Driving to netherlands

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  1. Davelympo

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    Guys

    Ok we've done loads of touring around the UK, but feeling adventurous about driving abroad to the Netherlands.
    Are there roundabouts over there and how is driving on the right in general?
    I've driven on the right before but that was in a left hand drive car.
    Our MH is the autoquest 100 so not too big but big enough driving in a foreign country.
    Advice please guy's thanks

    Dave
     
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    Bikes are the biggest problem, really!
     
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    Just do it, if you do hit anyone they will speak perfect English and help you fill in the claims form.
     
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    No problem, yes there are roundabouts, and some have lane segregation, so you need your right hand lane to turn right and the left hand lane to proceed straight ahead or turn left. Some are longer than others, that caught me out a couple of times, other wise the roads are good. Look out for the cyclists in urban and town areas, both when driving and walking, they don't slow down for corners!!

    Enjoy your adventure.
     
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    No Problem, been over about a dozen times ,
    after the first 30 mins it becomes second nature,
    one thing to remember is when you stop for a cuppa / petrol / shopping etc & you are a bit relaxed / not 100% concentrating is REMEMBER drive on the right
    so easy to forget at those times, put a note on dashboard / windscreen.
    if you've got a satnav they usually remind you .

    Any other questions just ask.
    where are you actually going ---- netherlands ?
     
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    The Dutch are the best motorway drivers I've seen in Europe so far, because all the loonies are on bikes.
     
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    Roundabouts can be disorientating at first as going the wrong way round them just doesn't feel right, but you will soon get used to it.

    There are a few tricks to keep safe. Never pull up and park on the left hand side of the road as when you set off again you might stay on the left, especially if there is no traffic about. On narrow roads with no white line down the middle be very wary of suddenly coming across another vehicle coming the other way - you may instinctively pull to the left.

    And as mentioned beware of cyclists! I suspect they have similar laws to France which means you must give them 1m of space in built-up areas and 1.5m of space everywhere else when overtaking.
     
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    Driving in Netherlands is quite straightforward. Very busy on weekends, they have overhead cameras which monitor stuff such as driving too close ( 2 second rule.) or average speed. Used to be a problem, particularly in the North, with 'give way to cyclists on roundabouts', but not had that in the last few years,with the new cycle lanes. In cities they are very hot on parking where you extend into the adjacent cycle lane. Lots of parking for motor homes, especially in smaller towns, with cycle paths into the town itself. Most large supermarkets very tolerant of motor-homers in my experience. They are a nation of campers, and very accommodating, with a great network of farm campsites that make our system look Stone-age.
     
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    No sexist here please :LOL:
     
  10. WillH

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    We were there last year with the van, I had previously driven cars there many times when on business so found it no problem. I have to say I found driving the van around easier than in France which in it's turn is much easier than the busier parts of the UK. Just think, you are not driving on the wrong side of the road, just the other side.
     
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    Did our 1st trip over the pond in Belgium and Holland in a R/H drive van a few years ago. found it very easy, nice flat landscape, decent drivers, loved it.

    The original intent was to visit Ypres then drive around France but after 2 days in Ypres we set off for Breskens in Holland, easier than driving in England.

    Jim has done a "KEEP RIGHT" sheet which is in the resources section if memory serves me, it prints out backwards, place it on the dash and it reflects in the windscreen the right way round.

    Very useful.

    Enjoy your trip, i am sure your nerves will vanish within 30 minute.

    Hymie
     
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    As others have said beware of the rules about cyclists, especially at some roundabouts were they have right of way - as it should be.

    That said it's a great motorhome friendly place, you'll wonder why you didn't go sooner!
     
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    You wont have a problem we go to Assen every year towing a 6mt trailer & find it very straight forward ( was going to say went with out a hitch:rolleyes:) Chill & ease your self in maybe not do too many miles the first day, sleep on it & the next day will be fine, Have a great trip(y)
     
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    Roads are very good, cyclists are your biggest problem as they have right of way in most places. Roundabouts just go the opposite direction and remember if you are right hand drive you should be on the right. Dutch do tend to cut back in very quickly but this seems to be there way.
    What ferry route are you taking? Hull or Harwich?
     
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    Not on the motorways I've been on they are complete nutters right up each other's arses in the rain at high speed and they all cut across your bow for slip roads
     
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    and very useful it is too

    .. even for the experienced.. it is a good 'heads up'.. (pun intended)

    http://www.motorhomefun.co.uk/forum/resources/keep-right-head-up-display.115/
     
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    We found it, easy, fine, quiet and stressfree in September even when busy around Amsterdam and Rotterdam it was fine, you do have to give way to tractors as well as cyclists in some rural areas. Found it funny that we followed signs for England / Hull to get back to ferry!
    Have a good trip.
     
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    Where'd he go? Perhaps he picked the wrong roundabout? :cautious:
     
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    :rofl: I will go back to sleep:sleep:
     
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