Hints and Tips for Driving Abroad

Monday, 3 September 2012 12:17:25 Europe/London

By planning ahead before you drive to France or any other European country can help alleviate some of these concerns and give you confidence, making your holiday a more enjoyable experience.
Our top tips for driving abroad will help you to plan for your trip and offer a guide on some of the driving regulations you may need to consider

1. Documentation Needed – When driving abroad, you will need to carry extra legal documentation compared to the U.K. All motorists needs to carry a full driving licence including the paper counterpart, vehicle registration document (V5), vehicle insurance certificate and a valid passport

2. Warning Triangle and Reflective Jacket – Many European countries require visiting motorists to carry a warning triangle and reflective jacket in case of a breakdown or emergency

3. Breathalyzer in France – As from the 1st July 2012, it became illegal for anyone to drive within France without carrying a breathalyzer. Failure to carry a breathalyzer will cause a driver to pay an on the spot fine of 11 Euros

4. Headlamp Converters – As U.K. cars are right hand drive, they will need to have their headlamps converted to reduce the dazzle for on coming vehicles. Simple Headlamp converters can be purchased from stores including Halfords and attached to the vehicles lights

5. GB Sticker – A GB Sticker needs to be clearly displayed on the rear of the vehicle. Not displaying the GB sticker could result in an on the spot fine in certain European countries

6. A Fire Extinguisher – A small fire extinguisher is require to be carried when driving within the EU

7. Satellite Navigation System European Version – To aid with travelling within Europe, a European street level satellite navigation system would be advisable for a stress free journey. Using your Sat Nav for direction would help with the confusion caused by foreign language road signs

8. Deactivate your speed camera warnings – Within France it is now illegal to use speed camera warning systems. You can turn off your speed camera warnings on the majority of UK Sat Nav’s and on all Snooper devices. If you are unsure of how to do this on your Snooper device, please call our technical team on 01928 579579

9. Mobile Phones – As with the U.K. it is illegal to use a hand held mobile phone for calls and texts while driving

10. Emergency contact – In case of an accident within the European Union, the emergency call number is 112 and can be dialled from anywhere within the EU

If you would like information on the driving regulations within a specific country, we recommend visiting the RAC website and search for the country required. Happy Motoring.

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