A guide to additional drivers

The ultimate guide to additional drivers

What is an additional driver fee?

The additional driver fee insures anyone who is not the main driver – the individual who signs the rental agreement and is legally responsible for the car. You must add all extra drivers to your rental contract, in order to make sure everyone is covered by the insurance policy.

If another person drives the rental but is not down as an additional driver, you will void the rental agreement and the insurance company may refuse to cover any physical damage to the vehicle.

How can I add an additional driver?

Depending on the rental supplier, you can add an additional driver online when you book – look for it under extras – or on pick-up at the rental desk. When booking through easyCar, you will always pay for the extra driver at the counter in the local currency.

Any extra drivers must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a valid driver's licence
  • Meet the necessary age requirements
  • Be present at pick up


How much does it cost to add another driver on a rental?

The fee is calculated either per day or per entire rental length and can range anywhere from £5 to £12 per day. The price is usually fixed, so the type of car you choose will not impact the additional driver fee.

The best way to save money is to do your research and read the rental agreement well ahead of time. It's better to compare prices online than find yourself stuck with a rental company whose steep additional driver fees are more than you planned for.

Country Rental company Price
UK Firefly £10.00/day
Max: £100
Europcar £12.00/day
Max: £120
France Dollar €7.00/day
Max: €35
InterRent €7.95/day
Max: €98
Spain Avis €11.50/day
Max: €90.87
Rhodium €7.95/day
Max: €98
(State dependent)
Hertz $13.50/day
Max: $189
Alamo $9.99 USD/day
Ireland Thrifty €9.50 /day
Carhire.ie €10.22/day
Italy Sicily by Car €7.07/day
Centauro €9.00/day Max: €126

Can I add more than one extra driver?

Yes, you can add multiple additional drivers under most rental policies. However, check the fine print to see if the supplier has a cap on the number of drivers you may add on. You will have to pay a fee per extra driver but you can sometimes find deals that wave the charges.

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