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Driving overseas - nervous

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ShotsFired Tue 12-Jun-18 08:46:20

For various reasons, there's a good chance I'm going to need to drive overseas (in a country I have visited several times before).

It's a technically easy trip, mostly toll roads and highways. I'll have sat nav, phone (with local people expecting me at the other end) and I am a competent driver and have travelled by car round lots of it before - just never driven long distance there alone. Women are generally safe there, but you wouldn't want to break down at night. Also the traffic police can be a little corrupt if they stop foreigners.

I'm doing a similar length/style journey in the UK shortly (to somewhere I have never been before) and I am not batting an eyelid. So why I am so inexplicably nervous about this one? There is no easy alternative way of getting to my destination.

(I'm sure if/when I do it, I'll look back and wonder what I was fussing over, but....)

QuinionsRainbow Tue 12-Jun-18 10:29:09

Driving on left or right?

SubtitlesOn Tue 12-Jun-18 10:48:27

Do you mean you are driving in your car or hiring a car in that country?

ShotsFired Tue 12-Jun-18 11:05:10

Hire car (known, reputable company, used them before), driving on left.

PellyBay Tue 12-Jun-18 11:20:22

Sounds like you'll be fine, just pre-trip nerves. From how you've described it, there's not much risk involved and you'll feel really good about yourself after you've done it.

SubtitlesOn Tue 12-Jun-18 11:22:53


so what about Google street view the junctions before you go?

Can you work your flight do you drive in daylight or stay in hotel so you only drive in daytime?

onedayiwillmissthis Tue 12-Jun-18 11:45:40

I can totally relate to this. I have always driven in both right and left hand drive cars. Never had any worries.

However, on long journeys I was always travelling with my husband...I drove because I suffer with dreadful motion sickness.

Once we had arrived...wherever...I was ok driving around on my own doing all the normal living stuff while he was away with his work.

He died last year and I am now afraid I will be too nervous to drive. I tell myself I'm being ridiculous.


ShotsFired Tue 12-Jun-18 18:45:36

Thanks for the reassurance.

I have already started looking at the route in detail and as you say, the streeview of the junctions etc.

I'm glad it is understandable too flowers

Helipad Wed 13-Jun-18 13:42:09

I know how you feel but it sounds like it'll be fairly easy drive at the destination.

I travel to my home country every summer and pic a hire car at the arrivals. I've learned to drive here in the UK and had lived away 10 years before I learned to drive so it is like driving abroad for me even though it is my home country. And it is right hand drive there too.

At first the nerves were horrendous and it didn't help that I had two small children with me too. But that knot in the stomach didn't last very long and the driving started to feel enjoyable.

I don't feel nervous any longer but it took about four trips until I didn't think about the drive ahead at all.

ShotsFired Fri 31-Aug-18 16:13:49

By way of update, I have done the dreaded journey.

It got complicated by a necessary errand bing added on, and I got lost several times during that (sat nav map had junctions and turnings v close together so I either went early or missed it and had to reroute). But I made the main journey with no problems at all.

I also found this very very nifty site, where you can plug in your start and end points and it basically does an electronic flip book of the google streetview images for you!

I have to go back a different route, but I will have company this time.

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