HOW TO DRIVE ABROAD AND ENJOY THE WIDE OPEN SPACES
Driving abroad has always had a stigma attached to it; it’s deemed too stressful with traffic signs written in another language, too confusing with different road rules (not many but there are a few), no one has a clue what to do if they’re in an accident and don't even get started on the battle of driving on the other side of the road. When I was living in London, I found that it certainly paid to do your road rules research before you left for a weekender. I’ve heard so many different stories from friends that when I came across an article on driving aboard in The Sunday Times Travel magazine, I knew right away I had to share it with you. Put simply – don’t believe everything you hear on the road.
Myth #1: Foreign fines don’t matter Unlike the UK and Australia, the police often issue on-the-spot fines in European countries such as Spain and France – aka you have to pay the fine on the spot, not 14 days later. These hefty fees are handed out for minor and accidental infringements, such as speeding by 10kph or driving the wrong way down a one way street. Before you go on your weekender, check out different global regulations at THEAA and FCO.
Petrol prices, especially in Europe, vary wildly. The best value for petrol in Europe is Spain, France is reasonable and Italy is costly with Norway being the most expensive. These differences can add up to three figure’s on a weekender so remember that supermarket petrol stations are cheapest. For up to date European fuel prices visit Drive Alive.
Have you got some other tips for driving abroad?