Driving Abroad This Summer? Plan Ahead

Summer Driving AbroadEvery year, it seems more and more motorists choose to drive abroad for their summer holidays. According to recent findings by the RAC, of the 2 million or so motorists that travel to Europe each year, 76% of them feel nervous about driving abroad.

Whether it’s concerns about the different driving styles, or more of a language or cultural barrier, there are a few things you can do before your European journey to calm those last minute jitters.

Read up on the various driving laws of the Country you plan to visit or drive through. Pay special attention to their local speed limits and on what side of the road they drive on.

Perform a thorough service of your vehicle before you embark on your journey. It is important to check your vehicles fuel, oil, water, and electrics, along with your tyre pressures and tread.

Make sure you take with you the various vehicle documents that you may need. Items such as your UK driving license, V5 vehicle registration document, motor insurance certificate, and a valid passport could be required.

Give your insurance company a call and double check that your vehicle policy provides you with full protection whilst abroad.

Make sure that you have a GB sticker clearly displayed on the back of your vehicle, and headlamp converter if you are driving on the right-hand side of the road.

It’s often a good idea to take with you a spare set of keys (just in case).

For more information on breakdown cover whilst abroad, read our guide to European breakdown cover.

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