Driving in countries with left hand driving allows you to see more with added convenience.
If you’re travelling abroad for your holidays this summer you may decide to rent a car. But do the thoughts of driving on the opposite side of the road fill you with dread? It can be hard enough getting used to the different road signs, languages and speed limits without the added complexity of driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road. But did you know that there are 55 countries that have left hand driving? We’ve listed a few below of the top holiday destinations below.
You’re probably already aware that drivers in the UK drive on the left-hand side of the road. But unlike other left hand driving countries, the rules of the roads are also very similar to Ireland which makes the transition from driving in Ireland very easy.
Due to the number of ferries travelling between Ireland and the UK everyday, it’s up there as on of the top destinations to travel to based on convenience. You can take a relatively short ferry trip with your own car, instead of paying to rent a car abroad. This is especially handing for holiday-makers with a children.
Average Temperatures in July: 18.6°C
Malta has been a popular travel destination for the travelling Irish for years. Its located about 80 km from the coast of Italy and has a population of just 450,000. The official language of Malta is English which makes getting about a little easier for Irish travel-makers. Car ownership in Malta is very high and this coupled with a densely populated island, may lead you into a few more traffic jams than you’ll encounter elsewhere.
Average Temperatures in July: 26°C
Despite being over 15,000 kilometers away from Ireland, Australia is a popular destination for the Irish. Due to the economic downturn and the increased popularity in young people leaving abroad in their twenties, Australia has seen an increase in the number of Irish people landing on their shores. Whether you’re planning to move there, visit family or just planning a long trip, driving a car over there shouldn’t be too much of a hassle. Speed limits are in kilometers which is similar to Ireland. However the majority of cars in Australia have automatic transmission which may take a little bit of getting used to if you’re just to driving with a manual shift stick.
Once you get going, you’ll be able to enjoy amazing views while you’re driving through wide open areas with breathtaking scenery.
Average Temperatures in July: 13°C – low temperature due to it being winter in July.
Thailand and its neighboring counties have been a popular destination for backpackers and honeymooners in recent years. If you’re looking to experience Southeast Asia along with it’s food, sunshine, unique culture and extraordinary scenery you can do so with a relatively small budget. Prices for accommodation and food are low, so you’ll be able to see a lot on a low budget. The price of flights to Thailand has also reduced in recent years due to the increased number of airlines flying there.
If you’re thinking about driving in Thailand you’ll have the slight advantage of being familiar with left hand driving, however there are still a lot of other factors to contend with. Driving in Thailand can be quite dangerous with drink driving, speeding and careless driving remaining common practice in Thailand. Driving at nighttime is also dangerous as many drivers do not turn on their headlights.
Average Temperatures in July: 13°C
The destinations above are 4 out of over 50 countries that have left hand driving. Remember if you’re travelling abroad this year, make sure you’re covered with travel insurance before you book your tickets to fully avail of all of the benefits available to you.