Culture File 45:
Renting a car
In North America, many people prefer to fly and then rent a car. Remember that you should buy CDW (Collision Damage Waiver) and PAI (Personal Accident Insurance).
The basic insurance doesn’t cover collisions (crashes) that are your fault, or injuries to you or your passengers. By the time you’ve paid state taxes, the extras can double the cost of rental. Some rentals are for unlimited mileage. With others you pay extra per mile after a certain distance.
In North America, cars drive on the right of the road. The driver sits on the left, so cars are ‘LHD’ (Left Hand Drive). In countries where you drive on the left of the road, the driver sits on the right and cars are ‘RHD’ (Right Hand Drive). Countries where cars drive on the left include the U.K., Ireland, Australia, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Pakistan and Nigeria.