A parent's guide to holiday car hire

The fact is that stress-free car journeys for parents with children involves much more than having an answer to the inevitable 'are we there yet?' question, especially if the trip involves long journeys...

10 ways to save on car hire

10 ways in which you can save money on hiring a car while making sure you make the right choice.

How to save money on your 2019 summer holiday

If you’re preparing to jet off in the coming months, there are plenty of ways that you can ensure you don’t blow your entire holiday budget in the first few days of your trip.

Tackling unfair car rental damage charges

The vast majority of us opt to hire a car when on holiday, but what happens if the rental company tries to charge for damage you’re convinced you didn’t do?

The safest countries to drive in

With driving holidays increasing in popularity, one of the biggest concerns relates to how safe it is to drive in other countries

Swerving harsh fines when driving in Europe

Whether it means taking your own car or hiring a rental vehicle, taking a driving holiday around Europe is now one of the most popular roads trips.

Luxury holidays on low budgets

When it comes to choosing a holiday everyone wants to find a bargain, but that doesn

London attractions and car hire

If you are visiting London, you may decide to hire a car so that you can add a level of flexibility and personal choice to your itinerary…

Holiday driving safety tips

A driving holiday can be a great way to enjoy going to different places in a way that is truly bespoke – whether that means a…

Driving in Europe checklist

A driving holiday can be one of the most relaxing ways to see the sights and visit as many different places as possible in one go, but if you are travelling abroad…

Learn a Car Hire Tip from a Veteran Traveller

Car Rental companies can use fear tactics to get more cash out of you... A travel expert shares his best tips for beating the upsell. Get informed and save money!

Hiring a Car Abroad - Avoid the Pitfalls 

Travel is wonderful, enlightening & life-changing... but it can also be very stressful, especially if you're hiring a  car! But there's a way to get peace of mind & save money while doing it. 

Driving License Scam

In June 2016 the government issued a warning about a new driving license and vehicle tax scam being distributed to the public, via text message, email and telephone. Many of the scam/spoof emails and text messages contain a link to an imitation government website (the website and even URL may look similar however they will be a slight variation from the real URL).

Uninsured Travellers Killing Time

The FCO (Foreign & Commonwealth Office) has released details of the ten oddest calls it has acknowledged in the past year, mainly coming from British expatriates or travellers.

Frequently Asked Parking Questions… The Answers

We have all been in that situation where we have driven to our desired destination and are faced with a whole host of car parking dilemmas, such as can I park here? How long for? And how much does it cost? Take a look below for some of the most frequently asked car parking questioned answered.

What You Shouldn't Leave Behind When Going on a Business Trip

Are you known to your trips away for business? Then it's easy to put packing on the last thing to do for you go on your trip. There always seems to be other main concerns, including preparing properly for the meetings you have planned. But it is always worth taking some care in preparing everything you need. There are a few items which you may oversee when packing at the last minute which could ensure that your trip goes without a drawback.

How to Renew your Passport while Abroad

Sometimes traveling isn’t always straight forward, you may need to renew your passport while in another country or could even face travel problems after a passport has been lost or stolen. Take a look below to find out more about travel and your passport.

What is ABTA and ATOL?

ABTA is an abbreviation for ‘Association of British Travel Agents’, ABTA is the UK’s largest travel trade association for travel agents and tour operator. ABTA has been a trusted travel brand name for over 65 years, offering advice and guidance to the travelling public.

Information About Biometric Passports

Recently there has been a lot in the media about travelling with biometric passports, please take a look at this blog to find out more about the biometric passport and how it may affect you and your travels.

What Happens at a Car Hire Desk?

Take a look below to find out more about what happens at a car hire desk and how car hire excess insurance can benefit you.

Feefo Gold Trusted Merchant

Direct Car Excess is proud to announce that we are now one of the hard-working merchants who have achieved Gold trusted Merchant accreditation, the independent and trusted ratings and reviews platform.

Top Late Season Ski Destinations

Planning a late ski trip this year? You'll be happy to hear that not only are you likely to experience a cheaper holiday rate, you'll also probably benefit from quieter slopes. This is because you run a higher risk that the snow conditions won't be as assured as during January and February. Although this is a risk, on the flip side you will benefit from longer days and a better chance of sunshine to top up the tan. Choose the right resort and you'll improve your chances of a great late seaso

European City Breaks for the Spring Bank Holiday

With so many irresistible European cities on our doorstep, there is no excuse for staying home this spring bank holiday. Whether you decide to take a short train ride or a quick direct flight, these five European holiday destinations will ensure you spend less time travelling and more time enjoying your bank holiday weekend.

