Many of us will be packing up our cars and setting off on our holiday travels this month. If you have never driven abroad it can be a daunting prospect. So, at JS Motors we thought it would be helpful to provide some top tips for driving abroad to help with those worries.
Travelling Safely on your Holiday
Know Your Side
If you are driving in Europe this summer, it is important to remember that most European countries (except Ireland, Cyprus & Malta) drive on the right-hand side of the road. Negotiating roundabouts and turnings will be the opposite of what you are used to, but don’t worry about it. You will be surprised at how quickly it will become comfortable.
It is a legal requirement in most European countries to make sure that your headlights have been adjusted for driving abroad. You can purchase headlamp converter stickers from most garages to prevent you from dazzling other drivers.
Know Where You Are Going
Many cars have in-built Sat-Navs now, and if not many people have one to help in navigating their journeys. If you rely on Google Maps for your Sat-Nav, make sure that your phone is set-up for use abroad, and that you have the data to use it. You don’t want to get stuck somewhere you are unfamiliar with. When driving in Europe, it is a good idea to have a map in your vehicle for back-up too.
Be Prepared for Toll Roads
There are many toll roads which you might come across whilst driving in Europe so it is a good idea to have factored this into your spending money and have some change in your vehicle. Many toll roads do accept cards, but you may be charged additional fees, so having the change is a better option.
Read The Sign
Before driving in Europe it is a good idea to have a little knowledge of some of the most frequently used road signs, so you understand what you are approaching, and can react accordingly.
Insurance and Breakdown Cover
It is worth checking your policies to see whether your car insurance and breakdown cover extends to Europe. You may need to pay an additional premium for cover over that period of time, but it is worth checking this out before you leave.
Before you leave on your holiday check that your tyres, windscreen, mirrors and lights are all in good working order.
If you are travelling abroad, or anywhere in the UK over the summer period and would like to have your car maintenance checked before you leave, come and see us. You can call us on 01993 703621/01865 841627 or contact us here.