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Driving Abroad – What you need to know

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Driving Abroad - What You Need To Know

To drive abroad you need a full driving licence that is in date. If you have a photo-card licence you need to take the paper counterpart with you too.Your insurance must cover you for the countries that you plan to drive through. Take the original insurance certificate with you, not just a copy. You need to carry your passport with you in most European countries. Drivers whose passports are not European may need a visa to drive in Europe.

If you wear glasses or contact lenses in countries like Spain, you need to carry a spare set. In some countries you need an international drivers permit, which you can apply for at the Post Office before you leave.

Make sure that your breakdown cover covers you for the countries you will be driving through and carry those documents with you too.

If you are stopped and fined, in most European countries, you have to pay the fine on the spot in cash or risk being fined more, so carry some cash. Most police officers are sympathetic and will allow you to drive to a cash-point, but not all will do so.

In addition to the documentation already mentioned it is wise to carry your MOT certificate, credit cards, a spare insurance green card, family travel cover documents and your EHIC health card. Carry a note of all contact numbers, such as insurances and card loss insurance numbers. That way if your mobile phone or documentation gets lost or stolen you still have this important information to hand.

In addition you need a spare set of bulbs, 2 warning triangles, high vis jackets for each car occupant, a first aid kit, spare fuses, a fire extinguisher, a GB sticker, headlight converters, a spare tyre and the equipment to change the tyre and in some countries a tow rope. This list is not exhaustive, so check for additional requirements for each country you plan to drive through.

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Driving Abroad - What To Take With You

The documents you need to drive abroad are: your licence - including the paper counterpart, the original of the car's registration document, your original motor insurance documents and you will also have to produce your passport if you are stopped.If by law you need a visa to travel in the country you are driving in you should also carry that with you.

When driving in Spain you also need a spare pair of glasses or contact lenses if you need to wear them in order to drive. In addition in some countries you need an international drivers permit, which you get from the post office.

Check that the breakdown cover you have is valid for the countries you plan to drive in and take that documentation with you.

In most countries fines are payable on the spot, so carry some cash to allow you to pay these fines. Some police officers will be sympathetic and allow you to drive to a cash-point, but do not depend on this. Get a receipt for any fine you pay, just in case you want to appeal at a later date.

You should also carry your MOT certificate, credit or debit cards, a spare green card, travel insurance documents and your EHIC health card. Carry a note of all contact numbers, e.g. insurances and card loss insurance numbers. That way if your mobile phone or documentation gets lost or stolen you still have this important information to hand. On the same paper make a note of things like your passport and driving licence numbers to help you to get them replaced if need be.

You will also need a spare set of bulbs, 2 warning triangles, spare fuses, a fire extinguisher, high vis jackets for each car occupant, a first aid kit, a GB sticker, headlight convertors, a spare tyre and the equipment to change the tyre and in some countries a tow rope. Check for additional requirements for each country you plan to drive through before you leave, this article does not contain an exhaustive list of what you need across all countries.

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What You Need To Drive Abroad

To drive abroad you will need: your licence - including the paper counterpart, the original car registration document, your original motor insurance certificate and you may have to produce your passport if you are stopped, so carry that too. If by law you need a visa to travel in the country you are driving through you should carry that with you too.

When driving in Spain you need a spare pair of contact lenses of glasses if you need to wear them in order to drive, this is just in case your glasses break on a journey. In some countries you also need an international drivers permit, which you can apply for from the post office.

Breakdown cover is not always valid for all countries. Make sure yours is valid for all the countries you plan to drive through as well as your destination country. Take your breakdown documentation with you.

In the majority of countries fines are payable there and then, so carry enough cash to allow you to pay any fines you get. Most police officers will be sympathetic and allow you to drive to a cash-point, but this is not always the case or in isolated places is simply not practical. Get a receipt for any fine you pay, so you can appeal at a later date or prove that you actually paid the fine.

It is also wise to carry your MOT certificate, credit cards, a spare insurance green card, travel insurance documents and your EHIC health card (formerly called the E111). Carry a note of all contact numbers, such as insurances and card loss insurance numbers in your pocket. This way if your mobile phone or documentation is stolen or lost you still have this important contact information to hand.

A spare set of bulbs, 2 warning triangles, high vis jackets for each car occupant, a first aid kit, spare fuses, a fire extinguisher, a GB sticker, headlight converters, a spare tyre and the equipment to change the tyre and in some countries a tow rope are also necessary to drive abroad. This list is not 100% complete, rather it is a summary of the minimum needed. Check for additional requirements for each country you plan to drive through with the AA, RAC or that countries consulate website.