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    Quick Tips for Driving Abroad

    Hiring a car while holidaying overseas is a great way to give yourself more freedom and make sure that you can explore whenever and wherever you please, rather than having to rely on public transport, which restricts your options both in terms of when you travel and where you go to.

    Driving overseas can be tricky, though, so it's important to make sure you're prepared before you go. Here are our quick tips for getting ready to hit the road abroad.

    Look up the rules - and stick to them!
    The first and most obvious step to take is to look up the road rules of the country you are visiting. Spend plenty of time getting to know these, and be sure to take a look at things like legally required items to carry in the car, as well as stipulations for using the roads themselves.

    Plan your route with care
    Don't make life harder by starting your trip with little idea about where you're going. Planning your route thoroughly will mean you can focus on getting used to driving in a new country, rather than finding your way. And while it's fine to use a satnav, don't solely rely on these - plan a route on paper, too, in case your satnav fails.

    Always be alert
    When driving overseas, it really does pay to expect the unexpected. After all, different nations adopt different driving styles - motorists in Spain, for example, are often noted for their somewhat aggressive attitude on the road - and road etiquette can vary widely from place to place.

    So, never assume you know what your fellow drivers are about to do, and try to remain ready to react to the unexpected at all times. Of course, this can make driving overseas rather tiring, which brings us to our next point.

    Take regular breaks
    It's important to take regular breaks on any long road journey, but especially when driving overseas. The level of alertness and concentration needed to focus on driving on another side of the road (presuming you are visiting a country that drives on the right) and keeping in mind all kinds of other unfamiliar motoring quirks means that it's easy to get tired out faster than usual. So, leave plenty of time for your journey and include lots of stops for a coffee and a spot of relaxation.

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