How to Drive in Holland

If you are in Holland, driving yourself to different places is a right option. You can see the country perfectly well while driving, instead of traveling on buses or through other means. However, you being an international visitor must have an international driving permit, know the local driving rules and regulations and observe all vehicle and passenger safety rules. The driving rules are not different altogether. Search and read before going to Holland and particularly before driving.


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    International Driving Permit

    First of all you should get an international driving permit before leaving your country for Holland. You are not allowed to drive without having complete papers. Generally, international driving license or permit is valid for a year, after which you can apply for local driving license. Also carry all other certificates with you. For example, a safety certificate etc.

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    Access to Car

    Obviously, you being a visitor in the country cannot buy a car of your own, but can rent it. You can ask your travel agent to arrange a rental car for you. You can book for day-to-day basis or for any specific number of days.

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    Inspect and Understand Car

    Do not jump in the car and start driving. Instead, you should check it carefully and understand all the controls. Before taking the rental car, you can also ask about the type of fuel it takes i.e. diesel or LPG etc. Also, check for oil and other things in the car.

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    Know Local Traffic Rules

    You should also have understanding of local traffic rules and how they are implemented. For example, it is must to know the speed limit and understand how the traffic signal system works. Also, know different road signs and indicators. Since local language is used for describing different rules, you should be able to understand it first.

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    Observe All Safety Rules

    You should also observe all safety rules. For example, you will have to equip your car with wet visibility vest, carry first aid kit with you and observe all other safety rules. Since weather is wet and cold most of the time in the country, you will have to wear protective gear and warm clothing.

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