When you visit a different country, you would more or less need to get a ride. Still, the best option for a ride, especially if you’ll be doing some cross-country travails, is to temporarily get a car with you. However, driving in a foreign country is not as easy as grabbing the wheel and assuming that everything is just like in your home country. That would be setting yourself up for a potential disaster. Here are some very useful tips from my buddy who in his time off working at Home Advisor, he travels. These tips are some that you can use when driving in a foreign country.

1. Get an international driving permit- An international driving permit is a document that shows in multiple languages that you do have a driver’s license. While it will allow you to drive in a foreign country, it should not be mistaken as the equivalent of an international license. It is important that in addition to having your IDP with you, you also got to bring your domestic driver’s license with you. Also, you got to see if your domestic driver’s license is valid in the foreign country you are visiting.

2. Get insurance- This is often overlooked by most travelers until they actually get into trouble. Having auto insurance while in a foreign land will protect you from any or all of these potential hazards: liabilities to the rental car company should you get into an accident, hospital coverage should you and your companions get hurt in such an accident, and liability coverage in the event of damages and/or injury to other motorists. Get a travel road insurance cover to secure yourself just in case.

3. Know the road rules- Following road rules should be a no-brainer when you are overseas. You need to understand that some countries are stricter in implementing traffic rules than others, and being able to follow them is crucial to avoid any potential headaches. While you cannot possibly know everything, make sure to comply even with the most basic traffic rules such as obeying traffic lights, following speed limits, and making way for pedestrians and emergency vehicles.

4. Drive defensively- Last but definitely not least, you should make your safety a priority at all times. The best way to do that is to drive defensively. Make sure that you drive at a controlled pace, stay in your lane, always be on a lookout in all directions, and keep a safe distance from other vehicles. Most accidents happen when you are too aggressive in your approach. Remember that you are not in your country and it’s more difficult being involved in a legal issue when you are in a foreign land.

Those are some basic tips that we can share if you are intending to drive in a foreign land. These tips work for most countries. However, it would be nice if you’ll do some research on how to best approach the roads in your destination. It’s better to be safe than sorry.