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Top Tips for Taking Your Vehicle Abroad

The summer holiday season is upon us so we’ve put together a handy checklist for your trip…

What you need to have with you:

  • If you’re taking a leased or rented vehicle abroad you will need a letter of authorisation from the registered keeper (often the finance company). If you lease your vehicle through us please contact us on 0161 762 5680 and we can arrange this for you.
  • Your insurance certificate that covers you to drive abroad (check your breakdown cover extends to Europe if that’s where you’re going)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Your Visa (if necessary)
  • Your passport – you’ll need to check it is valid before you go and it’s a good idea to make photocopies to be kept separately from the originals. You should also complete the emergency contact section of your passport.
  • Credit cards – some UK debit cards aren’t accepted abroad so it’s handy to have a credit card on you.
  • Loose change – although you can use your credit cards for most toll roads it’s always handy to have some loose Euros just in case!

Handy to know…

  • Pets – if you’re taking your pet on your trip make sure you’ve checked out the country’s official rules and guidance before you travel.
  • European Emergency number – the number to call in an emergecny anywhere in the European Union is 112.
  • Drinking & Driving – the safest rule to go by is, IF YOU DRINK, DON’T DRIVE! Laws and legal limits do vary so it’s best to check before you travel.
  • Mobile phones – using your mobile phone while driving is against the law in most countries.
  • Drive right – remember to drive on the right when in Europe. If you’re travelling further afield it’s always safest to check before your trip.
  • Headlights – it’s a legal requirement not to dazzle oncoming drivers. You can adjust the headlamps or you can buy stickers to cover them.
  • Your Embassy – you never know when you might need to contact your nearest embassy so check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s website to find out where it is.

For more information on driving abroad visit https://www.gov.uk/driving-abroad.

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Posted on 15th June 2017 at 12:48 PM

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