Driving in Europe
With the summer holidays just around the corner many brits are off to the continent for a well-earned break, and with the ferry port just around the corner what better excuse to take the car over with you.
To make sure everything goes smoothly for you, Seward Group have put together a few tips for you to make sure your holiday is one to remember, for the right reasons!!
Before you go....
- Make sure you have all the valid documentation from your driving licence to insurance. You will need to check with your insurance company that you are able to drive abroad (sometimes if you are only third party you do not have this on your policy so it is better to check) and of course make sure you have your passport.
- Check what compulsory in car equipment you need. All countries have different requirements for example in France it is compulsory to have a breathalyser in your car!
- Make sure you have a GB sticker on your car to avoid hefty fines.
- Check your breakdown cover is extended to Europe.
- Most importantly check your car is fully serviced before you go (nothing worse than breaking down when the kids are eager to get in the pool!!) click here to book in a service before you go.
- Make sure you are driving on the correct side of the road, most of Europe drive on the opposite side of the road to us in the UK, make sure you remember this when you get off the ferry
- Make sure you adjust your headlights so as to not 'dazzle' other drivers when driving on the right hand side of the road.
- Map out your route. You may well have satnav that works in Europe, however it is better to be safe than sorry and have a rough idea of where you are going just in case you satnav doesn't work. You don't want to end up in Portugal when you are heading to Spain!
- Keep some Euro change as many European countries operate toll roads so make sure you have plenty of coins.
- Be wary of other road users that may stop or unexpectedly turn. Local drivers may drive differently to those in the UK so always expect the unexpected.
- Take a break when driving. It can be tiring especially if you have just travelled overnight by ferry, make sure you rest regularly and don't try and drive for too long each day. Make regular stops and plan this into the holiday.
- Finally, have fun and have an amazing holiday!