Renting A Car In Europe

Have you thought about renting a car while in Europe? Being able to drive through small towns, choosing where you want to stop and how long you want to spend there?

If you are thinking about traveling this way, then you need to be prepared before you leave. You should familiarize yourself with local customs and specific driving procedures of the country that you will be driving in. For example, if driving in the United Kingdom or Ireland, you will have to drive on the left side of the road. In Germany there is no turning right on red unless there is a green arrow. It is important that you are aware of the foreign road signs and speed limits, that are posted in kilometers. It is easy to get flustered while driving in an unfamiliar place and being prepared can ease your mind and make the road trip more enjoyable.

When deciding if you want to drive while in Europe, you need to be aware that some countries require an International Driving Permit (IDP) as well as a valid driver’s license. Usually a valid driver’s license is sufficient, but in Italy, Greece, Poland, Spain and some other countries, an IDP is required. 

If you are stopped or in accident and you do not have an IDP, you can be fined. You can get an IDP at the Americancitroen-2cv-356583_1280 - Copy Automobile Association. Members pay $15.00 and Non-members pay $25.00. Allow time before you travel to receive your International Driving Permit. Also, if you want to be sure that you are able to rent an automatic car for your trip, it is best if you rent it before your vacation. The supply of automatic cars is usually low, especially in the summer.

Driving in an unfamiliar country can be challenging and requires your full attention. Although most rental cars in Europe are not equiped with GPS, you can rent a unit separately. Texting or making calls is off limits in Europe, and all countries have very strict laws regarding driving under the influence. If you happen to get into an accident, it is best to document everything as accurately as you can. Be sure to get names of witnesses and write down license numbers. If you can, take pictures of the damage and get in touch with your rental agency as well as your insurance company as soon as possible. When renting your car make sure that you understand the insurance so that you can make an informed decision and are not surprised if something happens.



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