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Planning on driving abroad this year?
Sun tan cream and dark glasses aside, there are a number of items you need to pack in your car before you head for the high seas. You also need to check that your vehicle's in tip-top condition (it's inconvenient - and can be expensive too - to break down overseas). Last but not least, make sure you bone-up on the motoring laws of the land to which you are travelling.
There are a few essential things that should be in (or on) your car before you even think about leaving home ...
- A GB sticker - you are legally required to display a GB sign (if it's not already included in your licence plate).
- Warning triangle and reflective jacket - the use of both is complulsory in many European countries should you break down or be involved in an accident.
Headlamp beam converters - fit them so that your dipped lights don't dazzle oncoming drivers.
- Spare bulbs - it's an offence to drive a vehicle with faulty lights, so carry a spare bulb kit in your car. In some countries, including Spain, it's a legal requirement to have spares anyway.
- First aid kit - always pack one just in case.
In addition, be aware that ....
Using a hand-held mobile phone is prohibited in many other countries too.
Don't drink and drive - laws are strict and penalites can be severe. The drink drive limit is lower than ours in most other European countries.
Don't overload your car- as well as being dangerous, this can incur fines and invalidate your insurance.
If you have to pay a fine, ask for a receipt.
Obey the speed limits - even if the locals don't.
Carry plenty of local currency for tolls and fines (your car could be impounded if you can't pay).
Documents to carry ...
Driving permit (necessary in some countries).
Insurance certificate (green card).
Check with a motoring organisation, like the RAC or AA, for all the latest news and regulations.
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