Travelling in a hired vehicle requires a bit of advance thinking. There are several precautions you should always take, especially when travelling abroad.
Always do the following when driving in Switzerland or to another country:
Please note: Ask the owner if you can get holiday cover if the vehicle is only covered by partially comprehensive insurance instead of fully comprehensive insurance. If this option isn’t available, Helvetia recommends adding “Driving third-party motor vehicles” supplementary cover to your own private liability insurance policy.
Several rules and restrictions apply to international trips:
We recommend bringing written permission from the owner when travelling in Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. Caution when crossing the border to Italy: you must always have a power of attorney when driving in Italy. This power of attorney must be officially authenticated by the local authority, a notary public or a police station. Helvetia, however, recommends carrying this kind of power of attorney in all EU countries due to the EU’s strict customs rules.
You’ll have to consider some additional issues if you take a hired motorhome on holiday. Furnishings can be easily damaged while driving or parked. You can insure against this kind of damage by adding “Driving third-party motor vehicles” to your private liability insurance policy.