If you’re planning to drive abroad this year during your summer holiday, it’s important to be prepared. Whether you’re heading off on a European roadtrip or will be planning to hire a car further afield, you’ll need to know the different rules of the road for the country you are in. You’ll probably be driving on the wrong side of the road, which is a challenge, and of course you won’t be familiar with the roads or know your route. It could spell disaster if you’re not well informed or prepared.
Here are some top tips for driving overseas on your holidays this year.
Make sure you’re insured
You need to be assured you’ll be insured in the vehicle you’ll be driving and in the country you’ll be driving it in. Check this before you set off – see if your current policy includes international driving, and what documents you’ll need to take. If it doesn’t, you may be able to purchase car insurance once you’re there or it may be included if you’re hiring a vehicle. You’ll also want to check your travel insurance policy in the event of an accident.
Plan your journeys
It’s important to plan all of your journeys before you set off, or you could waste a lot of time getting lost. Pack a map, or take your sat nav if it will be able to load the maps in the country you’ll be visiting.
Know what to take
Legal requirements differ in all countries, and you may be surprised to find that some nations require you to carry certain equipment in the vehicle. This could include spare light bulbs, a fire extinguisher and a first aid kit. Check the rules before you set off!
Find out speed limits
Before getting behind the wheel, it’s good to get a sense of what the national speed limit is and where it applies. Obviously look out for signs too, but these are not always as obvious as they are here in the UK. Also, be aware that in most other countries speed is measured in kilometres rather than miles.
In the event of breaking down in a foreign country, will you know who to call? You can arrange European breakdown cover before you leave, or see if the hire car company can recommend a local company. It’s an extra expense but worth the worry of getting stranded in an unknown place.
Have a safe and happy holiday!