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Silicon Valley car hire

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Cheap car hire in Silicon Valley

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Top tips for hiring a car in Silicon Valley

  • Depending on your itinerary in Silicon Valley, consider your rental car's transmission type. Silicon Valley region features many hilly areas, so renting a car with automatic transmission will be easier when navigating hills. Keep in mind that a car with automatic transmission will require you to gain enough speed to manage climbing a hilly area, whereas a car with manual transmission requires more effort to maintain momentum, change gears, and still observe the road signs lining steep roads.
  • Parking is very accessible in the Silicon Valley region; you’ll find plenty of parking options. The area has street parking, metered parking, parking lots, and parking garages. If you intend to park in the hilly areas, remember to park the car facing uphill. We recommend turning the wheels away from the curb if the vehicle is facing uphill. When facing downhill, turn the wheels in the direction of the curb to stop the car from hurtling down the hill in case of brake failure.
  • When driving in the Silicon Valley region, remember to follow the posted speed limits. The general speed limit on multi-lane roads is 65 to 70 mph, while on single-lane roads, the limit is 55 mph. We recommend staying always within the speed limit because they are enforced by aircraft. In case of speeding, the aircraft radios police cars, which then pull you over. Speed-detecting roadside cameras are also vigilant, so avoid speeding at all costs.
  • Drivers in Silicon Valley must ensure that all occupants of the car are wearing seat belts. If you are riding with children under eight years old, they must be in booster seats or car seats in the rear of the car. Infants and toddlers under two years old should be in rear-facing safety seats, unless they are over 40 pounds and taller than 40 inches.
  • Book your car hire in Silicon Valley at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Standard hire cars in Silicon Valley are around 21% more expensive than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Silicon Valley

  • Should I hire a car in Silicon Valley?

    A car rental is the most convenient means of exploring Silicon Valley. Besides the opportunity to explore the area like a local, you get to discover more of Silicon Valley in a car, like the Chocolate Garage in Palo Alto, Alviso, and California's Great America. You won't have to worry about last-minute fare hikes or being stranded in areas without taxis or public transportation. Plus, you won't have to carry your luggage around. Car rentals offer comfort, privacy, and freedom that other means of transportation don't. Car rentals also help travelers save time, as you won't have to wait for taxis or adhere to schedules.

  • What is driving like in Silicon Valley?

    Driving in the Silicon Valley region is easy because there are plenty of street signs indicating one-way streets, restricted lanes, and left-hand turn lanes. Before starting your journey, map out a route to your destination. In urban areas, plan alternate routes, since roads tend to be busier—highways can get especially congested. Both a digital map and printed map are ideal for safe navigation. Check the mirrors of the rental car frequently to keep an eye out for cyclists. Always yield to pedestrians because they have the right of way. Depending on the season, watch for rain, fog, or heavy winds that might require you to drive slower. In case of poor weather, always turn the headlights on for clear visibility. When changing lanes, leave some space between you and the vehicle ahead. Always check mirrors before changing lanes. Remember to keep your speed constant and use turn signals to indicate changing lanes.

  • How old do you have to be to hire a car in Silicon Valley?

    The minimum age requirement for renting a car in the Silicon Valley region is twenty one. Drivers under twenty five and over seventy may be expected to pay a daily surcharge fee. Drivers under twenty five are also limited in the car categories that they are able to rent.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Silicon Valley?

    Standard (Toyota Corolla or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Silicon Valley.

  • What is the best car hire company in Silicon Valley?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in Silicon Valley are Alamo (8,5, 71 reviews), Enterprise Rent-A-Car (8,0, 69 reviews), and Sixt (7,6, 100 reviews).

  • How can I find car hires near me in Silicon Valley?

    Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

Car hire directory

  • enterprise

    Enterprise Rent-A-Car car hire locations in Silicon Valley

    15 Locations

  • hertz

    Hertz car hire locations in Silicon Valley

    15 Locations

  • avis

    Avis car hire locations in Silicon Valley

    6 Locations

  • budget

    Budget car hire locations in Silicon Valley

    6 Locations

  • zeeba

    Zeeba Rent-A-Van car hire locations in Silicon Valley

    3 Locations

  • airportvanre

    Airport Van car hire locations in Silicon Valley

    2 Locations

  • eaglerac

    Eagle Rent A Car car hire locations in Silicon Valley

    2 Locations

  • sunnycars

    Sunnycars car hire locations in Silicon Valley

    2 Locations

  • thrifty

    Thrifty car hire locations in Silicon Valley

    2 Locations

  • advancevanrental

    Advance Van Rental car hire locations in Silicon Valley

    1 Location

  • alamo

    Alamo car hire locations in Silicon Valley

    1 Location

  • avr

    Avr car hire locations in Silicon Valley

    1 Location

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