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Cheap car hire insurance Italy

Italy has such a diverse landscape that the easiest way to make the most of any holiday there is to hire a car. The road network is one of the finest in Europe and getting from one place to the next is made easy by clearly signposted routes.

The Italians have a reputation for being a bit erratic behind the wheel and, while it is true in some cases, you are more likely to have problems with scooter drivers. They have a habit of appearing when least expected and are often involved in minor accidents making car hire excess insurance in Italy worth considering.

Many serious accidents are caused by drug and alcohol use and the police here will pull you over if they think you are affected. Talking on a mobile phone will attract an on the spot fine. Children under 12 years old must travel in the back of the vehicle and all occupants need to wear their safety belts.

A red warning sign must be used in the event of a breakdown and if you hire a car it should come with one. The main routes between many cities are known as autostrades and tolls need to be paid when using them. Speeding is commonplace on these roads and if you are an inexperienced mainland Europe driver, taking out car excess insurance in Italy might be a good idea.

To drive in Italy you will need a full UK license and must be over 18 years old though most car rental companies will not hire vehicles to anyone under 21. Identification that has your photograph on it, such as your passport, can be useful in case of an accident and you will need the insurance papers issued to you by the rental company.

Beautiful lakes, mountains and beaches await you in Italy and you will find it easy to see the best of them by renting a car. Although the driving style might be a little different to what you are used to taking out car hire excess insurance in Italy means you will not be faced with a bill of up to £3,000 if you are involved in an accident.