Expert Tips

Oct
18
2013
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Keeping young children safe in your car rental

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Exploring the vast and scenic expanses of Australia or diverse beauty of New Zealand with a rental car is a fantastic holiday idea for the whole family.

There are strict rules on securing your young child when they're in the car.

To make the experience enjoyable for everyone, you’ll want to make safety a top priority and you’ll most likely know the basics of safe long-distance car travel.

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May
25
2013

What is freedom camping?

By New Zealand /

Freedom camping is a hot topic for New Zealand tourism, and a thoughtful visitor will opt to pay the low fee at a camp ground instead of undertaking this practice with their New Zealand campervan rental.

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May
24
2013
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Do you pick up hitch-hikers?

By New Zealand /

What are the real and unspoken rules on picking up hitch-hikers in New Zealand? Hitch-hiking is a common sight around the world, and New Zealand is no exception. The practice is legal in the country (unlike in neighbouring Australia), so you will likely come across hitch-hikers when you’re out on the roads in New Zealand.

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May
22
2013

Driving in New Zealand – what you need to know

By New Zealand /

There are a few important things to know about driving in New Zealand that anyone renting a car needs to be aware of. The great thing about exploring the Land of the Long White Cloud is that driving a New Zealand car rental is a relatively stress-free experience, particularly for those used to the more busy roads of North America, Europe or even Australia.

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Mar
19
2013

What is Car Hire Excess Insurance?

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One of the most common issues raised with us is that of Excess Car Insurance. How much am I liable for in the event of an accident? How can I reduce my liability and how much will that cost? Does my travel insurance cover me? To answer these questions and explain how excess car insurance works the DriveNow Res team put together a quick guide.   What insurance comes as standard with a Rental Car? All car hire companies supply vehicles fully insured with a standard amount that you are liable for in the event of an accident or damage to the vehicle whilst in your possesion. This amount varies between companies and type of rental vehicle. Small and Standard size vehicles attract an excess of around $3300 whilst for luxury and 4 wheel drive rentals this figure can be as high as $5700. If you choose not to take out an excess insurance reduction option then the standard excess amount…

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Jan
05
2013
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Let’s keep Easter at Easter and Christmas in December

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Christmas in July is one thing but Easter in January? Santa has no sooner garaged the sledge, turned Rudolph and friends loose for another 11 months of frolicking in the ice fields and put the kettle on when Easter has arrived.  No long hot antipodian summer, no frenzied Australia Day celebrations nor excitement of the first term in the new school year. No, it’s official, Easter is here – just visit your local supermarket where time beats to a different tune and you’ll find yourself thrown forward to Easter in January. Our local Victorian seaside purveyor of all things fresh and wonderful was offering Hot Cross buns on 28th December with Easter Eggs, so I was assured by Mr Checkout, to be on the shelves from this Monday, the first in January.  Is it just me or is this a wee bit early? Do they really believe that as we rush out to stock up on summer goodness that we”ll be struck by the need to beat the rush and pick out our Easter…

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Dec
06
2012

Grab some bargains online before setting off on your Aussie summer road trip

By Australia /

The road trip’s looking good – you’ve done the groundwork, booked the Australian campervan rental, assembled the essentials, but a few last-minute items are still on the agenda. Why not avoid the Christmas crowds and click on convenience by shopping online before that next big summer road trip. Here are a few ideas: The Great Australian Doorstep TV Show’s clearance sale: DriveNow’s regular guest blogger Peter “Spida” Everitt’’ not only discovers Australia AND records a TV show, he also finds time to pack his website with a heap of bargains. The Little Book of Big Discounts ($2.95) contains 36 vouchers for holiday parks, cruises and day tours, accommodation, camp gear hire and car hire. The exclusive Great Australian Doorstep Sherrin footy, at $89 (usually $195), is perfect for booting around the campsite. Throw in a deck of cards ($2.55) and a silver key ring bottle and can opener ($3.95) and you’ve bagged yourself some great value. You can also snap…

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Nov
09
2012

Splash out in Swan Hill this summer

By Victoria /

THERE’S no better way to splash out over summer on your next road trip than by parking your campervan rental at a Big4 Park – especially one with a Splash Park! Holiday caravan park chain Big4 has plenty of these water wonders around Australia to pick from, including Big4 Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort in Queensland, Beachlands Holiday Park in Western Australia and BIG4 Saltwater @ Yamba Holiday Park in New South Wales. While the weather’s chillier down south, Victoria does get some serious heat from late December through to early April and the state now has a new water world in the neighborhood. Those who hit the road in their Melbourne campervan hire and arrive at BIG4 Swan Hill about four hours later will have a beaut way to cool off thanks to the opening of a new $800,000 Splash Park. The zero-depth multi-level aquatic play area is ramping up the family fun-o-meter with three water slides, an 8.5-metre super…

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