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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
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
SPARE SPECS - SPAIN
If you need to wear glasses, you’re required to carry an extra pair when driving.
LIGHTS ON! - SCANDINAVIA
It is illegal to drive without any headlights on, even in broad daylight.
SHOWROOM SHINE - BELARUS
It’s against the law to drive a dirty car, so make sure it’s clean at all times!
THUMBS DOWN - RUSSIA
It is forbidden to pick up hitchhikers, so don’t be tempted to give them a lift.
THIRSTY WORK - CYPRUS
In Cyprus it is against the law to drink water behind the wheel
ROPED IN - SERBIA
In Serbia it’s compulsory for a car to have a tow bar and a 3-metre rope in the boot.
30 MPH = 48.3 KPH
40 MPH = 64.4 KPH
50 MPH = 80.5 KPH
60 MPH = 96.6 KPH
70 MPH = 112.7 KPH
WHAT YOU NEED IN YOUR CAR
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.
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.
FIRST AID KITS - AUSTRIA, CROATIA
First aid kits are required at all times when driving through both Austria and Croatia in case of emergency.
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.
Priority to the Right
Minimum Speed Limit
Centre of Town
Priority Road Bends Right
End Of Priority Road
Average prices, per litre.
WARM WEATHER PROBLEMS
If your tyres are damaged or at the wrong pressure, the higher temperatures of summer can increase the risk of a blowout.
Check condition of tyres and pressures regularly to carry extra loads, as advised in the vehicle hand book.
Higher temperatures can aggravate your car’s cooling system and also shorten the life-span of your battery if driven frequently in heat.
Check your coolant levels and cooling system often to avoid overheating and the problems that it can cause.
Dazzle from the sun has been known to cause lots of accidents by impairing the driver’s ability to see clearly through their windscreens.
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
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.
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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