Driving Abroad

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Obtain an International Drivers Permit (IDP). This can be purchased through your Auto Club. Have your passport photos and a completed application. There will be a fee involved. Carry both your IDP and your state driver’s license with you at all times.

• Some countries have a minimum and maximum driving age. Check the laws before you drive in any country.

• Always “buckle up”. Some countries have penalties for people who violate this law.

• If you rent a car, always purchase the liability insurance. If you do not, this could lead to financial disaster.

• As many countries have different driving rules, obtain a copy of them before you begin driving in that country.

• If the drivers in the country you are visiting drive on the opposite side of the road to the U.S or mainland Europe, practice driving in a less populated area before attempting to drive during the heavy traffic part of the day.

• Be aware of the countryside you will be driving in. Many countries require you to honk your horn before going around a sharp corner or to flash your lights before passing.

• Find out before you start your journey who has the right of way at a 4 way stop or at a traffic island/circle.

• Always know the route you will be traveling. Have a copy of a good road map or GPS, and chart your course before beginning.

• Do not pick up hitchhikers or strangers.

• When entering your vehicle, be aware of your surroundings.