driving abroad

Driving Abroad

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Embarking on a journey across Europe? Whether you’re planning a scenic drive through the Italian countryside, a beach holiday in Spain, or a wine-tasting tour in France, ensuring your trip is both safe and compliant with local regulations is paramount.

Here at Vavista, we’ve got you covered with essential tips to make your European road trip a breeze…

Traffic in Europe

Did you know?

While many European Union countries adhere to the same driving regulations, there are distinctions in laws such as speed limits and mandatory equipment. It’s prudent to familiarise yourself with the specific requirements of your destination.  A recent study showed that 15% of people questioned, admitted to driving in Europe without this equipment [1].

The RAC provides helpful checklists for various countries, ensuring you’re well-prepared for your journey.

Person enjoying the scenery whilst driving abroad

What do you need to drive abroad?

Ensure you have the necessary documents on hand, including:
  • Valid comprehensive car insurance, and check if an international driving permit is necessary
  • National insurance number
  • Proof of vehicle insurance, valid tax, and MOT for the duration of your trip
  • Valid identification (typically a driving license, though some countries may require a passport)
  • V5C car registration document and travel insurance documents, including EU cover
  • Travel insurance documents
  • European Breakdown cover policy details

Adjust your headlights to comply with local regulations. Specific beam deflectors are available at reputable motoring stores, such as Halfords.

Carry essential safety equipment, including:

Keep emergency contact details in your passport and share your itinerary with someone. Additionally, carry extra funds for unforeseen circumstances, including a mix of currency and traveller’s cheques (remember to record the cheque numbers)/pre-paid debit cards.

British Passport

We also recommend assembling a comprehensive driving/travel kit, including:
  • Refreshments and plenty of water
  • Replacement bulbs, engine oil, and water (check these before traveling and monitor throughout your journey)
  • Fire extinguisher and spare fuel can
  • Sunscreen, refreshments, a blanket, and a torch
  • Satnav or spare maps
  • Entertainment for passengers, such as games for children
  • Extra medication you may require, as it may not be readily available abroad

Someone reading a map whilst driving abroad

Most of these items are either already in your possession or easily obtainable at minimal cost. Remember, it’s better to have them and not need them than the other way around.

Enjoyed this blog?  Check out our tips for Healthy Road Trip Habits.

Wishing you safe travels and enjoyable driving experiences!  Make sure you’re properly insured, get a quote today!

[1] Driving Instructors Association
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