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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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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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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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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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. While most countries in the European Union use similar signs and speed limits, 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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Driving in France

Driving in France is surely the best way to see the largest country in Western Europe. Whether you see yourself driving along a glamorous corniche road on the French Riviera, navigating snowy mountain passes in the Alps, or pulling into a road-side picnic area and working through a baguette and a camembert, France offers a unique and diverse driving experience.

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Driving in Germany

Millions of international tourists visit Germany each year. 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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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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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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Driving in Italy

Driving in Italy can be one of the most awe-inspiring experiences you’ll ever have behind the wheel. From jaw-dropping coastlines to Alpine passes and the other-worldly beauty of Tuscany’s rolling hills, a road trip in Italy is one of the best ways to see this unique country.

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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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Driving in Spain

Spain attracts tourists from all over the world. We've put together a guide to driving in Spain.

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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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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.

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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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