Keeping your car organized can be essential in ensuring your travel plans go smoothly. Whether going for a quick drive or long journey, Berry Ross – Hertz Super Agent – makes car organization easy with the following tips:

1) Clear Out Your Space: Get rid of unnecessary items that are taking up valuable space in your car. Do this on a regular basis (every few days/weeks), as ‘extras’ tend to pile up – especially after long trips.

2) Drive Away Odor: A car has many roles: a mobile command center, occasional dining room and on-the-office. Who wants to spend time in a vehicle plagued with a funny smell? Take the time to clean your car and use air fresheners to help eliminate odors. Hertz uses natural, eco-friendly Fresh Wave products (also available to consumers at select retail locations)  to safely and effectively remove odors within our fleet our rental cars around the world.

§  For immediate deodorizing: Use a spray treat the air, seats, storage areas and trunk for fast, effective odor relief.

§  For Deodorizing Vents: Add about eight or nine squirts of a spray into your car’s external vent intakes. These are usually located at the base of the windshield, but refer to your owner’s manual to be sure. After spraying, turn your vehicle’s air conditioner on and let it run for a few minutes. This should remove unwanted smells in the vents. If not, repeat the process.

§  For Constant Deodorizing: Place air freshener packs under the seats, in door bins and/or in storage areas will help eliminate odors throughout the vehicle.  

§  For General Deodorizing: When vacuuming the interior and cloth upholstery of your car, be sure to apply a carpet cleaner first. It will remove odors that have soaked deep into the pile of floor mats or absorbed into the seats.

3) Keep Functional/Essential Items: Items like car insurance and registration, first-aid kits, cell phone chargers, and flashlights should remain in your car. Maps are one less clutter item to worry about if you utilize Hertz NEVERLOST GPS systems, which provide easy, turn by turn directions to help get you to your destination.

4) Categorize Remaining Items: Divide your items up into easy-to-find categories – e.g., safety tools, navigation assistance, hygiene products, and food/snacks – and store them in the most appropriate space.

  • Frequently Used Items – These should be most easily accessible and can be placed in the glove box or center compartment. (Examples: hand-sanitizer, medicine, lotion, spare change, maps.)

§  Infrequently-Used Items – These items can be placed in the trunk and pulled out when needed. (Examples: blanket, cooler, umbrella).

  • Safety Items – These items can also go in the trunk. (Examples: spare tires, car tools, snow/ice scraper, first –aid kit, sports gear). Because Hertz offers roadside assistance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, travelers need not worry about storing items in the tool category and can use that space for extra storage.

5) Use Appropriate Compartments: Every car model comes with a unique compartment configuration, offering travelers a range of choices in how they would like to store their things.  Using these spaces wisely can make finding items that much easier. Hertz offers a variety of cars in its fleet, all with different storage compartment configurations allowing travelers the freedom to choose how they want to store their things.

Thanks for the great tips Barry! Be sure to check out Hertz special offers if you’re renting a vehicle this summer. We especially like the Hertz Family Pack!

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