Driving Abroad – Things you need to know

For many people now, travelling around Europe has become a way of life. Whether it be because of work commitments or the lifestyle that they have, for many individuals driving in various EU countries can be as commonplace as many people’s commute to work. When driving around Europe there are a few things you need to keep with you at all times.

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Your Paper work should be in order

When driving in Europe you will need to have the following documents with you at all times.

  • Full driving licence (counterpart included) – From 08/06/2015 the counterpart is abolished but we suggest taking it as not all European countries may be aware of the changes straight away and it may cause you some inconvenience if you are stopped by the police or are renting a vehicle.
  • Original vehicle registration document (V5c) – Copies are not acceptable
  • Motor insurance certificate
  • Passport
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    Have you got all the right equipment?

    There are a few things you will need while driving in Europe and there are also on the spot fines if you don’t have the items.

    • GB sticker displayed – in some countries they will accept the GB symbol on the number plate but not in all countries
    • Reflective Jackets – This is a requirement by law in some countries
    • First Aid Kit – This is a requirement by law in some countries
    • Headlights – Some vehicles have the ability to change the direction of the beam at the touch of a button but some require temporary modification (Beam Benders). It is best to speak to someone about this as not all cars are suited to drive in Europe without modifications.
    • Warning Triangle – Most EU countries will require you to have a warning triangle.
    • Breathalyzers – In France you are required to carry a single use breathalyzer.
    • Sat-Nav Systems warning – If you have a sat-nav that can detect police radars then you can be fined, banned or imprisoned as it is illegal in most EU countries to have devices in the car that can detect police radar. Also some countries have prohibited the use of sat-nav;s which have the locations of fixed speed cameras.

    There may be additional requirements depending on the country you will be travelling in. for more information please visit www.gov.uk/driving-abroad

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    Just a piece of advice.

    Before you go here is a small list of things you should think about.

    • Has the vehicle been serviced – This will reduce the chance of a breakdown
    • Checked the Tyre’s
    • Checked the oil
    • Topped up the screen wash
    • Advise your insurers of your trip – ensure cover is in place
    • Charged your mobile – Its also worth having a in car charger in case of breakdowns

    This list is not endless but it will give you an overview of what you should consider before taking a long journey

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