There’s nothing like packing for your holidays. Checking the endless lists: ticket, money, passport? However, travelling and driving on the Continent is now so simple, that it’s easy to forget that there are, in fact, some significant differences in what you need in your car in order to stay legal. We’re off to Brittany soon, so I’ve been doing a little research into what we need, and the list is longer than you might think. There seems to be a certain amount of conflicting advice, but as far as I can find out, if you follow this list you should be OK. I certainly hope so, as it’s what I’ll be doing!
- Your full driving license – both the photocard and the paper counterpart.
- Insurance certificate and car registration documents.
- Headlamp adaptor stickers, so you’re not dazzling oncoming traffic.(I think that it’s a great shame that French cars don’t use yellow headlights any more. It was one of those things that let you really know you’re abroad.)
- A GB sticker on the back of the car, or a number plate incorporating GB identification.
- A fluorescent safety vest and a warning triangle, which you place 50 to 150 metres behind your car if you’ve broken down. The vest has to be in the car’s passenger compartment, not the boot.
- A spare set of headlamp bulbs.
- Currently, enforcement of the requirement for everybody to carry a breathalyser has been postponed indefinitely. .
- Speed camera warning devices are illegal.
- If you use contact lenses, you must carry a pair of spectacles.
This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of requirements. Please make sure to check with your insurance company before you travel.
What else should we be thinking about before we take a British car to France?