Driving abroad

Published on 6 January 2014

Many drivers love getting out and about on holiday abroad, whether that means taking their own car overseas or hiring one at the destination. Most holiday driving experiences are hassle free, but there are a few points to bear in mind when driving abroad.

If you are taking your own car out of the country you must contact your car insurance provider to ensure you are covered in the country you plan to visit. Some may charge an additional premium. Also, many European countries demand you carry a first aid kit, reflective jacket or warning triangle in the boot, so check out the regulations for the countries you plan to visit before leaving home. Know the speed limits for your destination also.

If you are not accustomed to driving on the right, pay extra attention to junctions and roundabouts when overseas, as this is where most mistakes are made. Take your time to think about every manoeuvre you make until you are accustomed to driving on the right.

Use a reputable car hire company when overseas. All of the big names have branches worldwide and hiring from one of them should ensure that the car you are given is of good quality and well maintained. The same cannot be said for many small, independent car hire firms overseas. Always check the car carefully for damage before driving it away, and make sure the agent notes down any scratches or dents before you sign the agreement. This protects you from being charged for damage you did not cause when returning the vehicle.