Driving Holiday: Taking Your Car Abroad

Planning a vacation which allows you to take your car with you? This can be a fantastic way to travel as it gives you great flexibility, more comfort and the ability to see all of the areas between your destinations. Not only this, but it can also be much more affordable than having to hire a vehicle which you then have to get used to driving. Read on for all you need to know about taking your car overseas.


First, you will want to make sure that you have adequate coverage in place. The majority of UK car insurance policies give motorists third-party across Europe but you will need to contact your provider if you want comprehensive cover. You should also make sure that you have breakdown cover as it could be disastrous without this in place. You may have European cover as standard if the vehicle is relatively new but if not you should contact your provider for a European upgrade.

Items You Need

There are a few items that you will need to take with you and have in the car at all times. This will include your driving license, insurance cover note and the logbook. In addition to this, you must also have a GB sticker and a red warning triangle to place on the road if you break down (these are compulsory in a few European countries) along with a high-visibility jacket. These are the main items that you will need but always research what you need for different countries before setting off.


It is also a smart move to research the driving laws and unwritten rules of the road for anywhere that you will be driving. You will find that many countries have different rules and etiquette when it comes to driving so you will find it much easier and stress-free if you are aware of these beforehand.

Suitable Vehicle

You certainly do not want to encounter any car issues whilst travelling abroad so it is important to take the time to give your vehicle a thorough inspection and to carry out a few maintenance tasks such as inflating the tyres and changing the oil. Alternatively, if you are in the market for a new vehicle then you should be able to find a reliable one in the used car market from somewhere like AA Cars.

Taking your car abroad can be a great option when on holiday as it gives you a lot of freedom and flexibility as well as the ability to experience different parts of the country. It is relatively straightforward, but you need to make sure that you are fully prepared and familiarise yourself with the rules of the road wherever you are travelling to.


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