Cruising down the road can be an exciting adventure. Just roll down your sunroof and enjoy the weather and blast your favorite tunes. But, before you get your road trip started, you must do your research. For starters, you need to book your accommodation after settling for your destination. After that, you need to settle on a car to rent if you do not have one. Some car owners rent cars to travel with for several reasons. The reason can be because they may not want to exhaust their cars on such a long trip, or that they’d rather take a heftier car that can take on more people, luggage, and distance easily.
However, this is not everything that you need for your car trip abroad. Here are a few more things that you need to know before you take that trip abroad by care.
Make Sure You Have Insurance
Whether you decide to go on your trip abroad with your car or rent a new one, you need to make sure you’re insured. Moreover, you need to check that your insurance will cover you in the country you are traveling to. When you look for car insurance, you need to find the most trusted options out there. The best insurance is one that will cover the minimum requirements of your destination and, at the same time, equal the requirements of your home country.
Check Your License
Getting your license requirements ready is vital for when you travel abroad by car. Many countries will not accept your valid hometown license. You have to get yourself an International Driving Permit (IDP), an international driver’s license for countries that have strict licensing rules. In order to get yourself one, you need to sign up and pay a fee for it. However, having it does not mean you can leave your valid license home. You must have both of them with you as some countries require both together.
Do Not Settle For The First Option
Exploring different options is one of the must-haves for your car trip. Being savvy will help you get the best deals for your trip. Here’s are some tips that you need to keep in mind:
- Book your accommodation ahead of time, especially if you plan to travel during a peak season.
- Keep track of car rates if you are renting a car.
- Opt for bundle deals which can be all-inclusive and very beneficial.
- Make sure you rent a car with enough space for everyone.
Follow The Country’s Rules
Not all countries have the same rules. Before you embark on your journey to foreign lands, do some research on the traffic laws. Start by learning about the basic driving rules there. Make sure to know which side of the road you should be driving on in each of the countries you are going to visit. You also need to be fully aware of the speed limits and how to read the country’s road signs. You can simply prep yourself for this by browsing the web. If you want something more specific, you can pick up a copy of the country’s driving laws from tourism offices, embassies, or consulates.
This is probably the number one rule that you need to stick to throughout, no matter how tempting it can be to go over the speed limit! Driving safe is not just about sticking to the speed limit. Before you turn up the volume on your speakers and hit the road, there are some things you need to double-check. You need to make sure your car is all set for this journey by following this checklist:
- Adjust your tire pressure.
- Check all of the car’s fluids, such as the oil and cooling fluid.
- If you are renting a car, double-check for any damages in the car caused by previous renters.
- Keep your car clean at all times as some countries might charge you a fee if your car is dirty.
Once you make sure that your car is all set, you can put on your seat belt and hit the road.
Use A Paper Map
Even though technological advances are becoming more efficient day by day, you still cannot depend on 100% on your smartphone’s GPS. Several scenarios can stall you if you do, such as:
- Your phone battery dies
- Poor service
- Satellite navigation might not work in some areas because it is illegal
Thus, it makes more sense for you to keep a paper map handy, just in case any of these issues come up.
Traveling abroad can be quite exciting whether you are alone or with good company. You get to enjoy amazing scenery along the way, listen to your favorite music, munch on snacks and do many other fun activities. Before you hit the road, make a checklist with all of the things that you need to do. Remember to drive safely.