Avoid language barriers when driving abroad

When going on holiday, it's often advisable to learn a few words of the local language as a courtesy and to help communication. 'Hello', 'please', 'thank you' and 'goodbye' are often suggested – and if you're on a driving holiday, some more specific phrases could also be useful.

  • On the road - as well as understanding how to translate kilometres into miles, being aware of what other road signs mean will keep you safer on journeys.
  • At the fuel station - in some countries, you don't top up your fuel tank yourself. Knowing how to ask for a full tank or a certain amount of petrol/diesel, and for oil and tyre pressure checks, could save you time and money.
  • Asking for directions - a sat nav can be helpful, but newer roads or more effective routes might not be visible. Understanding 'take the second left' or 'turn right at the hotel' may get you to your destination more quickly.
  • When dealing with the authorities - in the event of an accident or theft, you'll want to be able to communicate this effectively. The police will appreciate a more accurate description of your vehicle or property when attempting to recover it for you.

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