Driving abroad this summer?
By: Click4Reg Team
Last updated: 07 April 2015
If it is your first time driving abroad this summer, donít worry we have your back. We have compiled a list of things you need to check and do before you go on your European adventure!
First and foremost check if youíre insurance covers you driving abroad. If not make sure you do arrange cover. The last thing you need is to have an accident and you are not insured, Iím sure the lovely people of Europe will not appreciate it if you accidently write off their car.
Secondly get your car ready. Take it in for a service. You donít want to be driving for five hours through Luxemburg and breakdown because you havenít checked the oil. Replace windscreen wipers and check your tires.
Check your breakdown cover, will they come and rescue you from a motorway in France
Make sure you have the compulsory equipment in your car. The European Police are very hot on this so make sure you have everything.
- Warning triangles
- Reflective jacket
- First aid kit
- Fire extinguisher
- GB sticker
- Spare bulbs
- NF approved breathalyser Ė Currently you only need this if you are travelling through France.
It is also important to carry an in car tool kit, spare tire, car jack and jump leads. The AA sell a European Travel Kit with Breathalyser Bundle for £34.99 (at the time of writing this article) which will have you set for your travels.
You also need to make sure you have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) you can get these for free from the NHS website. These cards are for if you require medical treatment in an EU country. You do also need Travel Insurance on top for accidents, thefts and medical emergencies.
There are some tolls through Europe so make sure you carry change! Always have several ways to access your money, take your debit card, credit card and cash just in case.
Always follow the driving restrictions and read up about the rules before you go.
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