Traveling around in Paloma, our motorhome we have a special bag of bits and bobs, and from time to time it makes to check through our Euro Driving Travel Bag to make sure it’s contents are all there:-
It contains country by country lists of requirements, legal driving ages and conditions, and any special gear you need to carry onboard.
The driver must be in a position to give prior warning of the hazard by placing a warning triangle on the road at an appropriate distance prior to the hazard. (In Spain two triangles must be carried to give advance warning to traffic from both directions).
Once fitted these adjust your headlamps beam pattern so you don’t dazzle oncoming drivers
Drivers must be in a position to replace any blown exterior light.
European law deems that it is an offence to drive a motor vehicle on the Continent at any time if a headlight, side light or other lamp is not in good working order, and the driver is not in a position to replace any such blown running light on demand by a Police Officer.
The European Good Samaritan Law requires every driver to stop and provide assistance in the event of an accident, so it is strongly advisable to carry a fire extinguisher.
Across Europe, many countries uphold the ‘Good Samaritan Law’, which makes it mandatory for you to stop and help someone in the event of an accident.
Here is what the AA say your kit must included:
Do You Wear Glasses
If so you are required to take a spare pair of spectacles in the car with you when driving in France and Spain.
If your car is towing a caravan, trailer, boat etc then whatever it is should have a GB sticker on it as well.
Regarding the GB sticker if you have a newer style EU Number plate with the GB and the Euro flag on it then your good to go
Hi Viz Vests
If you breakdown or heaven forbid are involved in an accident you will need to get out of the vehicle and stand at the roadside or on the hard-shoulder if on a motorway. The authorities are very strict that people stood outside the vehicle on motorways
That’s everyone you the driver and also all of your passengers. So if a family of four are travelling in the car then you should each have a hi viz. Also these need to be carried inside the cabin of the car not the boot so you can put it on before you get out, though in practical terms I presume most will be putting it on as they are getting out.
However the police are strict and if they see you stood with the boot up rummaging round trying to find the vests under all your suitcases and beach balls they will very likely issue you with a fine.
We’ve even got one for Fred Dog.
Documents You Need to Take
You will obviously take your passport with when travelling abroad but because you are driving your own car you will need to take a few other things.
Proof of Ownership (V5 Log book)
M.O.T. (If your car is over 3 years old)
It is worth checking with your Insurance company if you will be fully covered while driving in Europe as some “Fully Comprehensive” Insurance policies revert to just offering “3rd Party” cover whilst driving abroad.
I also recommend that you take the phone number of your insurance company with you in case you need it and I would strongly recommend that you have some European Breakdown Cover and make sure the number you have is correct!