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Driving in Europe

by Chris Meeten

There are a number of requirements you might not be aware for when driving in Europe!
Read our guide carefully to find out everything you need to drive in Europe.

We also recommend purchasing a European driving kit from a good car spares retailer as they can prove essential in some countries where it is the law to carry additional items in your car, for example in France you must carry a portable breathalyser in your vehicle.

European driving checklist

This essential checklist will tell you everything you need to know for driving in Europe, from what to take with you to things to remember when you get there.

Important documents for driving in Europe

  1. Full, valid driving licence and national insurance number
  2. Proof of vehicle insurance
  3. Proof of ID (passport)
  4. V5C Certificate (Vehicle Registration Document)
  5. Travel insurance documents
  6. European Breakdown Cover policy number and documents
  7. Before you travel ensure your vehicle’s tax and MOT are valid and up-to-date
  8. Crit’air sticker (find out if you need one read our news article here)

Required equipment for driving in Europe

  1. Reflective jackets (there must be one for each passenger and be kept within the cabin of the car) Put them on before you exit the vehicle.
  2. Warning triangle (compulsory in most countries)
  3. Headlamp beam deflectors (depending on your car, you’ll either need deflector stickers or have to adjust the beam manually)
  4. Breathalyser (compulsory in France although should not be fined as the law was repealed)
  5. Safety helmets are compulsory for riders and passengers of motorcyclists and moped users
  6. GB car sticker (if you don’t have a GB Euro number plate)
  7. First aid kit (compulsory in Austria, France and Germany)

Recommended things to take with you for Driving in Europe

  1. Fire extinguisher
  2. Replacement bulbs
  3. A high quality torch
  4. A spare fuel can
  5. Additional engine oil and water (for topping up)
  6. An up-to-date Michelin road map or Atlas click here to buy yours now
  7. Blanket
  8. Sun cream
  9. Refreshments and plenty of water
  10. If you have children, take some games you can play in the car during the journey
  11. Take extra supplies of medication in case you can’t get these abroad
  12. Photocopies of important documents
  13. European Health Insurance card



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