Driving in Europe tips
By Simon Duncan on May 28, 2018
Below I have listed a few factors in which you must consider during your trip. We’ve teamed up with Motability dealers,Lookers to deliver this. Driving in Europe is very different than it is back in the UK therefore it would be very sensible to be well prepared for travelling on European roads.
Route planning in advance
By mapping the route in advance it is possible to locate service stations and restaurants along the way. It also reduces the possibility of making wrong turns or getting lost in an unfamiliar area by investing in a map or using an internet route planner. This can be helpful if a sudden stop is required throughout your journey.
Car rental rates
Savings can be made by renting a vehicle by the week, rather than by the day. This may help you from paying extortionate costs for renting a car each day. If you book in advance, this can also help cut costs as rental agencies may be willing to reduce costs during times when their inventory is high. It is best to shop around to get the best prices, checking out several car hire companies or going to a wholesale rental consolidator. It is advised that you read all of the terms and conditions carefullybeforehand. The vehicle should also be given a thorough inspection to check that any damage is noted before driving it away from the rental office. This is the best way to avoid paying for unnecessary charges.
Travel Document Essentials
Depending on the countries being visited it may also be necessary to have proof of insurance, especially when crossing certain borders. The staff at local car rental agencies will be happy to explain more about such requirements. There are many other regions that require an International Driving Permit in order to rent a car or drive on the public highway. Although in all EU countries you are able to use your national driving license.
Local Traffic Laws
Driving on the right-hand side of the road is extremely common throughout Europe, though in some regions it seems that the locals drive down the centre of the road. It is important thatdrivers should prepare themselves by learning all they can about the specific rules of the road in the region they will be visiting as traffic laws vary greatly from one European country to another. It is ls also common for traffic laws to vary in each town. Seatbelt use, speed limits and blood alcohol levels are among the important driving laws considered.