As the gloomy weather continues here in the UK, many of us are already looking forward to taking a holiday during the February half term (and beyond!). Here are Rosedale Leasing’s Top 10 Tips for driving in Europe if you are one of those lucky families that are planning one!
Rosedale Leasing’s Top 10 Tips for driving in Europe
Before you embark on your journey:
- Minimise any risk of breaking down by making sure that your car has a good service
- Display a GB sign – if you don’t, you could be landed with an on-the-spot fine
- Make sure that your important travel documents are somewhere close at hand, including:
- Driving licence as well as a photocopy
- Car registration form (V5) if you own the vehicle, or a “Vehicle on Hire” certificate (VE103B) from your lease company
- Insurance documents
- Breakdown recovery documents
- You may need to obtain a Green Card as proof of European insurance if you are travelling in certain countries – visit the Motor Insurance Bureau for more information
When you are on your journey:
- Be sure that you are confident with driving on the right-hand side of the road and take extra caution, especially during the first few days of travelling
- Be aware that other countries may practice different road courtesies than the UK
- Even one drink could mean that you are over the legal drink-drive limit in Europe due to strict laws, so don’t take any risks with alcohol. If you do drink in the evening after finishing your day of travelling, make sure you have allowed enough time for it to leave your system before setting off again
- If you are on a particularly long stretch of your trip, try and stop for regular rests
- If you need help from any emergency services, the number is 112 in Europe. Obviously, only call this if you require urgent assistance
- If you are involved in an accident, however minor it may seem, contact your insurance company as soon as you can and take photographic evidence for the record
We do hope that you have found Rosedale Leasing’s Top 10 Tips for driving in Europe useful – feel free to print it off and use it as a handy check-list and document to take with you on your travels!
So, if you are planning a journey any time soon, have a fabulous and enjoyable trip from all of the Rosedale Leasing team! In the meantime, if you have any driving in Europe travel tips, feel free to share them with us on Twitter @RosedaleLeasing or on Facebook!
(for the record, the photo is for illustration only! Obviously, we don’t recommend that anyone leans out of car windows or poses precariously on any vehicle on any journey!)