Driving Abroad

Filed under: Car Hire Abroad — Tags: , , , — admin @ 3:07 pm September 15, 2010

Driving your car abroad can be a very confusing, tricky process. Laws and regulations differ in regards to driving in almost every country, and a happy holiday or quick business trip can quickly turn into a nightmare.

The insurance implications on taking your car away can be baffling at best, with some policies not covering foreign travel at all, while most only cover your third-party. Any accidents can therefore cause you a logistical headache but also a financial one.

Then there is the confusing mire of what is compulsory and what is simply recommended. When driving on the other side of the road, headlight converters are obligatory and in many countries you may need first aid kits, high visibility jackets, warning triangles, first aid kits, spare bulbs and even fan belts or face on the spot fines.

One alternative to consider is car hire. While it may seem pointless when you have a perfectly good car sat in your driveway,  car hire might not just save you the hassle of preparing your car for foreign terrain, but it could also save you money too.

When holidaying in southern Europe for instance, cheap car hire in Spain would not only save you the cost of the outbound journey and the expensive toll roads en route, but will leave you prepared for life on the continental roads in a car equipped specifically for it. So, next time you want that driving holiday in Europe, car hire might just be the best way to go.