Essential Items to Carry

Driving Safely

Useful Numbers
  • Reflective jackets – One for each occupant, these must be kept inside the vehicle within easy reach

  • Warning triangle – Compulsory in every vehicle with four wheels or more

  • Headlamp beam deflectors – Depending on your car, you will either need deflector stickers or have to adjust the beam manually

  • Breathalyser/alcohol test – As of January 2013 the French government announced that the introduction of an €11 fine for not carrying one had been postponed indefinitely. However, law still states that drivers and motorcyclists must have an alcotest ready for use in their vehicle even though no penalty will be imposed if they cannot present one during a police road check

  • Spare bulbs – It is recommended but not mandatory that you carry a spare bulb kit for your vehicle

  • Snow chains – May also be needed in some areas during winter. These areas will be indicated by signs and are compulsory, so it is worth having them in your car if you’re visiting during winter

Driving abroad, I guess can be kind of nervy. What can I do, what can I not do? What are the laws and what do I need to know.  What do I need to carry in my car? What happens if I break down or have any accident.

Well, guess what - I am the same as you. I also have these concerns and have been reading up on them. Rather than me re-inventing the wheel, simply head to the links below

(Note - Ford-Mania is NOT affiliated to the RAC in any shape way or form)

Essential Documents to Carry 

  • Full, valid driving licence

  • Proof of insurance (third party or above)

  • Proof of ID (passport)

  • Proof of ownership (V5C certificate)

BRITISH EMBASSY FRANCE:

+33 (0) 1 44 51 31 00

BRITISH EMBASSY SPAIN

+34 91 714 6300

 

AA BREAKDOWN COVER

0800 88 77 66

 

RAC BREAKDOWN COVER

0330 159 0740

GREENFLAG INSURANCE

0800 400 600

TRAVEL INSURANCE

https://www.comparethemarket.com/

https://www.confused.com/

EUROTUNNEL

From the UK: +44 (0) 3443 35 35 35
From France: +33 (0) 810 63 03 04

From Spain: +34 (0) 902 30 73 15