Vacation are a great time to get outside of your comfort zone. You may not ride a motorcycle or scooter every day, but while on vacation, you may fee ready to try new things! Many places you visit, scooters and mopeds are the preferred way of travel. Before you hop on a scooter, here are a few things to know while riding in another country.
In most countries you still need a license or permit to drive
Every country has their own laws about licenses. Most do require a license and insurance to drive. Be sure to check with that nation’s embassy to see what the driving requirements are.
A common permit for travelers abroad is International Driving Permit. This is not a license, but a permit that is accepted by many countries when accompanied by a driver’s license from your home country.
Yes, you do need insurance
Accidents can be expensive no matter what country you are in. You can damage your vehicle, someone else’s vehicle and passengers from both vehicles. It is a law in most countries to have insurance. In the event of an accident, your insurance policy will be your best friend. Most auto insurance companies won’t cover international accidents. First, check with your insurance agents to see if you have any coverage. If you don’t, it’s time to speak with a travel insurance company for coverage. Insurance policies premiums and coverages vary widely so it is important to speak with a qualified agent. For instance, if you don’t where a helmet while driving a motorcycle you may not be covered. Get insurance and check the do’s and don’ts of your policy.
Laws and regulations still apply to you even if you do not live in that country
Every country has their own laws and regulations. Here are just a few of the common laws and restrictions.
Age- You may think of a minimum age as the only age restriction, but some countries have maximum ages too.
Speed limits- Some countries do not even have speed limits while other strictly enforce the limit without and leeway.
Right of way- Roundabouts are common and how to handle them can vary. Sometimes the right a way is for the traffic on the roundabout while other times it is for the traffic entering.
Headlights- You may think that headlights are only needed at night, but some countries require them to be on all, even on sunny days.
It is important to learn the traffic laws before you get behind the wheel.
You are not off the hook if you do not live in that country
Just because you leave the country doesn’t mean it’s over. In some countries, if you get a traffic citation they won’t let you leave unless you have paid it. If your citation is given via traffic camera, the citation will be given to the rental company who will then pass it to you. You probably paid by credit card, so they will just charge it to your card whether you want them to or not. In the event of an accident, you can be sued with interest added. It can be very serious and expensive to avoid dealing with the situation.
Traveling outside of your country can be very exciting. You may be ready to hop on a scooter when you see the locals riding them, but it’s important to see if you are legally allowed. Accidents can still occur when you are travelling or on vacation, so protect yourself by having insurance and knowing the laws. Enjoy the ride!