If you’re used to driving in the UK, travelling abroad and driving a right hand drive car on the right hand side can be confusing and you may find yourself at greater risk of road traffic accidents. If you’re planning to drive to Europe in your own vehicle or you’re eager to hire a car on your holidays, here are some tips to keep you steer clear of car crashes:
Driving a right hand drive car
If you’re hiring a car abroad, the chances are that you’ll be driving a left hand drive car. Even the most experienced drivers can find it very confusing to switch from a right hand drive to a left hand drive and you will probably find that it takes you a little while to get used to your new hire car.
Take extra care at junctions and roundabouts and give yourself plenty of time and space when attempting manoeuvres, such as parallel parking and overtaking. Pay attention to the speed limits and bear in mind that often, speed limits abroad refer to kilometres per hour, rather than miles.
Driving a right hand drive on right hand drive roads
If you’re taking your own car on holiday, you will need to adjust to your new view of the road. This can take a little time so go steady when you first hit the roads, drive slowly and carefully and ask your passengers for assistance if you’re struggling to see properly when turning, overtaking or navigating roundabouts.
Common causes of road accidents
The most common causes of accidents on the road include:
- poor judgement
- failing to look before manoeuvring
- drink driving
- not seeing other vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists or animals
Can I claim compensation for an accident abroad?
If you’ve been involved in a road accident while on holiday, you may be able to claim car crash compensation, provided that you can prove that you were not at fault. At the time of the collision on the road, write down as much information as you can, ask any eye witnesses to provide their version of events and get any car crash injuries you sustained examined by a doctor.
To find out more about claiming no win, no fee* compensation for a car crash, call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown