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Driving Abroad

Obtain an International Drivers Permit (IDP).  This can be purchased through your AAA Club (or similar).  Have your passport photos and a completed application.  There will be a fee involved.  Carry both your IDP and your local/state driver’s license with you at all times.

  • Some countries have a minimum and maximum driving age.  Check the laws before you drive in any country.
  • Always “buckle up”.  Some countries have penalties for people who violate this law.
  • If you rent a car, always purchase the liability insurance.  If you do not, this could lead to financial disaster.
  • As many countries have different driving rules, obtain a copy of them before you begin driving in that country.
  • If the drivers in the country you are visiting drive on the opposite side of the road than in the U.S., practice driving in a less populated area before attempting to drive during the heavy traffic part of the day.
  • Be aware of the countryside you will be driving in.  Many countries require you to honk your horn before going around a sharp corner or to flash your lights before passing.
  • Find out before you start your journey that has the right of way in a traffic circle.
  • Always know the route you will be traveling.  Have a copy of a good road map, and chart your course before beginning.
  • Do not pick up hitchhikers or strangers.
  • When entering your vehicle, be aware of your surroundings.