Easter Driving - are you heading overseas?

Easter is almost upon us and there are many stories in the news of people heading out of the UK for a break over the Easter holidays. If you're lucky enough to be heading overseas and will be driving, then here's some tips on overseas driving, particularly in Europe:


1. Make sure you take a full set of documents as you may get stopped and asked to produce them at any time. The documents you need to take with you are:

  • Valid full (not provisional) driving licence
  • Driving licence paper counterpart - if you have a photocard licence
  • An International Driving Permit (when necessary)
  • Vehicle registration document (V5c) - the original not a copy
  • Motor insurance certificate
  • Passport(s)

2. Also, check with your insurer to make sure that your existing insurance covers you when driving abroad.


3. If you are travelling in a car that is company owned, hired or borrowed you will need a letter of authorisation from the registered owner. In addition, you will need to take either the original vehicle registration document (V5c) or a Vehicle on Hire certificate (VE103b).


4. In an emergency, 112 is the number to call anywhere in the European Union in case of an accident, assault or in any other situation where you may need help.

Easter bunny


5. As always, don't leave handbags or other valuable items in plain view in your car. This applies at any time, even when you are in the car.


6. It might be tempting to have a glass of wine with lunch but don't. Drinking and driving laws are strict and the penalties can be severe.


7. If you’re going to a European Union country or Switzerland, make sure you’ve got a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which entitles you to reduced-cost, sometimes free, medical treatment in most European countries. However, the cover provided is not always comprehensive so you should always have travel insurance in place as well.


8. Right hand side of the road. There was a story in the news the other day of a German couple that were involved in an accident, whilst holidaying in the UK. It was late at night and they ended up crashing into another vehicle because they were driving on the wrong side of the road. It was a simple mistake to make and thankfully everyone involved was OK. But, don't get caught out making the same mistake. Always be aware and remember to drive on the correct side of the road wherever you are.


I hope that you found these tips helpful.