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Obtain an International Drivers Permit (IDP). This can be purchased through your AAA club. Have your passport photos and a completed application. There will be a fee involved. Carry both your IDP and your state driver's license with you at all times. Some things to keep in mind:
Some countries have a minimum and maximum driving age. Check the laws before you drive in any country.
Always "buckle up". Some countries have penalties for people who violate this law.
If you rent a car, always purchase the liability insurance. If you do not, this could lead to financial disaster.
As many countries have different driving rules, obtain a copy of them before you begin driving in that country.
If the drivers in the country you are visiting drive on the opposite side of the road than in the U.S., practice driving in a less populated area before attempting to drive during the heavy traffic part of the day.
Be aware of the countryside you will be driving in. Many countries require you to honk your horn before going around a sharp corner or to flash your lights before passing.
Find out before you start your journey who has the right of way in a traffic circle.
Always know the route you will be traveling. Have a copy of a good road map, and chart your course before beginning.
Do not pick up hitchhikers or strangers.
When entering your vehicle, be aware of your surroundings.
Excerpted from:U. S. Department of State, Overseas Security Advisory Council. U. S. State Department Publication 10214. November, 1994. pg. 27. Note: As of July, 1997 this was the latest non-internet-published U.S. State Department document pertaining to this topic.
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