If you’re planning a holiday to Europe this summer and are planning on driving a car, it is vital that you know about the latest driving regulations as you may face big fines if you don’t!

To help ensure you don’t suffer from any problems on the road, we have created this simple guide to prevent you running into issues!

Overseas Driving Offenses

Don't get caught without the right paperwork and equipment
If you think that you can drive on a German autobahn at 150mph or a French Autoroute without consequence, you’re in for a nasty surprise.

While you won’t pick up points on your license if you commit an offense, you could easily be left with a HUGE fine or be left on the side of the road as your car is towed away!

Police across Europe has the power to stop you and issue a fine which you will be forced to pay there and then, if you can’t pay, then your car may be impounded.

You driving license may also be taken off you.

If you are caught by a camera and receive a fine in the post when you are home, you will be able to appeal, however, European law enforcement can be rather slow and complex to deal with. You might just be better off paying the fine.

Toll Stations

Toll stations are all over Europe, plan your trip
Road on the UK are vastly different to the ones in Europe when it comes to the amount of toll stations on motorways.

In the UK, there are only a few across the entire country, however, in Europe they are everywhere!

It is definitely worth keeping change in the form of European currency in the car despite the fact that many tolls have contactless payment systems.

The best way to avoid getting stung by a huge pile up of toll charges, is to research your routes before you leave on each journey. You can pick out the tolls and avoid with an alternative route if you don’t mind going the long way around.

Documents and Equipment

Make sure you have your passport and other documents
Before heading beyond the English Channel, make sure you’ve got all the documents and equipment required to drive in certain countries.

Compulsory equipment and documents do vary from place to place, so we’ve made a list of all the things we’d recommend popping in your boot before departure.

You may need to provide any of the following documents when driving on the continent:

  • Your full and valid driving licence (not provisional)
  • Your motor insurance certificate (if driving your own car)
  • Your vehicle’s original registration document (V5c)
  • A copy of your DVLA driver record
  • A licence ‘check code’ to share your driving record with a third party (e.g. a hire car company)
  • Your travel insurance documents, which should cover you for driving
  • Passports for you and all of your passengers
  • You may also need a visa to drive in certain countries

Please note: These documents apply to car drivers. You may need additional documentation when travelling in another vehicle.

If you are driving in France, it is also a legal requirement that you carry a drivng kit (pictured below). If you do not have one of these in your car when driving in France, you are breaking the law. You can buy a kit from Amazon by clicking here.

If you are driving your own car abroad, it would be very wise to have a service carried out before you travel. The last thing you want, is for something to go wrong in another country and there is a language barrier preventing you from understanding what a mechanic is trying to communicate.

You can get a range of quotes for a full service from garages near you for free by clicking here!

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