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Driving in Europe

A European road trip is one of the most exciting driving holidays you can take, but the Continent is a big and diverse place – and there are plenty of laws, tips and guidelines you should know before jumping in the car. 

WHAT YOU NEED

DOCUMENTATION

When driving around Europe, you’ll need your Great Britain or Northern Ireland driving licence. If your number plates include the GB euro-symbol (Europlates) you don't have to display a GB sticker within the EU, but if not, you’ll need the sticker.

When renting a car abroad, rental companies may ask for a check code to view your driving licence. You can gain this code by visiting: www.gov.uk/driving-abroad

Driving documentation needed in europe

UNUSUAL EUROPEAN

DRIVING LAWS

SPARE SPECS - SPAIN

If you need to wear glasses, you’re required to carry an extra pair when driving.

Wearing glasses whilst driving

LIGHTS ON! - SCANDINAVIA

It is illegal to drive without any headlights on, even in broad daylight.

Illegal headlights

SHOWROOM SHINE - BELARUS

It’s against the law to drive a dirty car, so make sure it’s clean at all times!

Don't drive a dirty car in europe!

THUMBS DOWN - RUSSIA

It is forbidden to pick up hitchhikers, so don’t be tempted to give them a lift.

Don't pick up hitch hikers in Russia

THIRSTY WORK - CYPRUS

In Cyprus it is against the law to drink water behind the wheel

Dont drink water and drive in Cyprus

ROPED IN - SERBIA

In Serbia it’s compulsory for a car to have a tow bar and a 3-metre rope in the boot.

Always have a tow bar and rope for Euro driving

CONVERTING EUROPEAN

SPEED LIMITS

30 Limit

30 MPH = 48.3 KPH

40 Limit

40 MPH = 64.4 KPH

50 Limit

50 MPH = 80.5 KPH

60 Limit

60 MPH = 96.6 KPH

70 Limit

70 MPH = 112.7 KPH

WHAT YOU NEED IN YOUR CAR

COMPULSORY EQUIPMENT

BREATHALYSERS - FRANCE

In France, it is legally required that drivers carry a breathalyser in their car at all times. All motorcyclists must carry reflective jackets to assist with visibility.

Breathalyser needed for euro driving

REFLECTIVE JACKETS - AUSTRIA, BELGIUM, CROATIA, FRANCE, ITALY, SPAIN

Reflective jackets are required by many countries in Europe, to ensure that people remain visible at all times when out near roads in adverse weather conditions. One per person is recommended.

Reflective Jackets required

FIRST AID KITS - AUSTRIA, CROATIA

First aid kits are required at all times when driving through both Austria and Croatia in case of emergency.

First Aid Kit needed for Austria and Croatia

WARNING TRIANGLE - EUROPE

It’s advised that if you’re driving through Europe, you should carry a warning triangle in your car incase of breakdown or accident. Many countries encourage you to carry two; one for the front, and one for the back of your vehicle.

Always carry a Warning Triangle

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STRANGE

ROAD SIGNS

Priority to the right

Priority to the Right

Frog Crossing

Frog Crossing

Minimum Speed Limit

Minimum Speed Limit

Centre of Town

Centre of Town

No Passing

No Passing

Priority Road Bends Right

Priority Road Bends Right

No Parking

No Parking

No Stopping

No Stopping

Priority Road

Priority Road

End Of Priority Road

End Of Priority Road

EUROPEAN

FUEL PRICES

Average prices, per litre.

  • DIESEL
    €1.10
  • SUPER 95
    €1.16
  • PREMIUM 98
    €1.22
Current European Fuel Prices

WEATHER HAZARDS

WARM WEATHER PROBLEMS

Wary of Punctures Abroad

If your tyres are damaged or at the wrong pressure, the higher temperatures of summer can increase the risk of a blowout.

Punctures Abroad

Check condition of tyres and pressures regularly to carry extra loads, as advised in the vehicle hand book.

Car Temperatures

Higher temperatures can aggravate your car’s cooling system and also shorten the life-span of your battery if driven frequently in heat.

Car Temperature Abroad

Check your coolant levels and cooling system often to avoid overheating and the problems that it can cause.

Glare Driving Abroad

Dazzle from the sun has been known to cause lots of accidents by impairing the driver’s ability to see clearly through their windscreens.

Glare Travelling Abroad

Reduce dazzle by cleaning your windscreen, replacing worn wipers and wearing sunglasses, visit our car protection pages for car sun protection accessories.

LOOKING AFTER YOURSELF

TRAVEL HEALTH TIPS

Driving while tired

DRIVING TIRED

If you feel tired, stop and take a short nap or drink two cups of strong coffee. The following tips can also help:

  • Include a 20-minute break in journeys of more than 3 hours, and on longer trips, take a break every couple of hours.
  • You’re better off taking several short (at least 20 minutes) stops than one long one.
  • Don’t drink alcohol or eat a heavy meal before driving.
Driving with Hayfever

HAY FEVER

If your hayfever is particularly bad, it’s best to get someone else to drive if you can, but the following can help:

  • Make sure any medication you’re taking doesn't cause drowsiness.
  • Close windows and air vents to reduce pollen grains in the car.
  • Clean mats and carpets regularly to get rid of dust.
  • Keep tissues close to hand at all times to avoid spreading germs.

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