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Are You Planning on Driving Abroad? Read This First!

Planning to Drive Abroad

Never plan on driving in another country unless you are somewhat familiar with their laws, guidelines, and road signs. Depending on the country that you plan on visiting, you may see a dramatic difference in how roadways are maintained, navigated, and patrolled. It is dire that you understand what laws you must abide by, and that you carry proper documentation for that area. Irvine Auto Center is here to walk you through the basics you need to know before you drive abroad.

Requirements for Driving Abroad

  1. Driving License- Your state issued driver’s license may not be valid in most countries. You will need to look into obtaining an International Driving Permit. These permits also have restrictions and you will need to know the specifics for the areas you plan on driving in.
  2. Insurance- Foreign countries do require auto insurance, and it is likely that yours will not cover you on another continent. If you are renting a vehicle, ask your rental agency about their insurance offers, and what documentation you will need to be covered wherever you plan on driving while there.
  3. Emergency Services- Always know what number to call for emergency services if something happens while on the road. This includes towing service, police, and emergency medical services.
  4. Laws- You must know basic driving laws before you plan on driving in a new country. This includes age restrictions and how to handle any fines should you get any. Find any laws you may be unfamiliar with (such as those pertaining to honking your horn in Europe), and understand that there are many other variances of laws we have here in the US.

Tips for Driving Abroad

  1. Your current car insurance or credit card may be able to offer you insurance while abroad, and it may be cheaper than purchasing insurance from a rental car agency.
  2. Have maps and a route planned before you start the car.
  3. Know if you are driving on the left or right side of the road, and what to expect if you have to make that change.
  4. Talk to the locals about areas you may want to avoid due to poor traffic, construction, high crime rates, and other obstacles.
  5. Some countries are allowed to ask for small fines on the spot. You will want to be financially and mentally ready if this because it can be awkward at first.

Get a New Car for Vacation in Irvine, CA

Driving abroad is much less intimidating if you know what to expect. You will save yourself time, money, and stress if you plan ahead. If taking a vehicle with you abroad, test drive new vehicles in Irvine, CA. While renting in another country is always an option, a prolonged stay may mean that you want to take a preferred model with you. The experts at Irvine Auto Center can help you into a new or used car in Irvine, CA today.

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