Living abroad and driving a car

Moving overseas can be a fun and exciting adventure. But it can take a lot to pack up your life and leave it all behind. There are even some things that you won’t be able to pack up to take with you, like your home, most of your furniture, and of course, your car. 

There’s a lot to consider when it comes to driving overseas, so it’s wise to prepare yourself in advance of your move. Find out what you need to know about living abroad and driving a car below.

Do you need a car?

Moving abroad will provide you with a number of differences compared to your home life. Will you even need a car as much as you do now? Other countries, particularly smaller ones, have infrastructures that make it easier and more efficient to get around on foot or using public transport. Not having a car will help you save money, and you could always hire a car as and when you need one.

Should you buy new or used?

The decision of whether to buy a new or used car is always a tricky one. But there are some considerations about living overseas that could make the decision much easier for you. Is the move only a temporary one? Then consider looking at used cars for sale instead of a brand new one. It could also help you to buy a used car while you find your feet and then trade it in for something newer later down the line. 

Do you need a special permit or license?

Different countries have different rules when it comes to driving. While your license is valid in your home country, you might require some kind of permit to be able to drive abroad. There are plenty of resources available to help you get information on driving internationally, which will be useful to read before you arrive at your new destination. You could also consult expat forums as a way to get some useful insights into driving in your new country.

Do you know the rules of the road?

Each country has its own rules and regulations when it comes to driving. If you don’t follow the rules of the road, you could easily find yourself being arrested or with a fine, even if what you’re doing is acceptable in your own country. Are you a careful driver? It might be time to put some of your bad driving habits to bed. Remember that a lot of countries drive on the opposite side of the road, which is something that can take some getting used to when you first start driving abroad.

Moving overseas will come with all kinds of challenges and problems that need resolving. With the right information and planning, driving doesn’t have to be one of them. Driving abroad is one of the best ways to explore your new surroundings and can help you feel independent and at home quickly. With your car taken care of, you’ll have one less thing to worry about as you prepare to start your new life abroad.


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