While not every international traveler will choose to rent a car during their travels, many do. Renting a car overseas allows travelers a freedom to go anywhere they want to go, all while offering the solitude many travelers want when traveling vs. going on various tourist tours. Since driving in a foreign country can pose certain risks, due to the different types of vehicles available and the different laws in any particular country, being prepared to rent is essential.
What to know about renting a car internationally
Travelers should book their rental car at least 2 weeks in advance in order to get the best selection and deals. Comparison shopping and paying for the rental car before leaving home simply makes it easier once it’s time to pick up the rental car.
When it comes to an international driving permit, countries in which the language is English often only require an American or a Canadian driver’s license. When a country requires a traveler to obtain an international driving permit, travelers must be sure to use an authorized agency. In the United States, they can contact the American Automobile Association or the American Automobile Touring Alliance. In Canada, travelers must contact the Canadian Automobile Association.
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What to know about driving a car internationally
Driving laws will vary depending on the country. For instance, it’s against the law to drive while eating and/or drinking while driving in Cyprus. But it is legal to drink beer when driving in Costa Rica (as long as one’s BAC stays below .75%). In Sweden, travelers who drive are legally required to keep their headlights on all the time, even during the day.
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