Driving in a foreign country?

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Driving in a foreign country?

Post by JayCat » Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:30 pm

As of June, I'll have been a qualified driver for 3 years. I also drive a manual. When I first got my car (when I passed), I bumped it a lot but have never crashed. Should also clarify, my dyspraxia is mild rather than severe, but enough to mean it took me a while longer to learn spacing and road distances and things.

I am going to Italy in June, and I really want to drive there. However, I am UK based and have never driven on the left hand side of the road, and for three years have never driven another car.

Has anyone else had a similar situation? How did you cope? My parents are really against it considering my co-ordination problems, but I am super keen.

Any advice would be appreciated.

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Re: Driving in a foreign country?

Post by Tom fod » Mon Mar 04, 2019 11:03 pm

I've heard that Italian drivers don't have a particularly great reputation. If you get a knock or scrape on your hire car it could impact and seriously bump up the cost of your trip. On the flip side you don't know if you don't try and you're the best person to judge your own capabilities to stay on correct side of road, familiarise yourself and abide with local regulations/customs! I'd strongly suggest in-depth research from as many sources as possible.

Here's a start: https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/travel/country/italy/

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Re: Driving in a foreign country?

Post by Jim » Mon Apr 29, 2019 6:22 pm

I would suggest perhaps a road trip to France first. And stay away from bigger towns and cities. This would at least give you a feel for the other side of the road so to speak and of the autoroutes.

It’s a bit, shall we say ‘compact’ in Italy and it can be quite manic.

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