James Smith

Mar 212012
 

There are a lot of ways to go wrong when you’re driving in a new country, but a few ways of making things a lot easier for yourself. It’s a no-brainer to take some small steps before travelling to make the whole thing a lot better once you arrive. The first thing you can do is know your foreign road signs, and learn some road markings too. In addition you’ll want to brush up on basic driving rules. It might seem like enough to know which side of the road to drive on, but once you get to your first junction you’ll find yourself panicking if you don’t know the guidelines for sure.

Be aware that most accidents occur within the first hour of your arriving in the new country. This is because people are fatigued, and overwhelmed by the combination of new rules and practices, as well as possibly a new car to get to grips with. Give yourself a few moments to get used to the vehicle, adjusting your seat positioning and familiarising yourself with the controls before heading out on the road. If you rush things it can be disastrous.

A good journey plan is half the battle once you’re out on the open road. With so many tools available these days there really is no reason to go astray. You can get apps for your smartphones to tell you where to turn, as well as the usual GPS and map book devices that are tried and tested. Don’t just trust in technology though – know the route from memory as best you can.

Ask yourself honestly if you’re giving yourself enough time to rest and get out of the car between travel. There are too many instances of people getting into trouble because they drive through the night to get from one place to the next. You should take your time and relax.

You might also consider learning enough of the language to get by as a driver. As a minimum you should know the number for the emergency services, and how to report a problem.

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