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Countries where you've driven a rental car

Old Nov 13, 17, 1:35 am
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Australia, all states (home)
New Zealand
United Kingdom (England and Wales)
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Old Nov 13, 17, 1:49 am
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Someone once told me that Mercedes often cannot be driven from France to Italy. Anyone who knows if this is actually true?
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Old Nov 13, 17, 2:18 am
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Old Nov 13, 17, 2:30 am
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UK (home, also rented various 16-seater minibuses, tail-lift trucks, etc)
France (also minibuses and the auto'lib electric shared use system)
Belgium (well, borrowed more than rented)
Netherlands (although I'd rather be on a bike)
- also Aruba
Spain (also driven a French car into Spain)
Portugal (scratched it up pretty badly but got away with it)
Ireland
Italy (driven there from France)
Monaco (driven there from France and very glad I planned parking in advance)
Morocco (that was 'interesting', especially the desert run and central Marrakech)
Czech Republic
Germany (drove there from Czech Republic, driver behaviour was interesting)
USA (I'd say it's been more of a challenge the times I haven't, NYC excluded)
Australia (all sorts of weird vehicles)
New Zealand (good old "rent a wreck")
Japan (filling up with petrol was an experience)
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Old Nov 13, 17, 2:48 am
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Originally Posted by Jo.T View Post
Someone once told me that Mercedes often cannot be driven from France to Italy. Anyone who knows if this is actually true?
Some rental car companies will tell you not to, due to the rates of theft. In theory, I guess if you did, you might end up being liable if the car were stolen. But it varies by rental agency, or it did.
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Old Nov 13, 17, 4:48 am
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Looking at some of the other lists, though, I feel so ... untraveled
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Old Nov 13, 17, 4:51 am
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Originally Posted by Aventine View Post
Koreans do the 'no headlamps on at night' thing too but they believe it saves battery and fuel.
150 times in Korea and I never saw this ever !
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Old Nov 13, 17, 6:14 am
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Old Nov 13, 17, 6:28 am
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Originally Posted by Aventine View Post
Koreans do the 'no headlamps on at night' thing too but they believe it saves battery and fuel.
Didn't see that so much in Korea, but did so in Italy in the 70's & 80's, as Italians believed the same.
What was really annoying was in any city they would flash their lights at you so you would turn off your headlights. In those days, cities were not as bright as today but instead every block had a 60 watt bulb lighting the way.

Standardization within the EU has gotten rid of much of this.
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Old Nov 13, 17, 6:51 am
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Interesting concept...

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France
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Mexico
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Old Nov 13, 17, 1:10 pm
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Originally Posted by sethweinstein View Post
Apart from my home in the USA, just Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Iceland, and South Africa for me.

When I entered Iceland, I hadn't driven a manual in a few years, and I wanted to spend some time in the parking lot getting used to it again. But the company brought me the car along with an exit ticket and said I had to leave within ten minutes. Oh, well!

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My first 5-speed in awhile (10 years I think) was out of Porto airport. For a minute or two it was a little embarassing as I was trying to get the car properly in gear without running over one of the many people around who were waiting for their cars or hitting another car.

The roads in Northern Portugal are lightly traveled (I checked the terrain on Streetview before deciding to go with a 5-speed) ...so I got comfy with the 5-speed again (A cheap SEAT car). By the time I rented a 5-speed in Faro, I was alot better. Though I did stall for a minute at a traffic light after I left the airport. The Renault Megane had a very complicated all electronic dashboard and misinterpreted one of the messages.
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Old Nov 13, 17, 4:08 pm
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Originally Posted by BRITINJAPAN3 View Post
150 times in Korea and I never saw this ever !
Everyday here and there's always at least one moving shadow at night!

Originally Posted by wxman22 View Post
Didn't see that so much in Korea, but did so in Italy in the 70's & 80's, as Italians believed the same.
What was really annoying was in any city they would flash their lights at you so you would turn off your headlights. In those days, cities were not as bright as today but instead every block had a 60 watt bulb lighting the way.

Standardization within the EU has gotten rid of much of this.
This still happens to me sometimes here in Korea. I'm driving with lights on for safety people...
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Old Nov 14, 17, 5:18 am
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European Driving

Drove in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Iceland back in 2014. In 2015 we drove from the US to Canada. Our most recent rental was in Ireland (2017) where they drive on the opposite side of the road. It took me a couple of hours to get used to driving on the opposite side. It was fun driving in Ireland but you need to be careful when you drive on the smaller roads because of the many rock walls.
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Old Nov 14, 17, 6:18 am
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Germany to Austria to Italy and back
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Fiji
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India

Been to 58 countries. . . .
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Old Nov 14, 17, 6:22 am
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Left side:
Australia
New Zealand

Got used to driving on the left quickly, but backing out of a parking space seemed to be a challenge.

Right side:
U.S. (home)
Canada
Mexico
Austria
Slovakia
Poland
Croatia
Romania
Hungary

My own cars in the U.S. have always been standard shift, so borrowed/rental cars in other countries were not of a problem.

I have been to several countries where I did not drive, but based on what I saw when observing the traffic, especially how people drive, I would not attempt to.
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