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The most popular times for Britons to drive abroad are probably the ski season and then from Easter through to late summer. The European ski season is just about finished, but Easter is fast approaching, and with it the start of the main holiday season.
With that in mind, now seems like a good time to take a look at the Haynes Driving Abroad guide. As its title suggests, it contains information and guidance for British drivers planning to drive abroad. As with the AA European Driver’s Handbook, which I reviewed recently, it contains a section of general guidance and a country-by-country guide to driving rules and regulations in 29 European countries.
The majority of countries covered are European, as you would expect. The European country information covers most of what you will need to know and is clearly presented in table format.
However, Haynes has a trick up its sleeve when compared to the AA guide. It has recognised that many British travellers are now as likely to drive hire cars in far-flung places as they are to take their own cars across the Channel. As a result, they have included section on driving in countries outside Europe. Although driving in Europe can be a challenge, driving in countries further afield can be even more alien, so this seems like a wise move by Haynes. Outside Europe, the countries and regions covered are:
- United States & Canada
- Australia & New Zealand
- South Africa
- Central & South America
It’s fair to say that these areas are covered in decreasing order of detail, but there is some useful guidance for all of them.
Overall, Haynes Driving Abroad is a well thought out and usable guide that is worth considering for anyone planning on driving abroad this year. Look for the latest 3rd edition, which was updated in 2009.