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Driving in Mons

Driving in a new country can be daunting. These tips offer insight into what to expect when driving in Mons.

1. Understanding the Driving Culture

Driving in Mons is generally safe and straightforward. Belgians are known for their disciplined driving, and the roads are well-maintained. However, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the local driving rules and regulations. For instance, in Belgium, the priority to the right rule is common, which means that drivers coming from the right have the right of way unless otherwise indicated.

2. Car Recommendation

Compact cars are recommended for driving in Mons due to the narrow and winding streets, especially in the city center. Smaller cars are easier to maneuver and park. However, if you plan to travel outside the city frequently, a larger car might be more comfortable.

3. Parking Situation

Finding parking in Mons can be challenging, especially during peak hours and in the city center. However, there are several public parking lots and garages available. Parking fees vary depending on the location, but they are generally affordable. It’s advisable to familiarize yourself with the parking rules to avoid fines.

4. Driving with an International License

Foreigners can drive in Belgium with an international driving permit (IDP) for up to six months. After this period, you will need to obtain a Belgian driving license. It’s important to note that not all countries’ driving licenses are accepted in Belgium, so it’s advisable to get an IDP before your move.

5. Obtaining a Belgian Driving License

If you’re planning to stay in Belgium for a long period, you should consider getting a Belgian driving license. The process involves a theoretical exam and a practical driving test. You might also need to take driving lessons depending on your home country’s driving license. It’s advisable to check with the local authorities for the most accurate information.

6. Be Aware of the Weather

Belgium’s weather can be unpredictable, and it often rains. Therefore, it’s important to be prepared for wet driving conditions. Make sure your car’s tires, brakes, and windshield wipers are in good condition. Also, remember to keep a safe distance from the car in front of you when driving in the rain.

Joshua WoodJoshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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