July 16, 2019 / By Shyla Esko Bare
Chatting to a fellow attendee at an aerobics class this past week, the topic went to her upcoming trip to Ireland, and her plan to rent a car there. I causally told her it took me months before I felt comfortable driving in Scotland, so I thought anyone willing to do it on a two week trip was brave. She looked at me curiously, and said she was prepared to drive on the other side of the street. She then asked me, “Was there anything else different about driving there?”
Yup, there is. And if you are planning to rent-a-car abroad you should think about these things too.
Most rentals in Europe are manual, so you need to know how to shift, or pay extra for an automatic. And, if you are driving in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Australia, and a few other countries, they do drive on left, so you will be shifting with your left hand.
Street signs around the world are also different. It is best to get familiar with them before you start driving. In the Before You Go Abroad Handbook, we suggest using Wikipedia for help with this. You can do a Wikipedia search on street signs and the country you are going to – it often returns an article with photos of the signs and what they mean. For Europe they have a great comparison chart.
Also, round-abouts are used more around the world than in the U.S.A. It can be daunting to enter one if you are not used to them. Plus, find out how they work in the country you are visiting. In some countries, the cars in the round-about have the right away. In other countries, the cars entering have the right away. You need to know.
Driving abroad can be fun or it can be disastrous. Doing research before a trip can tip the scales to fun!
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By Shyla Esko Bare, July 16, 2019 ©WildSpiritTravel.com
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