European driving checklist

driving in europe checklist

European driving checklist

This checklist will provide you with all the necessary information for driving in Europe, including what to bring with you and things to remember when you arrive.

Important documents for driving in Europe

  1. Full, valid driving licence and national insurance number
  2. Proof of vehicle insurance
  3. Proof of ID (passport)
  4. V5C certificate (the ‘log book’)
  5. Travel insurance documents
  6. European Breakdown Cover policy number and documents
  7. Before you travel ensure your vehicle’s tax and MOT are valid and up-to-date
  8. Crit’air sticker if driving in France (find out if you need one here)

You may also need to carry other documents with you, namely:

Required equipment for driving in Europe

  1. UK car sticker (check more information here)
  2. Warning triangle (compulsory in most countries)
  3. Headlamp beam deflectors (depending on your car, you’ll either need deflector stickers or have to adjust the beam manually)
  4. Safety helmets are compulsory for riders and passengers of motorcyclists and moped users
  5. Reflective jackets (there must be one for each passenger and be kept within the cabin of the car)
  6. First aid kit (compulsory in Austria, France and Germany)

Recommended things to take with you for Driving in Europe

  1. Fire extinguisher (compulsory in some countries)
  2. Replacement bulbs
  3. A high quality torch
  4. A spare fuel can
  5. Additional engine oil and water (for topping up)
  6. An up-to-date road map or satellite navigation system
  7. Blanket
  8. Sun cream
  9. Refreshments and plenty of water
  10. If you have children, take some games you can play in the car during the journey
  11. Take extra supplies of medication in case you can’t get these abroad
  12. Photocopies of important documents
  13. European Health Insurance card

Familiarizing yourself with the driving laws, specific entry requirements, and compulsory items to carry for the country/ies you will be driving in is the next best thing to do in addition to reviewing the checklist above.

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