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Driving Abroad

Driving abroad can be challenging at times, but is the best way to experience lesser seen parts of the country. Road signs are pretty much consistent across the world, and standardised across Europe. Road rules are also pretty much the same and classes of roads are pretty consistent too. However there are some major differences that you need to be aware of.

  • Speed limits are different and (dependent on where you are driving) posted in kph rather than mph. Town signs are used to indicate a change in the speed limit - with a crossed oput sign meaning the restriction has come to an end.
  • Driving on the wrong side of the road can be confusing at first, but your head soon adjusts to it. It's even more confusing hiring a car as you have to change gear with the wrong hand. Main roads, especially dual carriageways are easy enough to adjust to, However the biggest difference is the restricted visibility from being on the wrong side of the car, especially when overtaking.
  • Driver skill and discipline varies massively from country to country. While most of Northern Europeans are fairly disciplined drivers, this breaks down in other areas of the world. Southern Italy is particularly bad and requires defensive driving, but this is nothing compared to roads across Asia where traffic signals, lane markings and even one-way streets are ignored!

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