Learning to Drive Like a Local

Learning to Drive Like a Local

Of course, you'll need to find a way to get around if you're headed to a new country. And while many of the same rules apply when it comes to driving, it's never a bad idea to learn a few things before you get on the road. While many European countries are accustomed to tourists that don't know their way around, you might want to blend in a bit more easily with these tips.

  1. Learn the roads before you arrive - There are a number of great maps and global cameras that can allow you to see where you will be driving before you even arrive. Take some time to learn the main thruways and how to access major locations in your chosen country.
  2. Consider getting GPS - When you're unsure of where you are and where you need to go, it can severely influence your driving style. What you may want to do is get a GPS system that you can attach to your car (assuming that it works where you will be headed - check with the manufacturer) so that you have a clear idea of where you need to go to get to certain places. While it's not going to help you with your driving, at least you can anticipate turns and changes in lanes and head in the right direction.
  3. Practice - It seems simple enough, but getting out on the road and getting experience with driving in your new city will be the best way to learn the ways of the natives. Try driving during less busy times at first, and then move into the heavier traffic times. This will allow you to acclimate yourself to the area as well as learn the habits of your fellow drivers.
  4. Go with someone else - Once you've gotten to know someone in the area, have them take you around the city in their car. This will help you see the roads and how driving works without actually having to be in the driver's seat.
  5. Look for classes - If they are available, go to any driving classes that you might be able to find in your new city. This will help you learn the legal ways of driving as well as any differences in your current driving style and new location.
  6. If you're driving on the other side of the road - When you're up against a completely different landscape in terms of driving, it may be best to drive only during slow periods and on back roads until you begin to get the feel of the opposite directions.

Driving in another land doesn't have to be confusing when you take the time to prepare yourself. And while you might feel awkward at first, you will learn the roads in time.

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