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1. Posted by katiki88 (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

Me and my best mate are planning on driving down through Europe hopefully ending up in turkey. We plan to hit up Amsterdam, Berlin, some of Poland, Budapest and whereever else we may come accross! Were a bit worried about driving as weve both only been driving for a few years and only ever in England.
If anyone has any advice about crossing the borders of countries or knows of any sweet places to go along the way we'd really appreciate it! xxx

2. Posted by b52 (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

I can help you for the Turkey part. Tell me how many days you wanna spend in Turkey and what are your interests then I can make some suggestions.

3. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 9y

If you have only ever driven in the UK, I highly recommend that you take a short trip driving down to France or the Netherlands. Driving on the other side of the road can be confusing as hell - better figure out whether you can deal with it before you leave for your big trip.

Alternatively plan your trip in such a way that you can always return to the UK when you are in the Netherlands and realise that driving on the right side is too much for you.

BTW, the border from Turkey to Bulgaria has a very bad reputation - long waiting lines and corrupt officials harrassing people.

From Southern Germany to Budapest, make sure you stop in Passau and from there take the road along the Danube. Do not take the Autobahn (=motorway) to Linz, use the Bundesstrasse (=federal road) instead.

4. Posted by carosterns (Respected Member 159 posts) 9y

I agree with t-maia re trying a short trip first. I'm Australian with a LOT of years driving experience. I did a 6 week trip driving around Western Europe and you can't imagine how many accidents I probably caused. The hardest thing to get used to is roundabouts, approaching really busy intersections with roads going in all directions and coming out of car parks. Also, after driving for a while down a motor way you go on to auto pilot and when you get to the end it really does your heading trying to work out which way to turn. After 6 weeks I was just starting to get the hang of it.

5. Posted by theodoridi (Budding Member 38 posts) 9y

Driving through Romania will take a long time since road networks area really run down and for Bulgaria it is still not adviseable to travel at night....

6. Posted by jindy (Budding Member 46 posts) 9y

That will be one collossal trip!! screw the warnings and go for it! no matter what goes wrong, its all part of the experience! i am in turkey now, and i always had dreams of driving back to the uk. unfortunately its not happening - i have a plane booked to go back in 2 weeks. i still have a road trip in europ planned, but we will not be going as far as turkey.

i have been driving around in turkey for the last 3 months tho, and yes it does take some getting used to driving on the right, it is not all that hard. just make sure you stay alert and guage every roundabout and intersection well before you get to it. keep your eyes open!! dont be afraid to drive slowly approaching roundabouts to make sure you are going in the right direction. a few honks from the cars behind is nothing compred to a head on collision! remember that!!

good luck! let me know how it goes!!

7. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting jindy

dont be afraid to drive slowly approaching roundabouts to make sure you are going in the right direction. a few honks from the cars behind is nothing compred to a head on collision! remember that!!

In addition to that. You are not the only one on your lane. If everyone ahead of you drives on the right side why should you drive on the left side. After a few hours you are used to it. I have driven 2 weeks in Britain, had no problems (I am used to drive on the right side). Good luck and have fun.

8. Posted by jindy (Budding Member 46 posts) 9y

yeh loving your work wouterrr. sometimes if its busy and you get confused, its worth compramising where you actually want to go to just follow the flow of where everyone else is going... when you get out of the roundabout, turn around and try it again!!