Tips for driving and avoiding a car accident abroad
Knowing how to avoid a car accident is a step towards being able to avoid problems and accidents abroad. However, there are other things that you should be thinking about when driving abroad, so that you are more likely to stay safe. Driving abroad means thinking about all the same things you would when trying to avoid a car accident, but also taking into consideration the different rules of the road or new hazards which driving in a new country present. Here are some tips for driving abroad so that you can feel safer and make sure that you don’t have a car accident abroad.
- Keep your personal items out of view. If you are driving in a foreign country then you are likely to have even more critical items with you on the road. Make sure to keep everything out of sight so that you do not encourage thieves.
- Bring all documentation for your car with you. If you are pulled over in a hire car, you will need to prove to the police that you have hired the car legally and where it came from. When the car is leased to you, keep all documentation in the glove compartment, ready to be presented when you need it.
- Do not drive and use the phone. Although this is allowed in the UK as long as you are using a hands free device, in some countries it is entirely illegal. You should just avoid using the phone while driving altogether to be safe.
- Remember where you are. Driving on the wrong side of the road is a major problem for people coming from abroad. Whenever you get into the car, make a mental note of where you are and stick to the correct side of the road.
- Learn any new rules of the road. Do your research before you travel to see if there are any new rules of the road you should be observing in this new country.
How to claim for a car accident abroad
If you have a car accident in your own country, then claiming compensation is much easier than if you had a car accident abroad. However, it is still not the most enjoyable of processes, and can be tricky to get through on your own, particularly if you have no experience with accidents in the past.
Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 (landline), or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone and speak to our team about your car accident abroad. You can find out whether or not you have a good enough case for a successful compensation claim. If you do, then we will work with you, to process your claim and ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve.