Sunday, January 24, 2010

Tips on Driving Abroad

  • Obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP).
  • Carry both your IDP and your U.S. state driver's license with you at all times, as many countries have different driving rules. If possible, obtain a copy of the foreign country’s driving laws before you begin driving in that country. Information may be available from the foreign country’s embassy in the United States, foreign government tourism offices, or from a car rental company in the foreign country.
  • Check to see if the country of destination has a minimum and maximum driving age.
  • Be aware that certain countries require special road permits, instead of tolls, to use their divided highways, and they will fine those found driving without a permit.
  • Always "buckle up." Some countries have penalties for people who violate this law.
  • Many countries require you to honk your horn before going around a sharp corner or to flash your lights before passing.
  • If you rent a car, make sure you have liability insurance. If you do not, this could lead to financial hardship.
  • If the drivers in the country you are visiting drive on the left side of the road, it may be prudent to practice driving in a less populated area before attempting to drive in heavy traffic.
  • Always know the route you will be traveling. Have a good road map, and chart your course before beginning.
  • Do not pick up hitchhikers or strangers.
  • When entering or exiting your vehicle, be aware of your surroundings.

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