10 EUROPEAN ROAD TIPS
Wherever you’re heading in Europe, it’s good to plan ahead and be prepared. These tips will help you feel safer and more relaxed.
1 BEFORE YOU GET GOING
Make sure your car is road ready. With OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, you can check tyre pressures, brakes, fluid levels and other key systems in your car. You can do it using the app, your OnStar account, or by just pushing the blue OnStar Button anytime.
You’ll need a valid passport; valid driving licence*; vehicle registration certificate; travel insurance. Contact your car insurance provider to see if you need to extend your cover or get a ‘green card’ (international certificate of motor insurance). It’s worth taking photocopies or photographs of everything as a back-up. You can find more here.
3 EMERGENCY CONTACT DETAILS
Make sure they’re in your passport or with your documents. And please go to your account to check we have up-to-date emergency contact details for you as well.
4 Drive defensively
In some countries the driving style might be different to what you’re used to. Take it easy and don’t be pressured to go faster by other drivers.
5 TOLL ROADS
Most accept credit cards but keep some loose change handy – just in case. You can find out more about tolls for motorways, bridges and tunnels here.
6 Take the right equipment
In many European countries, you need to have a hi-vis jacket, warning triangle and spare bulbs for headlights and taillights.1 It’s good to carry a first-aid kit, too. If you haven’t got the right items, you may be fined. There’s more information here.
7 OBEY LOCAL RULES
8 CITY RESTRICTIONS
Many European cities restrict traffic at certain times of day to help improve congestion, pollution and noise. Search for any restrictions in the city you’re heading to here.
9 WATCH YOUR SPEED
Speed limits in Europe vary by country, so you need to know before you set off. Check here.
10 Taking your furry friends?
They’ll need a European pet passport. You’ll find information and advice here.
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*Brits driving in Europe after Brexit may need an International Driving Permit.