Minimise the chance of problems
Get a full service before you go – it’s a simple thing to do, but if any problems can be sorted at home prior to travelling, you’re likely to save a lot of time and money.
Lights – make sure all your lights are working, and take spare bulbs. In France driving without bulbs can cost you up to €80 in fines. Also, make sure you have headlight converters. These can be bought for as little as £8 and change the direction of the light beam; important when driving on the other side of the road. In France the fine for not having these can be as high as €90.
Check the rules and regulations of the country you’re visiting – every country has slightly different rules, and some of these might not even cross your mind. When driving in the EU you must have a GB sticker on your car to avoid a fine (or your registration plate needs to have the GB symbol), in Romania you can be fined for having a dirty car and in Macedonia you can’t even sit in the front seat if you’re ‘visibly under the influence of alcohol’. So do your research!
Driving in Europe pack – from a few good retailers you can get a driving abroad kit which provides you with some of the essentials for when you’re outside of the UK such as a reflective jacket and a warning triangle. These could be invaluable if you breakdown abroad.
You can also read our Great British Getaway guide for more information on how to prepare your car for your journey abroad.