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Driving Essentials Checklist

Prior to driving abroad, it is important to familiarise yourself with the local driving rules for the country or countries that you will be driving in, as each country tends to have variations to their rules.

Regulations are always changing so even if you are driving in a country you are familiar with, it is worth reviewing your knowledge in case anything has changed since last time.  For example, are you aware that new travel rules came into force on 1st January 2021?  These new rules include certain documents that you now need to carry with you when driving in Europe, for more information and other changes read our page detailing ‘useful tips for driving in Europe after Brexit’.

Here at Questor, we have put together a handy guide outlining some of the key driving rules for 5 of Europe’s holiday hotspots this summer!  Do remember though that rules are updating all the time, so do check for the latest information as issued by the country you will be driving in.

car driving on an international motorway

Driving in France

Required Documents for Driving in France

  • Full and valid driving licence
  • Proof of ID
  • Motor insurance certificate
  • V5 registration document

Compulsory

  • French 'clean air' stickers (Crit'Air vignettes): You will need to display a clean air sticker on your vehicle when travelling in Paris, Lyon, Toulouse, Villeurbanne, and Grenoble. This six-category sticker system categorises your vehicle based on the Euro emissions standard and identifies what emissions your vehicle produces.
  • Reflective Jackets: Each occupant of the car is required to have one of these inside the vehicle.
  • Warning Triangle: Required in every vehicle with 4 wheels.
  • Helmets: Required for motorcyclists and their passengers.
  • Headlamp Beam Deflectors: Depending on the make and model of your vehicle, you will need deflector stickers, or you may need to adjust the beam manually.
  • Breathalyser/Alcohol Test: Drivers and motorcyclists must always carry an alcohol testing kit in their vehicle.

Recommended

  • Spare Bulbs: It may be worth carrying a spare bulb kit for your vehicle in the case of an emergency.

Driving in Spain

Required Documents for Driving in Spain

  • Full and valid driving licence
  • Proof of ID
  • Motor insurance certificate
  • V5 registration document

Compulsory

  • Warning Triangle: Compulsory in every vehicle with 4 wheels or more.
  • Headlamp Beam Deflectors: Depending on the make and model of your vehicle, you will need deflector stickers, or you may need to adjust the beam manually.
  • Helmets: These are compulsory for those riding mopeds, motorcycles, trikes, and quad bikes unless the vehicle is fitted with seatbelts. Motorcycles must also always have their headlights on.

Recommended

  • Reflective Jackets: you could risk being fined by local police if caught walking on the road or on the hard shoulder without one.

Driving in Italy

Required Documents for Driving in Italy 

  • Full and valid driving licence
  • Proof of ID
  • Motor insurance certificate
  • V5 registration document

Compulsory

  • Warning Triangle: Compulsory in every vehicle with 4 wheels or more.
  • Headlamp Beam Deflectors: Depending on the make and model of your vehicle, you will need deflector stickers, or you may need to adjust the beam manually.
  • Helmets: These are compulsory for those riding mopeds, motorcycles, trikes, quad bikes, or any vehicles without closed bodywork. Motorcycles and mopeds must also always have their headlights on.

Recommended

  • Reflective Jackets: you could risk being fined by local police if caught walking on the road or on the hard shoulder without one.

warning triangle on road

Driving in Belgium

Required Documents for Driving in Belgium

  • Full and valid driving licence
  • Proof of ID
  • Motor insurance certificate
  • V5 registration document

Compulsory

  • Reflective Jackets: You must wear a reflective jacket if you are involved in a breakdown or an incident, or if you have stopped in an area where parking in prohibited.
  • Warning Triangle: Compulsory in every vehicle with 4 wheels or more.
  • Headlamp Beam Deflectors: Depending on the make and model of your vehicle, you will need deflector stickers, or you may need to adjust the beam manually.
  • Protective Clothing: All motorcycle riders, residents and tourists must wear protective clothing while riding.

Recommended

  • First aid-kit and fire extinguisher: This is compulsory for vehicles registered in Belgium and highly recommended for those travelling.

Driving in Germany

Required Documents for Driving in Germany 

  • Full and valid driving licence
  • Proof of ID
  • Motor insurance certificate

Compulsory

  • Warning Triangle: Compulsory in every vehicle with 4 wheels or more.
  • Headlamp Beam Deflectors: Depending on the make and model of your vehicle, you will need deflector stickers, or you may need to adjust the beam manually.
  •  Helmets: These are compulsory for those riding moped and motorcycles. Motorcycles must also always have their headlights on.
  • Winter Tyres: All passenger cars and motorbikes must be fitted with all-season/winter tyres during Winter and wintry conditions.

Recommended

  • First Aid-Kit: Compulsory for vehicles registered in Germany and highly recommended for those travelling within Germany.

 

Do not worry if a country you are planning to drive in is not listed, there is plenty of information online to assist you in getting up to speed on everything you need to know.  Normally a quick search will return many results which will prove useful.

Likewise, if you are driving abroad this summer, whether it be in a hire car or your own private vehicle do not forget about vehicle excess insurance.  With prices starting from just £2.99 per day it will alleviate your financial risk should the unexpected happen.

Date Created: 16/06/2021


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