Are you planning to drive a lot and wondering if someone else can drive your rental car? The secondary driver is obviously useful, especially if you are going on a long trip. For example, if the primary driver is exhausted, he or she can give the steering wheel to the secondary driver.

Is it possible to take over the wheel of your rental car?

In a rental contract, if only one person has been mentioned to drive the car, this person is the only one who has the right to take the wheel. Therefore, when the rented car is driven by another person not mentioned on the contract, this person will be the sole guarantor for all the costs resulting from any accident that may occur. However, when on vacation, especially if it is a long trip, it is better to share the driving with other people. In most cases, you can add up to three or more additional drivers for the same vehicle.

How do I add an extra driver?

Be aware that there is a charge for the additional driver, but you may be able to take advantage of a special online offer for free additional drivers. When signing the contract as a rental car driver, you just need to indicate the identity of one or more additional drivers, but only the main driver will sign the contract. Please note that the additional driver has the same right to drive the car as the main driver. The licensing rules for a secondary driver are also the same as for the primary driver. Any additional driver will have to report to the rental company when the keys are handed over. The lessor will need their driver's license and passport.

What are the conditions to be a driver?

Whether it is a main or additional driver, he must be at least 21 years old. Please note that for those under 25 years old, the conditions regarding young driver fees apply to additional drivers as well as to the main driver. He must have a driving licence that has been valid for at least one year and is suitable for the type of rental car. For vehicles such as large sedans or 4X4s, drivers must be at least 25 years old and have had a valid licence for at least 3 years. Conditions vary depending on the rental company. It is therefore essential to check the sales requirements of your rental.