National Geographic : 1969 Jun
You have nothing to fear about driving in Europe but fear itself. If you can speak English and read a map you can drive in Europe as easily as you drive in Cleveland. In one way, driving in Europe is easier than driving in America. Unlike the traffic signs one finds in the States, traffic signs in Europe were designed for people who can't read the language of the country they're driving in. All the signs in Europe, the British Isles, and Scandinavia are the same. And only one of them relies on words to make its point, and that is in English: STOP. "They all drive on the wrong side of the road." And other misconceptions. Every man has his own misconceptions about driving in Europe, but many people share at least one of these: (a) Europeans drive on the wrong side of the road, (b) European roads are pretty but narrow and impossible to make good time on and (c) renting a car there is expensive, especially if you want to go any distance. These are misconceptions, not false hoods. First, in the British Isles they do drive on the left. But everywhere else they drive on the right like we do. Second, many back roads in Europe are narrow and winding, and so beautiful you wouldn't want to take them to get someplace fast. But thousands of miles of roads connecting major cities are not only wide and well paved; they're frequently four-lane divided highways. And last, Hertz cars are available at almost any price. Our European rates on smaller cars, like the Ford Cortina, are a true European bargain. Or you CUSTOMS PEDESTRIAN CROSSING STOPPING PROHIBITED SLIPPERY ROAD AROAD NARROWS C)IRECTION TO BE FOLLOWED NO LEFT TURN can go to the other end of the scale and get a chauffeur-driven car from us. And for the am bitious traveler who wants to see it all, Hertz is now introduc ing the first weekly un limited-mileage rate for all of Europe, the British Isles, and Scan dinavia. (Your Travel Agent, most airlines, and any Hertz office can give you all details.) The only language you need to know is English. When you go into a Hertz office in France you will usually find a French girl. An English-speakingFrench girl. In every Hertz office around the world there is someone who speaks English. The maps and guide books we give you are in English. The special driving tours we can arrange include hotels where they speak English. When you put the English-speaking girls together with the English-language maps, and the no-language signs, and the good roads, and the reasonable rates, having a car becomes simply a beautifully convenient way to see Europe. If you're thinking about a trip in the near or distant future, we think you'd appreciate our Motoring Guide to Europe, and we'd like to send you a free copy, along with a short plug for our new unlimited mileage rate. Just clip the coupon and send it to us. HUeZ The biggest should do more. It's only right. Please send me a free copy of the Hertz Motoring Guide to Europe and the Big Apple Unlimited Mileage Brochure. I Name Address City State_ _Zip_ Hertz Europe, 660 Madison Avenue, New York 10021. ©HERT SYSTEM,INC., 1969 I !