Checklist: Everything you need for driving overseas

Checklist: Everything you need for driving overseas 28th October 2014

With Christmas coming up quickly, many families across the UK will be planning little trips overseas for their festivities. For those holidaying in Europe, driving may be a preferable option to flying, but it's important to make sure you are well prepared before you attempt to undertake such an adventure. 

We all know about making sure our tyres are healthy and that the lights etc are working fully, but what about the local laws? Have you made sure you are legally allowed to drive overseas? 

We take a look at some of the most important checks to carry out before you drive in a foreign country. 

  • Check your cover. The first thing to check is that your insurance and breakdown cover extends to driving overseas. If not, your provider will more than likely offer an extension for just a small fee.
  • Do you need a permit? If you are going further afield than Europe, you may need an International Driving Permit (IDP), which allows you to drive without taking further tests. These are required in countries such as Egypt, Thailand and India.
  • Equipment. Some countries require you to carry compulsory equipment in the car when driving there. For example, in France all cars must have a breathalyser, while they also need a fluorescent vest and warning triangle at all times. Try to familiarise yourself with local laws so you don't get caught out. 
  • GB sticker. A very easy one to forget, but you need to have a GB sticker to identify your car or you can end up with an on the spot fine. These can be picked up at most garages for a few pounds. 
  • Learn the rules. Depending on where you're driving, it's probable that you'll be driving on the other side of the road than what you're used to. The vast majority of European countries, for example, drive on the right side of the road and take roundabouts anti-clockwise. No matter where you're going, it's wise to make sure you know all about the driving conditions in that country before you set off. 

Posted by Danielle Barge