10 European Roads to Drive Before You Die

Wending their way through national parks, following hairpin bends high up into the mountains and crossing dramatic bridges, these famous European roads are sure to inspire you to get behind the wheel.

Driving the Amalfi Coast - Top Places to See

The Amalfi Coast Drive hugs the steep coastline from Sorrento to Salerno and is not without its white-knuckle moments. For the more adventurous and confident drivers amongst you, we've listed some of the top places to see, along with driving times and pointers on what to expect.

5 Family-Friendly Spanish Beaches

Balmy temperatures in Spain make it the perfect beach holiday destination to chase away those last vestiges of winter. Just a short flight away, Spain has plenty of quieter resorts for families to soak up the sunshine and many safe beaches for children to paddle and play. Check out these five family-friendly Spanish beaches for inspiration.

5 Tips to Avoid Travel Sickness

If you're someone who suffers from travel sickness, then you know how any kind of motion can bring on nausea, dizziness or, even worse, vomiting and hyperventilating.

Ten Beautiful Places to Visit in Ireland

With St Patrick's Day around the corner, we thought it only fitting to take a tour of Ireland's captivating landscape to seek out its most picturesque sights.

Keeping Kids Entertained in the Car. Half Term Tips for Families.

Whether you're off for an adventure to a theme park or a long car journey to visit family, the chances are a road trip of some description is on the horizon for you and your little ones during the holiday.

Romantic UK Break Destinations

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, stealing a quick break away is a great way to spend some quality time with your partner and get away from the rat race. However, finding a suitable destination is never easy - especially when you're trying to impress! We've searched the UK to found a few options to help make your weekend break special.

5 Great Family Break Destinations for this Half Term

For some families, finding things to keep the children occupied during the half term is a struggle. With so many options and a tight budget, it can be difficult to filter through the very best deals. To save you from the stress, we've put together five great family break destinations that are ideal for any family this half term.

Top Breaks on our Doorstep

A holiday doesn't have to mean a long journey. A couple of hours on a plane, or even a train, can take you to a huge variety of top holiday spots, and hiring a car at your destination can allow you to make full advantage of all the attractions your chosen destination has to offer. Europe really does have it all - sandy beaches, top ski resorts, stunning countryside, and many historic towns and cities, all with their own unique character. Whether you are booking a romantic weekend for two, or an action p

Getting the Best Deal on Your Hire Car

The flight is booked and the accommodation is paid for; now all you need to do is arrange car rental. This can be a major holiday expense, but it does not have to be. Use the following tips and you may be surprised by how little it can cost, even in peak holiday season.

Drive to the slopes

For many people, a winter holiday means only one thing - skiing. Whether you are an experienced skier looking for the latest challenge, or a beginner heading for ski school, there is nothing like the crisp mountain air and the spectacular winter scenery.

Fly Hire 2015 - Where Will it Take You?

As 2014 draws to its inevitable end and the weather gets colder, your thoughts may well be drifting towards next year's holiday. Planning a trip is all part of the fun of the holiday - picking up some brochures, reading reviews online and starting to plan where you will go is very exciting. Whether you are on a strict budget or treating yourself to the holiday of a lifetime, your 2015 fly hire destination is waiting to be discovered.

Stuck in the Snow: What to Do and How to Prevent It Happening

Winter is upon us and the threat of severe weather is just around the corner in many countries. For some people, snow is an excuse to head outside for some fun, but if you have no choice but to hit the road, you're more likely to be concerned with getting through your journey in one piece. Knowing what to do if you get stuck is key.

Driving in the Snow: 20 Tips to Help You Stay Safe While Renting a Car

The grip of winter is near for the majority of countries, and with it comes the threat of severe weather. Whether you're just not used to driving in snow or are driving on unfamiliar roads while abroad for the holidays, poor weather conditions can spell trouble. Even if you have purchased car excess insurance, having a checklist can help ensure that your journey is as safe as possible.

Winter Driving Checklist: How to Stay Safe in a Rental Car

With winter around the corner for many countries, there's a definite chill in the air. While most drivers are unlikely to face conditions as severe as those recently witnessed in Upstate New York, it pays to plan ahead to ensure you and your passengers stay safe, no matter where you plan to drive.