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Tips for Driving a Rental Car Abroad

You just arrived in the United States and have rented a vehicle. Getting behind the wheel in a new country can be a daunting experience, but it doesn’t have to be. Use the following tips when driving in another country.

Take an Advanced Driving Course

If it has been a while since you’ve driven, enroll in an advanced driving course. This will help you boost how you position and control an American vehicle. Also, you will learn how to manage the vehicle in different road and traffic conditions. Even if you don’t learn anything new from the driving course, the advanced driving course will boost your confidence and prepare you for the challenges ahead. 

Rent an Automatic Car

Since you may be nervous, consider renting an automatic car. Automatic vehicles are impossible to stall, and you don’t need to think about changing gears. Instead, you can just focus on other driving aspects. 

If you haven’t driven automatic vehicles before, hire an automatic vehicle in your country and drive it for a few days before traveling. This will help you understand the vehicle’s various transmissions ahead of your trip. 

Get Used to the Car

Don’t drive away immediately when you get in the vehicle for the first time. Instead, take your time and get used to the vehicle. Note the location of all controls and adjust the mirrors properly. Another tip is to drive around an isolated parking lot to get used to the auxiliary controls before finally hitting the road.

Get on the Right Track

Most states and territories in the US require drivers to drive on the right-hand side of the road, except for the US Virgin Islands. If you are used to driving on the left, this can be a new experience. For example, you now have to approach roundabouts in an anti-clockwise direction instead of the usual clockwise direction. 

Exercise extra caution when overtaking a vehicle, especially if you’re driving a left-hand drive vehicle but on the right-hand lane. If you can’t overtake, wait until you are on a dual carriageway.

Keep an Eye on the Headlights

Most countries ban drivers from using headlights in a manner that can impede the vision of oncoming drivers. Before you get on the road, inspect the headlights and ensure you know the appropriate setting to light your way without blinding other drivers.

Have All Key Documents With You

US citizens just need a standard driver’s license to drive on American roads. But if you are a foreigner, you will need an international driving permit and a local license from your home nation. Don’t leave these documents in your hotel or temporary home. Instead, always carry the documents with you in the vehicle in case you get stopped by law enforcement.

Obey All Local Laws

The driving regulations in the United States may be remarkably different from those in other countries. Before you come to the US, understand the various road regulations. Pay special attention to regulations that you are seeing for the first time. Luckily, most states in the US have uploaded all road regulations on their Department of Motor Vehicles’ website, so you can always check to confirm when in doubt. 

Plan Ahead

While your adventure might involve driving aimlessly, planning at least part of your route ahead is better. Understand the road conditions on the route and carry plenty of coins and notes if you have to pay for tolls. Also, carry enough water and take regular breaks to avoid fatigue. If you use glasses, you can carry an extra pair in case you lose your current glasses.

Are you visiting the United States for the first time? Hiring a car rental is one of the best ways to see the country and complete your business. Royal Exotics provides luxury car rental services at affordable prices. Contact us today to book your exotic car. 

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