All car hirers in California are required to produce a valid driver's licence with an expiration date that does not fall within the present hire period. You can also hire a car even if you don't have a licence issued by the US government. All you need to do is present a passport and either an international licence or your licence from Australia.
When two cars meet on a steep road and neither can pass, the car facing downhill is required to back up to let the other pass, since when backing up a slope, the car that is facing downhill has more control. When it comes to stop signs in California, they are more frequent than traffic lights. All motorists must come to a full stop at any stop sign.
If your blood alcohol level is 0.08% or more, you are not allowed to operate a motor vehicle in California. Also, you are only allowed to operate a cellphone while driving if you’re using a hands-free device or when you need to call for assistance in an emergency.
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Off-airport rental car locations in California are around 34% cheaper than airport locations on average
Economy rental cars in California are around 47% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about hiring a car in California
On average a car hire in California costs ₹ 4,889 per day.
Intermediate (Jeep Compass or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in California.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Dollar (₹ 2,311/day), Thrifty (₹ 3,597/day) and Hertz (₹ 5,798/day).
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in California are Alamo (8.3, 288 reviews), Enterprise (8.2, 376 reviews), and Budget (7.1, 422 reviews).
Based on car searches on KAYAK, the most popular cities to hire a car in California are Sacramento (44% of total searches of users looking to hire a car in California), Burbank (19%) and Davis (13%).
On average a car hire in California costs ₹ 25,927 per week (₹ 3,704 per day).
On average a car hire in California costs ₹ 111,116 per month (₹ 3,704 per day).
Given that California is quite large with numerous sprawling cities, hiring a car is a practical and economical way to get around the area. Even though the majority of large cities have their own public transportation networks, driving is still often faster and easier. Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Diego are a few cities in California that are best navigated with a vehicle. Having access to your own car can also come in handy, especially if you plan on visiting a more rural city or taking a road trip.
California is typically warm and sunny. However, it’s at times rainy, which is a critical time to drive yourself around. When it's raining, go at a slower speed and make sure to utilise your windscreen wipers and headlights. Also, ensure that you have the appropriate tyre chains for your hire car's tyres if you plan to drive in the snow during winter. Try to stay in the right lane whenever you are on a road or freeway with numerous lanes, unless when overtaking. Remember that a left turn from one one-way street to another one-way street can only be made when the signal is red. Unless it’s clearly banned, you can usually turn right at a red light after stopping completely and checking for approaching traffic. You have to pre-pay for your petrol in California. If you are using a credit card, you’ll need to swipe your card at the pump to activate the pump. You’ll also be required to provide your postal code to prevent credit card fraud.
Most car hire companies require that you be at least 21 years old in order to hire a vehicle in California. If you’re between the ages of 21 and 24 and need to hire a car, you’ll likely pay a young hirer fee and may only be allowed to hire certain classes of vehicles.