Travelling to foreign countries presents British drivers with the challenge of having to drive on the right hand side of the road. This may not only be disconcerting, it can also lead to potentially serious motoring accidents if drivers ‘forget’ to stay on the right. Following the tips below should help to survive your trip to Europe and driving on the right without traffic-related accidents.
Staying safe on the ‘wrong side of the road’
When starting to drive on European roads, keep telling yourself to ‘drive on the right’ over and over again until you are sure you will remember to do so, then:
- Remember that turning left is now the most dangerous turn
- On roundabouts, remember to give way to drivers coming from the left and drive around the roundabout anti-clockwise.
- When coming out of side roads, look to the left first, then the right.
- Driving along one-way-streets can feel like you are driving on the left again, so prevent vehicle collisions by being extra careful and remembering to get back onto the right when turning back onto two-way streets.
- Complicated junctions can be a nightmare, so watch how other cars cross them (but do make sure you follow a local, rather than another British driver who could be leading you into a potentially costly mistake).
- Take extra care on larger roads and dual carriageways. Prevent causing a road traffic accident by remaining in the ‘slow’ lane until you are sure you are used to driving on the right.
- Overtaking other vehicles while driving on the right in a car with right-hand drive is tricky, to say the least. Avoid it as much as possible. If you have a passenger, it gets a little easier, as the passenger can tell you when it is safe to overtake.
Finally, remember that driving styles, standards of signage and even regulations can vary significantly between countries and make sure you adjust your driving to local conditions to avoid traffic accidents.
Mishaps on European roads
Even when following these tips, accidents in Europe can and will happen. Should you be injured in a car accident in Europe, you could be entitled to driver or passenger injury compensation if the accident on the road was caused by another road user and occurred no longer than three years ago. Get helpful advice on claiming for compensation and the assistance of an experienced solicitor from Accident Advice Helpline (part of the firm’s own nationwide legal team, solicitors operate under conditional fee agreements). Call us today on 0800 689 0500 to speak to one of our advisors.