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 November 08, 2004
National And Alamo Launch Drive Safe

 Did you know it is a legal requirement to keep your headlights on at all times in Latvia? Or that in Canada alcohol can only be carried in the boot of the car? These are just a couple of the handy hints that will be available from Drive Safe, a new initiative from National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car.

Launched at WTM (World Travel Market) 2004, Drive Safe is a new initiative to help business and leisure travellers drive safely in over 50 countries worldwide. With the continued expansion of the National and Alamo global network, Drive Safe offers customers vital information to help them drive safely wherever they rent a car.

Covering over 50 countries in Europe, Middle East and Africa, as well as the United States and Canada, Drive Safe is designed to improve the safety and enjoyment of driving abroad. Information will be available from and from January 2005.

John Leigh, Senior Vice President of Vanguard Rental (UK) Ltd, parent company of National and Alamo explains, "According to a recent survey car rental is now seen as a necessity rather than a luxury. With corporate travellers from multinational companies driving in unfamiliar territories, remote airport locations used by budget airlines and the rise in independent leisure travel to more rural areas, driving on unfamiliar roads in a foreign destination is a common experience for many travellers. Drive Safe helps travellers enjoy their trip safely."

Drive Safe provides information on city driving, country driving, road rules and road safety initiatives within each country. There is also information on driving regulations and requirements, essential local knowledge and advice on motoring laws such as speed limits on motorways, alcohol limits and road tolls. A summary of driving terms, hints and tips for hiring a car plus a summary of Alamo and National's presence in each country means travellers will be able to drive with confidence.

John Leigh concludes, "Drive Safe exploits the vast pool of knowledge we have across the globe, ensuring all information will be kept up to date at a local level. Although we always aim to provide customers with advice at each location, by putting it all in one place and in one consistent format, they have the freedom to download the information where and when they need it.

"The Drive Safe initiative offers further support to the growth of business in EMEA helping the customer experience in these key areas. The launch also demonstrates National and Alamo's international expertise and commitment to the safety of their customers wherever they are travelling."