Travelling abroad with your car can make it much easier to get around. It also means you can drive in a car that you’re used to rather than a hire car. When you go to another country, they have different rules. The laws, insurance and even which side of the road you drive on can all be different. We don’t want you to get caught out, so here are some tips for some of the most popular holiday destinations.
In France, EU and EEA and licenses are acceptable. In France, there are a few changes you might need to make to your vehicle to be road legal. If you don’t you could end up getting a nasty on-the-spot fine. You must have a reflective safety jacket that is easily within reach in your car. As well as this jacket, you must also carry a warning triangle. It’s likely you may need to adjust your headlamps too. To be legal you’ll need headlamp deflectors or to change the settings in your car. Finally, you must always carry a breathalyzer (alcohol test). You can buy these items at airports or ferry docks in a handy pack.
When you’re driving in Spain, you’ll need the same safety gear as you would for France. If you don’t have the correct equipment in your car, you can also receive a fine. It’s might be worthwhile checking insurance for travelling in Europe while you’re at it. You could even use a Spanish comparison site like Comparaencasa. You’ll need have insurance for journeying in Europe no matter where you go, so make sure you’ve sorted it out.
Turkey is another popular holiday destination. The rules are like the places we’ve mentioned earlier, but there are a few extra things you need to have. Depending on the type of license you have, you might need an International Driving Permit. You’ll also need two warning triangles rather than one for breakdowns. It’s also required to have a first aid kit and fire extinguisher as well as other items such as headlamp converters.
There are a few rules for driving in the Netherlands that you might not know about. If you’re travelling with your family, children under three must always go in the back. If your kids are over 3 and under 12, they can sit anywhere they like if they have the appropriate car seat. The drink driving limits are lower in the Netherlands than certain parts of Europe, so be careful if you stop off for a quick drink. The limit in the Netherlands is 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. The Netherlands is quite flat and many people travel by cycle or moped, you must remember that they have right of way.
If you are holidaying with your car, as long as you make sure you have the correct documents you’ll be okay. If you have the right paperwork, you should know what you need to bring. As soon as you get on the roads in another country, remember it’s not your hometown! Drive more carefully than you would normally, and most of all enjoy getting to explore somewhere new.