If you’re planning to drive on the continent, there are some things that you need to carry with you that are not compulsory in the UK. Failure to have them in your vehicle could land you with a heavy fine.
In France and Germany you must carry reflective jackets for each occupant of the car. They should also be stored in the vehicle so you can access them quickly and easily. You must also carry a hazard triangle that we mentioned earlier. Your car must also display a GB sticker or have a number plate with GB on it. In Germany you are also required to carry a first aid kit.
In Spain and Italy, the rules are similar to France and Germany although reflective jackets are not mandatory to carry with you. That said, if you’re on the road or hard shoulder without one, you could be fined.
In Belgium, reflective jackets must be worn if you breakdown. A warning triangle is compulsory and, if you’re driving a Belgian registered car, so too is a fire extinguisher and first aid kit. The latter two items are not compulsory if you take your UK registered car into Belgium.
For more information on both road trips in the UK and Europe, why not take a look at our Great British Getaway?