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Safety tips for driving across Europe

UNITED STATES OUTLYING ISLANDS | Wednesday, 22 August 2018 | Views [87]

The vast majority of tips that are available for those planning a driving getaway in Europe are the same levels of advice that you’d find even when driving at home. The need to stay legal, the case for defensive driving, and the necessity of knowing the right side of the road to drive on, are all basics that you should be aware of. However, there are a number of additional factors to consider if you’re planning on a drive through the historic sights of Europe, and by being aware of them, you are far less likely to encounter any issues. For those planning a trip around the many countries that make up Europe, here’s what you need to know.

Make sure you’re insured

There’s a good chance that your existing insurance policy doesn’t cover foreign travel, and you should always check. Most car insurance policies will not cover this, which means that you are going to need to make alternative arrangements. The good news is that most car rental places provide their own insurance policies, and just like your policy at home, this can be tailored to suit your needs and your budget. Why not find out more now? Don’t make the mistake of hoping for the best when it comes to car insurance, and if the worst comes to the worst, pay for your car rental with your credit card, so that you are covered for the purchase cost as a bare minimum.

Budget for gas

In the US, for example, gas is very cheap compared to the prices that they pay in Europe. That’s why your budget planning should always take gas into account. Nothing will ruin your vacation faster than running out of gas on the Autobahn! When you’re planning the budget for your vacation, do some checks on the different gas prices of each country that you’re likely to be visiting. Some of the fluctuations vary quite wildly from country to country, so it’s always worth having some awareness of just how much you’re likely to spend throughout your journey.

Plan for the traffic

Just as you would at home, try and avoid the rush hour times when it comes to setting off in your car. Your phone can be very useful when it comes to planning a route that will miss the majority of traffic jams and those heavily congested motorways. There are plenty of online map apps that can help you plan your routes and journeys much easier, and you’ll have the added bonus of missing out on those heavily congested roads. The less time that you spend in traffic jams, the more time you have to explore the countries that you want to check out.

Driving in Europe is not much different from driving at home. Always make sure that you have the right paperwork, and plan your route as much as is feasible. That way, you’ll have much more time to spend on the sights and experiences that are the cornerstones of your European adventure.

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