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8 European Road Trips To Take This Summer

And tips for renting a car in Europe!

Europe's high-speed trains and cheap flights are worth taking advantage of if you don't have time to get from point A to point B. But if you really want to get to know a country, your best bet is to rent a car and hit the open roads.

Remember, there's a lot to consider before you rent a car in another country — and not just which side of the road you're supposed to drive on (in Europe it's still the right, unless you're in the U.K. or the Republic of Ireland).

According to travel expert Rick Steves, getting an automatic car can cost nearly 50 per cent more than a standard, and in some cases the only automatics available are larger, higher priced vehicles.

If you don't have time to brush up on your gear switching skills, save some money by booking your car in advance and shopping around through local agencies. Steves also suggests renting your car outside of major cities to avoid stress during pick-up and drop-off times.

Just don't start revving your engine as soon as you get your car (or Vespa, if you're feeling adventurous). International roads may look similar to the ones back home, but that doesn't mean they are, Richard Guy Martin explains to Conde Nast Traveler.

According to Martin, tailgating is a common occurrence in many European countries and each country has their own designated drinking limit, so you're better off skipping the vino unless you're planning to stay in park for the night!

If you're thinking of renting a car while visiting Europe this summer, check out the images below by used car company for eight epic European road trip adventures.

Bon voyage!

The Alpine
Drive from the Italian Alps to the Swiss border.
Nice To Genoa
Starting in Southern France, stick to the coast until you make it to the Italian city.
The Autobahn
Hit up Hamburg, Berlin and Dresden during this scenic German drive.
The Amalfi Coast
Rent a Cespa and drive through Sorrento, Positano and Ravello for the ultimate Italian getaway.
The Transylvanian Trek
Check out Bran castle and learn all about Vlad the Impaler during this Romanian road trip.
Bordeaux To Bilbao
Spend a day sipping on French wine before heading down to some of Spain's most famous foodie hot spots.
Norwegian Quest
Take a few days and drive along the Norwegian coast and through the world's largest tunnel!
Germany's Romantic Road
Drive through Germany's lush forests and tiny towns for the ultimate romantic road trip.

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