Travel is stressful. Sometimes that stress comes in the form of exhilaration. We call this eustress -- it's stress that's curative or beneficial. For example, the emotions you feel as you drive up a winding road to take in the view of an amazing vista are a type of eustress. But there's another form of stress that isn't so helpful. We call it distress, and it's the type we generally associate with frustration.
While it's impossible to eliminate distress entirely, taking time to think about your needs before your trip can help keep distress to a minimum. This includes choosing your rental car. With some research and careful consideration, you should be able to determine the type of car best suited to your needs for any given trip.
But even the best plans can fall through. While these tips may help you choose the right car, it's important to remember that some things are beyond your control. If you can accept that fact without your knuckles turning white, you're well on your way to having a pleasant experience with your rental car.