You’ve got the accommodation sorted, the suitcases are piling up in the hallway and you can already feel the buzz of excitement. Now it’s time to think about a vital aspect of your next holiday – the travel. When it comes to hiring a car, the choices are endless but it’s important to choose a vehicle that works with your needs. In this blog post, we’ll help you choose the perfect rental car for your next road trip. 



One of the first things to consider is car size. Although feeling the wind blowing through your hair on the open road may be enough to spark your imagination, it’s not going to work if you’ve got 2 excitable toddlers to contend with. Take into account how many people will be in each car and what realistic space you need. Remember, some car seats are bulkier than others and it may not always be possible to fit three in the second row. In this situation, a larger family car or even a minibus may be the right choice. 


Boot Size

Are you planning on bringing your home comforts along for the drive? Then you’ll need to consider the boot size. Remember that each passenger is likely to have some form of luggage, even if that’s a small suitcase or holdall. You may find that some vehicles come with a roof bar or box providing extra space. However, it’s important that you confirm this with the company you’re hiring from to make sure your insurance covers whatever goods you choose to store here. 

Also, remember that storing bags on show can attract thieves. If you’re travelling far distances and planning on stopping at service stations, you’ll want to avoid this at all costs. 


Cost of fuel


Take into account your budget – how much have you allocated to fuel? It may sound appealing to hire the biggest, most powerful engine on offer but do you really want to use your entire petrol budget in one go? Smaller cars are generally more fuel efficient and it is normally easy to calculate roughly how far a full tank of fuel will take you. 

Many car rental companies also have a full-to-full policy which requires you to bring back the car with the same amount of fuel it left with. All of these factors must be taken into account when choosing the right car for you. 


Manual or Automatic? 

Automatic cars are normally considered more relaxing to drive – after all, you don’t need to change gears continuously during long journeys. However, if manuals are what you’re used to, it may make driving an unfamiliar car more relaxing if you’re at ease. 

The team here at Bridgwater Car and Van Hire are always on hand to help you find the right car for any journey. Get in touch today and let us help you.