There’s no two ways about driving on foreign soil being a daunting prospect, especially for those that have not driven abroad before. There’s also no denying that whenever we think about traveling abroad, we are mainly looking at the hotel(s) to stay at, places to visit, etc., never paying attention to the fact that driving in a foreign country (if you decide to travel by renting a car) can mean driving on the other side of the road or perhaps driving somewhere that has laws very different to your native land.
Getting from one point to the other in a foreign land is an essential aspect of traveling, and should be and is one of the more enjoyable aspects of exploring a new place (city or country). This is possible only by getting behind the wheels for the ultimate private tour. If you are contemplating independence and solitude, a road trip is what assures that in comparison to trips with trains, buses, taxi drivers, and short-distance air travel.
Driving in a foreign country can be fun, at the same time it presents certain challenges, since the driving laws and habits vary from country to country. The variation is also palpable in the choice of vehicle that a country uses, which you may not be used to. The key is to prepare yourself for what will be in store for you on foreign soil in order to have a safe and memorable trip down the road, which whenever you look back at will always look at it with fondness and lots of memories.
There are many steps you can take to become a safe driver abroad, from researching the local traffic regulations to applying for an International Driver’s License United Arab Emirates (UAE). Outlining a few more tips in order to have a safe journey abroad:
International Driver’s License (IDL) - This is a vital piece of document that you’ll need to rent and drive a car on foreign soil. Having an IDL will stand you in good stead, since in the event that something goes wrong, you will need to present it to the authority, others involved in an accident, or when filing an insurance claim. You should never be caught on foreign road without an international driver’s license, which basically is a translation of your government issued driver's license into eight most spoken languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Russian, French, Arabic and Chinese) designed to be simple to use and easy to understand for authorities (both the English and non-English speakers).
Driving Laws of the Land- While there are similarities, driving laws tend to vary from country to country (the main difference in driving laws is which side of the road to drive on). Similarities include not to drink and drive, and in some places eating or drinking while operating a car is unlawful and so is driving at any time of day without the headlights on. It’ll be wise on your end to brush up on some of the basic driving laws in the country you are planning a trip to. This will help to avoid incurring hefty fines. Look up online for information on driving laws and practices.
Requirements for Tourist Drivers- If you feel you’re all prepared to get behind the wheel on your foreign trip, find out about the main requirements for tourist drivers. For example, you will most likely need an international driver’s license, valid driver’s license, rental and auto insurance documents, passport and travel visa, etc.
As you start to drive somewhere new, do take the environment of the country into consideration in terms of the weather, road infrastructure, terrain, driving habits among locals, etc. to become accustomed to it sooner that you expect.
The best way to stay safe on foreign roads is to check your country’s embassy website for any alerts they have for the foreign country you are visiting.