Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Things To Remember When You Wish To Drive Overseas

I've stayed in Cambodia for 7 years and would occasionally visit Saigon in Vietnam and Bangkok in Thailand since I had the opportunity to work on both the Vietnam and Thailand borders of Cambodia. I loved the idea of getting to know other people and learning about their culture. I guess this is the highlight of my stay in those countries, but there's one thing I did not dare to do when I was there and that is to try driving.  I was already driving in the Philippines for about 7 to 8 years prior to going abroad but my experience in driving is not really that extensive.  Almost one hundred percent of the time I was driving, I was using my own car. Never did I try to drive a friend or a relative's car. Probably, I was not that confident yet with my driving skills or I just don't have the guts to go for extra adventure.  If that is the case, the more I won't have the courage to drive in another country like Cambodia, Thailand or Vietnam.

I remembered to had been asked once by my Australian Boss to drive the company van to bring our staff to the bank as there was no available company driver at that time.  I simply refused the favor due to a number of reasons and perhaps these are the things that you have to remember too before you drive overseas:
First, I don't have an International Driving Permit (IDP).

Second, I don't have any idea about the foreign country's driving laws.

Third, I am not familiar with the route to which I was asked to drive.

Fourth, I was used to driving on the right side in my own country but in Cambodia and Thailand, you have to drive from the left side, so this is something that I have to consider as this would definitely confuse me while on the road.

There are indeed a lot of factors to consider if you wish to travel to another country and drive there.  It would be great to read the driving laws in the country of your destination beforehand and be aware of their own road signs.  After all, the laws can be very different from what you're accustomed to and so with the reinforcement.  Personally, I would recommend reading some driving guide beforehand if you wish to be safe and free from any troubles driving abroad.

It pays to be ready than sorry. We could never be sure whether we really have to drive or not while on vacation or travel so it is best to prepare and research in advance.  Obviously, each place we go can offer us unique challenges, so preparing and reading in advance will put you to a great advantage and lead you to a good start.  

Happy Travelling!

Disclaimer:  This is a sponsored post, however, all opinions are my own.

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