Tips on Driving Abroad

by Steve Dasseos on March 18, 2008

Many countries have different driving rules. If possible, obtain a copy of the foreign country’s rules before you begin driving in that country. Information may be available from the foreign embassy in the United States, foreign government tourism offices, or from a car rental company in the foreign country.

Here are’s Tips on Driving Abroad:

– Obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP). Carry both your IDP and your state driver’s license with you at all times.
– Find out the driving age limits. Some countries have a minimum and maximum driving age.
– Certain countries require road permits, instead of tolls, to use on their divided highways, and they will fine those found driving without a permit.
– Always “buckle up.” Some countries have penalties for people who violate this law.
– Many countries require you to honk your horn before going around a sharp corner or to flash your lights before passing.
– Before you start your journey, find out who has the right of way in a traffic circle.
– If you rent a car, make sure you have liability insurance. If you do not, this could lead to financial disaster.
– If the drivers in the country you are visiting drive on the opposite side of the road than in the U.S., it may be prudent to practice driving in a less populated area before attempting to drive during the heavy traffic part of the day.

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