Getting Behind the Wheel Overseas: Rules of the Road

When making international travel plans, you need to figure out how you will get around while visiting another country. If you wish to rent a car and drive on your own while abroad, you must know the country’s motor vehicle laws in order to avoid any legal problems.

Gather the Right Paperwork

In many countries, a U.S. issued driver’s license will not be accepted. Instead, you’ll need to pay a small fee in order to get an International Drivers Permit. This permit translates your license into 10 foreign languages and can be obtained through AAA and the National Auto Club by showing your license and providing the organization with two passport-sized photos. Along with your new permit, you should still bring your driver’s license, passport, registration, and insurance documentation while traveling.

Being Prepared for the Foreign Roadways

Find out the type of car you will drive ahead of time when traveling abroad since agencies may have only manual transmissions available for rent. Some countries, such as the United Kingdom and Ireland, drive on the left side of the road. Since this can be confusing to Minnesota drivers who are used to driving on the right, start off by traveling through less populated areas. Most countries have seatbelt laws and drunk driving statutes, so always buckle up and don’t drink and drive.

Get Insured

Auto insurance policies obtained through foreign rental agencies may offer only minimal coverage. Make sure the insurance policy you choose has similar coverage as you have in the U.S. and you’ll stay covered in case you cross any borders while traveling abroad.

Don’t get caught driving overseas without the right amount of personal auto coverage you need to stay protected. The independent agents at Calhoun Risk Management serve Minneapolis, Minnesota and will go over the coverage options you should have when planning to rent a car abroad.