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Driving Tips for Overseas Trips

WorkersComp34_06042014Traveling overseas can be fun and exciting - especially if you decide to drive yourself to better explore and discover new things. However, a vacation abroad can quickly turn deadly if you do not follow safe driving practices. Here are a few tips to help you make your trip overseas a safe one if you plan to drive:

Get an International Driving Permit

Your U.S. driver's license will not be recognized in many countries. To be on the safe side, you will need to get an International Driving Permit. You can apply for the permit through AAA or the National Auto Club - the only two agencies authorized by the U.S. Department of State.

Make Sure You Have Insurance

Your auto insurance policy may not cover you if you are traveling overseas. Double check your policy to see if you are covered (and confirm coverage with a representative from your insurance company). If you are not covered, look into getting a supplemental policy for your trip, or find out if the rental car agency offers such policies.

Learn Local Laws

The rules for driving overseas may not be the same as the rules for driving at home. For example, you may not be able to make a right turn on red. There may be special rules for passing. And, of course, you may even be required to drive on the opposite side of the road!

Make sure to educate yourself about these rules ahead of time. Not only could you save yourself from a ticket (or legal action), but you could also save your life by reducing your chances of a serious accident caused by a simple traffic gaffe.

Learn Basic Symbols

Some traffic symbols may be universal, such as red for stop or green for go. But some signs will be written in a language that you may not be able to read - or they may be written in a language that uses characters you cannot understand. For example, could you identify the word "Stop" written in Japanese?

Learn some basic symbols or words for traffic directions in the country to which you are traveling to be sure you recognize the rules for the road when you are out driving.

Use a GPS

When you are trying to read signs written in another language, remember whether it's OK for you to pass on a single-lane road, and perhaps even keep your orientation as you're driving on the "wrong" side of the road, you shouldn't also be trying to read a map to figure out where you're going. Use a GPS that can clearly identify your route in real time and perhaps even narrate it aloud for you.

Driving in another country can be a fun way to get to know the place better, but it presents many challenges. In order to stay safe, you need to prepare yourself by learning about the local traffic laws and how to read basic signs and symbols. Make sure you have the right driving permit and insurance, and get a good GPS unit. Then enjoy your trip!

North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers

If you are involved in an accident at home or abroad, the North Carolina personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin may be able to help you. Call 1-866-900-7078 for a free evaluation of your case.

Contact Information

Asheville Law Office

300 Ridgefield Court Suite 309
Asheville, NC 28806
Phone: 828-552-8215
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Charlotte Law Office

301 S McDowell St, Suite 900
Charlotte, NC 28204
Phone: 704-599-1078
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Durham Law Office

280 South Mangum Street, Suite 400
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: 919-688-4991
Fax: 800-716-7881

Fayetteville Law Office

2915 Raeford Road, Suite 204
Fayetteville, NC 28303
Phone: 910-488-0611
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Goldsboro Law Office

1308 Wayne Memorial Drive, Suite B
Goldsboro, NC 27534
Phone: 919-731-2581
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Greensboro Law Office

300 N. Greene Street, Suite 850
Greensboro, North Carolina 27401
Phone: 336-665-7072
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Greenville Law Office

702 Cromwell Dr. Suite G
Greenville, NC 27858
Phone: 252-355-5205
Toll Free: 1-866-780-3227

Henderson Law Office

514 Dabney Drive, Suite 200
Henderson, NC 27536
Phone: 252-492-4600
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Morganton Law Office

216 N. Sterling Street, Suite B
Morganton, NC 28655
Phone: 828-219-3080
Toll Free: 1-844-520-2894

New Bern Law Office

1505 South Glenburnie Rd, Unit P
New Bern, NC 28562
Phone: 252-634-9010
Toll Free: 1-866-780-3422

Raleigh Law Office

4325 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27607
Phone: 919-834-1184
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Roanoke Rapids Law Office

709 Julian R. Allsbrook Highway
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870
Phone: 252-537-9670
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Rocky Mount Law Office

144 Woodridge Court
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
Phone: 252-937-4730
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Sanford Law Office

703-B South Horner Boulevard
Sanford, NC 27330
Phone: 919-775-1564
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Wilson Law Office

2315 Airport Blvd Suite A
Wilson, North Carolina 27896
Phone: 252-246-9090
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Winston-Salem Law Office

301 N. Main Street, Suite 2409-C
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078