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Driving Abroad: Things to Know Before You Go

posted on Sep 23 2013 by Jade Hensby

Driving abroad can differ to driving at home, and you should be prepared for any situation that can arise while youre away from home. This blog includes some of the most important things you must remember when driving abroad, so that you can sit back and enjoy the ride.

Firstly, make sure you understand the laws of the country you are visiting. Youll undoubtedly be driving on the motorway at some point so make sure you know the speed limits. Knowing youre route beforehand will take out a lot of the stress, and with most sat-navs having their own European/world maps available for download; you wont have to worry about getting lost, while some of the cars that can be lease here at come with sat navs already built in.

Make sure your insurance policy covers your trip abroad, making sure youre covered if your car is leased is the most important thing to consider. If you need to claim at some point you want to make sure you're covered, rather than run the risk of being uninsured and being left with all the financial responsibility. Along with this you should find out about your breakdown cover. This can be done by either increasing your existing policy, or taking out stand alone European breakdown cover. This will take out a lot of the stress if the worst should happen while youre on the road.

Make sure your car is in perfect working order before you set off. A checklist you should consider includes tyre pressure, tread, oil levels and coolant levels. By going through all of these checks before hand, you can be sure that something minor like this will not interrupt your journey along the way. Making sure your registration plate is displayed correctly will also be beneficial when travelling abroad; make sure it has either the markings of GB or the EU sticker clearly marked on it. If there is a failure to do so, some countries will fine you on the spot for this error. With leased cars, youll find they will have the EU sticker clearly marked on them, due to the age of the car.

Lastly, make sure you have all the correct documents with you; as you do not want to find yourself in trouble. Be sure to include: driving license and its paper counterpart, passport, insurance certificate and leasing agreement. Be sure to check with your leasing company about forms you should consider taking with you. All of this seems like a lot; but it's better to be safe than sorry when driving abroad!