Tips for Driving Abroad

Posted on April 3, 2023

Driving is an essential mode of transportation, whether commuting to work or exploring a new city. However, driving in a foreign country can be a daunting experience, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the local road rules and customs. But don’t worry! With the proper preparation and mindset, driving abroad can be an exciting and rewarding experience. This article will provide essential tips for driving abroad, including preparation, local laws, road signs, and driving customs.


Contact your insurer to ensure that your car insurance policy covers driving abroad. If so, be sure to bring the necessary documents with you to prove this. Some insurance companies require you to notify them before bringing your car outside the country. KennCo’s standard insurance policy includes foreign use for up to 31 days. car driving abroad on country road

Car Rentals

Before you drive your car away from the rental company’s depot, be sure to check for any marks or damage to the car. Most car rental companies require you to have a full tank of fuel when you return the car to them. If you return the car without a full tank, you may be charged a penalty fee.

Local Driving Laws and Road Signs

Each country has its unique driving laws and road signs. Here are some essential tips to help you navigate local driving laws and road signs:

  1. Speed Limits: Speed limits can vary significantly between countries. In some countries, there may be different speed limits for different types of roads. Familiarise yourself with the local speed limits and adjust your driving accordingly.
  2. Roundabouts: Roundabouts are common in many countries and can confuse foreign drivers. Remember to give way to traffic already in the roundabout and indicate your intended exit before entering.
  3. Priority: Priority rules can vary between countries. In some countries, drivers on the right have the right of way, while in others, drivers on the left have the right of way. Familiarise yourself with the local priority rules to avoid confusion and potential accidents.
  4. Road Signs: Road signs can vary between countries, and some signs may be unfamiliar to foreign drivers. Study local road signs before hitting the road, and pay attention to warning signs, speed limit signs, and directional signs.


When travelling within Europe, the international emergency phone number is 112, which can be called using mobile phones or landlines. When you’re travelling outside of Europe, familiarise yourself with the emergency phone number of your destination country before you begin your journey.

Drink Driving

Do not drink and drive. Alcohol limits vary from country to country so the safest thing to do is avoid drinking if you’re driving.

Driving on the Right

Most European countries require you to drive on the right. Try to stick to motorways for the first few days of your holiday as you will be less likely to mistakenly drive on the wrong side of the road. The following European countries drive on the left: United Kingdom, Ireland, Isle of Man, Guernsey, Jersy, Malta and Cyprus.

Warning Triangles

Most European countries require you by law to carry warning triangles in your car in case of emergency. If you are stationary on the road, you must place a warning triangle to warn other drivers.

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