ESTERO, Fla., May 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- This year, the Memorial Day holiday weekend, which typically kicks off the summer travel season, will see the highest travel volume in 10 years, according to research by AAA. Of the anticipated 37.2 million travelers, AAA estimates 33 million will be making their journey by car. As Americans hit the road this Memorial Day weekend or begin making plans for summer vacation, Hertz offers suggestions for a stress-free trip.
In a perfect world, packing up the car and heading out of town for summer vacation is full of fun and adventure. However, the biggest vacation stressors can include managing transportation, making sure your car is equipped for the journey and being unfamiliar with a destination. To help minimize the amount of stress that can quickly detour a traveler's Memorial Day weekend getaway or summer dream vacation, travelers can take three simple steps:
Consider renting a car. Not only are rental cars often the newest models equipped with up-to-date safety features and the latest in-car technology, they can save a significant amount of wear and tear on one's own vehicle. Additionally, renting a car can save money on gas. More than 80 percent of Hertz's fleet receives over 28 highway miles per gallon, providing drivers with more money from gas savings to spend at their destination. With the diversity of Hertz's rental car fleet, renters have a vast array of options to meet their vacation needs and budgets. From roomy sedans and sporty convertibles to four-wheel drive SUVs, Hertz has something to accommodate every customer, whether they're traveling to the beach or to the mountains.
Plan in advance. Nothing can derail a vacation (or finances!) more than poor planning. Planning in advance will ensure travelers have adequate time to determine the best routes to navigate unfamiliar areas and get the best possible travel deals. Often pre-paying for a car rental can provide savings of at least 20 percent. Hertz renters who add the NeverLost GPS system to their rentals can map their routes and plan their trips in advance with the NeverLost Companion mobile app. The Companion app allows renters to view city guides for thousands of destinations and download free information about trendy restaurants, local events, tours and more ahead of time. Once it's time to hit the road, renters can sync their apps with the NeverLost unit in the car to upload trip routes and city guides.
Add adventure to your drive. Half the fun of summer vacation can be the journey to the final destination. To inject some exhilaration into the trip, Hertz suggests renting a vehicle from its Adrenaline Collection, which features some of the most popular muscle cars on the road today, including the Chevy Camaro SS, the Ford Mustang GT Premium, the Dodge Challenger R/T and the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Or, take it to the next level with a variety of ultra-high-end performance Dream Cars available in select cities. Comprised of models from Porsche, Mercedes-Benz (including the recently added 2015 Mercedes CLA45 AMG), Land Rover, BMW, Bentley and more, the Hertz Dream Collection can help make any getaway an adventure to remember.
For more information on the NeverLost GPS system and Companion mobile app, as well as Hertz's diverse fleet, visit Hertz.com.
Hertz operates the Hertz, Dollar, Thrifty and Firefly car rental brands in more than 10,500 corporate and licensee locations throughout approximately 145 countries in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and New Zealand. Hertz is the largest worldwide airport general use car rental company with more than 1,600 airport locations in the U.S. and more than 1,300 airport locations internationally. Product and service initiatives such as Hertz Gold Plus Rewards, NeverLost®, Carfirmations, Mobile Wi-Fi and unique vehicles offered through the Adrenaline, Dream, Green and Prestige Collections set Hertz apart from the competition. Additionally, Hertz owns the vehicle leasing and fleet management leader Donlen Corporation, operates the Hertz 24/7 hourly car rental business and sells vehicles through its Rent2Buy program. The Company also owns Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation ("HERC"), one of the largest equipment rental businesses with more than 350 locations worldwide offering a diverse line of equipment and tools for rent and sale. HERC primarily serves the construction, industrial, oil, gas, entertainment and government sectors. For more information about Hertz, visit: www.hertz.com.