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If you plan on motoring abroad you should plan ahead

With mainland Europe being so easy to get to these days, more and more people are starting to take a shine to motoring abroad rather than relying on public transport. Whether you're planning a break on business or with the family, it is always very important that you know exactly what lies ahead.

What do you need?

Before you travel abroad, it is very important that you figure out exactly what you need in order to drive legally both on the way to your destination and when you have arrived there.

There are plenty of great resources available online for anyone who plans on motoring abroad, particularly RAC.co.uk and FCO.gov.uk. On these websites you will find everything you need to know in order to ensure you can make your trip safely and within the confines of foreign law.

You should always know where the nearest embassy for your home country is when travelling abroad. This means that you will have a point of contact should anything go wrong, such as misplacing your passport while out of the country.

Check with your insurance company to see if they will cover you to drive abroad. In many cases you will need to purchase some form of additional cover, so it is very important to clarify this before setting off. After all, you don't want to be involved in an accident and have to foot the bill out of your own pocket, do you?

It is also very important to check the passport requirements for any countries you pass through, as well as your destination country. Some countries will insist that your passport be valid for more than six months before they will allow you to cross their border, so in order to avoid any problems check in advance whether this is the case.

Then there are the local driving laws to take into consideration. Familiarise yourself in advance with the kind of road signs used in the countries you intend on driving in. Ignorance to the law is no defence, and many countries enforce their road laws very strictly.

If you have never been motoring abroad, you may find it tricky to get used to driving on the other side of the road. We recommend taking extreme care until you have gotten to grips with this, particularly when it comes to junctions and roundabouts.

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