Whether it’s a road trip across North America or a camper van around New Zealand, traveling by car can be a wonderful adventure. There is nothing quite like the freedom of the open road and being the master of your own timetable.
The only problem is that where you’re going they drive on the ‘wrong’ side of the road.
Whether you’re going from right to left or left to right, driving on the other side of the road can be daunting. Not only is the traffic coming at you from unexpected directions, but the inside of the car has an unfamiliar layout as well. Not to worry, though. Below you’ll find some tips and tricks to make the experience easier, smoother and less stressful.
My own travel style has evolved over the years. In the past I generally bought one big, fat, wonderful railpass for my entire trip. These days I cobble together a few cheap flights within Europe, some rail trips, and a modest car rental (which I find is becoming a better value than rail).
Tried renting a car lately? In some cases, travelers say, the final bill is double or even triple the amount they thought they had agreed to. The charges include roadside assistance or collision insurance packages that some travelers say they do not want or need but are urged to accept at the car rental counter.