Driving on the right
Driving on a different side of the road is where most people's anxiety comes from. It may feel a bit strange driving on the 'wrong' side of the road if you're not used to it, so it's not surprising if some people feel a little nervous. Just remember:
- A left hand turn will take you across a lane of traffic.
- Roundabouts are anticlockwise, and you give way to the left.
- Change gear and hand brake with your right hand.
- Road markings are in a different position to you, because you're sitting on the other side of the car.
- Overtake on the right.
- The pedals are in the same order you know; clutch, brake and go.
- The hardest part about driving on the right is remembering. After a long, hot day, it's surprisingly easy to absent-mindedly set off down the wrong lane. Tie something round your right wrist, or put a little note on the steering wheel. Alternatively, don't remember until the screaming starts. Seriously though, most people have no problem driving on the right once they get used to it. It's really just a matter of being careful and letting yourself be confident.
Click here for a comprehensive list of countries and which side they drive on.
One last thing
A high visibility vest first aid kit and warning triangle are a must when driving in Europe. If its winter season, winter tyres are also a legal requirement.
Remember that each different country is going to have its own slightly different laws, so it's important to check what they are. For example, in some countries you'll need to carry a first aid kit, spare lamp bulbs, or even a self-breathalyser kit. In Bulgaria, it's illegal not to have a fire extinguisher (you should really have one anyway), and in Spain, it's illegal to drive wearing flip-flops. Strange driving laws from around the world.
We hope that makes you feel more at ease with driving abroad. And remember, wherever you go, you can't go wrong with a good travel guide.