For 2018, the number of car-sharing services in Moscow increased by 3.5 times compared with the previous year. At the beginning of this year, more than 16,000 car sharing vehicles moved along the streets of the capital. According to Department’s forecasts, by the end of the year their number may exceed 20,000.
The most popular carsharing services provide their clients with the next options: ability to order a car per minute, renting through the mobile application, great fleet of vehicles. In addition, the cost of rent includes the cost of fuel and parking. According to the rules of short-term rental, all cars are serviced, and tires correspond to the season. But do not forget that in case of violation of traffic rules – the driver pays the fine, but not the company-operator. In addition, according to the rules of the road, it is the driver who is obliged to make sure that the car is in good condition before starting the trip. First and foremost is the serviceability of the brakes, steering, headlights and tail lights.
But many users of car sharing check only the presence of external damage in order not to bear financial responsibility to the owner company for scratches and dents that are already on the car. A potential rental car driver worries about responsibility to the company, forgetting about the traffic regulations. But in case the rented car gets into an accident due to a technical malfunction, the responsibility lies with the driver.
The procedure for a classic rental is different from car sharing. For example, the usual car rental in Crimea, provides that at the end of the rental period, the car is returned to the company-owner and undergoes full maintenance before transferring to the next tenant. When car sharing maintenance is carried out according to plan, every 5000-10000 km or in case of serious damage. Therefore, carshare firms do not always timely detect technical faults, which as a result may cause an accident.
Do not rush to goes intop the planned route on the rental car. At first, listen to the engine and possible extraneous sounds. A characteristic periodic knock when driving, which accelerates with increasing speed, can be a warning about weakened wheel bolts. Check the accuracy of operation and evaluate the brake pedal travel.
In the offseason, it will not be superfluous to pay attention to rubber – does it correspond to the season and what level of wear is it. If in the autumn the car is still on summer tires – be careful in the early morning and in the evening when frost is possible. The wet road, during the slightly frost, can be a source of great trouble.
Spend a couple of minutes checking the technical condition of the rental car to secure your trip. If you have doubts about the condition of the machine – it is better to choose another option.