What to do if you get pulled over in another country

Driving can save you a lot of time. It also gives you the freedom to come and go at your own pace.

However, as you’re driving, a police officer pulls you over. What do you do then?

Don’t Panic

If your rental car in another country is pulled over, stay calm. There are a variety of reasons as to why you were pulled over. But to assess the situation you found yourself in, you have to keep your cool and talk to the police officer. Here are a few things you should remember if it ever happens to you:

Stay in Your Car

stay in your car

When an officer pulls you over, do not get out of the car. Getting out of your vehicle to approach the officer is uncommon in some countries, so it is better to stay in the car and talk to the officer from there.

Instead, crack open the window and keep both of your hands on the steering wheel. Doing this allows you to communicate with the police officer, and he will have eyes on your hands during the interaction.

Have Your Documents Ready

have your documents ready

An officer will want to see all of your documents. So, it is essential to have them with you in the car in an easy to access spot like the glove compartment.

Some of the documents you must have with you include your current driver’s license from the country you are from if the country requires it, an International Driving Permit (IDP), vehicle registration, passport and visa, and all of the relevant paperwork from the car rental company.

Have Something Ready to Help you Translate


If you’re visiting a non-English speaking country, it is essential to learn a few key phrases like: “I don’t speak [language]”. It’s also handy to have a phrase book nearby to help you communicate.

Store the phrasebook along with your documents so you can whip it out without arousing suspicion.

Apps like Google Translate are useful. But if you take out your phone, the officer might get the impression that you were on your phone while driving. This can be a more significant offence in some countries. So, it is best to be safe than sorry.

Always Have some Cash in Your Car


Let’s say that you were pulled over because you were speeding. The officer will then begin writing you a ticket.

Traffic laws in different countries are diverse. Don’t attract unwanted attention. Read up on the country’s laws as best you can. This is the best way to prepare yourself and to set your expectations once you get there.

Find a reputable car hire service in the country you are visiting, that way you can order insurance to make sure that you are covered during your stay should anything happen.

While you’re at it, consider a parking spot for your car here at Alpha Airport Parking. Here, your vehicle is sure to stay safe while you are away.