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Driving In Other Countries #5453912 06/14/20 06:00 PM
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Lots of us have driven outside the US.

My impressions/experiences from years ago;

Mexico, around Mexico City and on the mountain road to Acapulco traffic laws seem to be an after thought. Do it if you can get away with it.
Spain, although Spaniards are generally polite and pleasant they seem to have little patience with foreign drivers especially on mountain roads.
Saudi Arabia, many drivers in the Kingdom don't have a lot of driving experience or else little appreciation for the laws of physics. There are large fenced off areas in the desert with many crashed cars. When I was there they favored full sized Chevys and Mercedes. I didn't like driving there at all.
Australia, the locals are very tolerant of foreigners but I found right hand drive cars disorienting. Luckily I only drove from the hotel to a beach nearby.

Even if I leave to go on vacation again someday, taxis for me I won't be getting behind the wheel again outside the US.


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Re: Driving In Other Countries [Re: Passport1] #5453913 06/14/20 06:07 PM
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As a teen a friend and I went to Tijuana. We hardly crossed the border and were terrified
At one point we ended up on a grassy knoll!

We took his car back to the USA side and got a cab into Mexico


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Re: Driving In Other Countries [Re: Passport1] #5453917 06/14/20 06:17 PM
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I was 20 years old and in the Marine Corps and got sent to Japan this was 1967.
I was told to get out to town just go to the enlisted mens club on base and get a cab.
So I go and there are tiny Toyota cabs.
What is a Toyota?
Oh the steering wheel is on the right.
Whats that funny engine noise? Its a Diesel.
Off we go driving on the wrong side of the road.
Japanese cab drivers drive with the horn ,yelling and shaking their fists.
Intersections were like a game of chicken,who backs down first.
Luckily on all my return trips to base the abundance of alcohol made the ride a non issue.


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Re: Driving In Other Countries [Re: Passport1] #5453921 06/14/20 06:25 PM
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I've driven in many European countries without any problem. But in places like India or Mexico, I prefer someone else do the driving for me.


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Re: Driving In Other Countries [Re: Passport1] #5453924 06/14/20 06:25 PM
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Did it once, in England. Do not recommend taking the red eye over, not sleep on the flight, and then trying to navigate from Heath to Wales.

Definitely different. Not bad, just different.


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Re: Driving In Other Countries [Re: Passport1] #5453931 06/14/20 06:39 PM
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I prefer only going to countries where they drive on the same side of the road as in N. America.
Germany, Italy etc. were very enjoyable.


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Re: Driving In Other Countries [Re: Passport1] #5453942 06/14/20 06:46 PM
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Driven in USA, Germany, France, Czech Republic. Worst drivers I've seen: Toronto and New Orleans (tied) Best drivers: Germany by far.


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Re: Driving In Other Countries [Re: Passport1] #5453959 06/14/20 07:08 PM
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My dad was in Mumbai for 4 months on work. While there the private driver hired to take employees to the offices for the day 1. Hit a pedestrian the guy got up apologized to the driver, 2. The chauffeur vehicle got entangled with another truck onthecway to work, 3. Had new dents and dings everyday in the chauffeur vehicle.


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Re: Driving In Other Countries [Re: Passport1] #5453992 06/14/20 08:08 PM
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I've driven in France, Portugal, England, Scotland, Ireland and Norway. It's no big deal. You drive on the left side of the road or the right. If on the left, everything is reversed. Otherwise there's no problem.

If you're driving on the left side and you want to practice up a little, take a bus ride. Sit behind the driver. Watch what happens.

In France people drive really fast. And they're very serious about driving. There's no looking around, you're driving.

In Scotland, England and Ireland you'll find lots of roundabouts. Make sure you now who has right of way.


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My first time to China was a real eye opener. They told us that we'd have a driver for any transportation in China. It's amazing how the drivers in China know exactly how large their vehicle is and where it will fit. I have no idea in my car. I try to pull up in front of a car in front of mine and think I'm about 3 inches from their bumper, park, and check it out and I'm about 3 feet away. Even worse if I'm backing up pre reverse camera days. In China, in a crowded area, the drivers will literally back up until about 3 inches from a person. The person doesn't bat an eye that the car came that close to them. It's just how they roll. And stop signs and right of ways...nah. Just beep your horn and go. Every drives slowly in the cities in China because right of way doesn't exist. Everyone just goes and everyone else avoids them. And you have to do something egregious before anyone gets mad.


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Re: Driving In Other Countries [Re: 97prizm] #5454004 06/14/20 08:25 PM
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Originally Posted by 97prizm
My dad was in Mumbai for 4 months on work. While there the private driver hired to take employees to the offices for the day 1. Hit a pedestrian the guy got up apologized to the driver, 2. The chauffeur vehicle got entangled with another truck onthecway to work, 3. Had new dents and dings everyday in the chauffeur vehicle.


National Lampoon European Vacation and Eric Idle comes to mind. LOL.


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Re: Driving In Other Countries [Re: Passport1] #5454020 06/14/20 08:55 PM
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Sadly, the full extent of my "foreign" driving has been in Canadia, 90% of which was on the 401 from Windsor to Guelph...

sadly I've never left N.America... the furthest I've been outside of the states was Peterborough, ON.
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I drove 3 blocks into Mexico a couple of months ago with my Jetta. Not doing that again. Worst part was border patrol tearing up my car.


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I covered our international market for a while, I never drive in foreign countries, far too many strange situations can be encountered.

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In asian countries, if you drive like in the US, you will never move.
No rule, just whoever is in front first.


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