Renting a car when on holiday can be a great way to really see the landscape of a country and get around to places of interest that are inaccessible by public transport. More and more Brits each year are choosing either to drive their cars to Europe, or to rent cars abroad, and it’s easy to see why. Unfortunately, however, driving abroad can also be more dangerous than driving at home, and here’s why.
The dangers of driving abroad
Never underestimate the problems that you might face when not being able to understand road signs and local customs. You may be the greatest driver in the UK, but if you don’t understand when a sign tells you that a road is one-way only, you could soon be in hot water.
Before you go anywhere, take the trouble to check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s online guide to driving in foreign countries. This will let you know not just what signs to watch out for, but what actions are illegal. Overtaking a school bus that has its hazard lights is illegal in Germany, for example, and the highway codes of foreign countries can be surprisingly different to our own.
Watch out for other drivers
If you have ever driven abroad before, you may have noticed that drivers tend to behave differently in many foreign countries, and that there are different obstacles to look out for. In Italy, for example, drivers are known for driving at breakneck speeds and weaving in and out of lanes in a seemingly dangerous manner.
There are also a far greater number of scooters on the road, which again can travel at quite high speeds. In Morocco, roads can be incredibly busy, and many drivers seem to ignore the traffic laws – but that doesn’t mean you should too.
What to do if you are injured in an accident abroad
If you are injured in a road accident abroad which wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to claim personal injury compensation. You may also be equally entitled to claim if you have been injured by a foreign driver driving in the UK who was unaware of the Highway Code and driving dangerously.
To discuss your particular situation with a trained adviser, call our experts at Accident Advice Helpline today. They’ll be able to give you a good idea of whether your claim is likely to be successful, and the amount of compensation you could potentially receive. Our claims are conducted on a no win, no fee basis, and most often there is no need for claimants to personally attend court.
Date Published: November 23, 2013
Author: David Brown