DriverAbroad.com is the online one-stop-shop providing driving advice for self drive travellers.
There are thousands of internet sites offering car rental and a few offering advice on driving abroad, but in my opinion, they usually fail to answer the obvious questions for independent travellers planning a self-drive trip –
Is car rental possible in the country I’m going to?
Which companies rent cars there?
Is it feasible and safe to drive myself in that country?
Where can I take the car – Can I drive the car into another country or do a one way rental?
DriverAbroad.com aims to answer the above questions and all other aspects of driving abroad in over 200 countries, Islands and self governing and Crown Colonies. (If you think I’ve missed anywhere please let me know!). The site was researched initially in 2011/12 and though I try and keep it updated as much as possible, its not my full time job, and in a rapidly moving world, situations can change regularly meaning info provided may be out of date. Therefore please use the site as an approximate guide, and in conjunction with other resources in order to form your view on driving conditions, roads etc.
I’m a UK based Independent traveller and always try to rent a car and drive myself wherever possible when abroad. I find that self- drive allows me to really get off the beaten track and meet locals who see few,if any, tourists.
I also tend to trust my own driving skills above those of local drivers! (See my article ‘Driving Yourself…Crazy?’ on the Roadtrip Tales page for further reasons on why I’m a fan of self driving).
When planning a trip which will involve driving abroad, I usually find myself asking the questions mentioned above, and struggle to find the answers online.
True, there are literally thousands of websites seemingly offering car rental around the world, but as anyone who has tried to rent a car and drive themself in a more unusual location will know, the multitude of car rental broker sites often turn out to be dead ends. Some are programmed to show up on a Google search whatever location you enter even if they don’t actually rent cars there. Even if you do manage to reserve a car, you may not know who the rental company is and will have little or no opportunity to ask what driving conditions are really like in the country.
There are a number of ‘Driving Abroad’ websites which offer ‘Driving advice by country’. In my experience though, these are often limited to European countries plus maybe USA and Australia. Also, the driving advice offered tends to be quite generic such as ‘carry a high visibility vest in the car and spare bulbs for the lights’. What I really want to know is how safe it is to drive, what the roads are like, and any other hazards and considerations a driver abroad should take into account.
When planning to drive abroad I also want to know whether I can take the car across international borders, take it on ferries, drive on unsealed roads or beaches and maybe drop it off at a different location from the one I picked it up from.None of that information or other really useful driving advice is readily available online.
Which is why I set up DriverAbroad.com.
Who is DriverAbroad.com for?
DriverAbroad.com is the definitive online resource for all types of independent traveller planning on driving abroad. Perhaps you’re an experienced self driver investigating the possibilities of driving yourself in some scary part of the world which most Governments advise against all travel to. Or a first time self driver deciding whether you can handle driving on the wrong side of the road on a weekend trip from the UK to France.
DriverAbroad.com will tell you exactly what to expect, help you plan your trip, provide useful driving advice and spell out all your car rental options.
How Can DriverAbroad.Com help you?
DriverAbroad.Com provides all the info you need when planning on driving abroad, plus some other interesting driving facts, figures and tales from the road –
Self Drive Advice - covers all the details you’ll need to think about before you set off including driving advice on the country you’re visiting, who to rent a car from , planning a route, sorting insurance and other documentation plus other hints and tips to make your trip run smoothly
Countries info - Car Rental and driving advice for every country in the world!
Driving Facts – Statistically how dangerous is the driving in the country you’re visiting? how much is fuel? How many of the roads are unpaved? These and other interesting driving facts and stats for each country.
Classic Road Trips- Some ideas for classic driving trips from around the world
Road Trip Tales – Get some inspiration from other self drive travellers tales or send in your own!
Contact - Get in touch with me at DriverAbroad.com. Unfortunately, I’m no longer able to respond to individual questions on driving abroad. The site receives over 1000 visitors per day and the volume of emails I was receiving, coupled with the fact that I run the site in my spare time,was becoming unworkable. Apologies for that.
Also, to get a feel of what its really like to drive in various countries around the world, check out the DriverAbroad.com channel on YouTube.