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Written by : sshields

Published on:: 20/04/2016

Driving Abroad

If you’re considering driving into mainland Europe for your holiday, there are many factors you need to consider, as driving laws will differ by country. From keeping emergency equipment in your car to remembering to drive on the opposite side of the road, here’s a neat guide from our friends at the RAC on everything you need to know.

Before you go

Before you leave for your holiday, there are a number of things you can do to ensure that you are prepared for any eventuality.

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When you get there

Driving abroad is not without its challenges; follow this handy 11-point advice guidelines for when you get there.

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Why is it important to take out cover?

Planning to take your car across the channel and holiday in mainland Europe? Be prepared and check your breakdown cover.

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European Cover

The RAC have developed a new 5 Star Comprehensive European Breakdown Cover.

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Driving and Travel Checklist

Before you set off on your driving holiday to make sure you are prepared for any eventuality.

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International Driving Permit

If you're planning to drive a car abroad you'll need an International Driving Permit (IDP) for certain countries.

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Carnet de Passage

Are you planning to take your vehicle overseas outside Europe? You may need a Carnet de Passage.

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Vehicle on Hire Certificate

Are you taking a hired / leased car abroad?  You may need a Vehicle on Hire Certificate.

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When Things Go Wrong Abroad

Guidance on what to do if you break down or are involved in an accident whilst driving abroad.

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Driving Abroad in Winter

Driving abroad in winter can bring its challenges; it pays to understand both the safety and legal issues.

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Glossary and Useful Websites

Need more advice - browse the glossary and view other helpful websites!

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Operation Stack

Read our advice to motorists about Operation Stack – the procedure deployed by Kent Police in response to the cross-channel ferry delays.

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Don’t forget, if you’ve bought a car from us, you can borrow our roof box, European sat-nav and bike rack for your travels through our Friends portal. Also, the RAC offer a 5% discount to all of our customers in their web shop and discounted breakdown cover. These codes can also be found in the portal.


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