There are a number of requirements you might not be aware for when driving in Europe, so it’s worth reading this guide carefully to find out everything you need to drive in Europe.

We also recommend purchasing a European driving kit as they can prove essential in some countries where it is the law to carry additional items in your car.

European driving checklist

This essential checklist will tell you everything you need to know for driving in Europe, from what to take with you to things to remember when you get there.

Important documents for driving in Europe

  1. Full, valid driving licence and national insurance number
  2. Proof of vehicle insurance
  3. Proof of ID (passport)
  4. V5C certificate (the ‘log book’)
  5. Travel insurance documents
  6. European Breakdown Cover policy number and documents
  7. Before you travel ensure your vehicle’s tax and MOT are valid and up-to-date
  8. Crit’air sticker if driving in France

You may also need to carry other documents with you following the UK’s exit from the European Union, namely:

Required equipment for driving in Europe

  1. Reflective jackets (there must be one for each passenger and be kept within the cabin of the car)
  2. Warning triangle (compulsory in most countries)
  3. Headlamp beam deflectors (depending on your car, you’ll either need deflector stickers or have to adjust the beam manually)
  4. Safety helmets are compulsory for riders and passengers of motorcyclists and moped users
  5. GB car sticker (if you don’t have a GB Euro number plate)
  6. First aid kit (compulsory in Austria, France and Germany)
  7. Most European countries either require you to carry snow chains when driving in snowy and mountainous regions or recommend that you do.
  8. Many countries across Europe require M&S tyres with a minimum tread depth of 3mm (4mm in Austria and the Czech Republic) to be fitted to vehicles during the winter months, usually coming into force at the start of November and ending in roughly March or April.
  1. Fire extinguisher
  2. Replacement bulbs
  3. A high quality torch
  4. A spare fuel can
  5. Additional engine oil and water (for topping up)
  6. An up-to-date road map or satellite navigation system
  7. Blanket
  8. Sun cream
  9. Refreshments and plenty of water
  10. If you have children, take some games you can play in the car during the journey
  11. Take extra supplies of medication in case you can’t get these abroad
  12. Photocopies of important documents
  13. European Health Insurance card
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