Top tips for driving abroad this summer
It’s assumed that driving on the correct side of the road is the only thing to worry about, but with different driving regulations across the world, there is much more to prepare for.
The Caravan Club recommends the following for holidaymakers heading further afield:
- Prepare the car or motorhome by making sure it is serviced and check the tyre pressure and oil levels before setting off on the road.
- Many vehicles have a ‘GB’ identifier on their registration plate. If not, make sure that the vehicle is labelled with GB stickers. This will allow authorities and other drivers to recognise visitors from abroad.
- Plan the journey in advance. Before setting off on the road ensure that maps, directions to campsites or a Sat Nav with European mapping are to hand. A phrase book or dictionary is also useful.
- Be sure to have all of the required documents: passport, driving licence, insurance certificate, MOT certificate or vehicle on hire certificate. If stopped by the police in any country, caravaners and motorhomers will need to prove that they have permission to use the vehicle and that they are insured.
- Adhere to the speed limits of the country. In some European countries, the speed limit may not be sign posted if driving through a town or village, it is required that motorists drive at 30mph, unless a lower limit is signed.
- Check what compulsory in-car equipment is required in the country being visited. For example, in France drivers are obliged to carry a warning triangle and fluorescent vest(s). In a number of European countries, it is compulsory to carry a first aid kit and The Caravan Club always recommends that its members have one in the car.
The Caravan Club has created a checklist of what to take when driving abroad, which can be found on the website and is useful for those planning a road trip this summer.
The Caravan Club offers its members over 200 inspected sites overseas, as well as 2,500 privately owned places and 200 Club sites to stay in the UK, and provides all members with free expert advice, overseas travel services, financial services and exclusive member offers and discounts. High standards of customer service to Club members are at the heart of all operations.
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External Communications and Sponsorship Manager
The Caravan Club
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Champions of the great outdoors, The Caravan Club represents the interests of over one million caravanners, motorhomers and trailer tent owners across the UK.
The Caravan Club offers its members over 200 Club Sites and 2,500 privately owned places to stay, and provides all members with expert advice, overseas travel services, financial services and exclusive member offers and discounts.