If you’re going on holiday this summer, you may be thinking about hiring a car. Driving overseas can be tricky, especially if you’re in a country where they drive on the other side. It’s wise to prepare for driving abroad before you go. This will help to reduce the risk of travel accidents, such as road traffic accidents, and prevent unwanted holiday injuries.
5 ways to prepare for driving abroad
If you’re hiring a car overseas, it’s best to prepare for driving abroad. Here are five ways you can do this.
- Practice makes perfect: when you pick up your rental car, drive somewhere quiet, like a deserted car park or a quiet country lane, and practise driving. Get used to the controls and practise driving on the other side. You’ll probably find that you become accustomed very quickly.
- Plan your route: driving on unfamiliar roads can be hard at the best of times, let alone when you’re in a foreign country in a car you’re not used to. Try and plan your route in advance, so that you know where you’re going. Use a sat nav, or work out your journey on a road map. It’s always a good idea to carry a map with you in the car, just in case you get lost.
- Read up on driving habits: if you’re travelling overseas, it’s best to prepare for driving abroad by doing a little research on driving habits and customs. We use certain signs and signals without even thinking about it, but these may be different in another country. You’ll find helpful information and tips online.
- Search for petrol stations: one of the best ways to prepare for driving abroad is to plan your journey and mark out stop-off points for petrol. You may find that there are not as many petrol stations and services as there are at home in the UK and the last thing you want is to run out of petrol.
- Research speed limits: speeding is one of the most common causes of accidents on the road. If you’re renting a car, take some time to prepare for driving abroad and research the speed limits. You may find that speed limits are in km/h rather than mph. Adjust your speed in line with restrictions and take extra care on blind corners and uneven roads to prevent accidents overseas.
Claiming compensation after driving abroad
If you’ve been involved in a road accident abroad or you’ve suffered car crash injuries, call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. Our expert injury lawyers could help you to make a no-win, no-fee claim for travel accident compensation.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice