If you are considering driving abroad, there can be many differences to driving in the UK. The regulations for motoring can also be quite varied from country to country, so research beforehand thoroughly. Here are a few things to consider, so you can be properly prepared.


Full Driving Licence

Car Insurance (ask your insurer for an International Motor Insurance Certificate)

Vehicle registration document (V5)

Breakdown cover details


International Driving Permit (if required)

Travel Insurance

Visa (if required)

European Health Insurance Card (if in the EU)


Ensure your car will be reliable by getting it serviced just before your trip

GB sticker on the rear

Headlamp beam adjusters if driving on the right

Winter tyres are compulsory in some countries

Carry a warning triangle and reflective jackets in case of breakdown

Remember any speed camera warning equipment is banned in many countries

Some countries require you to carry extra items, e.g. spare bulbs, first aid kit etc.

If hiring a car, research online thoroughly before you go to get the best deal


Ensure you drive on the correct side of the road - especially after stopping for a rest

Don't speed - ensure you know the correct speed limits and signage

Drive cautiously - the local driving style may be different to that of the UK

Get the correct maps (paper or satnav) beforehand so you don't get lost

Know the correct emergency phone number (e.g. 112 for Europe, 911 for US)

Toll roads are much more common abroad so don't get caught out

Drink-drive limits are lower in many countries, so don't risk it

Mobile phone use whilst driving is banned in most countries


If you need glasses or contact lenses to drive, take a spare set

Don't encourage thieves by leaving your car with any valuables visible