Day: March 2, 2016

All You Need To Know Before Getting Behind The Wheel Overseas

Travelling in a foreign country should be a stress-free, pleasant and a memorable experience. This is one of the main reasons why most travellers prefer choosing a mode of transportation that is convenient and allows privacy and solitude: this most often spells the comfort a car as opposed to public transportation. So what do you need to know about getting behind the wheel of a rented or hired vehicle in a foreign land?

Legal Documentation

A common misconception about an International Driving Permit (IDP) is that it is a document that enables one to drive in any country as the literal meaning of it may suggest. However, it is one that has translations of one’s existing license into other languages. A permit in itself isn’t valid enough; therefore it is essential that travellers who opt for private modes of transport carry their domestic license.

A few additional factors to consider would be to check if the country you are travelling to, allows driving with license of foreign countries and if so, what other rules and regulations you are bound by, as certain countries allow a foreigner to drive up to 30 days after which they require applying for local license while some other countries consider visa status before giving consent.

Automatic vs. Manual Transmission

Ever too often those who learn to drive underestimate the value of learning manual transmission in addition to automatic transmission. Many feel the downside of having mastered the latter, only when it comes to driving abroad as most countries have vehicles with manual transmission ready for rental as opposed to automatic. If you are lucky and are able to rent an automatic vehicle, chances are that the rental charges will be slightly higher.  Contact your local Driving School for mustang parts Sydney providing a quality service to take a few lessons on manual transmission or “stick shift” prior to travelling.

Cultural and Societal Norms

Societal norms, cultural values, perceptions on gender and value for human and animal life can make a significant difference in how the inhabitants of a certain country take the wheel. For example, in Middle Eastern countries, a woman rarely drives and in other countries such as India hoards of people cross roads from different directions leaving one to expect nothing less than discourteous driving in an environment where personal space is violated in every sense of the word. In other instances, one may swerve unexpectedly to save a dog from being run over and catch local drivers by surprise in an attempt to save a life; a possible cause for a horrid accident. Countries that place great value on their material possessions such as Dubai, you may come across careful drivers who take effort to drive with patience. However, if your rented fender looks twice your age, don’t be surprised if the drivers of the large petrol-driven SUVs don’t spare you.

Traffic laws

Most travellers from Australia, Europe and New Zealand who travel to countries such as North America are most often ambidextrous as they can steer the wheel while being on the left or on the right. For those travelling across bordering countries; for example, Britain allows left while neighbouring Belgium and Netherlands allow right and in the same manner, South Africa allows left while North Africa is mostly right, this may spell trouble for most other drivers as it calls for classic car restoration

If travelling to any of the above mentioned regions is listed in your travel plans, it is important to question yourself as to how comfortable you will be in cases of right hand drive conversions.  Being able to adjust to maneuvering the wheel from the opposite side of the vehicle as well as the road is crucial to consider before getting behind the wheel.

Traffic laws are monitored for violation physically by Police Officers or electronically by video cameras that mail a letter declaring violation with a penalty to the owner of the vehicle. The latter is gaining popularity increasingly even in developing nations. In the case of a rental vehicle, the company may add the penalty to your total bill or in worst case scenarios resort to legal measures.