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When you travel abroad, it is usually worth hiring a car. Doing so provides you with the chance to do and see more. You will also not have to waste time waiting for trains or buses.
But just as you would if you were at home, you need to know what to do should something go wrong. Here are a few examples of situations you should be prepared for.
Dealing with car accidents
Everyone does their best to avoid accidents. But sometimes you are just in the wrong place at the wrong time. If that happens to you, it may be wise to find a lawyer to help you to manage the situation.
This is especially the case if the accident was a serious one. If someone has been injured there is always a chance that they will try to sue you for compensation. It is never wise to just assume that your car hire insurance policy will cover this eventuality. Besides which, the limits of the policy may mean that you are only partially covered. In this scenario, hiring a good local car accident lawyer could end up saving you a lot of money.
At the scene, make sure that you do the right thing and follow the rules. Never assume things are done the same way they are at home. If you do that, you could fail to do something crucial. Before you drive in a foreign country, sit down and read up about the rules of the road and what you are expected to do in the case of an accident.
Handling a breakdown
You also need to know what to do in the case of a breakdown. Before you hire your car, make sure that breakdown cover is included and that there is 24/7 support available. The last thing you need is to spend all afternoon waiting at the side of the road for a very expensive breakdown truck to arrive.
Local traffic and road conditions
In some places, traffic is awful. Being aware of this will help you to plan enough time for your journey. If you can, use a GPS system that takes account of local traffic conditions. This will help you to work out what time you need to leave.
Be sure to have some water and food in the car. You don´t want to get stuck in a traffic jam and start to suffer from dehydration or get too hungry.
In areas where inclement weather is the norm make sure you are prepared for those conditions. If you get stuck overnight somewhere cold you will be glad you put some blankets in the boot. In some places, you can end up stuck for many hours, or even days. The worst traffic jam in the world lasted a staggering 12 days.
Even with GPS, it is still possible to get lost while driving. You´ve only got to lose the signal for a few miles for this to happen. It is wise to be prepared for this eventuality. Before you leave, download an offline version of the relevant map or take a paper one with you. You can learn about a few GPS systems that provide downloadable maps for free, by clicking here. Also, learn the phrases you need to ask for and understand directions.