Damage Waiver at Choice Vehicle Rentals

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Collision Damage Property is technically not an insurance but a waiver of responsibility. It is an optional damage coverage available when renting a vehicle. In the United Kingdom, CDW is a legal requirement included in the basic rental rate. By purchasing this, you will not be accountable for any loss or damage in case of an accident, depending on the company’s terms and agreement.

Choice Vehicle Rentals includes CDW but it is not valid unless prepaid and will not in any event be valid if the terms of this agreement are broken.

In the event of the accident or incident involving the hired vehicle, regardless of there being any damage, the hirer and any driver shall:

  • Notify the company at the earliest opportunity and before the expiry of the contract.
  • Ensure that the company has a completed accident report form within 7 days of any accident or incident.
  • In any event of an accident, be particular of all the individuals involved.
  • Notify the police immediately.
  • Do not admit any liability or blame.
  • Pay all appropriate excesses in full before the end of the hire period.
  • Keep the copy of all the documents in relation to the accident.
  • Settle any payment that is made to the third party when the company has not been informed of any accident or incident as above or the applicable excess has not been paid.

Exclusions to CDW

  • Damage to the hirer’s or drivers’ own property in which the driver or the hirer has an interest.
  • Damage caused while the vehicle is being used off the public roads. Damage to the under body or roof of the vehicle.
  • Reckless damage by the hirer or his associate.
  • Damage caused while the driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Damage caused by any person not stated on the hire agreement.

Always make sure that you follow all the rules and regulations when hiring a vehicle. By following all the terms and conditions of Choice Vehicle Rentals regarding CDW, you will be insured for any accident or incident. Still, it is always better to be careful when you are driving.

To discover the list of vehicles available from Choice Vehicle Rentals, you can contact us on 01273 819 303. You can also check car hire Brighton or email us at brighton@choicevehiclerentals.com

Tips and Guidelines When Driving on Motorways Using Your Rental Car

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Rental car drivers should be aware of the traffic regulations when driving on motorways to avoid violating the traffic rules. The UK government enforces the Highway Code with several guidelines including:

  • The speed limit on a motorway is much faster than on other roads. Drivers should stay alert to avoid vehicular accidents.

  • There are no traffic lights on motorways because they do not have intersections. They do, however, have signal lights that serve as a warning to drivers if the road ahead is foggy, has spillage, etc. Signals on the central reservation of the motorway apply to all vehicles:

    • Amber flashing lights – serve as warning signs of hazards ahead and are usually used to show temporary maximum speed limits on certain occasions. They sometimes show warning information such as “fog” or “lanes are closed”.

    • Red flashing lights – can be seen above a certain lane showing an ‘X’ sign. This means that the driver must not go beyond the flashing lights in that lane.

  • There are certain rules that the driver should follow when entering or joining the motorway. Here are some of them.

    • The driver must give way to the passing vehicles because they are driving at a much higher speed than those vehicles that are about to enter the motorway.

    • The driver should not cross the white lines that separate the lanes in courtesy to the vehicle behind.

    • The driver must adjust his speed before overtaking another vehicle.

  • While driving on the motorway, the driver should remember the following:

    • The driver should drive in a steady manner and within the speed limit.

    • The driver should remain a safe distance away from the vehicle in front. The distance should be increased if the roads are wet or icy or if it is foggy.

    • If the driver misses their exit, they should carry on to the next exit.

  • Switch lanes when necessary, especially if you are approaching a junction which usually leads to an exit.

  • The hard shoulder should not be used for overtaking. It is only used for emergencies or breakdowns.

  • There is no stopping at any point on a motorway, except in emergency situations.

  • Motorways are not for pedestrians. Picking up or setting down on any part of the motorway is not allowed except in emergency situations.

  • Upon exiting the motorway, the driver should remember the following:

    • The driver should let other vehicles know that he/she is going to exit from the motorway by using signal lights.

    • The driver should move into left-hand lane well before reaching the exit.

    • Reduce speed on the slip road.

Choice Vehicle Rentals offers a great many vehicle hire options. We provide Gatwick car hire services and similar services in Brighton, Eastbourne and Crawley. Please call 01273 819303 for more information.

Dos and Don’ts of People Who Rent Vehicles

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If you are planning to rent a vehicle, you must first know your obligations as a vehicle rental client. The vehicle that you’re going to rent will be your biggest responsibility. As a driver, it is also your job to make sure that your passengers are safe at all times.

To provide you with a better understanding, here are the Dos and Don’ts of vehicle rental:

DOs:

  • Reserve the vehicle that you want to rent before the actual rental date.
  • Inspect the rented vehicle before leaving the vehicle rental company.
  • Save the telephone number of the vehicle rental company in your mobile. Call them when you experience problems with the vehicle.
  • Always bring your valid driver’s license.
  • Transport the number of persons based on the capacity of the vehicle.
  • Observe and follow all the traffic rules and regulations.
  • Take appropriate precautions when driving conditions are hazardous.
  • Be responsible for taking appropriate measures to secure and safeguard the vehicle until it is returned.
  • Clean the car before returning it.

