Summer’s almost here which means it’s nearly summer holiday time.
Each year around 70 million Brits head overseas for their holidays. And while many opt for the all-inclusive life and spend their time enjoying the unlimited perks of the hotel, there’s still a fair amount of people who opt to either take their car to the continent or fly off and rent one when they get there.
While a car can give you much more freedom on your holiday, there’s a lot of things to think about – like driving on the right for the first time, the different road rules, or the fact that they use KPH not MPH – it can all get very confusing.
To help you out on your adventures driving abroad, we’ve put together a little guide to help give your confidence a little boost before you get behind the wheel.
Before you jump in the car, take a minute to check that you’ve everything you need. Whether it’s important documents or an essentials pack for your car, you don’t want to get on the continent and realise you’ve forgotten something.
It’s more than likely that if you’re driving abroad, you’re going to be driving on the right-hand side of the road, so it’s probably best to have a little practice in a quiet spot before you hit the traffic hotspots, but not in the UK, obviously!
So when you arrive overseas, try and find a sleepy suburb or a little-used country lane to get your head around driving on “the wrong side” of the road. After all, practice makes perfect.
And remember to adjust your headlamps for driving on the right-hand side of the road. It’s a legal requirement not to dazzle oncoming drivers. So be kind to them.
When it comes to driving rules and regulations, don’t expect everything to be the same when driving abroad as it is in the UK.
Here are some of the main differences between the UK and European laws you should know:
While some laws might seem fairly normal, there are, of course, some rather unusual laws that you might need to learn:
If you’re a fan of the weird and wonderful, why not have a look at 10 of the most bizarre road signs from around the world and see if you can spot a few when you’re driving abroad on your adventures?
Looking for some more information about driving abroad? Check out the gov.uk website, which has some more handy information if you’re planning to drive abroad this summer. So make sure you take a look before you head off.
And finally, if you’re taking your own car on your holidays, then have fun and drive safe. But for those of you who’re going to be renting a car, take a minute to read our guide to hiring a car abroad. You never know, it might save you a small fortune.