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.

2 Documents?

Most EU nationals don’t need to show passports or National Identity cards when travelling across borders in the Schengen area. You can find out more here. You’ll need a valid driving licence; a vehicle registration certificate; travel insurance. And contact your car insurance provider to see if you need to extend your cover. It’s worth taking photocopies or photographs of everything as a back-up.

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

Did you know it’s illegal to drive in flip-flops in Spain?2 Or to carry a bike on the back of your car in Portugal?3 You can check different countries’ road rules here and here.

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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  1. https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/driving-in-europe/#countries
  2. https://www.expatica.com/es/living/transportation/driving-laws-596547/
  3. https://www.theaa.com/european-breakdown-cover/driving-in-europe/tips-for-driving-in-europe