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Driving tips - Tips on how to drive on foreign land

Snapshot: If you are planning to go on a road trip abroad, then here are few tips to keep in mind.

If you're planning to drive around on foreign soil, you need to get familiar with certain rules and regulations that country follows. Here are some basic tips on how to drive in different country that will keep you at bay from trouble.

Maintaining speed limit
Every country have their own speed limit and one has to observe it. Take a note in advance. If you don't follow the speed limit, you could be fined.  Certain countries have minimum speed limit for roads like highways. If you drive too slow on these roads, you can face a ticket. This is done to avoid accidents from rear.

Using signals correctly
Do not misuse the signals. If you are using hazard lamps to signal, make sure it's for a hazard or at a standstill. If the conditions are foggy, do not drive with hazard lights on. It gives a wrong signal to other drivers on road. Do not flash headlights unnecessarily. They are not meant for giving way nor for overtaking. Driving with high beam headlights is also prohibited. It can lead to a fine.

Lane discipline
You need to be disciplined if you are driving in foreign land. You need to drive in your selected lane. If you want to change lanes you need to do it smoothly without cutting any other driver off. Keep an eye on the side mirror and over the shoulder to ensure when you cut anyone you are not obstructing them. Always use indicators to convey your intentions. Do not drive slow in the fast lane.

Which side to use
Be extra vigilant and make sure you are driving on the right side of the road. Most of the countries drive on the right side with the drive on the left of the car. Just follow other cars if you are in any kind of doubt.

Road markings
Not just traffic signs, signals are important, but also the road markings should be kept on mind. Read about the road markings on web and get familiar before you start your journey.

Child safety seat
Most of the countries insist on child seat for their safety. If you are travelling with a child, make sure the car is equipped with a child seat. Follow the rules and regulations for child's safety.

Parking
Check where you are parking the car. You need to be extra careful. Parking the car in No Parking Zone can earn you a huge fine. Also follow the pattern how other cars are parked. If there are markings, park the car between the lines and not across the line.

Police
Stop immediately if the police tries to bring you to a halt. Do not argue, answer all questions politely. Stay calm if you haven't done anything. Police might be just doing a routine check. Always carry your international driving licence and passport with you. 

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