Whether it is for business or pleasure, many people find that it is best to take their car abroad instead of hiring a vehicle or relying on public transportation. Taking your car makes travel a lot more comfortable and convenient, plus it also puts you in complete control of your travels. Although it is straightforward, there are a few things that you will need to keep in mind:
You will need to inform your insurance company about a month before setting off that you will be taking the car overseas. You should check what you are covered for – if it is insufficient, consider upgrading your policy (better safe than sorry). You will also need to check how long you are covered for overseas (usually 90 days).
Driving overseas can be dangerous and especially if you have not done it before. Check that your breakdown cover extends to driving abroad for safety and peace of mind.
Collect all of the documentation that you will need and make photocopies of these. This should include your license, the vehicle registration document, motor insurance certificate, insurance information and your passport (obviously).
Research Driving Laws
The last thing you want to do is arrive in a different country and suddenly find that you do not know the laws of the roads. Make sure you are well prepared by researching the driving laws in the country that you are travelling to.
It is also worth getting a car check carried out. This will ensure that it is in good condition before setting off, but also that there is no hidden history that may reveal itself and leave you in a sticky situation overseas.
Plan Your Route
To reduce stress and make sure that you don’t end up getting lost (this is particularly bad if you do not speak the local language), carefully plan the exact route that you need to take. Using GPS and planning your route in advance with a free online point-to-point route-planning service will keep you calm and on track.
It is important that you are extra careful when driving abroad as they may have different driving etiquette in addition to laws. Getting into even a minor accident overseas can cause a tremendous amount of stress and ruin the trip, so always be careful yet confident behind the wheel when abroad.
With these tips, you will find driving your own car overseas simple, straightforward and the best way to get around.