What do I need to bring with me?

The United Kingdom has left the European Union, but is currently in a transition period until the end of 2020. After this time, the documentation required may change. This page will be updated appropriately, depending on if the UK and EU agree to a Brexit deal.

If you're heading abroad for your holidays, or just popping over for a shopping or business trip, driving in another country can be a great experience. But you need to make sure that you are familiar with local rules and regulations, and that you have everything you need.

In certain countries, it is a legal requirement to carry certain items with you. Failure to do so can result in large on-the-spot fines. Even if it isn't required by law, it is still recommended that you have them with you.

 

You must keep these documents with you at all times: 

     
driving license   passport   car insurance certificate
(minimum third party cover)
  proof of vehicle roadworthiness
(test certificate or decal)

         
    vehicle registration document   international driving permit
(non EU or UK nationals)
   

 

The following items must be in or on your vehicle: 

       

nationality sticker
or europlates

 

headlight deflectors

 

high visability vests
(do not keep in boot)

 

warning triangle

 

nf breathalyser
(France only)

If your journey takes you into Spain, you must have an extra warning triangle to be placed ahead of your vehicle.

 

The following items are not mandatory, but strongly recommended: 

     
spare bulbs   first aid kit   fire extinguisher   european
breakdown cover

The European Good Samaritan law requires motorists to stop and provide assistance if they encounter an accident or incident, as long as it is safe to do so.
This may require a first aid kit or fire extinguisher, which is why we recommend these are carried.


And of course, a winter trip to the ski resorts will mean you must have:

 
winter tyres   snow chains