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Driving Abroad: Important things to know before you go

  • It is very important to familiarise yourself with the driving laws of the country you are visiting – including local speed limits and which side of the road they drive on!
  • You should be aware that provisional licences are a national document issued within the framework of driver training and do not entitle the holder to drive outside the territory of the issuing member state.
  • Check with your insurance company that you’re covered to drive abroad including medical expenses resulting from an accident
  • Check whether you need a Green Card for the country you’re visiting
  • Check whether you need an International Driving Permit
  • Service your vehicle before leaving the UK
  • Check you can comply with the vehicle requirements of the countries you’ll visit (e.g. winter tyres in Germany).

Find out what you need to take:

Your proof of vehicle ownership (V5 log book) may be required to be with you. In the UK, you are advised not to carry this in your vehicle; however in many European countries if you don't then you could be subject to a fine.

Further information can be found at

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