I love traveling! If you follow me on Instagram, you have seen a lot of beautiful places to visit on the east coast. Someday, I dream of traveling the world and seeing the beauty outside of the United States.
When I visited Italy, I depended on public transportation – namely the train and subway. But someday, I’d like to rent a car and just drive around.
If you like to see something a bit different when you travel, rent a car is a great idea. In a car, you can get off the beaten track, and enjoy experiences that those who stick to the tourists traps miss out on completely.
Hiring a car and driving abroad is a lot easier than it once was. With an American license, you can legally drive in most parts of the world, and there are now good car hire firms in virtually every country. Provided you do your research, and use a reputable company, hiring a car abroad is easy. The tricky part is getting on the road, and staying safe driving. To help you with that we have put together this simple guide.
Is safety equipment included?
If you have kids making sure that the right safety equipment such as child seats and booster cushions are included in the car hire service is important. Make it clear when you hire the car that this is a priority for you.
Before signing for your vehicle, check that all of the safety equipment is there, and is in good working order. You should also ensure that each safety belt is working correctly.
Familiarize yourself with the rules of the road
Before you travel take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the traffic rules of the country you will be driving in. You can easily find this information online.
It always makes sense to familiarize yourself with the street signs of the country in which you are planning to drive. Usually, they are very similar to the ones that you are used to seeing in your home country. Therefore, it will normally only take half an hour or so for you to learn what you need to know.
Know where you are going
It is also worth downloading a good mapping app to your phone. Provided you take a good bracket with you, your smartphone can be an excellent GPS system. However, you do need to be a bit careful with doing this. You need to think about what would happen if you lost the signal, and be aware of how much using your data contract for navigating while abroad would cost.
Often a cheaper and more reliable approach is to hire a GPS system, and invest in a good manual map as well. It is also worth learning how to ask for directions in the local language. You should also carry a pen and paper with you so someone can draw you a quick map, which makes understanding directions in a foreign language much easier.
By taking these steps, you can eliminate the stress that goes with getting lost. Knowing where you are going will allow you to focus on driving and staying safe. This will ensure that you do not become distracted, and have an accident as a result.