Driving in Europe can be one of the most amazing experiences of your life, or one of the most frightening experiences, all depending on how you embrace the situation. Driving in Europe is no easy task and you can expect the road conditions to be different than that you are used to in the U.S. Europe is best experienced by renting a car and going at your own pace.
The most important thing about driving in Europe is to never get behind the wheel and drive timid. Doing this will cause problems for you and your vehicle as well as drivers around you. The pace of driving in Europe is faster than here in the States, so you will need to adjust to this.
Depending on where you are driving, the speed limit may or may not be observed and respected by other motorists. If driving on the Autobahn in Germany you are sure to see some motorists hit speeds in excess of 125mph, so be sure to pay attention of what‚Äôs going on in front of your vehicle as well as traffic approaching from the rear.
Also take note that in certain countries, motorists will seem to drive by their own rules and disregard posted laws and signs. This happens often so make sure that you pay extra attention to what other drivers around you are doing. Motorists can often make sudden and unpredictable moves, so pay attention and drive cautiously.
One of the best tools at your disposal when driving in Europe is portable Global Positioning System or GPS. These devices work in tandem with satellites and use triangulation techniques to pinpoint exactly where the device is and where it is programmed to go. The biggest benefit to these devices in Europe is how they are able to read off directions verbally, allowing you to focus on the road. The last thing you want to be doing is shuffling through some maps while trying to fight traffic on the ring road in Paris.
The other reason why a GPS rental is imperative in Europe is the lack of well marked signs and routes that you will encounter throughout Europe. Roads are marked with signs informing of how to get from point A to B, but at times those signs and can be downright confusing. Road names can change unexpectedly and with no warning, and often several times in a short distance. Also don‚Äôt expect to see compass directions at intersections, with just the direction of the town or the road name. A GPS system will take this worry right out of you and lead you to your destination effortlessly. GPS rentals will also come in handy whenever encountering construction or road detours, with the ability to change course on the fly, often times without you having to even push a button.
So take that plunge and rent a car to experience one of the most unique parts of our world. Stop at that local winery off the side of the road, walk about the mysterious looking cemetery or swim with the locals in the hidden watering hole you spotted from the road; all opportunities that you would have missed out on had you taken the train. Rent a car and follow your dreams in Europe!