Rentals & Driving in the USA
U.S. guide to vehicle rentals and driving tips
Rent a car to gain unparalleled freedom in your travels. A road trip gives you the flexibility to make unplanned stops, see roadside attractions and small towns. There are 75,439 km of interstate highway across the country, providing many stops and adventures.
Highways & Tolls
The USA also has a robust highway system that snakes across the country. Some of the high-speed roadways and bridges are free and some have tolls, which can add up quickly. The method of payment for these fees vary by system, but often they can be paid by cash, credit card or a pass, which electronically charges your credit card and allows you to bypass the toll booths. Many rental companies offer electronic passes. In such cases, you are charged the total fees you accumulated in your travels when you return the vehicle.
Renting a Vehicle
Rental car locations are conveniently located at most airports and throughout major cities and tourist destinations. Book your rental car in advance for the best rates.
Major U.S. car rental companies:
Recreational vehicles, or RVs, are an increasingly popular way for tourists to see the USA. An RV is like a home away from home, typically loaded with a bathroom and kitchen as well as beds. They give you the ability to pack a lot more on your road trip such as food and travel gear. There are thousands of RV parks and campgrounds where you can stay overnight, which cuts down on accommodation costs. You often need a reservation, especially at campsites in or near National Parks.
Traveling by RV has become popular due to the convenience and flexibility it offers. Check out rental options if you choose to see the USA by RV. Popular RV rental companies include:
A few companies also offer motorcycle rentals. EagleRider and Harley-Davidson offer motorcycle rentals as well as tours across the country. Most states have some sort of motorcyclist helmet law, so be sure to research such laws in advance.
Remember the following tips when renting a vehicle in the U.S.:
- Check with an individual comp