Driving Abroad Tips
When driving abroad always drive defensively at all times even if you think you’re in the right, allow other motorists to push in front of you if need be.
Never assume that other drivers will follow traffic signals, signs or road markings.
Don’t think a driver abroad will signal if intending to turn or change lanes and if a driver does signal, don’t assume that they will proceed accordingly.
Don’t assume when driving abroad that the car in front’s brake lights work – or indeed that it has any!
Don’t think pedestrians only cross where and when allowed or look before doing so.
Always keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front, of a minimum of two seconds.
You may need to get used to using your horn to warn wayward drivers and pedestrians.
Always keep your cool and don’t be tempted to gesticulate at other drivers, however awful their driving.
When driving abroad take particular care when driving near ports, airports, resorts and borders frequented by tourists, who may be unfamiliar with local roads and conditions.
Never think that drink-driving laws are more liberal than at home, as they’re extremely harsh in many countries. Remember also that the strength of alcoholic beverages and the size of drinks varies considerably from country to country.
As a general rule, you should call the police to the scene of anything other than a minor accident.
Seat belts (front and back) must be worn in all European countries and in North America. In some countries dipped headlights (low beam) must be used at all times.
When driving abroad make sure you have an international driving license or a translation of your foreign driving license is necessary in some countries (check with a motoring organization). Americans are advised to obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP) and to carry it with their state driver’s license at all times.
Never carry anything across an international border unless you’re absolutely sure what it contains, as it could contain drugs or other prohibited goods. The same applies to any passengers and their luggage that you pick up on your journey.
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