USA TODAY US Edition
YOUR TECHNOLOGY CHECKLIST
Before you rent a car loaded with new technology, make sure you’ve answered these questions:
Is there an extra charge? Car rental companies generally don’t invest in new technologies unless they can easily monetize them. Ask before you accept a car with any extra technology and be aware of any additional fees that might apply.
How does it work? The newest navigation systems, infotainment systems and wireless hotspots aren’t always intuitive. Fire them up and test them before you drive away — doing so while driving is a dangerous distraction. A helpful employee can walk you through the basics of operating them.
Do you really need it? If you’re being offered a techheavy car and you’re uncomfortable with the screens and devices, you might be in the wrong car. The wrong technology can frustrate the driver. You may be better off asking for a different vehicle.