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Documentation And Spares For Driving Abroad

By Mel Green

The documents you need to drive abroad are: your licence – including the paper counterpart, the original of the car’s registration document, your original motor insurance documents and you will also have to produce your passport if you are stopped.If by law you need a visa to travel in the country you are driving in you should also carry that with you.

When driving in Spain you also need a spare pair of glasses or contact lenses if you need to wear them in order to drive. In addition in some countries you need an international drivers permit, which you get from the post office.

It is wise to make sure that your breakdown cover covers you for the countries you will be driving through and to carry those documents with you too. If you are stopped and fined, in most European countries, you have to pay the fine on the spot in cash or risk being fined more, so carry some cash. Most police officers are sympathetic and will allow you to drive to a cash-point, but not all will do so.

It is also wise to carry your MOT certificate, credit cards, a spare insurance green card, travel insurance documents and your EHIC health card (formerly called the E111). Carry a note of all contact numbers, such as insurances and card loss insurance numbers in your pocket. This way if your mobile phone or documentation is stolen or lost you still have this important contact information to hand.

In addition you need a spare set of bulbs, 2 warning triangles, high vis jackets for each car occupant, a first aid kit, spare fuses, a fire extinguisher, a GB sticker, headlight converters, a spare tyre and the equipment to change the tyre and in some countries a tow rope. This list is not exhaustive, so check for additional requirements for each country you plan to drive through.

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