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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Survivor guide: Driving on the other side of the road abroad

    Renting a car when abroad on holiday can be an enjoyable experience and can offer a number of practical benefits over relying on public transport. In addition to this, many people choose to undertake “road-trips” with their own vehicle when going abroad. Driving on the other side of the road can increase the chances of being involved in a road traffic accident. At Accident Advice Helpline, we’ve been dealing with compensation claims for over 10 years now including claims for car crashes and even accidents on holiday that occurred outside the UK. Although we are first and foremost a law firm, the specialist knowledge that we have gained helps us to impart our wisdom to members of the public, in order to keep them safe from harm.

    Vehicle controls

    The first question that many people ask when renting a left-hand-drive car is the location of the vehicle controls. Do they also have an opposite layout? The answer is no. The accelerator is located on the right hand side as usual, with the brake and clutch to the left. If you find it difficult to change gears with your right hand, you may wish to consider renting an automatic though that can be considerably more expensive.

    Giving way

    Remember that as you’re driving on the opposite side of the road, the known rules of the road in the UK are actually in reverse which can be quite dangerous especially when performing habitual manoeuvres such as giving way. When driving on the other side of the road, you have to give way to traffic coming from the left instead of the right.


    If you are using your own vehicle when travelling abroad, something that may be overlooked is the adjustment of your headlights. Some manufacturers incorporate a slight tilt in the direction of the headlights in order to avoid blinding oncoming drivers. When driving on the other side of the road, it may be an idea to adjust your headlights slightly. Check your vehicle’s handbook to see if and how this can be done.

    Been involved in a road traffic collision abroad?

    Thanks for reading our handy guide. If you’ve been injured as the result of a road traffic collision abroad and it wasn’t your fault, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to make a claim for compensation provided this was within the last three years. All of our claims are made on a 100% no-win-no-fee*-basis. Give us a call on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to speak to one of our advisers.

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    Date Published: April 27, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.