Driving Guides

Getting behind the wheel in a new country is great – if you know what you’re doing. And thanks to our guides to driving aboard, you will. They outline the key road rules in Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, so you can avoid the pitfalls and enjoy the drive.

What Autonomous Vehicles Mean For Society

“Distracted, drunk, falling asleep, falling prey to human perceptual deficits or cognitive biases, driving recklessly through over-confidence or erratically through under-confidence, ignorant of the traffic regulations or just plain criminally negligent, human drivers are forever stuck in version 1.0.” - Wired

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Car Culture Around the World

How has the world's love affair with the automobile evolved over the years? Our infographic shows country stats around car production and use as well as futurologists predictions for the very near future. Global car culture explained, from Towergate

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A Guide to Driving in Australia

If you’re used to driving in the UK – or any country that drives on the left – chances are you won’t have many problems driving in Australia. But like anywhere, it pays to know about the local rules and road signs before you get behind the wheel.

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A Guide to Driving in Canada

With its stunning landscapes, friendly people and wide roads, Canada offers one of the best driving experiences North America has to offer. Take the time to learn the key road rules before you go and you’ll be all set to enjoy a fantastic road trip.

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A Guide to Driving in Cyprus

With minimal public transport available, hiring a car is one of the best ways to get out and explore the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. However, every country has their own set of driving rules, so make sure you read these pointers before you sit in the driver’s seat.

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A Guide to Driving in Europe

When travel writers compile lists of the best road trips in the world, driving in Europe features heavily. It’s not hard to see why: this amazing continent is full of diverse destinations and dramatic scenery, connected by some of the world’s greatest roads. Picture yourself rolling over lush Tuscan hills, or stopping to admire the rugged islands off Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, driving in Europe remains one of life’s greatest adventures. While most countries in the European Union use similar signs and speed limits – and most drive on the right side of the road – all these countries have their own driving quirks, with some unexpected rules of the road. Our guide will help you prepare for driving in Europe.

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A Guide to Driving in France

A driving tour is one of the best ways to experience France. With winging roads leading to quaint villages, huge vineyards and snowy mountains, the French countryside is a beautiful place to drive. All you need is a sense of adventure and a sound knowledge of the French rules of the road. Make sure you head to a local market first, stock up on some continental cuisine and stop off at one of the picnic areas along the way.

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A Guide to Driving in Germany

A combination of cultural treasure and beautiful landscapes make Germany a wonderful place to holiday, not to mention take a driving tour of. With such diverse and contrasting regions, as well as some stunning scenery, driving through this eastern European country can be a wonderful experience. Whether you plan on dedicating your entire holiday to exploring Germany, or you are simple passing through on your way to another country, you’ll need to familiarise yourself with Germany’s rules of the road.

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A Guide to Driving in Iceland

Learn all you need to hit the road safely with our no-nonsense guide to driving in Iceland.

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A Guide to Driving in Ireland

From breath-taking coastal routes to remote mountains passes and rural lanes, driving in Ireland is an unforgettable experience. Besides the awe-inspiring scenery, driving is also one of the best ways to visit the Emerald Isle’s ancient historic sites, thriving cities and charming country pubs.

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A Guide to Driving in Italy

What’s not to love about driving through Italy? The stunning scenery, expansive roads, not to mention the Amalfi Coast, often hailed as one of the best driving routes in the world. Every stop you make is likely to reward you with historic treasures and glorious views, but before you get set off, make sure you have arranged adequate car hire insurance, and check out our guide below to driving in Italy.

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A Guide to Driving in New Zealand

Driving around New Zealand is a great way to see the country. Traffic is generally light, the people are friendly and the scenery is spectacular. Brush up on the main rules of the road with our handy guide and you’ll be all set to enjoy a wonderful holiday.

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A Guide to Driving in Spain

Spain is a lively, colourful country which attracts tourists from all over the world, however, if you’re not familiar with the place then driving around Spain could be a daunting thought.

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A Guide to Driving in the USA

No country is more synonymous with driving than the USA. From its major coastal cities to the rural interior, empty deserts and tropical lowlands, a road trip across the country can feel like you’re visiting different nations with their own identities. Learn all you need to hit the road safely with our no-nonsense guide to driving in the USA.

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How to Explore Germany by Car

Germany - well known for their outstanding engineering, famous for their annual festival - ‘Oktoberfest’, and home to the Frankfurter sausage.

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Infographic: Facts about the Autobahn

Is there a speed limit on the Autobahn? Are these high speed roads really that safe? Find out the answer to these questions and more in our infographic.

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Games to Keep Kids Entertained on Long Car Journeys

Let's be honest, some car journeys with children can test your patience. From the inevitable, 'Are we nearly there yet?' to the demands for food/drink/a rest stop, travelling can become a headache – and that's before you've even factored in a traffic jam or two. Here at insurance4carhire, we've curated a list of the best technology-free games to keep your kids – and yourself – entertained on your journey.

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Road Tripping Around The World

Take the unfamiliar route, and take on the road! We have identified some of the world’s most inspiring road trip routes for you to tackle year round, spanning Europe to South America. And including the key facts, sights, and cuisines to look forward to. So take a look at our infographic, and get those Instagrams ready!

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Five Romantic Valentine’s Day Destinations

Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to do something special and celebrate your love. Cards and gifts may be fleeting, but the creation of memories with your loved one will last you a lifetime. So in honour of this, we’ve jotted down a few of the best ways to spend your Valentine’s Day this year.

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The Six Nations on Four Wheels

Read our top tips on driving in France and Italy plus learn some rugby and vehicle related trivia!

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The Best Apps for Road Trips

You’ve booked your rental car, chosen your insurance4carhire.com car hire excess insurance policy and are ready to hit the road. We’ve put together a list of useful apps to keep you on the right track, informed on your destination and entertained.

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Top Tips On Driving A Hire Car Abroad

Having a hire car on holiday could save you the hassle of sorting out transfers and offers you the freedom to really explore and get to grips with your holiday destination...

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UK drivers unable to recognise even half of foreign road signs

Motoring incidents most likely in Spain, France, Italy, Portugal and Australia. UK drivers are unable to recognise even half of foreign road signs (46%), according to revealing new research from Insurance4CarHire (I4CH).

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Winter Car Hire - Things to Be Aware Of Whilst Driving Abroad

Thinking of going away this winter? Perhaps you're considering taking to the ski-slopes or taking a trip with the kids to meet Santa Claus in Lapland?

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Advice for Driving in Winter

Driving in wintry conditions always presents risks, but when driving on unfamiliar roads it’s particularly important to familiarise yourself with local rules and precautions to keep you and your passengers safe. Check out our infographic guide for general advice on winter driving, with country specific tips.

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Winter Driving Tips

Whether you're planning to hire a car for a road trip to the Scottish Highlands or off to Alpine ski slopes, it's important to make sure you're safe whilst driving in winter weather. Whilst many people choose not to hire a car when driving abroad there are always those who want access to a car - especially when travelling to your ski lodge or chalet. Whatever you're planning, it is important to ensure that you're aware of how extreme weather conditions such as ice and snow can affect your driving - so that you can avoid unnecessary risks.

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