- Is your car safe to drive?
Before you set off check your vehicle is fully serviced
Check your oil levels, water levels and tyre pressure
Make sure you have a spare tyre in good working order
- Equip your car with the essentials as these are compulsory in some European countries
Headlight beam converter and spare bulbs
First aid kit
- When driving abroad, always have these handy
Vehicle Registration Document
- Know your local rules and speed limits
The highway code differs from country to country so we’ve listed some of the most important points to remember in this guide
- Brush up on your international road signs
So that you’re familiar with them we’ve put a handy guide in on page six
- Know your route
Buy a good European road atlas
Your SatNav – does it work in Europe?
- Motorway driving
Many motorways in Europe have toll booths and although most do take credit cards these days make sure you carry enough euros on you at all times
- Never Drink and Drive
Some European countries have lower drink driving limits than the UK. My recommendation is if you’re driving, don’t drink at all
Make sure your insurance policy covers you for European driving
Let your insurer know you are travelling abroad and make a note of helpline numbers
- And finally…
Make sure you’re driving on the right side of the road!