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Research Driving Laws Before Holidaying

As we are all aware, the laws of driving differ from country to country – and in the case of America, from state to state.

This can make driving a car abroad quite complex, and even dangerous if you aren’t aware of how the driving laws change depending on where in the world you are staying.

Here is a brief list of some common local driving customs and how this may affect your car hire in the USA, Australia and Europe.

USA

-    Turning red at red lights is more often than not permitted
-    Roundabouts aren’t too common, and instead there are many more junctions
-    Driving is on the right-hand side of the road, which means that you will have to give way to traffic coming from the left rather than the right.

Australia

-    Australians do actually drive on the left-hand side of the road, as Britons do
-    Although it is common courtesy in the UK to wave, ‘thank you’ to other drivers, this isn’t commonplace in Australia.

Europe

-    There are a lot of exclusion zones in major European cities to be aware of
-    Cars drive on the right-hand side of the road
-    Speed limits will be shown in kilometres rather than miles per hour

Whenever you consider car hire for your holiday, you will have to do plenty of research to determine factors such as those previously noted. You will not be forgiven in the vast majority of worldwide locations for ignorance of local laws or general customs, and you are still eligible to receive penalties for breaking laws – even if you didn’t know they were in place.

Any reputable car hire firm or comparison website will ensure that their customers are aware that they need to research such laws, and there are many independent care hire companies abroad that will go to great lengths to make sure that their clients are aware of their country’s driving customs.