Preparing for the trip
-Check the rules: Depending on where you are going, the rules of the road could be quite different from here at home. Even driving laws and requirements in neighbouring countries differ. Spend some time familiarising yourself with local traffic rules and customs, not least, which side of the road they drive on!
Note: It may also be a good idea to check the drink driving laws in case they differ from the UK.
-Check your equipment: you’ll need to think about whether you need to carry any additional items in your car. Certain countries such as France require you to have the following in the car: reflective hazard triangles, fluorescent jackets and a portable breathalyser.
Did you know: your car must display a GB sticker on the back (unless there is already a GB on your number plate). Failure to do so may result in an on-the-spot fine.
-Check your documentation: it is worth being organised and collecting together all the documentation you will need in the event that you get into difficulties on your travels.
You’ll need: your passport, your driving licence, vehicle registration document (V5), breakdown policy, travel insurance documents, emergency helpline numbers and last but not least, your car insurance certificate. You might be needing a bigger bag!