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The why, how and where of going on a road trip in a rented car

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Driver’s license? Check.

Technically, that’s all you need!

If you love travelling and doing it on your own terms, then renting a car is the best option for you. All you need is a driver’s license, a little cash and enough confidence and you are set! With only a few days left for the next semester to begin, a road trip could be just what you need to refresh your mind and face it head on.

Why take a road trip?

There are many reasons to go on such a trip at least once. Leaving the sheer fun of it aside,

  1. There is the advantage of getting to know your friends better. You’ll be spending a lot of time with them and therefore will get to learn things about them which otherwise remain unobserved. You will have to respond to many different situations and the type of responses might be interesting and helping you know each other better.
  2. You can stop wherever you want and take your own time to enjoy the road as you would like, without having to worry about missing your train/ bus. You’ll need to keep track of the hours, though, you do not want to end up paying too much for the rented car. Moreover if you are the one driving, it teaches you to be a better driver.
  3. Besides, there is just no limit on how many new experiences one can come across. Taking risks and managing a trip within budget is a fun thing to do altogether. A completely independent trip gives you the chance to explore off- beat places (stay safe though!) and leaves you as a much more responsible person.

Where can one take a road trip to?

There are many beautiful places you can visit that are not too far from Delhi. There is Jaipur, Manali, Mcleodganj or Mussoorie among others. Jaipur takes a minimum of five hours to travel. It is a short and easy route and ideal for beginners who do not have the experience of travelling on their own. For Manali you will have to travel for around 11 to 13 hours. You can even stop at Shimla and Chandigarh, which fall along the way. One of the most beautiful places to travel to is Mcleodganj in Himachal Pradesh. The green expanse and chilly heights and rustic atmosphere will make you fall in love with the place. Anywhere you go, it is always best if you start early morning at around 4 am.

Where does one rent a car from?

There are many agencies in Delhi which provide cars on rent like Volercars, Carzonrent and Ecorentacar all of which have websites with abundant information. One thing to look for is whether the agency charges by the hour or by the day. It is better to opt for by-the-hour since it helps you reduce unnecessary extra costs. For this reason, I prefer Volercars. They drop the car where you want with a full tank and pick it up from there as well. You will have to return the car with a full tank, of course. They also have a very good helpline service, which is another thing to look at. In case of any problem along the road, it is better to check with the agency as to what steps can be taken and whether they have help stations along the road. Other terms and conditions are pretty much the same everywhere. The car should also be checked before the trip. If some damage is pre-done then the agency must be informed.

These are just a few tips one needs to keep in mind for a trip. If you have the required skill set and the desire to get out of the city before the new year, then this is without a doubt the best option available!

Arindam Goswami
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Currently in my third year, studying Political Science major at Ramjas College. I love chicken and books and sleeping. If you want to talk, feel free to drop me a mail at [email protected] or you can reach me through Facebook, Arindam Goswami. Kudos!

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