Driving in Europe

If you’re planning to drive to Europe this summer, it's important to check local road rules and regulations in advance. They’re not the same as in the UK.

 

Here are some tips on what to take to Europe.

Key documents to take

  • Your valid full (not provisional) driving licence
  • A copy of your DVLA driver record and a licence check code, if needed
  • An International Driving Permit, when necessary
  • Your vehicle registration document (V5c) – the original, not a copy
  • Your motor insurance certificate
  • Your passport(s)
  • Your travel insurance documents.

 

For some countries, you’ll also need a visa.

 

Make sure your documents are in order – you may be asked to show them at any time while driving in the EU.

 

Key EU regulations to consider

GB sticker

Always display a GB sign when driving in the EU. If your number plates include the GB Euro-symbol (Euro-plates), you won’t need a conventional GB sticker.

 

Reflective jackets

In many countries, all drivers have to carry reflective jackets by law. You must wear these if you leave your vehicle in an emergency or breakdown situation.

If you hire a vehicle, always check the rental company has supplied jackets.

 

Headlight adjustment

If you’re taking your own car abroad, headlamp-beam converters will help you avoid dazzling oncoming traffic at night.

 

Warning triangle

Always carry a warning triangle in your boot. This is a legal requirement in some countries.

 

Travel insurance

Remember to take out travel insurance so that you're covered for accidents and emergencies abroad.

Vauxhall European Driving Pack

Driving off to Europe? Then you can buy a European Travel Kit which has got the essentials you need to drive legally in 14 popular European countries. From the essential GB sticker to your warning triangle, hi-vis vest and breathalyser, it’s even got a handy driving guide. Just relax and enjoy the ride, knowing it’s all to hand in our useful zip-up bag.

 

The European Travel kit allows you to legally drive in the following countries:

Austria

Italy

Belgium

Netherlands

Croatia

Norway

Denmark

Portugal

France

Spain

Germany

Sweden

Ireland

Switzerland

 

The handy kit bag includes all the essentials:

 

1 x Bulb Kit (Containing 2 bulbs)

1 x Set of Headlight Deflectors

1 x GB Sticker

2 x Warning Triangles

4 x Hi-Vis Vests

2 x Breathalysers

1 x Small First Aid Kit

1 x Guide to driving in Europe

1 x Vauxhall-branded zip up bag

Book a Service before your trip

If you’re planning to visit Europe in your own Vauxhall, get peace of mind by booking a service beforehand. Our trained teams will make sure your oil and coolant levels, brakes, lights, tyres and other key features are fit for the road. Happy holidays!

Have a look at our Accessories

If you need some little extras just to make your summer journey more comfortable, easy, relaxed and fun, have a look at our Essential Summer Accessories: