Driving abroad is an exciting thrill. It can also lead to some unmitigated disasters for those who are unprepared for the new adventure that waits for them. Below are a few tips for driving abroad and returning home alive and well.
Bring the Car Along
Have a vehicle that is perfectly fitted for the road or for a long drive? It could be smart to just take it along on the trip. There are some obvious benefits to this. For one, a traveler doesn’t have to pay for renting a car.
Now, there are some obvious bad things about this. Firstly, one has to worry about their car. It is a bit of a catch-22. The car could face damage. The rental car company would typically pick up the bill. This is obviously not going to be the case if a traveler brings their own ride. The tip here is to only bring the car along if it is new and up to the task. If it is, there isn’t really any good reason not to bring it. It cuts on expensive rentals and it keeps drivers more comfortable in a car they know and (hopefully) love.
Not All Rules are Created Equal
Road rules change by the country. Yes, not all road rules are created equal. Drivers should look up some basic rules for the road in the country they are going to. There are some extreme examples. Some countries drive on the left side of the road for incoming. Some countries have roads that have no speed limits. These are big examples, but it doesn’t make them any less true. Countries can be peculiar in the way they lay out the road. Not only are road rules relevant, but so are the general maps and “tone” of the road? Is it crazy? Is it rural? Is it centered around many one-way roads? Some countries consist almost entirely of one-ways. These things should be reviewed prior to travel.
Every country has its own “character” on the road, as it is. Visit http://www.camarocarplace.com/driving-abroad-keep-safe/ for more on keeping safe while away from home.