Driving Abroad

  • See whether your vehicle is due for a Service before you travel.
  • Get a fire extinguisher, first-aid kit, tool kit, spare bulbs and warning triangle for your vehicle. Many of these items are a legal requirement in some EU countries.
  • Don't forget that a GB sticker is a legal requirement in most countries.
  • Remember to take your car registration and insurance documents, Green Card (if issued), driving licence and passport, details of any breakdown and travel insurance, together with any emergency helpline numbers - but don't leave them in the car when unattended.
  • Tell your motor insurer that you are taking your vehicle abroad. UK motor policies usually provide the cover required for the EU and certain other countries, but this does not normally include theft, fire or damage and, may not completely cover personal liability. Extend your policy to cover these areas whilst abroad.
  • Ask your insurer about obtaining a Green Card - it is recognised as evidence that your motor insurance meets the local law.
  • If hiring a car, make sure you have adequate insurance cover, especially in the USA.
  • Check that your vehicle breakdown insurance covers travel abroad. If not, extend the cover or buy an separate specialist breakdown policy for the duration of your trip.
  • Familiarise yourself with road signs and general road rules of the country you are visiting before you go.
  • When possible, drive on major roads and avoid driving at night.
  • Try and park your car in a secure parking area.
  • Parking garages can sometimes be difficult to find and may have less than adequate security and lighting. If this is the case, particularly in high crime cities, park elsewhere in a well-lit place.
  • If an attacker tries to pull you over or block your way, do not stop the car - sound the horn, flash your headlights to attract attention and stay in the locked car if possible.
  • Always keep the car locked and check inside and outside the car when getting in.
  • Avoid leaving your possessions in an unattended vehicle.
  • Never pick up hitch-hikers or strangers, no matter how innocent they may appear.

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