Summer is one of the best times to indulge in new experiences. As we mentioned in a previous article on Unforgettable Summer Memories, this season is the perfect time to go on a holiday to remember. Whether it's to a national park, a balmy beach, or an entirely new destination, there's no better season to head out on an adventure. Of course, after deciding where to visit, what's left is deciding how you will make the trip. Public transportation is an option, but bringing your own vehicle grants you the flexibility to customize your journey, whether you're exploring one state or several different cities. In fact, 97% of summer trips were by car, according to AAA, and if you aren't using your own vehicle, you have plenty of options. Car rentals offer a range of vehicles, from sedans to jeeps, in excellent condition and prices. Many have low mileage and a safe build for different terrains so that you can comfortably venture to the beaches of California, immerse yourself in Southern charm, or even bask in the tropical paradise of Hawaii. Note, however, that different places can differ vastly in their car rental policies. Therefore, it's important to familiarize yourself with how other locations compare with car rentals in New Jersey for smoother travel. Below, we take a closer look at car rentals in different states.
Renting Cars in New Jersey
The state's proximity to major metropolitan areas like New York City and Philadelphia makes it an excellent starting point for your adventures. It's also convenient that the state's road regulations closely align with these neighboring states. This means that New Jersey, like most states, requires a valid driver's license (valid foreign driver's licenses for international visitors) and a minimum age of 21 or 25 to rent a car. If you opt out of the rental company's insurance coverage, you'll also need to provide a major credit card for payment and proof of insurance.
Renting Cars in California
Renting a car is often the preferred mode of transportation in California to explore the state's diverse landscapes and iconic destinations. When comparing renting cars in New Jersey to California, however, there are some differences in terms of regulations. The minimum age to rent a car in California is generally 21, but some rental companies may require renters to be 25 or older. California was also the only state to ban fees for additional drivers as of 2021. In 2022, however, this long-standing California law was quietly removed, and fees not included in the initially advertised price can now significantly add to the cost of services. Additionally, California has strict regulations regarding cell phone use while driving, so familiarize yourself with the state's hands-free laws to avoid penalties.
Renting cars in Hawaii
Given the need to fly to archipelagic Hawaii, renting a car straight from the airport, rather than bringing your own vehicle, is the most feasible option for many travelers. Because of the frequency of foreign guests on the island, however, car rentals in Hawaii require an International Driving Permit for non-U.S. residents. The constant influx of tourists also means finding parking in Hawaii's cities can be incredibly challenging — unless you know where to look. There is free or cheap parking around Waikiki, especially within walking distance of Waikiki Beach. This includes Ala Moana Beach Park, Waikiki Shell, and Ala Wai Canal. Regardless, make sure to follow local laws and stay updated on the latest updates on Hawaii's paid parking system, as spots like Ala Moana Center have started to charge non-customers for parking in 2022 to alleviate the overflow parking from neighboring businesses.
Renting cars in Louisiana
The cultural offerings of the South make a road trip an exciting travel prospect. To rent a car in Louisiana, you need to provide a valid driver's license, a working debit or credit card, and your insurance. That said, some companies reserve the right to ask for additional documents, depending on their policies or the vehicle you're renting. That aside, if you plan to visit major cities, be aware of rush-hour traffic and limited parking availability. New Orleans is especially known for its limited parking spaces. Parking can be even more limited during major events such as Mardi Gras. Travelers may want to explore Text to Pay in New Orleans and other cities, such as Atlanta. This service allows drivers to conveniently pay for parking in public parking garages via text messaging. Renting a car can enhance your travel experience by allowing you to explore diverse landscapes and visit iconic attractions. So study the quirks and considerations specific to each state, hit the road, and embark on an unforgettable adventure in your chosen destination!
Article written by Ruth Jesson