Tenerife is the largest island in the Canaries. It is known as The Island of Eternal Spring. Situated off the west coast of Africa, its grey and golden beaches and delightful coastal towns contrast with mountain villages, lush countryside and volcanic landscapes. Tenerife is a perfect destination for holidays at any time of year as the island is always alive with colour and excitement.
The climate is hot in summer and warm in winter. Tenerife is the perfect choice if you want to spend lazy days on the beach or explore the interesting interior of the island. Tenerife is particularly popular with those wanting to escape the UK weather. It is ideal for watersports enthusiasts, families with children and golfers
Driving in Tenerife means you will realise there is more to this island than just sun-soaked beaches. There is history, culture and tradition set in a landscape as varied as lava-strewn craters to pine forests and banana plantations. Driving around this lovely island means you can move through spectacular landscapes from sunshine to snow in less than half a day. The scenery can be dramatic
Car hire companies in Tenerife are everywhere. You can pick up a car at the airport or arrange to hire one via your hotel. There are numerous car hire shops around the island too. You can book your car hire before you leave the UK if you wish. With a vast number of companies to choose from, look at different companies and what they have to offer.
Ask yourself a few simple questions? Will you be touring or mostly on the beach?
Or a mixture of both - which is what most people do. If you are going to do some touring and spend some time on the beach, then renting a car only when you need it may be the most cost-effective way for you
Always travel with your driving licence and passport as you will need to produce these if stopped. Ensure you have the rental documents and all other paperwork issued by the rental company. If you are unsure, ask the company you are hiring from to explain exactly what is required by law and that you are in possession of it.
Remember you will be driving on the right hand side, so you will be going around roundabouts the opposite way, turning into junctions differently and you will overtake in the opposite lane.
Make sure there are two hazard traffic triangles in the car. These are required by law and should be placed at the front and back of the car if you break down. Check also that you have a full complement of spare bulbs for all major lights
When you book a car, make sure you have full insurance and collision damage waiver. Check too if there are any excesses applied to your insurance in the event of an accident.
Remember the speed limits in Tenerife are: 120 kilometres per hour on motorways; 100 kilometres per hour on open roads and 50 kilometres per hour in towns.
If arriving at Tenerife South airport, you will find all the main car hire companies situated there. car hire at Tenerife South airport
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