With your hire, you might be asking whether or not someone else is able to drive it. Simple answer: not legally, unless you’ve added them as a named driver.
You’ve taken out the contract with your hire company, not them. That means if you let them behind the wheel, they’re doing so illegally. They are not insured to drive the car.
If they get into an accident and they’re not a named driver, your hire insurance is completely invalid. You’ll be held responsible for all the damages, both to the hire car and potentially for the damage done to the other road user’s vehicle, depending on their insurance coverage.
Not only is letting someone else drive your hire car illegal, your trusted hire company will probably add you to their “no hire” list too. It’s just not worth it.
Luckily for you, you are able to add other named drivers to your hire car. If they’ve been added to the contract with your hire company, they’ll be completely covered by the insurance and are legally allowed to drive the car.
This is great if you’re going to do lots of miles and want to split the driving time. It’s really easy to do too. Just let your hire company know at the time of booking that you want to have more than one driver named on the contract. As long as they’ve got their driving licence and ID, you’ll be good to go.
This can also be a really handy way of renting a car for someone else. It’s common for a family member or a friend to want to book a car for someone else to drive. While you’d be the main driver as you made the booking, adding them as an additional driver will allow them to legally use the car.
As with anything, there’s a charge associated with adding named drivers to your hire policy. That cost covers their insurance should things go wrong on the road and is usually calculated as a daily fee. Ours is very small and makes sure you’re fully covered to drive the vehicle.