Want to drive abroad but still have some questions about the necessary documentation? No problem! In this post we will tell you everything you need to be able to enjoy the streets and international roads.
Driving abroad: tips and cautions
Before going around driving in other countries, it is important to be aware of some tips.
- Make the lease in advance: the sooner you book, the more chances you’ll save, that’s because in high season or when there’s a lot of demand, rental agencies tend to increase the price
- Choose popular cars: if you are not going on a road trip or a very long car trip, the tip is to opt for more popular models, this way you can save more
- Take out rental vehicle insurance: It is important to take out at least basic car insurance (one that covers accidents, theft or theft). In most cases, the service is included in the car rental
- Check the traffic rules: before driving abroad, it is important to be aware of the country’s traffic legislation. Keep an eye on the speed limit, okay?
- Drive carefully: driving always requires caution, doesn’t it? And abroad this would be no different. Pay attention to signage and avoid accidents
- Pay attention to the English hand: countries like Japan, United Kingdom, South Korea, Hong Kong are supporters of the English hand, that is, the steering wheel is on the right side of the car. This sounds simple, but it can be confusing. So drive slowly and have some time to adjust.
What documents are required to drive abroad?
The biggest question for those who want to drive abroad is in relation to the necessary documents . Documentation varies by destination. So it’s important to stay tuned with the International Drivers Association.
To cross borders between South American countries, you need to present the Green Card Insurance – an insurance that protects third parties in the event of a traffic accident.
In some countries on this continent it is only allowed to drive with a Brazilian driver’s license and identity card.
For driving abroad in countries such as Canada, the United States, Spain, Germany, Mexico, Portugal and France, it is recommended to have more than just a driver’s license.
To travel safely, the ideal is to obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP), as although it is not mandatory, the document can be requested during the trip.
The tip is to always consult the embassy or consulate of the destination place before boarding to find out what procedure to take to drive abroad.
What is IDP?
The IDP (International Driving Permit) is a recognized international license, translated into seven languages (German, Arabic, Spanish, French, English, Portuguese and Russian).
With it, it is easier to carry out simple procedures such as checking information, whether for inspections or even for renting cars, faster service in case of traffic accidents, among others.
What to do if you are fined for driving abroad?
Nobody wants to get a ticket when driving abroad, right? But if that happens there are a few ways to solve the problem:
- make payment at the time of the infraction, directly to the inspection agent;
- make payment at a post office
- pay the notification fee you will receive at your home within 12 months after the date the fine is imposed
- pay by credit card
- make payment via an international transfer
- But remember, the payment method may vary from country to country. Get information from an official source.