The Challenges Of Driving Abroad
Driving at home is generally pretty straight forward. You will be accustomed to the rules of the road, you’ll have a car, your own motor insurance and a great degree of comfort. Yet when you go abroad everything will change. Here are four challenges to watch out for if you drive abroad.
The Wrong Side of the Road
For some reason countries tend to drive on the wrong side of the road – this is incredibly annoying as there doesn’t seem to be any real reason, yet it’s a challenge when driving abroad in some countries. If this is the case in your destination of choice, you will have to adjust your driving and make sure you remember to switch over yourself. Luckily, this is less counter-intuitive than you might think.
If you are driving abroad you are likely to be exploring new ground – this makes signage very important. Yet if the signs are in a foreign language, you are in a bit of trouble. To combat this you will need to come well prepared with a map and a good idea of where you’re going. A navigator is another great way to avoid getting lost, as they can concentrate on the map while you focus on the road.
Traffic rules are largely the same the world over, yet there are rare, yet significant, differences. In some countries you can turn on a red light, while in Melbourne you can do giant swooping ‘hook turns’. Be sure to acquaint yourself with the rules of the road so you can be prepared for whatever comes around the corner.
The Unofficial Rules of the Road
The way people drive in different lands varies incredibly: in Italy for instance, driving lanes are a recommendation while in Germany you can go at devilishly high speeds. Do some online research to find out how people drive, and be ready for some slightly different habits in the people you share the road with. Driving abroad is certainly a challenge, yet if you prepare you will be just fine. Also ensure you take your time and don’t rush, even if everyone around you is speeding away.
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