DON’Ts:

  • Do not park the rental vehicle in “no parking” zones.
  • Do not smoke inside the vehicle.
  • Do not drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Do not take for granted the safety of the vehicle or the safety of the passengers.
  • Do not carry more people than the vehicle is designed to capacitate. Do not overload the vehicle.
  • Return the vehicle on time, as outlined in the vehicle rental agreement.

Aside from these dos and don’ts, it is also advised that you read the guidelines of the vehicle rental company to avoid encountering complications or misunderstandings.

Choice Vehicle Rentals provides vehicle rental services in different areas in the UK including Sussex, Gatwick and car hire Crawley. Please contact us on 01273 819 303 for reservations and inquiries.

Driving Minibuses in the UK

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Mini buses can hold up to 16 passengers. They can be used for commercial and noncommercial purposes. Choice Vehicle Rentals, a car hire Sussex service provider, offers minibus rentals in Gatwick, Brighton, Eastbourn and Crawley.

Noncommercial use

The ‘Non-commercial use’ of vehicle means that you will not be using it for paid public transportation. The minibus will only be used for social purposes or for the family of the person who rents the minibus. Here are the conditions that the driver of a noncommercial vehicle should meet:

  • The driver must be 21 years old or above

  • The driver has had their driving licence for at least two years

  • The driver must be a Group 2 licence holder.
    (A Group 2 licence is issued to people who are capable of driving larger vehicles. This licence is also issued every five years for drivers of 65 years old and below).

  • The driver must be driving on a voluntary basis.

  • The minibus should not weigh more than 3.5 tonnes. Some specialised equipment, such as a wheelchair ramp for people with a disability, may be added to the minibus as long as it does not weigh more than 4.25 tonnes.

  • The minibus should not tow a trailer.

If the driver needs to charge fuel costs to the passenger and not for the purpose of profit, he/she needs to apply for a minibus permit. Here are the conditions:

  • The driver must be 21 years old and above.

  • The vehicle should be able to carry 9 to 16 passengers.

  • The driver must be driving the minibus for organisations that provide benefit to the community such as religious, educational and sports organisations.

You may contact the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to apply for a minibus permit.

Commercial use

If you want to drive a minibus for the purpose of earning, you should apply for Passenger Carrying Vehicle (PCV) licence from the Driver and Vehicle Licencing Agency (DVLA). You will be required to have an existing full car licence.

Choice Vehicle Rentals provides vehicle hiring services in the Sussex area. They offer many rental vehicles from cars and vans to trucks and minibuses. Just call 01273 819303 for more details.

Parking in Eastbourne: An Essential Factor to Consider before Hiring a Vehicle

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When you visit a new place or an area with a vehicle, one of the first things that you’ll look for is the car park. Before availing car hire Eastbourne, it will be favourable if you know about the different car parks, parking permits, fines and other things related to parking in Eastbourne.

On-Street Parking

In Eastbourne, the on-street parking zones and charges are administered by the East Sussex County Council (ESCC). Eastbourne has various types of bays in the controlled parking zones. There are signs adjacent to the bays that indicate their type and the time limits. You may park in “pay & display bays” when you present a valid pay and display ticket. Alternatively, you may use the cashless parking mobile phone service that is set up in some areas of Eastbourne. The shared use bays cover the time limited, pay & display parking and permit holders.

Here is a table that may serve as your guide:

Town Centre zones A, G, M and S Monday to Saturday (8am to 6pm)
Sea Front zone N, part of zone S and Wilmington Square Monday to Sunday (8am to 6pm)
Rodmill zones J and R Monday to Friday (8am to 6pm)

Parking Permit

The parking permit depends if you are a resident, a visitor or an entrepreneur whose business is located within the CPA (Controlled Parking Area). For residents and their visitors, they can buy two virtual parking permits. For businesses, a maximum of six parking permits may be issued. Overnight guests of hotels and guesthouses are allowed to park in the CPA during their stay. They can request a parking permit online.

Car Parks in Eastbourne

The ESCC handles several car parks in Eastbourne. Some other car parks are managed privately including all the multi-storey car parks in Eastbourne. The information about the car parks may be seen on Parkopedia and the VisitEastbourne website.

Parking Fines

If you receive a parking ticket, it means that you will be required to pay a certain fee to cover the parking fine. You will need the details on the ticket when paying a fine online. The parking ticket number in Eastbourne should start with the letters VED or EBC.

Blue Badge Parking

The blue badge system is also managed by the ESCC. This system is for drivers or passengers who have critical mobility difficulties or are listed as blind. It grants permission to park close to where they are going. Qualified people may include children and adults or organisations that can use disabled parking bays and obtain various on-street parking considerations.

Now that you know these parking fundamentals in Eastbourne, your van hire Eastbourne experience will be much easier. Choice Vehicle Rentals offers a wide range of car and van hire services in Eastbourne. Please visit our website for more information.

