8 essential tips for driving aboard this summer

Driving abroad this summer

Brexit may have been delayed, but for Brits driving abroad this summer, the journey could be far from straightforward.

Which is why Goodyear has come up with some suggestions for a smooth and stress-free experience. Predictably, tyres feature in the top tips, but there’s also advice of a non-rubber nature.

Related: how to take your pet abroad this summer

Driving on the right

Sounds obvious, right? But you’d be surprised just how many drivers forget to drive on the right when driving in Europe, particularly after a night’s sleep or when leaving the ferry terminal.

“Take your time, give yourself plenty of space and plan a route that makes use of wide, open roads,” says Goodyear.

Insurance

Traffic congestion in Germany

Many insurers will offer European cover as standard, but comprehensive policies will often be reduced, offering just the minimum level of cover available.

Check with your insurance provider before travelling and consider arranging temporary comprehensive cover if required.

Speed limits

Speed limits vary from country to country, so do your homework before travelling. Most nations display speed limits at border crossings, but look out for weather-related restrictions.

If you’re not careful, you might find a speeding ticket waiting for you when you get home.

Sat navs

Sat nav in Europe

A sat nav could be essential if you’re driving through Europe, but some countries prohibit the use of systems that alert you to the presence of speed cameras.

You could use Google or Apple for navigation purposes, but be careful of costly roaming charges.

Documents

In most European countries you will be expected to carry your car ownership – or V5C – document, and you could receive an on-the-spot fine if you’re caught without it.

Also, don’t forget your driving licence.

Safety equipment

Warning triangle Europe

Did you know that you must carry a breathalyser when driving in France? You’re also required to carry high-vis jackets (or gilets jaunes, one per passenger), along with a warning triangle.

Do your homework before you travel.

Toll roads

Some European countries, such as France and Spain, are renowned for the quality of their toll roads, says Goodyear.

But they can be expensive way to cross the continent, while some countries require you to buy a pre-loaded card. Plan your route carefully.

Tyres

Checking tyre tread

There are around 58,000 reported tyre-related incidents on UK roads every year, says Goodyear, so check that you have enough tread before venturing abroad. Also make sure that the tyres are inflated to the correct pressure, especially if you’re loaded up with passengers and luggage.

And although this advice is focused on driving abroad this summer, remember it’s a legal requirement for vehicles to be fitted with winter or all-season tyres in some countries.

Happy motoring.

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