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.

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