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Driving in a Foreign Country: Learn Lessons While Driving and Renting a Car

Updated on December 18, 2016
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Find the way from Point A to Point B in a foreign land is an essential part of exploring — and should be one of the most enjoyable aspects of discovering a new country. Whether you on vacation, taking a business trip or a family trip; we all take our choice of transportation — very seriously.

The experiences I have had on previous trips with buses, trains and taxi drivers inspire my desire for independence to rent a car. Most important there are car rental companies exist in almost every nation of the world. If you want to keep yourself steering in the right direction, what you need to know before you get behind the wheel of a rental to get a private tour is vital.

Driving is a convenient way to get to your destination, but it is almost impossible to travel without knowing all the road rules as well as what you need to know before you get behind the wheel to exploring a new country. Nevertheless, this is mainly because of the particular methods most foreign countries have to reduce insecurity.

Therefore, to start the destination on a strange road trip, there are a lot of factors to consider before you get behind the wheel or for people to independently travel to foreign countries for all roads are not created equal. There is a lot for you to understand before you make the commitment of renting a car in another country. As Individual states may allow you to drive there for up to 30 days, but after that insist on you to apply for a local license.

A person has to look for alternative measures, and it is essential that he or she make oneself familiar with the traffic laws of the land they are visiting after taking the wheel there. The most convenient way to travel is to depend on the best car rental serviced available. Also, it best to plan the trip and make arrangements well in advance.

After an ultimate disappointing weekend getaway, lots of headaches that came with the out of the ordinary road trips there were quite a few valuable lessons I learned about driving in a foreign country that most people might not know.

For many years, I thought renting a car in a foreign country is something as quick as swiping a credit card to pay your bills. However, the last trip I made to a foreign country was a hectic one especially when I needed a car to travel the country. I realized I was eternally mistaken to think that renting a car in a foreign country is something that only takes a few minutes just by paying the rental fees to rent a car quickly.

Furthermore, the mentality I had that being an Americans citizen will guarantee me special treatment, oh what a big disappointment. It was a very unpleasant experience to be precise and as discussed from now on is what I had to go through.

If you want to rent a vehicle in a foreign country, it is a requirement to follow certain steps. The step that was evident it was a “first” for me.

  • All Americans citizen are required to have a map, passport/visa, and US driving license

Well, back at home, I did not need a road map to get around the country or to visit any town or city; I know my way around. I did not need a passport either and sometimes I can get around traffic barricades without a driving license provided I am a resident. However, driving in a foreign country was a shocker. Being an Americans citizen, having a passport and the US driving license was not enough. It was a requirement that I have a detailed map of the city as well. At some point, it became tough for me to drive because it was not easy to follow the traffic rules.

  • The Transmission manual vehicle was a shocker.

Being used to driving an automatic transmission car can be an Americans citizen biggest nightmare when to rent a car in foreign countries because most foreign countries require everybody be able to drive a manual transmission car. This is the ultimate driving test I had to go through to be allowed to rent a car.

  • The New Traffic Rules

Back at home, I am required to keep left while driving while pedestrians maintain the right to the pedestrian walk. However, my stay in my last foreign country was quite a shocker. I had to keep left all the time which meant being extra vigilant and conscious considering the new traffic rules was as necessary as the driving test itself.

  • High occupancy lanes

Using the high occupancy lanes was something peculiar. In fact, my inability to use them for the first time having crossed the buffer pavement almost landed me an enormous penalty for violating traffic rules. Worse yet, because rules regarding high occupancy lanes are different from the general traffic rules, it was hectic learning the same.

Most urban areas offer some form of public transportation, including bus, rail, ferry, or a combination thereof. Would you use the country transportation while visiting or rent a car?

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© 2015 Pam Morris

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