Driving advice

Driving in Europe checklist

When you’re planning a driving holiday to the Continent, use our handy travel checklist to make sure you’re not caught out.

You will need the following:

  • Valid passport
  • Travel tickets
  • Foreign breakdown cover
  • Insurance for your car
  • V5C registration document or permission from the vehicle owner to take the car abroad
  • Comprehensive medical and travel insurance

Check the legal requirement for the countries you are visiting. You may need the following:

  • Fold-out warning triangle
  • Spare car light bulbs
  • First aid kit
  • Reflective vest


  • All road signs and speed limits on the Continent are in kilometres, not miles
  • Some motorways are toll roads
  • Driving habits can vary dramatically across the Continent. It may sound like stereotyping but the northern European countries tend to be very disciplined. In southern European countries such as Italy, a red light can sometimes appear like an invitation to speed up

Also check that you’ve got:

  • Usable spare wheel, or puncture sealing kit
  • Jack and wheel brace
  • Locking wheel nut key
  • First-aid kit
  • Jump leads
  • Torch with spare batteries

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