This might sound obvious to you, but according to Gocompare.com Car Insurance, one-third of motorists do not look at the requirements and laws of driving in a foreign country before they hop behind the wheel.
Only 41 per cent check whether their car insurance is valid or offers the same level of protection, while almost a fifth think all they need to drive in Europe is a GB sticker and headlamp deflectors.
Matt Oliver from Gocompare.com Car Insurance said there are several challenges to driving in Europe, including the different side of the road and unfamiliar language.
“Being able to recognise and understand road signs and potential hazards and knowing what equipment and documents you’re supposed to carry will help to ensure that you’re driving both safely and legally,” he stated.
This advice will be useful to many caravanners and Brits travelling to Europe in their cars this summer, as 23 per cent are planning to drive abroad. However, 28 per cent do not check speed limits, traffic signals, local alcohol limits, car seat laws and safety equipment regulations for the country they are heading to.
Of course, motorists should not just check driving laws and their insurance policy, but should also make sure their vehicle is safe for long journeys.
Best Price Financial Services suggests checking tyre pressure, tread and oil levels, carrying a first-aid kit and a car ‘tool kit’ in case you have a breakdown or accident, and packing all relevant paperwork, including vehicle registration documents and insurance certificates.