equivalent of an oven on wheels, so always try to find a shaded area. Plus, pets should never be left in a car during hot weather; we have sadly heard of many cases of pets dying of heat exhaustion and dehydration in hot cars. Please ensure that if you are taking your pet with you, you provide them with plenty of ventilation and water, and plan for regular exercise breaks during your trip.

You may automatically assume that you will be using your windscreen wipers and screen wash more in the winter to ward off rain and snow, but in reality, the hot weather brings its own visibility challenges. How often have you been driving in the summer and ended up with a windscreen full of squished insects? Always keep your screen wash topped up and check your wiper blades for splits or damage before you travel.

Located in Brentwood, Essex, Supervan Ltd ensures that all of our vehicles – whether vans, cars or motorbikes – are fully maintained and serviced, ready for summer or winter. If you are planning a journey and are considering hiring a high quality, affordable vehicle, then contact us here Supervan Ltd today on 01277 366602.

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