The time we’ve all been waiting for is finally here! Yes, it’s summer time, and most of us are probably preparing to go on that well-deserved family holiday. With schools breaking up for the summer and people taking time off work, to go on exciting adventures, it’s the perfect time to talk about driving abroad.
Although, not all of us are going away for the summer, it’s good to know what to expect when setting foot in a foreign country.
Due to the fact that laws differ from country to country, it’s important that you stay informed throughout your holiday, to avoid any confusion and misunderstandings.
We’ve put together a short guide, to help you get the most out of your holiday whilst remaining safe on the uncharted roads of faraway lands.
The first thing you want to do, before embarking anywhere is familiarise yourself with the laws of the country you’ll be going to. You can either do this online, or be old school and read a book. Learn as much as possible about the different laws and how they differ from the UK.
Although, many countries follow similar rules, you have to know exactly what the rules are when it a foreign country. Simply saying “I didn’t know any better” is not a valid excuse, and it won’t be accepted by the authorities, should you unknowingly break the law.
Once you’ve read up on the laws, prepare a list of the essentials you will need in case of an emergency. Breaking down in the middle of nowhere in your own country can be terrifying enough, but breaking down abroad is a completely different story. Since, you’re likely not familiar with the roads of the country you’re going to, it’s best that you go into it prepared.
Keep plenty of water and supplies, in case you get stranded with no way of reaching anyone for some time. Even though it’s summer, bringing extra blankets, or clothes is a good idea, as nights can be quite cold, even in the middle of summer. Only pack the essentials, as you don’t want to spend your holiday dragging around bags of stuff.
The most important thing you can do is remain cautious. Be smart, follow the rules and remain aware of your surroundings and you should be fine.
We hope you found our short guide helpful. For more informative guides and interesting articles, be sure to return shortly and don’t forget to have a browse through the rest of our blog.