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Traffic Woes: Keeping Yourself Safe From Car Accidents Abroad

No matter where your vacation may take you, it will always involve traveling by car. You could either ride in a taxi or rent a car so you can have a ride for the rest of your vacation. Renting a car is even ideal, especially if you’ve brought the whole family together for the vacation. This way, you can easily drive to your destinations without having to rely on public transportations.
Renting a car is great, but we all know that driving a car always presents risks, especially abroad. Driving a car abroad makes you more prone to accidents because you’re unfamiliar with the foreign country's road customs and traffic laws.  This is why you must ensure your safety from car accidents, especially when driving abroad.

What To Do When Driving a Car Abroad?

Since you’ll be renting a car abroad, it’s important to make sure that the car is in optimal condition before hitting the road with it.
  • Have the car thoroughly checked by the rental company.
  • Check all the systems of the car including steering, braking, lighting, air conditioning, and GPS navigation system.
  • If the car has no built-in GPS navigation system, you may want to use your phone’s GPS app.
  • You may also want to use a paper map. Just don’t use the map while you’re driving. Have someone else read it or pull over to the side of the road everytime you check the map.
Tips to Keep You Safe From Car Accidents Abroad

Car accidents can happen anywhere and anytime, but they can also be avoided if you are careful and alert on the road. Follow the tips below to help avoid car accidents when driving in a foreign country.
  • Be familiar with the foreign country’s road and traffic laws.
  • Always wear seat belts.
  • Avoid driving for more than 6 hours. Be sure to take a 15-20 minute break every 1 hour of driving.
  • Avoid driving at night, especially if you know the route is going through some dense forests or high mountain roads.
  • Avoid renting a motorbike. But if you rent one, make sure to wear protective gear every time and avoid speeding too much.
  • If you brought your pets along with you, make sure to restrain them properly or keep them in their respective carrier.
  • Avoid drunk driving. Drunk driving is punishable by law in all countries around the world.
  • Avoid getting distracted while driving. Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of car accidents around the world.
  • Check the weather and road conditions first before driving off on a long trip.
As with your other trips before, you need to have careful planning and preparation when driving abroad. Keep in mind that not all countries have the same traffic rules and road customs. They have may have different road customs that you’re not accustomed to, which is why you must also include this in your preparations. Car accidents abroad can be pretty tough to deal with. They may have different car accident laws than in your country. Aside from the potential damages you’ll have to pay, there also the legal consequences of a car accident that you’ll have to deal with which can be very troublesome, especially abroad.

Be sure to follow the tips above to keep you safe from car accidents when driving abroad.

Dianna Charles

Dianna Charles is a promising young law enthusiast that hopes to bring her youthful spirit in her field. She tries to add a refreshing modern take to topics on the legal world that people can learn from and shares them on Dolman Law Group’s website. Dianna enjoys her free time with friends and family, and loves to cook for them.
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