Driving in Europe

Posted on June 12th, 2013 by GEM Motoring Assist

With weather forecasters predicating that a balmy summer is unlikely in the UK, many of us will go in search of warmer weather and a hot holiday destination. For those travelling by car, GEM Motoring Assist provides a comprehensive and detailed guide for driving in Europe. The award-winning breakdown cover company and road safety charity offers advice on experiencing different signs, motorways, tolls, and ever-changing regulations as part of its ‘Driving in Europe’ online guide.

The information includes a preparation section ahead of travelling, check-lists for what to take with you, safety tips, and breakdown information in the case of an emergency, as well as a handy FAQs section.

David Williams MBE, CEO of GEM Motoring Assist, comments: “Driving in unfamiliar areas always requires maximum attention, and when abroad and on foreign roads it is even more vital to be fully alert and aware of everything going on around you. Our guide aims to equip motorists for driving in Europe, and also advises on being as prepared as possible for the different driving experiences on the continent.”

GEM’s essential tips ahead of travelling:

  • Get your car serviced before you travel, including ensuring that the car’s tyres have plenty of tread, and that water and oil levels are topped up, if required
  • Check the adjustments required for your headlights before you travel (beam converters can be bought at ferry terminals or garages, but get a quote first as prices can vary)
  • Get an approved GB plate for your vehicle (the GB Euro-Plate has been a legal alternative since 2001, but is not valid outside the EU)
  • Make sure that you take your vehicle registration document with you (but never leave it in the car)
  • Also take with you the MOT certificate if your car is more than three years old
  • Don’t forget the insurance certificate and necessary contact details for your provider
  • Check GEM’s website to ensure that you are aware of any special rules or requirements for the countries that you will be visiting. For example, in France it is a legal requirement to carry a reflective jacket which is accessible from the driving seat (i.e. not stored in the boot of the car)
  • As a safety reminder to make sure that you drive on the correct side of the road when abroad, place a ‘post it’ note on your steering wheel, stating ‘drive on the right’

GEM’s full Driving in Europe guide