Different Vehicles for Hire for Certain Types of Trip

Tourists and people who are going on a trip with their loved ones usually rent a vehicle because it is more convenient and practical. Choice Vehicle Rentals offers different types of vehicles for hire that are ideal for different types of trip.

  • Couple Getaway

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The perfect car for couples who are planning a getaway is the VAUXHALL CORSA A/C. Running on unleaded fuel it has better engine protection and gives a better performance compared to diesel cars. It also has additives that keep the engine clean and in good condition for a long period of time. With active safety features including the latest generation of electronically controlled stability, it has an advanced brake system as well as helpful driver assistance equipment.

  • A small family trip

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The VAUXHALL ASTRA is a 5-seater car that is perfect for a small family getaway. The car has multiple airbags for the safety of everyone, including an airbag for the driver, the passenger in front, front seat side-impact airbags and a full-size curtain airbag. The car also has a CD and MP3 player with stereo radio.

  • Group escape

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Some people enjoy spending their holidays in big groups. They can be a group of friends, officemates, schoolmates or relatives. The most advisable vehicle to hire for group trips is the Ford mini bus. It comes in different sizes including a 9-seater, 12-seater, 15-seater or a 17-seater minibus. All of these mini bus are available from car hire Sussex providers like Choice Vehicle Rentals.

To ensure that you can be relaxed and comfortable on your journey, hire your vehicle from Choice Vehicle Rentals. Contact us on 01273 819303 to book the perfect vehicle for your getaway.

Rental Vehicle Guide: Speed Limits for Different Types of Roads in the UK

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Before choosing a vehicle from a car hire Sussex provider you should first familiarise yourself first with the UK’s traffic regulations to avoid committing violations. There are different speed limits in the UK for different types of vehicles on certain roads. Here is an overview of the official speed limits for certain roads in the UK, as stipulated by the UK government:

For Built-up Roads

These are roads with streetlights, they are also known as restricted roads in the UK. For this type of road, all vehicles including cars, dual purpose vehicles, car-derived vans, cars towing caravans/trailers, motorhomes, caravans, motorcycles, buses, coaches, minibuses and goods vehicles have the same speed limit of 30 miles per hour, regardless of their weight.

For Single Carriageways

These roads have two lanes; one lane for vehicles going north and one lane for vehicles going south. Single carriageways do not have a central barrier. The speed limit on this type of road depends on the type of vehicle.

  • Vehicles that have a speed limit of 60 miles per hour:
    • Cars

    • Dual purpose vehicles

    • Car-derived vans up to two tonnes maximum laden weight

    • Motorhomes or motor caravans with not more than 3.05 tonnes unladen weight

  • Vehicles that have a speed limit of 50 miles per hour:

    • Vehicles towing caravans/trailers

    • Car-derived vans

    • Motorcycles

    • Goods vehicles up to 7.5 tonnes maximum laden weight

    • Buses/coaches/minibuses with more than 12 metres in length

    • Motorhomes/motor caravans more than 3.05 tonnes maximum unladen weight

  • Vehicles that have a speed limit of 40 miles per hour:

    • Goods vehicles with more than 7.5 tonnes maximum laden weight

For Dual Carriageways

Just like single carriageways, dual carriageways also have two lanes for each direction. The only difference is that this type of road has a central barrier.

  • Vehicles that have a speed limit of 70 miles per hour:

    • Cars
    • Dual purpose vehicles
    • Car-derived vans with up to two tonnes maximum laden weight
    • Motorhomes or motor caravans with not more than 3.05 tonnes unladen weight
  • Vehicles that have a speed limit of 60 miles per hour:

    • Vehicles towing caravans/trailers
    • Car-derived vans
    • Motorcycles
    • Goods vehicles up to 7.5 tonnes maximum laden weight
    • Buses/coaches/minibuses more than 12 metres in length
    • Motorhomes/motor caravans more than 3.05 tonnes maximum unladen weight
  • Vehicles that have a speed limit of 50 miles per hour:

    • Goods vehicles with more than 7.5 tonnes maximum laden weight

For Motorways

These are freeways or expressways wherein certain vehicles below a standard engine size are prohibited to pass through.

  • Vehicles that have a speed limit of 70 miles per hour:

    • Cars
    • Dual purpose vehicles
    • Car-derived vans up to two tonnes maximum laden weight
    • Motorhomes or motor caravans with not more than 3.05 tonnes unladen weight
    • Vehicles towing caravans/trailers
    • Car-derived vans; motorcycles; goods vehicles up to 7.5 tonnes maximum laden weight; buses/coaches/minibuses up 12 metres in length; motorhomes/motor caravans more than 3.05 tonnes maximum unladen weight
  • Vehicles that have a speed limit of 60 miles per hour:

    • Buses/coaches/minibuses with more than 12 metres in length
    • Goods vehicles with more than 7.5 tonnes maximum laden weight

Now that you are familiar with these speed limits, you may now hire a vehicle from Choice Vehicle Rentals. We offer vehicle hire services in different locations in the UK including Sussex, Brighton, Hove, Gatwick, Crawley, Uckfield and Eastbourne. Please call 01273 819303 for more details.