Technically, yes. (I’m not a lawyer…and this isn’t legal advice. Don’t be silly.)
It’s illegal to drive without a valid license and insurance in most countries, and they often won’t recognize your driver’s license. Law enforcement will usually accept an International Driver’s Permit (IDP). Note that IDPs are often are only valid if presented in conjunction with a valid driver’s license. Carry both.
Just to keep your expectations real, the IDP is nothing more than a translation of your license into multiple languages. It just makes it easier for the locals to read it. There is no qualification test, etc.
To be prepared, you should read about road safety in your destination country before you go there. Consider road safety and security factors in mind when preparing for your trip, depending on your specific destination.
You could/will encounter:
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For more than 23 years, Steve was an intelligence community professional who traveled and lived throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Central America. He now uses his experiences and formal training to help people overcome their reluctance to travel by giving them the solid, reliable information they can use to plan effectively, reduce risk, react to danger, and return home safe.