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Planning an Overseas Road Trip? Read this Before Hitting The Road

Team AckoJun 16, 2021

Hindi movies can inspire film buffs to do a lot of out-of-the-box things. For example, watching the movie Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara can awake the traveler in you. Within minutes, you might call up your friends and plan a road trip. However, one look at the trip’s cost can burst that bubble. But those who are wealthy enough to consider going on an overseas road trip with friends, might actually go ahead and live the dream!

Planning an Overseas Road Trip

For some, this might not be an impulsive decision, and they might be planning this once-in-a-lifetime trip for years and save money accordingly. If you are one of those people who are planning an overseas road trip, read ahead to know how to overcome hurdles during your foreign trip.

Know the route

There is a difference between going on a short drive and going on a long road trip. The secret to having a hiccup-free road trip is to know the route you are going to travel and plan accordingly. If you are travelling to multiple cities, plan your overnight stay keeping in mind the number of hours you want to drive at a stretch. After all, you would like to go sightseeing, try local cuisine, etc. and not ‘drive, drive, drive’ all the time!

Move as per rules and regulations

Left-hand drive, right-hand drive. Space between vehicles. Allowing the pedestrians to cross. No honking. These might seem as basic rules and regulations but sometimes people tend to take them for granted. Things are different in India and abroad. Road rules and regulations mentioned above are strictly followed in foreign locales such as Dubai, Singapore, Eastern Europe, USA, etc.

Do you have the permit?

In India, your driving license is the document that authorizes you to drive a particular type of vehicle. However, the same driving license might not be accepted in the country you are going on a road trip. For that, you might need an International Driving Permit (IDP), which mostly is a translation of your driving license.

You can apply for an IDP by getting in touch with your Regional Transport Office (RTO). Besides a driving permit, you might need a special permit (for access) if you want to visit or drive through certain areas.

Plan B

Irrespective whether you are travelling in India or abroad, you should always have a contingency plan. Natural or manmade calamities can derail your road travel. You might have to spend a night at a location which was just a drive-through as per your itinerary. You must have enough liquid cash as well as adequate money in your bank account to meet unforeseen expenses. A travel card might come in handy.

Motor and overseas travel insurance

Motor insurance is compulsory in India as per the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. Such compulsions might also hold true in other countries. Same goes for travel insurance. Travel insurance is mandatory if you are planning to visit Schengen countries. Do not think of buying travel insurance just out of compulsion. You can be exposed to a lot of travel risks while on a road trip in a foreign land. A comprehensive overseas travel insurance policy will cover medical expenses, hospitalization, personal accident, loss of baggage, etc. Thus, spending a small amount on travel insurance premium can result in big savings in case of a financial loss due to unforeseen circumstances.

Travel Insurance India and Overseas

If you want to purchase travel insurance in India, you can opt for offline or online options. An online option is easy, quick, and convenient. Make sure to read the policy document carefully before making the online payment.

Happy journey!

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