A large number of British families, during their summer holiday, will drive while abroad, hoping to find unspoilt beaches or plan excursions “off the beaten track” with their families without the need for a coach full of other tourists and a guide.
It is important to check the local rules as there are many laws which differ in each country. These include:
• Speed limits
• Which side of the road is used
• Age restrictions on who can hire a car
• Driver to have had a license for at least a year
• Zero-tolerance regarding drink-driving
• International Drivers Permit (IDP) required
Some car hire procedures can also differ from those in the UK. It’s advisable to use a reputable company for your car hire as sometimes it’s worth paying that bit more and getting a better overall deal for your money.
• fuel for the vehicle
• out of hours services
• one-way rentals (e.g. travelling to or from an airport by hire car)
Some countries require possession of an International Drivers Permit (IDP) in addition to your own UK driving license. These are only valid for one year and need to be obtained at least three months prior to travel.