With lockdown and social distancing measures being phased out, it probably won’t be long until you can drive abroad. When you do, here’s what you need to know about driving on the right…
Roundabouts Can Be A Real Headache
As you’re driving on the Right, you’ll be using roundabouts in an anti-clockwise manner. This can be quite disconcerting to begin with and can seem quite unusual. You’ll be giving way to traffic approaching from the left. It’ll take time for your brain to get used to all of this new information, so approach roundabouts (and junctions) slowly and don’t rush.
Inexperienced Drivers Shouldn’t Travel Alone
Driving is all about perspective and, when the rules suddenly change, it can be difficult to keep up. Having a second pair of eyes and ears at your service can make things much easier. They can provide feedback and offer warning as and when needed; giving you that extra bit of confidence as you get used to driving on the right. Who doesn’t want to holiday with friends and family, anyway?
Mind Your Overtaking
It’s one of the hardest things to get into a habit of, but you’ll be overtaking on the left. Overtaking can be a dangerous manoeuvre at the best of times, so make sure you remember to pass correctly and to use the correct lanes. If you’re not feeling confident enough, simply don’t do it; there’s no rush.
Check Your Speed
‘Slowly’ naturally depends on the speed limit of any given road. Driving too slowly can be dangerous. That said, there’s no harm in going a few miles slower than you normally would. This will give you time to get used to driving on the right and more time to correct any mistakes or misjudgements you might make. If possible, ‘warm up’ by taking a little detour along quieter and slower roads before proceeding on the rest of your journey.
Make Sure Your Vehicle Is Prepared
Some European countries require you by law to carry certain items in your car. There are a few simple modifications you’ll also need to make. In France, for instance, all drivers are expected to carry a high-visibility jacket and a breathalyser test. You’ll need headlight stickers to ensure your headlights point in the right direction (you’ll dazzle oncoming traffic otherwise). Most ferry services offer ‘kits’ containing all of the items you’ll need.
Motorists Are Struggling With Their Driving Following Lockdown Easing – https://autoserve.co.uk/motoring-news/motorists-are-struggling-with-their-driving-following-lockdown-easing/
The In-Car Technology That Should Come As Standard – https://www.autoserveclub.co.uk/blog/the-in-car-technology-that-should-come-as-standard/