Driving Abroad: A Cautionary Tale
Readers of our Coming and Going column might remember an item from last month: A Fort Washington man was able to rent a EuroCar in Spain with just a Maryland driving license, but when Spanish police stopped him they said he couldn't drive another inch because he didn't have an International Driving Permit. He was left on the sidewalk with his luggage as the car was towed away.
At the time we ran the item warning people to check driving license requirements at www.travel.state.gov before heading overseas, the man was unsure how much he'd be charged for the towing and the retrieval of the car from the towing lot. He recently got the bill: $1,885.21.
Anyone have firsthand experience with International Driving Permits, good or bad? I, for one, have vowed to get my butt over to AAA for an IDP, just in case I suddenly decide I need to go somewhere that requires it.
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