Before leaving your home country:

  • Figure out if your National Driving Permit will be valid in a foreign country to which you are going to move.
  • Ask your insurance company if you are covered to drive abroad.
  • If you are going to travel by your own car, make sure it fulfils vehicle requirements of a country to which you are going to move.
  • If you are going to rent a car, ask your insurance company about your coverage and limitations, so it can increase your cover. This may be cheaper than buying abroad.
  • Figure out the minimum and maximum foreign county’s driving age.
  • Learn foreign country’s driving rules including local speed limits, side of the road driving and traffic signs.
  • Obtain an International Driving Permit.


  • Have your International Drinvig Permit and National Driving Permit with you all the time.
  • Always use a seatbelt for your safety. Moreover, in many countries, seatbelt using is a law; if you violate it, you will pay penalties.
  • Rent a car from a respectable company; the cheapest deal is not always the best.
  • Make certain that you have liability insurance when you rent a car.
  • If you rent a car, examine it before driving.
  • Figure out the local driving style; it may be different from your home country.
  • Find out your route before traveling by car. If you are going to use your own GPS device, make sure that it has the latest maps. Note that GPS doesn’t always show the same names like local ones.
  • Don’t take up hitchhikers and strangers.
  • Don’t drink and drive; the alcohol limit is not the same in different countries. For example, in Ukraine, it is prohibited; no alcohol is allowed in your blood.
  • Don’t use your cell phone whilst driving. It distracts your attention and is rough violation in many countries.

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