Driving your car abroad

Travelling abroad can be a hair raising and stressful endeavour at the best of times, but even more so when you are travelling with your car. Driving abroad can be one of the scariest experiences you will ever undertake, as much as we malign our own drivers, the Brits are unfailingly polite when it comes to rules of the road.

There are of course, several things you should do before you even think of setting out. First of all, get your car seen to. It could probably do with a once over anyway and this is the perfect excuse. Then you will need to go shopping, as you’ll need recent maps, a warning triangle, a spare set of bulbs, a first aid kit, and probably a fire extinguisher.

The nest thing to do is check all the local laws, as they may differ wildly from what you know. For example did you know that if you are driving in Spain you are required to have a spare pair of glasses if you wear them normally and in Greece having spare petrol can is illegal.

Always keep an eye on your petrol tank, running out of petrol is not fun at the best of times, especially in a foreign country, but in Germany it’s illegal to run out on the Autobahn. It is also an offence to make derogatory signs or use abusive language on the roads, so keep a calm head.

The next thing to do is make sure you have good car insurance. Your current policy is probably woefully inadequate or hideously expensive when extended to driving abroad so it is probably well worth checking around and trying to find a better deal. A quick internet search brings up hundreds of companies and it’s worth spending some time exploring your options before committing to a policy.

Just make sure you get some. Driving abroad is a risky business. As much as it may be hard to believe, Brits are actually very courteous drivers. Foreign countries can be different stories entirely.

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