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.
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