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Handy new guide for driving abroad

A MAJOR new initiative has been launched to ensure that company drivers adhere to country-specific motoring laws when driving abroad.

A series of handy hints have been produced in a booklet, Drive Safe, launched by daily rental giant National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car.

It includes details like the fact that it is a legal requirement to keep your headlights on at all times in Latvia and that alcohol can only be carried in the boot in Canada.

The publication covers 50 countries in Europe, Middle East and Africa, as well as the United States and Canada. It is designed to improve the safety and enjoyment of driving abroad.

Information will be available from nationalcar.co.uk and alamo.co.uk from January 2005.

John Leigh, senior vice-president of Vanguard Rental (UK), parent company of National and Alamo said: ‘With corporate travellers from multinational companies driving in unfamiliar territories, remote airport locations used by budget airlines and the rise in independent leisure travel to more rural areas, driving on unfamiliar roads in a foreign destination is a common experience for many travellers. Drive Safe helps travellers enjoy their trip safely.’

Drive Safe provides information on city driving, country driving, road rules and road safety initiatives as well as details on driving regulations, essential local knowledge and advice on motoring laws.

National Car Rental is also to target corporate customers in Finland after opening new offices in the country.

It will partner locally-based rental firm Scandia Rent.

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