Learning to drive is a difficult task when first starting out, with many rules and regulations you need to follow in order to drive safely. But how difficult is driving abroad? A new country, new rules and new steps to follow to get from one place to the next - not to mention you could be driving on the other side of the road than you're used to.
In the UK, the driving wheel is located on the right hand side of the vehicle, whereas in most other European countries and the US, the wheel is on the left hand side. Furthermore, there might be different rules when it comes to factors such as traffic lights - for example, in the USA, since 1980 all 50 states have laws permitting you can turn right on a red light unless there is a clear sign - so you will need to make sure you read up on the road rules before driving in your desired country.
Many people choose to drive abroad with some common searches worldwide being ‘how old do you need to be to drive abroad’ which is up 100% over the past 12 months on Google searches. Also, on the social media app TikTok #drivingabroad currently has over 2.7 million views, with people on the lookout for some tips whilst driving abroad.
That’s why we at Nationwide Vehicle Contracts have looked into a variety of data points, including rainfall per city, time spent in rush hour traffic, fuel prices and the average travel time per 10 km, to help you better prepare for your next adventure and minimise any stresses when driving in a new country.