Will you be working overseas? If so, you might need to have a car, especially if your family is along for the ride. Sure, it’s convenient to have a car, but many busy families soon find out that it’s much more than a convenience; it’s an absolute necessity.
Your day-to-day family needs
No matter where working overseas – for a short period or an extended stay – having personal transportation is essential to your family’s ability to do everyday things.
For example, you might need a car to get to and from work each day, while your spouse needs a car to take your children to and from school each day, or drive them to soccer practice, or simply to run daily errands like trips to the grocery store. Obviously, having a car (or two) can make family life a lot easier.
Do you have teenage drivers?
Teenage drivers operating a vehicle in a foreign country also comes with big responsibilities. And, there are nuances when it comes to the licensing laws and regulations in other parts of the world, which might be quite different than the ones back home. So, it’s very important that you do your research on what those laws and regulations are, and that you share that information with your teenage driver.
In the U.S., for example, you can get your driver’s license at age 16 in some states, while in other states the age requirement might be 17 or 18. Likewise, this can vary considerably country-to-country.
Here’s a great website on the driving requirements in different countries: driving and road safety abroad.
Additional things you need to know
Just as licensing requirements are important, be sure that you also have the necessary automobile insurance. The last thing you want is for you or one of your children to get pulled over or get in an accident and find out that your insurance doesn’t cover you.
And, if you do get pulled over and get a citation, make sure you know the correct protocol. This too can be very different depending on location. So, you want to make sure you know what to do, and how to handle the situation appropriately and safely.
Some things might take some getting used to
One of the most difficult things about driving in a foreign country can be as simple as getting used to driving on the “wrong” side of the road. When you have spent most of your driving life on the right side of the road, the switch to the left can take some real getting used to. So, be sure and give yourself some time, and you will definitely get the hang of it.
Do you need help in getting a car while working overseas? If so, International AutoSource (IAS) can help you with that. For more information, please contact IAS.