Most of us enjoy getting away from it all and having a holiday with our cars (and families). So what are the basics required for driving in Europe? Here is your motoreasy guide.
Prepare your motor
Ideally get your car serviced or a good basic ‘health check" to ensure everything is ship-shape before you set off.
Collect your documents
The vehicle’s registration document V5, your driving licence, motor insurance, some countries require an international driving permit. Bring a photocopy of them all and keep the originals in a different safe place
You must not dazzle oncoming drivers so replacement bulbs or headlamp converters that dip your lights in the other direction are needed. Find suitable kits here.
Make sure you have spare bulbs, heavy duty tape, screwdrivers, puncture aerosol at the very least.
Display one unless your registration plate includes the GB Euro symbol - find it here
Essentials for each country
Do some research on what the legal requirements are as you will most likely be travelling through France you will need at least a portable breathalyser, kit, reflective jacket and warning triangle. Many kits can be found here.
Make sure you have travel insurance and the European Health Insurance Card for free to prevent issues in the event you require emergency care. Click here to apply
Kiss the Kerb when driving abroad, always kiss the kerb. No really, when you are in a right hand drive car, and you are driving on the right hand side of the road, the kerb is, should you feel the urge, conveniently closer for you to kiss. If it isn’t then you are about to have a head on collision. Staying on the right side of the road is just one thing you have to remember when driving abroad.
If even you are not taking your own car, hiring one, especially a car that is safe, good value and adequately insured can also be a nightmare. Look online for providers and pay attention to online review.
Drive & Survive
1. Roundabouts. Take it slow and easy. Don’t be intimidated. Plan ahead and identify your exit point well in time.
2. Major Junctions. Take extreme care when turning left at T junctions and plan your eventual position once you have joined the flow of traffic. In France and Germany it is common practice to have a filter lane on the left to facilitate the crossing of a dual carriage way - there is often little warning of this and most tourists will be driving well to the right, so plan for this.
3. Be Aware. You’ve been driving for a couple of hours and are nicely settled in. You stop for a break. You resume the journey but your concentration has lapsed and you start driving on the left!
Call 112 to contact the emergency services in any EU country. Make a note of your emergency breakdown service number. If you are a motoreasy warranty customer, familiarise yourself with the overseas repairs process.
Plan A (page 12)
Plan B (page 15)
Plan C (page 13)
If you don't have motoreasy's warranty protection remember, it covers you against repair costs for up to 60 day in Europe.