By John Pedler
Published: Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Driving overseas is an incredibly rewarding experience, but be prepared for some brain recalibration.
Having recently completed a road trip through France, Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, I’ve jotted down a few overseas driving tips that might help when planning your next continental adventure.
Road rule variations
European motoring holidays are a lot of fun and I’m always contemplating the next one. Although horror stories abound about crazy drivers in this country or that, I’ve never experienced any behaviour I haven’t seen here in Oz.
Road rules are similar in most European countries, but there are some variations. For example, in the Czech Republic, headlights must remain on during the day, and motorists need to carry an approved first-aid kit (Autolékárnička).
A lot of road signs are uniquely European and, in some cases, unique to particular countries. Their messages can be confusing, so I recommend researching online before your trip.