Practical Car & Van Rental car hire locations in Kent
Thrifty car hire locations in Kent
Avis car hire locations in Kent
Top tips for hiring a car in Kent
Take in the great British countryside at your own speed and enjoy the benefits of a car hire in Kent. With the roads in the United Kingdom tending to be very good, you will only need a two-wheel drive car to get around the county. Although, if you’re planning on going off road, or driving specifically during the wetter seasons, then you might find a 4X4 a better option. A smaller compact car is also a great choice if you are looking to find parking in the towns and cities such as Canterbury.
It’s important that when you drive your car hire in Kent that you abide by the highway code to avoid getting into trouble with the authorities. It is a legal requirement for everyone in the car, both in the front and back seats, to wear a seat belt. If you are pulled over for this reason then you can expect to be fined. Children travelling in the car that are younger than 12 or smaller than 135 cm must also be seated in an appropriate child seat. Drink-driving is also a very serious offence in the UK, so you must ensure that you are under the limit should you be tested. The legal limit is 0.8 mg of alcohol per ml of blood, so anything above this means you will be prosecuted accordingly.
When you are hiring a vehicle in Kent you can help do your bit for the environment by opting for a vehicle that is more eco-friendly. For example, you could opt for a hybrid, which runs on both electricity and normal petrol, or you could choose a fully electric vehicle. Both of these options help to reduce the amount of carbon emissions that you release from the environment when driving. You will also find that there are no shortage of petrol stations or electric vehicle charging points in Kent, so you’ll find it easy to stay fully fuelled.
FAQs about hiring a car in Kent
You should hire a car in Kent as it enables you to explore the country in the south of England at your own pace, rather than wait for other modes of transport such as buses, trains or taxis. For example, you could travel from Canterbury to Dungeness Nature Reserve in about 1h in your car hire. The same journey via public transport would take in excess of 2h each way, which is double the time that driving takes. Whilst a return taxi journey is also likely to be quite expensive, so would not be a cost-efficient way to travel.
Driving your car hire in Kent is very similar to driving across the rest of the United Kingdom, so you won’t need to get used to the roads. With the wheel on the right of the car and cars driving on the left of the road, you’ll be all set for your journey. The speed limits are the same as the rest of the UK too, with urban areas being 30mph, rural areas being 60mph, and motorways being 70mph. One difference you may notice to the rest of the UK, is how many lorries there are on the roads as a result of Dover, the nearby ferry port. So, it is advised to take care overtaking the lorries as you may be in their blind spots.
When you are hiring a car in Kent it is important that you check the age policy of each agency prior to arrival as they are likely to vary. In general you need to be 21 years of age to hire a car in Kent, but some companies will require you to be older. Drivers that are younger than a certain age, often 25, will also have to pay a surcharge as well as the daily rate. It is likely that there will be a smaller selection of cars to choose from if you are below 25, as agencies reserve larger vehicles for more experienced drivers.
Premium (Mercedes-Benz C-Class or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Kent.