Top tips for staying safe when driving in a foreign country
Whenever you’re driving, you should always take precautions to make sure that not only you are safe, but so is everyone else on the road.
A great way to get to see the country that you’re visiting, is by hiring a car, as it means you can visit everywhere you want to, whilst seeing some amazing scenery along the way.
Whilst driving abroad can be daunting, it doesn’t need to be. Simply taking a few extra precautions can help to build your confidence in driving on the roads of foreign lands.
1. Brush up on specific road rules in that country
It sounds obvious, but not all of Australia’s road rules will be implemented in every other country, so if you plan on getting behind the wheel while you’re on holiday, have a read of basic rules such as speed limits, and any specific documents you’ll need to take with you on your travels.
2. Keep some loose change for tolls
There are several cities in Europe, the US, and Africa that have toll roads that you’ll need to pay for. Usually, these roads are better paved, have less traffic, and can get you to your destination faster.
Whilst in most cases, you’ll be able to pay by card once you reach the toll gate, it always helps having some spare change to hand, in case you can only pay in cash, so you don’t have to change your route at the last minute.
3. Make sure your car insurance covers you
Whilst you’ll have domestic car insurance, depending on the T&Cs of your policy, it may not cover you for driving internationally. If this is the case, you’ll need to purchase separate insurance to cover you for a whole range of potential scenarios.
Adrian Taylor, General Manager for General Insurance at Compare the Market Australia stated: “Travelling by car when you’re in a foreign country is a great way to get a feel for the place and discover areas off the beaten track. However, you should always be prepared if you’re planning on getting behind the wheel while you’re on holiday by brushing up on local laws and rules, and taking it slow while you’re on the roads, so you don’t cause an accident.”
Whether you’re driving on foreign roads or across Australia, car insurance is a legal requirement. Browse a range of options using our free car insurance comparison tool, including options such as third-party fire and theft, and roadside assistance.
Remember that car insurance policies can be subject to exclusions, restrictions and limits. Ensure that you check the Product Disclosure Statement of your policy prior to purchasing.