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Tips for Driving in Europe

Tips for Driving in Europe

Are you planning a road trip through Europe this summer? If so, you need to be aware of important driving regulations which are different to ones we’re used to in the UK. We’ve put together a few handy tips to help you stay on the right side of the law as you head out on your driving holiday.

Check access regulations
Before setting out on your drive, it’s important to find out about any local access restrictions such as specific regulations for bridges or tunnels, certain roads and types of vehicles.


Travel insurance
It's also a good idea to take out travel insurance so you're covered should any accidents and emergencies happen.

Have the right equipment
Make sure you have all the compulsory or recommended equipment required in your car. For example, since July 2012 drivers in France have been required to carry a self-test breathalyser. However, there is no current legislation demanding a fine for non-compliance. It’s also compulsory in some countries to drive with a warning triangle and reflective jackets.

Have your paperwork to hand
You must have a range of documents on you, including your full driving licence, passports, vehicle's registration document (V5c) and travel insurance documents. You may also need a visa and an International Driving Permit.

Emergency number
Make sure you remember the number 112. It’s the number you can call anywhere in the European Union in the event of an emergency.

Label your vehicle correctly
Remember to display a GB sticker on your car. You could be fined if you don’t!

Remember to drive on the right
It’s easy to forget when doing something familiar.

We hope you’ve found these useful. For more tips on driving through Europe, check out the video from Zuto below!

Happy travels!

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